Baja:San Isidro North to Guajademi anyone?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by d0gWateR, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Lopez Mike

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    Just to update this information, there have been very serious changes in this area due to storms.
    I live and ride out of Mulege so I have verified this information personally.

    From old Mission Gudalupe to San Jose de Magdalena is so wiped out that it impassable to animal traffic and when approaching the washed out area from the mission is actually hazardous due to a downhill approach that sucks you in. It has been necessary for a very skilled rider to get the other bikes back out the first mile or so from the end of what it left of the old road. That loop through San Jose de Magdalena is gone forever. Sad.

    The road from Mulege direct to San Isidro is washed out on the descent at the North end entering the valley leading to and coming from Mulege. Extensive three foot vertical steps that go on for the mile or so that has been investigated on foot. It will take road equipment before it is passable on anything with wheels. I will post any changes.

    From Mission Guadalupe West over the mountain the storms have had their way. This is known to a few as Crybaby Canyon. The last group of three serious and skilled riders who attempted this made it through after extensive road building but A: ran out of water and B: said that they were done with it.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this may save you some bad experiences.

    All of the other routes in this area are at least doable if not actually fun. I ride here from October through April and try to check out the routes within fifty or so miles of me as soon as I arrive.

    Oh yes, the first eight miles West of Mulege change every year. Riverbed. Any track more that is from a previous year will be very confusing and cost you time. Here's a current list of distances and turns. I'll update it after every storm.

    Mulege West
    Leave Route 1 0 miles
    End of pavement 1.1
    Straight at Y 2.7
    Right at Y 2.8
    Left after cattle guard 5.2
    Right at Y 8.4

    From here on you can't get lost heading to San Juanico/Scorpion Bay.

    As I said, I live here and welcome visitors and inquiries.

    Mike
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  2. Hill Climber

    Hill Climber Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the update! The info provided "Mulege West" is very much appreciated...
    Can you confirm with the following track old Mission Gudalupe to San Jose de Magdalena is where you're referring to?

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  3. Lopez Mike

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    Yes. that loop is wiped out and will very likely stay that way for the foreseeable future. This is what it looks like up between the old mission and Pie de la Cuesta. Look carefully for the lost rider. Pix courtesy of Mulege Al.
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  4. mcnut

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    It is always nice to read route updates, and welcome to the forum. 100% agree with your assesment and have ridden the area several times since my antiquated post.
    Anyone who would rely on a post which is 8 years old as current route information in Baja is in for a heap load of troubles. There are much more current, up-to-date and detailed threads on this very area and subject at BajaNomads, including the one from several years ago in which those photos were posted.

    Bruce
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  5. Lopez Mike

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    Yes. I've been a regular poster on Baja Nomad with the name Gulliver. I am getting very tired of the useless and boring trolling over there.

    I wonder of it would be worth while to have a trip report/ride report section here for Baja?
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  6. mcnut

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    Welcome Gulliver, we have exchange posts on more than a few occasions on Nomad using the same username as here. I'm still very interested in the area and if the Una de Gato route can be used to loop through Magdalena. Yup, I just don't get why the moderator does not just ban the trouble makers and move the personal attack crap to the "OFF TOPIC" thread.

    If I remember correctly there used to be a MEXICO or BAJA section (can't remember) which was very active but during one of the updates/reorganization it was merged into the "Latin America" regional forum. When that happened the Baja specific and for that matter Mexico activity all but dried. Shame IMO.

    Bruce
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  7. Lopez Mike

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    I haven't been through the Una de Gato route since hurricane Odile and neither have any of the locals. I was up to the end of the San Borjitas road to San Baltazar last week and the rancheros there were cautious about recommending that route. Actually they all waved their hands and said it was wiped out but one guy said it wasn't so bad. But then they all started laughing and said that he was the person who charged for rescuing gringos! We'll see. Maybe this week. I'm only a couple of weeks from heading back to Washington for the other half of my year.
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