Ride the Bradshaw Trail !!! (SoCal --> Feb 3-4)

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Zen Slug, Dec 29, 2006.

  1. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Edit: This ride is done... you can find the ride report here:
    The Bradshaw "BOMB RUN" of 2007


    Thanks to everybody who came out to make this such a great weekend!!!
    Special thanks to Gearheart and his pop for hosting such a large and unruly group!!!


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    Come camp and ride the Bradshaw Trail with us in the Mojave Desert!:ricky
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    We'll be camping out at gearheart's pad near the Salton Sea:freaky



    Sounds like there's plenty of riding options in the area for people with different bikes and skill levels...
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    although no matter which way you go, there's bound to be some sand[​IMG]
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    If you wanna join us please post here or send me a PM:deal



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  2. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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  3. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    FAQ's:

    Q: green sticker okay?
    A: plate recommended, PM Zen if you want to ride a green sticker bike


    Q: nOObs invited?
    A: sure, we can split into groups by bike and comfort level


    Q: can I show up early/leave late from gearheart's camp spot?
    A: ok to arrive Friday, leave Monday but please PM Zen Slug your plans
    (there will be no water on Monday morning)


    Q: where do we relieve ourselves?
    A: gearheart's camp spot has a toilet and running water


    Q: is drunken buffoonery permitted?
    A: no, drunken bufoons will be blindfolded and dropped off in the bombing range
    (please see the other camp rules below LINK)


    Q: should I bring the big DS or the plated dirt bike?
    A: if you want to ride fast and explore the side options bring the dirt bike, otherwise the big DS will be fine. either way you'll want a gas tank with at least a 100 mile range.


    Q: is the riding going to be as crazy as the pictures jonz posted?
    A: only on the Friday ride (DETAILS)
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  4. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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  5. mikeyb

    mikeyb Just some guy

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    I'm in.
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  6. Trey650

    Trey650 Are We There Yet?

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    I'm in Zen.

    Sounds like a fun ride.

    Will be fun to hook up with a bunch of the crowd again.

    Keep us posted on the ride.
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  7. mikeprod92211

    mikeprod92211 Desert Rat

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    I plan on going!
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  8. elevatorjunky

    elevatorjunky oily adventurer

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    So we just set up camp around a house,be loud and merry and no one cares!wow this is going to be interesting.Where do we relieve ourselves?
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  9. BetaTrialsGuy

    BetaTrialsGuy D i r t - Z a m b o n i

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    I see my name is on the list with a question mark behind it. I'd like to get rid of the question mark, and the best way to do that is to say: "I'm in!."

    I'm assuming we're still talking about February 3rd & 4th (?) I'm only about 45 minutes away, and havn't ridden down in the area of Fountain of Youth and the Bradshaw Trail, so I'm looking forward to the riding.

    By the way, Bradshaw was a guy who ran a stagecoach line from San Bernardino to the area near Oatman, Arizona, where there was a minor gold rush. Apparently he originated the trail. I think he ferried his stagecoaches across the Colorado River.

    I rode the Meccacopia Trail last week with my son and my grandson who were visiting for the Christmas Holidays. Part of it links up with the gravel road into Painted Canyon. The other end of it comes out onto Box Canyon Road. There are some areas within the Mecca Hills that are off limits to us, particularily the Hidden Springs Trail. Lotsa sand, then lotsa rocks, mercifully few whoop-dees!

    Looking forward!
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  10. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    If I make it, I'm most likely coming in bright and early Friday and heading out bright and early Sunday.
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  11. mikeprod92211

    mikeprod92211 Desert Rat

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    This event is taking place as well that weekend.
    Link http://www.paratoys.com/
    Could be fun to see how the other people spend their time and money.
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  12. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    This is not a party so much as a ride. Please be prepared to behave as you would in your own house, here's a few of the house rules:

    *no littering, including cigarette butts.
    *alcohol in moderation, please
    *parking only in the driveway and no cutting across the property (no riding on the lawn, essentially).
    *kind, curtious behavior. please no asshattery (it isnt glamis).
    *firewood welcome for the firepit!
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  13. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    Borrowed a copy of "Backcountry Adventures: Southern California" (Massey & Wilson) and found some info in there about rides in this area. They've got 5 pages on Bradshaw trail (south coast #45) and list several other trails in the "local" area:


    Bradshaw Trail (79.4 miles, DR = 2)
    Berdoo Canyon Trail (14.9 miles, difficulty rating = 4)
    Joshua Tree National Park Geology Tour (11.5 miles, DR = 2)
    Pinkham Canyon Trail (21.5 miles, DR = 3)
    Old Dale Road (25.8 miles, DR = 4)
    Brooklyn Mine Road (12.3 miles, DR = 6)
    Pinkham Canyon Trail (21.5 miles, DR = 3)
    Red Canyon Trail (13.8 miles, DR = 4)
    Milpitas Wash Trail (28.8 miles, DR = 2)
    Black Mountain Road (15.5 miles, DR = 6)
    Indian Pass Road (43.4 miles, DR = 3)
    Calcite Mine Trail (1.9 miles, DR = 7)


    Anybody got any favorites in that list? I figure we can do Bradshaw on one day (maybe Saturday?) and do some smaller stuff on the other day(s). Anybody wanna volunteer to lead a group on one of these (or another) ride?:ear




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  14. Trey650

    Trey650 Are We There Yet?

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    Ahh that should go without saying, but glad you posted it. Respect the people that host these things so we can come back again. Corky was real happy with the way we conducted ourselfs at Neds Clinic @ Ocotillo Wells. Let's keep the tradition alive.
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  15. FlyinGo!!!!!

    FlyinGo!!!!! Ride it like a two stroke

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    :D I wanna play!
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  16. Zen Slug

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  17. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra Supporter

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    I can maybe help you limit the number of rides contemplated by noting that Pinkham Canyon, Berdoo Canyon, Geology Tour Rd., and Old Dale Road are all north of I-10, in some cases well north. Pinkham is the closest and is OK if you like riding lots and lots of deep soft sand. But since you're 20 miles south of I-10, I'd suggest staying down there. I'm not familiar with Brooklyn Mine road or the last 4 rides mentioned (at least, not by those names).

    The Bradshaw trail is cool if for no other reason than it's an 80 mile long dirt road. The desert scenery is top notch also.

    Just as a reminder, I probably can't make it out until Saturday afternoon. It depends on my taxi duties Sat. a.m.

    Jonz
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  18. CA Stu

    CA Stu Peace and love

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    Hi Zen!

    I've planned several rides through the "Backcountry Adventure" series, and I just wanted to chime in and point out that the difficulty ratings are based on the capabilities of 4WD vehicles.

    As such, a deep, sandy wash may only get a "2" rating, but may be damn near impossible for some guys on heavy bikes.

    A stud like you will have no problems regardless, just wanted to give a heads up.

    I may make this one, but seeing how it's on the weekend after DVDaze may be a tough sell. I'd sure like to do it and make some kind of a loop ending back at my house in Riverside in time to get a shower Sunday and head straight out to a Superbowl party! :freaky

    Thanks
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  19. Zen Slug

    Zen Slug Spineless Adventurer

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    How long will it take for a mixed group to run the Bradshaw trail?
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  20. noshoes

    noshoes soñando con México

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    It would take me a couple weeks, I'm not much of a runner.
    So I'll be riding my honda.....:lol3
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