Alternate Baja Big Adventure bike tracks?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by HBLARRY, Dec 28, 2016.

  1. HBLARRY

    HBLARRY Adventurer

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    Getting ready for another run down to San Ignacio from Tecate later in February.
    Curious if anyone has any experience on these alternate tracks leading into Laguna Hanson from
    El Compadre?
    Trying to get around those deep sand whoops at the Oak Tree turn off and try a new route on some hard pack for our big twins. We'll see enough deep sand later in the ride.

    Also......Looking for a fun big bike route from Laguna Hanson to Catarina.
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  2. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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  3. HBLARRY

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    Thanks for the heads up Hill Climber,
    You've got to respect the farmers and ranchers out there for sure. I'll check out this location and give it a wide pass. We had a minor issue a few years back with a rancher hauling irrigation pipe ahead of us in a truck southeast of Laguna Hansen that would not let us pass. He was swerving from side to side to try and pinch us off between the pine trees. He was pissed for whatever reason but we all got around him and happily on our way.
    I'm thinkin' cracked windshields?
    El Condor or La Rumorosa might have be the way we end up going...........to bad El Compadre can be a lot of fun.
    I'd think twice before taking this route down during the pre-runs or race days.

    Anybody ridden this track across El Diablo on a big twin to Hwy 5 and San Felipe?


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    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Nobody jumping in...
    We rode this fun track but with 500's in November. There's about 5 maybe 6 miles of some deeper sand, but it's not the entire 5-6 miles.... deep sand for a half mile, less for the next half, and so on.
    It wouldn't be fun for me on my 990, as I'm 67 yrs of age, and the bike is getting too dam heavy to pick up, especially with gear strapped to it. One of the guys in our group is an excellent rider on a 990 (even better on a 500), and he said several times on this trip he wished he had brought it.
    We did see a guy on a fully loaded DR650 that day, and he didn't have any problem...
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  5. HBLARRY

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    Thanks Hill Climber
    I'm 67 myself.........the weight of the 1190 R is definitely an issue with the camping gear (we'll need it) but the handling has been manageable.
    We did that nasty stretch from Punta Colonet to San Antonio del Mar to San Vicente a few weeks ago. Might have been a lot better down along the beach but we picked the high race course route instead and got a nice beating. We cruised over to Coyote Cals and a had a cool beer and rode back to Quatro Casas. A fun ride on the old XR650R but a bit challenging on the 1190.

    Moto Vaquero shared a track with me earlier. I'm scouting it out in Google Earth, LB Maps and BaseCamp now trying to lean it out some and stay out of big arroyos and on the two track as much as possible. It's about 242 miles on Day 1.....so far. Tecate_El Compadre_Laguna Hanson_Catarina_Diablo_ SF_ Punta Estrella. Day 2 is off to Alphonsina's for breakfast and possibly on to BOLA. Ultimately getting down to San Ignacio Lagoon to see the whales again. San Francisquito is on the radar too. We've been there twice already.......a remote and peaceful place.

    Vaquero's track over to Catarina has me intrigued........looks like fun two track through the high mountains. We'll probably need to duck out of the full route section to Valley de Trinidad. We could be burning up way too much time. I'll try and post the Catarina soon and get some input.
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    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    I know what you mean by "got a nice beating" on the race course......
    I'm looking forward to you posting a Catarina potential route.
    If you make it down to San Francisquito, and you want to give the green door trail a go, I've heard it has had a fair bit of storm damage done to it.
    San Francisquito is one of those magical places that I'll always remember. Even with most of the "cabins" destroyed with a hurricane, it still remains a peaceful place.
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  7. Rips Millar

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    you guys still around? doesn't look like posts get read too often in here, anyway....I need a 5 day loop for 4 guys on 990's (ish) that wanna bounce around amongst the obvious places, ie. mikes,San Felipe, Gonzaga bay, coco's, Catavina, el Rosario, and up north. none of us wanna fight too much but we all wanna stay on as much dirt as possible. I'm just having a hard time finding one loop that I can trust will be doable on the big bikes....trust is a big word, you know what I mean, it's an adventure, right?
    we will be coming down 95 so a border crossing at Calexico (Mexicali) or even san luis is where we will most likely be starting, not the coast.
    thanks

    edit- I have gpsexchange, thought you guys would be safer...
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  8. ztrab

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    Did 10 days after Valentine's Day. From Mexicali, took the toll road to Rumarosa, about40 miles of asphalt, right after the Pemex (not new one at the foot of the mountains) is the Laguna Hanson trail, it was great going in, rutted but very little sand on threat back due to the rain. Done it on my 1200 GS, no sweat on the 990. You can take it out to Hwy 3 about 80 miles, scoot south and pick up the goat trail, there are several entry points south of Kl 79 and you can exit about 7 miles north of the actual goat trail, all good for the 990. Back way to Milrs was in great shape too. There is a bit of sand if you take the Playa to San Felipe, but I've ridden it with a 990 a couple of times. The unpaved road from Coco's has literally no sand- take Calamueje, it'll be good for you. From Catavina, there is about a 50 mile loop ne of H1 that exits at ranch el Sacraficio. You could take the observatory road to Rancho El Coyote and over to Mike's. One rough climb,you can do it or you can pass the observatory road on Hwy 1, about 12 miles to the Vinyard (some call it the crossover road) road to Valle Trinidad/Hwy 3, easy road.
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