San Diego to Phoenix

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - West & PNW' started by mmoorhouse, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. mmoorhouse

    mmoorhouse Iron Rider

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    I would like to see if anyone has any routes that would maximize the dirt time between San Diego and Phoenix. Any help would be appreciated.
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  2. Rick Lee

    Rick Lee Long timer

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    I've only slabbed that route a few times, but there is dirt to be had. Last time headed west I got off I-8 at Campo and took 94 into SD. I'm sure there has to be a good dirt route east of Campo. And once you get near the Imperial Sand Dunes, it's dirt paradise. I haven't done it yet and I believe you need a permit for it. But it's on my list. Once you get near Gila Bend at I-8, you are very close to some amazing dirt in the Sonoran National Monument. Lots of trails there, probably mapped on some BLM site.
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  3. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Some of our guys are mapping out a ride from the waters of the Pacific (as in Pacific Beach) to the waters of the CO. River incorporating as much dirt as possible....Here's a link to their first attempt at mapping it out last Spring:

    http://www.dualsport-sd.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2407

    They'll be running it again sometime this fall/winter.....
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  4. SteelRain

    SteelRain Beer Cooled

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    I'd love to get in on this... but I think my GSA may be a little to much for all the soft sand riding...
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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Mine was acting like an ostrich this morning.

    ...As in 'burying its head in the sand...' :bluduh

    Keep me out of the deep stuff and I'm OK. :thumb

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  6. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

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    The Bradshaw Trail is one route that can lead to others.
    You can run dirt from Coachella to Wiley Springs, at least, or you used to be able to.
    Decide whether you want to cross at 10, 8 or Parker.

    If you need GPS to get there, I would not recommend going.
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  7. SteelRain

    SteelRain Beer Cooled

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    I am in the process of building my DRZ SuMo into a decent DS toy.

    When are going to do this? It will light a fire underme so I can go...
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  8. SteelRain

    SteelRain Beer Cooled

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    Using a map is nice, and it is something I am good at (being a former ground pounder and all) But if someone has a GPS trail alrady laid, that makes the adventure a little less daunting.
    I typically keep one in a backpack right next to the SPOT, just in case.
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