Joshua Tree National National Park - Geology Tour Trail

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BusyWeb, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

    Apr 6, 2009
    This riding is the field test of my Astro Van Bike Loading project.
    And, it was a succeful riding; a very good success.

    To test, I had to find a place for easy trail, and pretty good distance from my home.
    So that I could feel how the astro van handles when bike is loaded on the cargo.
    Meet these test list:
    1. Van performance test for long distance
    2. Available camping site; optional
    3. Easy off-road trail; required.. ha ha ha

    At the Joshua Tree NP, there were couple of dirt (4x4) trails.
    And the easiest one is the "Geology Tour Road", so to go for it.

    The road (trail) condition is very nice and extremely easy for me.
    Straight long hard graded dirt road, and not that short nor long.
    Total loop distance is about 25 miles long, and road is very close to the camp site which is Jumbo Rock camp ground.

    My (as noob) only difficulty on the riding was "Sandy" condition.
    There were many places on sand and little rocky mix conditions.
    Otherwise, it was a very happy riding.

    Here is the photos and short video slide show to share..

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    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

    Feb 25, 2010
    Land of Sun, Sand and Thorns
    Nice! One of my favorite places to rock climb - still haven't rode JT, now I want to, thanks for sharing!
  3. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

    Apr 6, 2009
    Thanks for the comments.

    Yes, there are pretty good places on the JT NP for the rock climb.
    I saw many of them by myself ( i don't do it ha ha ha)
  4. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

    Jun 9, 2007
    Grass Valley, Ca
    Geology Tour road was my first dirt nap on the Vstrom. It was coming down the sandy hill that got me. It was freshly graded (about 20 minutes before I got there) and although it looks smooth, it was soft and deep.


    Also had my 2nd dirt nap on the way back. Didn't take a pic because I was pinned against a berm. Took a few minutes to wiggle out of that one.

    I see you camped at Jumbo rocks. I like jumbo rocks, a great place to take photos when the light is right. I gotta get back and do Berdoo canyon and Dale road some day.
  5. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

    Apr 6, 2009
    I hope that you and your bike is O.K ..

    I got almost down on those sandy parts, couple of times.
    For my problem was that at the bright sun light hides those White Sand at the certain angles... ^^
    so, I could not figure out how the road/sandy deep was at the time I got in troubles.
    However, as I rode slow, I could handle it out nicely fortunately.

    The Berdoo Canyon road seems that there are deeper sandy sections ..
    I will leave it for later time after I got some more experiences.. ha ha ha
  6. DidYouSeeThat

    DidYouSeeThat Uhhhh... Where?

    Feb 28, 2009
    So Cali
    Great read.... Excellent video. +1 on the HiRes ;)

    I am going to Joshua Tree in Mid April ;)

    Any other Joshua Advice?

  7. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

    Sep 10, 2008
    Alberta, Canada
    Great video - we just got back home - and I really wish I was still there!
    My (shiny new) 990 adventure had a rest in the deep sand too! Gotta practice in that stuff - and DON'T SLOW DOWN.
    Beautiful place - thanks for posting.
    Advice - take gear - it can get cold up there (maybe not in April) :D