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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by T O Double D, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    We usually do 2 days down, 1 day back. Think scenic and twisty.

    1->cambria->41->stuff->58->Bakersfield->Best Western
    178->395->190?->into Death Valley

    Home we usually turn south towards Ridgecrest just before Panamint Springs, then take 178 back through to Bakersfield and after that, whatever you want to get home... usually as little of 5 as possible. It's a long slog home. Think... I have to work tomorrow, I need to get home TODAY.
  2. Kampfire

    Kampfire Trucky on two wheels

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    WOW! Thanks for all the great response.
    I'm taking three days down to get to Prescott Arizona and decided to see Death Valley on the bike this time. I've 4wheeled thru Panamint Valley, and up some of the canyons, but thought I'd enjoy the scenery along the way. I'm actually trying to make Wildrose Camp in one day from Napa and plan on leaving here around 5:00 AM.
    Now I have to rethink this route with all these new possibilities.
  3. marchyman

    marchyman DR and GS

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    I typically leave San Mateo at 6 AM and get to Stovepipe Wells about 5 PM. That includes my breakfast stop, but I don't have a sit-down lunch. Were I going to Wildrose I'm guessing it would be about 30 minutes faster taking my route. Unless I have to backtrack to Bakersfield and 178 because 155 is closed due to snow. Check before making any final decisions.

    From Napa I'd consider 680 -> 580 -> I5 and drone south for a 150 miles or so to 46. It would cut your travel time by a lot. Wouldn't be much fun, though.
  4. tedski

    tedski Been here awhile

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    I usually do 101 -> 25 -> Coalinga/Los Gatos Creek -> Gas/Food in Coalinga -> 198 across the valley -> Old Stage Road -> 155 -> overnight/beer in Kernville -> 178 -> Ballarat -> Goler Wash -> Mengal Pass -> Furnace Creek
  5. ian408

    ian408 Administrator Administrator

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    There's always "Tread Lightly" for this kind of thing.
  6. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Kampfire,

    We get down to DV a couple of times every winter from the BA on loaded KLRs ... Here is a screenshot of the two general ways we go over the Sierras ... to the east they keep 88, 50 and 80 plowed ... and down south 155, 178 and 58 ...

    This map shows us dropping into Saline Valley from Lone Pine over North Pass ... to get to DV we'd go south over South Pass to 190 just west of Panamint ... The other way to Furnace Creek from Lone Pine is to stay on Death Valley Road to Ubehebie Crater ...

    We often camp at Carrizo Plain, which is why the route goes so far to the south east ... I think the whole loop is about a thousand miles ... usually don't try to make it to DV in a day ...

    Comanche Point Road is a dual-sport road just south of 58 ... you can hook up to Old Stage Road (the one by California City), Trona Pinnacles to the Escape Route and Mengle Pass and come into Furnace Creek from the south ... That way avoids 155/178/58 ... but is way south if you are in a rush ...

    Just saw this ...

    We'd head 88/395 to Lone Pine and south to DV from there along Death and/or Saline Valley Roads ... lots of dispersed camping ... also, probably the shortest mileage to DVNP from Napa ... we avoid the established campgrounds unless there is a hot spring or we're trying to meet someone ...

    Have fun and post pics! :clap
    -- SFMCjohn
  7. Cabrito

    Cabrito Terminal Lurker

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    Wildrose on a KLR? It has been done...
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    In a day from Napa? A long day indeed. I think I went there from Santa Barbara so I'm not sure how long it's gonna take you.
  8. SFMCjohn

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    Hey all,

    [​IMG][/url] IMG_20140330_092626374 by San Francisco Motorcycle Club, on Flickr[/IMG]
    Little Panoche Road on Gripsters yesterday, after a bit of rain ...

    We're off to Mercey Hot Springs this Saturday, April 5th ... 18th and Folsom on Saturday morning around 9am, Tres Pinos around noon, I suppose, Mercey Hot Springs in the afternoon ... $40 to camp at Mercey (includes day pass), $30 for a day pass only ...

    Everyone is invited, show up or don't ... :deal

    We were out that way yesterday and confirmed our reservations ... see if I can find a pic on-line of the car we helped get out of the mud ... ha.

    Planning on some scoot-and-shooting and campfire action ... :ricky

    see you around the corner,
    -- SFMCjohn
  9. BigNastybrp

    BigNastybrp Big Nasty

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    this is the best dual sport route :clap:freaky
  10. Kampfire

    Kampfire Trucky on two wheels

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    This has been some great information, and has put Death Valley on the KLR into a whole other plan now. Researching these routes, times, allowing for stops & photography, has just sort of blown DV out of the picture for this trip. I'm taking three days to get to Prescott Arizona for a group ride on that weekend.

    But after looking at these great routes, threads on the rides, and pictures, I just want to spend more time down there without having a schedule to keep. Just the basic sights to cruise around down there and see should take a week at a nice pace and enjoy.

    You people are an amazing source of info, thanks.

    So the alternative is going to be slab it down 5 to 46>99>58>40... To Ludlow. And then Cruise the old Route 66 (or what's left of it) to Kingman to pick up another rider and continue to Prescott.
    Thanks again for all the help. And yes, I'll post up some pics and a ride report.
  11. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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  12. oobus

    oobus Been here awhile

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    Ahhhh, that's where Santa goes in the off season, but I always figured his bike was a red Honda....

    Looks like you guys had a great time!
  13. Mikengrace

    Mikengrace Have KLR Go Anywhere

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    Hi Gang.
    I just wanted to take the time to thank all of you, especially SFMCJOHN, for making Ken and I fell welcome to your Mercy Hot Springs gathering. Although I've lived in the area all my life, I had never ridden at Panoche Hills. I probably still would not have if it weren't for your invitation, and Ken's offer to truck me down and ride with me. As you may know, I am battling cancer. As a result I am to weak to take a chance of riding by myself. Because of your willingness to include us, in your ride, I was able to enjoy a great day of riding. Thank you all. Without knowing it you made a great day possible for me. Keep this in mind when you invite others along on your rides. God Bless and ride safe.
    P.S. I am looking forward to riding with you again at Hollister Hills on April 18th.
  14. SFMCjohn

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    Hey Catfish,

    Window rock! :clap Looks like
    you all were able to travel light ...
    Thanks for the link and RR! :deal

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
  15. SFMCjohn

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    Hi Mike,

    You are welcome, and thanks to you and Ken for making an appearance ...
    Funny how we can live in an area and not get around to riding somewhere 'til
    someone says "hey, we'll be there this weekend!" :lol3

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    woodsxr and Mikengrace ...

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    The new KLX 250 leading the way ... :clap

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    woodsxr and his new-to-him KTM ...

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    Skeet shootin' lessons ...

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    Clear Creek ... no locked gates, no pay kiosks, no rangers ... :deal Just reporting what our experience at CC was this time, YMMV ... :dunno

    Couple more pix, here:
    http://caryandjohn.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/perfect-guests-escape-to-the-springs/

    Looking forward to riding with you at Hollister Hills on the weekend of the 18th, Mike! :clap

    see you around the campfire,
    -- SFMCjohn
  16. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I hope that is subsistence skeet shooting. :rofl
  17. Mikengrace

    Mikengrace Have KLR Go Anywhere

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    Thanks John, for posting the pictures of Ken (woodsxr), and myself (Mikengrace), from the Mercy Hot springs run. It is cool to see ourselves out there riding. Thanks.
  18. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    So where exactly did you guys ride? I know where Mercy Springs is, but I had been under the impression that most, if not all, of the dirt in that area was off limits to two wheeled vehicles, even street legal ones. Come to think of it, I think I remember reading of this on some scofflaw's blog... Someone who dared defy Ranger Rick and rode there anyway. Was riding at Tumey an option all winter long?

    Good to hear the news about Clear Creek. We need to get back over there before summer gets here.

    MV
  19. woodsxr

    woodsxr Been here awhile

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    Thank all for such a great time yesterday.
    I had a fun time. It was nice getting the KTM out in open land instead of a tight. Controlled trail system. Looking forward to doing a trip to Clear Creek
    Panocha Hills is just under an hour from the house
    It is nice seeing pics of us in action!
    I was under the impression that you could be there as long as the vehicle is street legal.
    My assumption of BLM land when I was growing up is that it would be legal to ride green sticker bikes on it
    I guess things change throughout the years
  20. SFMCjohn

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    Hey Ken and Mike,

    Good to see you guys, and sorry we didn't do more riding ...
    We basically bummed some gas and headed home right after I said goodbye ...
    Didn't get back to San Francisco 'till 6:30pm ... :clap

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    see you round the campfire,
    -- John A