Jawbone Canyon Christmas Day

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by LannisterImp, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. LannisterImp

    LannisterImp Winter is coming...

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    Well, the fam is out of town and I am stoked to ride. Anyone gonna be riding Jawbone Christmas Eve and Christmas day? I've never been, so if you could show me around, all the better. I am on a 690 enduro, so unless we are making 100 foot jumps, I should be able to hang with you.

    Any suggestions on lodging, things to see, etc?

    Cheers!
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  2. scapegoat

    scapegoat Pushin forward back

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    Lodging? we dont need no stinking lodging. Mojave is 45 away or so and the closest town. Gonna be butt cold likely so bundle up. Used to be a almost every weekender there but the envirodicks have whittled it down to regulated and caged nothingness by comparison.
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  3. LannisterImp

    LannisterImp Winter is coming...

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    Scapegoat, thanks for the info. So, where do you go, then, if Jawbone is too regulated?
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  4. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    If you want to stay cozy & ride the dez head to randsburg, there is a bed & breakfest there, you can have it all, riding, warmth, food & the Saloon!
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    there are motels in lake isabela. the trail heads are not that far and the dirt roads are big bike doable. check the weather report before you go. some roads are closed due to snow.
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  6. el Pete

    el Pete toda su base

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    There’s also a hotel in California City, but I’m not sure I’d park my bike outside. Randsburg would be a kick, and a good jumping off point for the Husky monument, the x15 crash site, the Burro Schmitt mine, Cal City, etc, etc.. Jawbone is beat to death...
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  7. LannisterImp

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    Yeah. Randsburg sounds good. I usually ride single track in the mountains, so I'm looking for challenging trails, not necessarily sightseeing. Thanks for the heads up about Cal City.

    Here's another question. I use Avenza maps. Is the Friends of Jawbone map the best one to use or is there something better that shows trails and landmarks?

    Cheers!
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  8. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    Just to the northwest of Randsberg is the El Paso mountains, nothing crazy but there are some good trails over there as well
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  9. Snks

    Snks Been here awhile

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    Hum with a 690 hanging with who. :lol3 IMG_1362.JPG
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  10. LannisterImp

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    I don't see any bikes on that hill. Are you challenging me to a hill climb?
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  11. dunerat

    dunerat WTF?

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  12. LannisterImp

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    I agree. I wish I could see the scale. Looks big, but it's hard to tell. Snks, I'd be happy to give that hill a shot. I'm thinking you've charged that sucker once or twice, so I wanna watch you do it first!

    I will grant that my big pig could lose a few pounds, but riding is 80% rider and 20% bike. I'm no racer, but I do ok. If you want to show me around, I'd be happy to try to hang with you. If I can't, you can tell me you told me so, and I get a tour guide for the day!
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  13. Snks

    Snks Been here awhile

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    Look a little closer to the bottom and you will see two riders. No offense but I'm afraid you couldn't ever get five feet on the trail that goes there with a 690. You need a real real dirt bike with a IRC 140 M5b on the rear. There is some extreme stuff there. There is also some easier trail roads around there that you can do. Here is a little YouTube of one of our hills.
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  14. LannisterImp

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    Thanks for the vid. Looks like a blast!

    I'm not offended. But you did tell me I couldn't make it 5 feet, so now I have to try it. I know it's a character flaw that will probably get me hurt one day.

    I'll give it a go and let you know how it goes! At least it's not all rutted out like the hill climbs here in the Sierra's.

    If you don't hear from me, you can assume I didn't make it back...
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    Snks Been here awhile

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    We just invented a new one. It's called the U Trap. I barley made it out of there. In the second video we finally had to drag the other guys bike out after the tenth try. When you get to Jawbone do some looking around at the hill climbs there as you will see a few tough ones. A day or two after Christmas we will be camped near the bathrooms at the wall hill climbs. Come look us up just ask for The Snake.



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  16. Snks

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    By the way places to ride to on a dual sporter are Dove Springs, Ransburg, Cal City and look up the burro Schmidt tunnel, also don't forget to visit the Bickel camp. All good dual sport stuff you'll really like the Bickel camp all of the old miners stuff of the day is still there. There are many adopt a cabins on that side along with the Borax mines that you will be able to get to.
    A little vertical Dual Sporting video for fun.

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  17. LannisterImp

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    Thanks, Snake! I really appreciate the info! I am planning to drive home on Christmas night, but if I decide to stay another day, I will definitely look you up at the wall.

    Great vid! I am so stoked to get out there.

    Cheers!
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  18. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    don’t take any of these questions as insults, they are sincere questions.
    why Jawbone?
    have you ridden there before?
    what rear tire do you run?
    80% rider 20%wrong bike.

    i’ve ridden with The Snake and a lot of the hardcore riders at Jawbone and it’s no joke.
    the hills and trails you see from Jawbone Road is not even the tip of the iceberg. those hillclimbs are squidfilters to the “trails”.
    it’s not recommended to ride that area solo especially if you’re unfamiliar with where the trails go.
    every ride out there i hear a new story about some poor guy splitting from a group of riders because he couldn’t handle the ride only to go down the wrong trail to end up above a 40 foot cliff/dry waterfall and he can’t ride back up what he just came down. then has to hike out miles to his truck to get help.
    ThumperTalk has a million of these stories.
    i’d recommend Cal City and Ridgecrest. those areas have good desert trails suitable for a 690.
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  19. LannisterImp

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    Thanks for the advice and questions. I'm not offended. I posted to get feedback. I appreciate yours, the Snake's, and others.

    I do quite a bit of solo riding in the rocky, gnarly stuff we have up here in the Sierra NF. I have some rules for self-preservation when riding solo. One of them is that I always go up something gnarly first. I figure I can always come back down if I can't make it. Not true if I go down first. Newton's law of gravity. I'm more of a slower, technical rider than a balls out speed freak (do all old guys say that?). I like taking bad lines.

    No. I've never ridden Jawbone or the desert. I'm no sand expert. I want to explore a bunch on the first day and hit Jawbone to push it a bit on the second day. Self-preservation rule number 2 is if I'm not feeling it, I don't do it.

    I have GPS and the friends of Jawbone map to keep me on the main trails. I'm not a fan of getting lost.

    I am looking at a desert tire for the trip cuz my Shinkos ain't gonna cut it. Do you have a recommendation on the inexpensive side?

    I appreciate the questions, Razr. All bravado aside, I want to ride, not hike. I'll play it safe, but still have a little fun. I'm still looking for someone to ride with if you are up for it.

    Cheers!
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  20. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    Christmas Eve/Day is tricky because of the celebration of Baby Jesus’ B Day.:grim

    but i may be available for Christmas eve (Sunday) but i have to see what the wife has planned.

    Jawbone has a lot of hillclimbs right around Jawbone Road you could go up and return. there are some basic trails and open desert around you could ride that won’t get you stuck. and there will be a lot of people which is good for the feeling that you aren’t alone, but bad for the possibility that there could be head ons on some of the main trails so keep your eyes up. there is so many more side by sides (SXS) now and they seem to not care about rules of the trail when coming up on motorcycles. and they may be side by side noobs.:dunno
    camping only there. Mojave is the closest town with motels. i’d rather sleep in the open desert in the sand than sleep in a Mojave motel.
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