Cedarville and Silver City . . . Sheldon and Hart

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    Oregon, Nor Cal, Nevada, Idaho. Probly 90% dirt.

    Back in January, inmate @Sfcootz proposed a rally in Cedarville, CA for May 10-13. Here’s the thread:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/cootz-end-of-pavement-rally-cedarville-ca-may-10-13-2018.1275600/.


    I thought this would be a good opportunity to go discover some of that Black Rock/ High Rock desert and maybe see some Owyhee country that I’ve been jonesing to explore. So I put it on my calendar and started trying to find other riders that might be interested.


    Like usual, I spent some quality time with GoogleMaps, sussing out routes and locations and building some GPX files to follow. Which are a good guide but then you end up doing something else.

    I left home in Central Oregon on Wednesday 9 May, riding down thru Fort Rock and Christmas Valley. On advice from inmate @Mr Dual Sport, here:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-northwet-name-the-location-thread.743814/page-662#post-34555259


    Instead of taking the Hogback road to Plush, which I’ve done a few times, I went by way of the sunstone mines and Rabbit Hills on the Bacon Camp Rd. It was longer and rougher, but nice empty country. No one anywhere out there but me and some beeves. Good dirt.


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    Poker Jim Ridge and Rabbit Hills area


    As you get down between the rims, the trail crosses mixed scrub and playa with just a few mud patches to dodge. A couple months ago it was no doubt impassable, but now it invites you to crank it on. Fun.


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    Bluejoint vicinity dry lake



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    Map, first part

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    I set up at the birders camp at Hart Rd and County 311, because they have good water and it was that time of day. With a hearty meal and a good night sleep, I fueled at Plush next morning at headed up to Hart Spring the hard way.


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    Its an old CCC camp, just under the rim

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    Thursday. I’d been wanting to try this stunt for a while and here was gonna be my chance. Tho I should have saved it for a ride when I had some compadres along. Too bad you can’t just dial those up anytime you wanna go someplace.


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    Map Plush to Guano


    The plan was to take the road along the east side of Hart Lake and Crump Lake, up the Mud Lake Road past Robinson Lake, and over the top into Guano Creek. The Guano Rd takes you north to Hart Mountain Hot Spring. Sounds easy enough. Looks easy enough on the map. But 50 miles took me all of nine hours.


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    Hart Lake east side


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    Between the lakes

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    Why? Well I had to stop at the glass house and take pictures.


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    Glass House with metal art



    Its not really glass. Its steel and plexiglass

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    Inside. Still well preserved for an abandoned place


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    Its out there

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    With a view.

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    When it got warm, I had to shed gear and have a siesta at this old homestead.


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    Before glass houses, this was how the homesteaders did it


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    They could watch over the cattle from their front yard



    Not far past there, I had to get down and bushwhack to find the trail. It kinda gets lost in the tall grass.

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    But it seemed most of the time was spent fighting the grade up Fischer Canyon, which is probly less than ten miles, but its steep and stony in places with loose rock and it wanted to offer up a lot of insubordination.


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    Steep and stony with loose rock



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    Robinson Lake is on the way



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    Keep going, its 1500', you're not done yet

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    Up on top finally is a big wide open, with a panoramic 360 to the far hills.

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    Topping out

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    Looking back towards Warner Mountain


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    Looking southeast

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    The Guano Road is a pleasure cruise, except for a few water crossings which made me hope to heck I didn’t dump it way out there and alone.


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    Going down into Guano Creek


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    Guano crossing


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    North toward Hart Spring


    It was late and a chill wind blowing when I got to the Hart Spring camp. There is still snow up on the hill and I was expecting a lone set up and hunker down kind of a night.

    As I roll into camp, a guy flags me and says, “Hey are you 97707?”

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    It was ADV inmate @OR400, I had been trying to coordinate with him before I left and we had missed each other. So I had the pleasure of his company for the evening and we chatted by the fire for a spell. In the morning, he was headed to Elko and I was bound for Cedarville by way of the Beatys Road.


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    Snow isn't off the high ground, and a chill north wind was blowing


    Here’s a warning for anyone wants to do this route. I didn’t find out till I got down to Guano and it was too late to turn back, but that road and a mess of others are supposed to be closed till mid June. So if you go out there, check the closure dates.


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    The hot spring is nice if you hit it when its not crowded

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    Friday, it was cloudy and cool. I took the Rock Creek Road to the Flook Lake Rd and Beatys Butte Rd. I had planned South Boundary to Shirk Ranch, but I didn’t want to push my luck with the closed road rules. That gets to wait for next time.

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    Map, route Hart Spring to Adel


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    Flook Rd

    Rock Creek is fast gravel. Flook is good dirt with some rocky sections. The Beatys Butte Rd is wide gravel.

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    Came across this curiosity between the reserve boundary and the Butte Road. Somebody’s post-apocalypse hideout, looks like.


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    Thought it was some kind of military installation from a distance



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    A stout masonary box. Couple shipping containers and a picnic table for the homey effect.



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    Inch thick steel blast doors in case of hellfire missile attack.



    In Adel for fuel I found @shooter450 and some of the California riders out for a spin, and a scenic couple hours later I was sitting around the fire, beer in hand, getting to know the Cedarville rally folks.

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    Cedarville is a charming little town in the Surprise Valley, with a ridge of snow capped peaks along the west side and a pair of big seasonal lakes in the basin.


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    Down at the foot of those hills



    They look to have some civic pride and it shows in the fairgrounds where we camped. We pitched our tents on a lawn and had toilets and showers handy. A hot shower sure is welcome after a long dusty ride. Thanks, Cootz.


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    I'm so stoked about your report. Thank you for coming to Cedarville. It was a genuine pleasure to meet you.
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    Saturday 12 May. This was a day for riding local. Oregon inmate @Apple Jam had been in town most of the week, straight over from a campout at Ludlum on the coast. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/may-04-06-2018-sw-oregon-campout.1274192/

    I had been messaging with inmate @IdahoMtnRider about meeting up here too. Wasn’t sure he’d make it cuz he'd been off sailing in Mexico. Good thing, he showed. The three of us did a big loop, down to Eagleville and up the Hays Canyon Road, jog SE on County 34 and NE on the High Rock Canyon Rd to Stevens Camp.


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    Scott and AJ. Look at the tankage on that bike.



    BLM keeps a full service cabin Stevens Camp, available to the public. Some folks were camped at it with quads and gear and coolers for the long haul.


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    That's right, I got a pic of the sign and not the cabin. Guess my concentration wasn't on photojournalism. Maybe somebody else got one.



    We tried a shot down the High Rock primitive road to High Rock Lake and over to the 217 road to Soldier Meadow. That’s only about 25 miles, but just the first one or two showed it to be big bike not-friendly, an invitation to break something in a place you can’t self rescue. You won’t get a truck and trailer in there.

    AJ took some pics he posted over at http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/black-rock-desert-high-rock-canyon.1057850/page-5 post #84

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    So we went to a plan B and rode all over the Badger Mountain roads and out to Hwy 8A for a fast track home. Heckuva dirt day in good company. About 150 miles worth. Traveling with two fast riders, both on 990s, will keep you scrambling.

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    Map that day looks like this. File: https://drive.google.com/open?id=157tMQ1JutqNi2F31or3dlMbhvMokljrM&usp=sharing]



    We were just getting acquainted with the country, looking for whatever was interesting. Found this place I called Robber's Roost.


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    Has a little spring and a barn by it.



    Sheldon is called an antelope refuge but they have wild horse and burro out there too. These guys were checking us out as we rode up.


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    http://www.mustangs4us.com/HMA-Section/sheldon_wildlife_range_-_usfws.htm



    Inmate @RockyRue gets props for feeding the whole crew. He made breakfasts, and had burgers waiting when we got back to camp. And @Mofrid was generous with his beer and had the forethought to get us a load of firewood delivered. Guys like this made the rally a joy. So a big hiphip to these gennelmen.


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    Sunday was epic. Scott (IdahoMtnRider) and I were headed to Owyhee, and looking to make some easting. We jumped on Hwy 8A and boogied for sixty miles or so onto the Sheldon Antelope Refuge.

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    8A. In Nevada a road like this is called a highway



    Then we turned east to get into deep bush. Another 6 or 10 miles put us on the Devaney Road which heads up to Virgin Valley.


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    On to the Devaney Road


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    Gets you out onto some broken country


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    On Devaney, between Badger Mountain and Peacock Mine, you are well out there. No people and not much sign of them. Its mostly all a good bad road. When you get to Hell Creek, it’s a tad sketchy. Steep down and up, with a washout, and a water crossing at the bottom. That washout is about one rainstorm away from closing the road. The place is just a big beautiful empty, more home to antelope and wild horse than man.


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    Down to Hell Creek



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    The road goes down and up again



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    There's a water crossing in the bottom. If we weren't so busy doing it I would have got a picture


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    At the north end is the Peacock Opal mine. For a fee, you can park your RV and dig for gem stones. The water crossing getting there from the south could be challenging in a wetter season. On up from the mine is a warm pool at the no-fee Virgin Valley Camp, and the Duferena Ponds.



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    There's still plenty more of this


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    Eventually dropping down to Virgin Valley


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    Sunday's ride. File: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UDRBaYF1MDcZuERYvUT8UIuAx4bv0lNK&usp=sharing

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    At that point you’re just about to Hwy 140 and maybe 25 miles to Denio Junction, 55 to Fields the easy way. But we didn’t do the easy way. We did the ADV way.


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    Rain clouds were all around as we went up the Deep Creek valley



    Take the Bog Hot Road north from Hwy 140 about 25 miles and turn east on the Domingo Pass Road over the Pueblo Mountains summit. About 12 miles and 1,000’ up and down later, arrive at Hwy 205 just south of Fileds. Scott had a tip to try this one, and it was a thumbs-up jewel in the day.



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    Going up Domingo




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    These maps were useful on the trip.

    No contours on them, but they show BLM and private boundaries which is helpful with planning.

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