Buying Baja tracks

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Mexico, Central & South America' started by Adventurous Human, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Adventurous Human

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    Hey guys, I'm a total n00b when it comes to GPS navigating. I'm planning on going from Los Angeles to Cabo on a drz400 with my buddy. He has a lot of hookups with good riders that know baja but none will give him tracks! Is it common to buy a baja tour track? Our idea was to buy a baja tour track and then have his friends add in any must do trails etc. If so what is a reputable site that sells this? We want to do as much off road as we can but that being said we're nowhere near pro riders and enjoy the right balance of chill riding and difficult terrain.

    Any help is appreciated!
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  2. VTbeemer

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  3. Adventurous Human

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  4. BigDogAdventures

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    I have the Garmin E32 Mexico maps that vt beemer pointed out to you and have been using them for years.
    You were asking for tracks-----------and the E32 is a topo map of all of Mexico to be uploaded into your gps and your computer if you like----including Baja but has
    "NO" tracks on it at all. I view it as in-valuable down there.

    It has jillions of roads in it which are very useful----Many unpaved----but there are no tracks.
    You are on our own with this map finding your way around same as you would be with any map in your gps. And the map is not autorouting.
    Be careful----a lot of those roads on the map are extremely tuff-------or may be gone from past hurricanes.

    You also used the word "trail" in your post. A trail to me is about 12" wide-----you'll be hard pressed to find them on your own----they are there------and they are "NOT" on the E32 maps.

    Most of the baja stuff looks like this.
    Will be down there in a week myself.
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  5. VTbeemer

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    Mark

    Right on good catch. I should have mentioned that about the non routability and tracks.

    Will be down in Baja about a week after youse guys, all dirt routes visiting some missions. Maybe will run into you at some taco shack.

    If Scott is joining you please send my regards. Enjoyed my last few visits at the "Hideaway"

    Greatly looking forward to it!!

    Dan
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    Yes---Scott is joining us--------will tell him you said hey !!!
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  7. SudDog

    SudDog Must. Ride. More.

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    Going for a week at the end of March. Leaving out of Yuma with San Felipe as the first stop. Any tracks you can suggest that gets me down there with the least amount of paved road possible?
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    There's lot of stuff out there for free----I'm traveling right now and will be out of touch for a month so can't help you now.

    But I know stuff that would take you a week just to get to san Felipe.

    Yuma is the worst place to get on dirt quickly.
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  9. stormdog

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    The newer version of E 32 has highlighted roads that they call off-road routes.
    Almost tracks, but not really. I doubt very much if the routes were picked from first person knowledge,but were just done by some wishfull thinking computer jockey.
    I have traveled on some that worked and some that didn't.
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  10. moto.phil

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    Go to Bahia de los Angeles, just north of the village is a little campground you can sleep on the beach, in a semi open palapa hit if you like.

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    From Bahia head south, you will hit a nice dirt road heading south passing some nice lonely beaches.

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    The dirt road was dry but at rainy season you might have to do a few watercrossings.

    After about 60mi you will hit an intersection, go right if you like fighting with deep sand:

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    Instead go left, after a while you will be able to turn right and hit an easy road with compressed sand.

    You should have fuel for at least 100mi.

    Enjoy :)

    Phil
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  11. Adventurous Human

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    Thanks Phil, looks awesome. I marked it down and hopefully will be there!
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    Wow BigDog - awesome information! I'll look at your blog too to see if you post any of your tracks too. I'm leaving Feb 27th so I may even run into you if you are riding back up. Those pictures looks epic - I can't wait to head down there. I'm assuming I have to look at other people's tracks in conjunction with the E32 map and plan in some extra in case some of the routes are washed out. How do you plan what backroads you head down? Do you just wing it and gain more and more knowledge the more you go down there?
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  13. jdp52

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    You mentioned leaving on the 27th.
    My timeline is the same. Also looking for dirt and some single track.
    At this point I am solo but looking for another to at least start off with.
    Thinking of east side but open to other routes
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    Me and 4 buddies are coming down from Canada to do a 10 day Mexicali to Cabo. Crossing the border on the 1st of March. I have E32 and an assortment of tracks off the net... we are largely "winging it" with loose destination plans for each day. Hoping to score some single track or as Bigdog calls 'em "trails". We are on 690's x 2 and 450 exc and 500exc. not sure whether to stay mostly east or west.... hmmmm
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    would be great if I could have a short conversation with you about.
    my cell is 831-334-5290 or I would be happy to call you
    thanks for your time
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    I'm going from Phoenix to Cabo in November love to chat with you if you get a chance 443 690 9514


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    The Baja 1000 race day is Nov 16, Ensenada to La Paz, so just a heads up.... it'll be pretty busy with pre-runners for a few weeks prior. These guys pre-run at a fair clip, so stay alert. Hotel rooms will be hard to find as well, unless you're camping. You might want to hang around a bit and catch some of the race action, or wait till the race is over to do your trip.
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    Cartografia is supposed to be developing an iOS app. Not sure when it'll be ready.
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