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Mojave Road and Mud!!

Over the weekend I ran (for the first time) the old Mojave road with my neighbor (yellow TJ) and his Dad ('65 Land Rover). The trail is 138 Miles, We ran it from east (Colorado River) to west (Barstow). The trail is easily passable in a stock 4x4. The recent rains in SoCal made Soda Dry Lake not so dry and The Mojave River crossing was fun too. BTW the Soda lake crossing was over 4 1/2 miles of mud up to about a foot deep in spots!!!

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Looks like a great weekend! Water looks deep. Did you get water inside?
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Nope, I had one eye on the door sills and nothing! The Land Rover got some though, but not too bad.
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That is the closest I have seen to someone in socal actually almost needing a snorkel.

I'm going to do old Mojave road one of these days.

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Wash that mud off quick, it's really hard on your paint. That lake bed is nasty when wet.

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Been thinking about making this run. How long did the trip take?
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Been thinking about making this run. How long did the trip take?
You can do it in a day, it's about 130 miles. But I have found that 3 days is about right for me. It leaves plenty of time to explore.

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Been thinking about making this run. How long did the trip take?
We did it in two. But I agree with Mike, three would be even better. There's lots of cool history out there to see.
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If anyone is going to do this trip, I recommend Dennis Casebier's book you can order here;

http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/nov/s.../mtdennis.html

Great book and history of the area. Really adds to the trip. Take a side trip to the Kelso Station. It was updated a bit ago and is really nice; they even have food service.

And here is a link to the water crossing level:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=10263000

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That looks like a great trip. I want to try that some day.

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That is the closest I have seen to someone in socal actually almost needing a snorkel.

I'm going to do old Mojave road one of these days.
This is why I need to get rid of my CAI. What a waste of money.

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If anyone is going to do this trip, I recommend Dennis Casebier's book you can order here;

http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/nov/s.../mtdennis.html

Great book and history of the area. Really adds to the trip. Take a side trip to the Kelso Station. It was updated a bit ago and is really nice; they even have food service.

And here is a link to the water crossing level:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=10263000
Absolutely don't go without dennis's book. I had a copy of the original which is about twice as big as the current version. The story of the battle at Marl Spring is amazing.
Thanks for the water link. Very cool!

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Dang thats cool. I did this trail on dirtbike a few years ago and had a blast. We rode straight in to Laughlin and stayed a day, then we rode back to Barstow. Are there good camping spots along the way?

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If anyone is going to do this trip, I recommend Dennis Casebier's book you can order here;

http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/nov/s.../mtdennis.html

Great book and history of the area. Really adds to the trip. Take a side trip to the Kelso Station. It was updated a bit ago and is really nice; they even have food service.

And here is a link to the water crossing level:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=10263000
Interesting read about the author. This looks like it would be a good time.

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I need to plan a trip like this... I've never been but it looks like a fun adventure.
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That place looks and sounds fun.

One question though, what makes the ground look all white? At first I thought it was snow or something.
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This is a great trip for whatever amount of time you have. I have done it quite a few times and we usually camp three nights on the trail. Things change trip to trip and you can make interesting side trips. Good times.

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Nice thick mud

that water link is cool, says its at 3.5 feet now, I wanna go


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Dang thats cool. I did this trail on dirtbike a few years ago and had a blast. We rode straight in to Laughlin and stayed a day, then we rode back to Barstow. Are there good camping spots along the way?
Quite a few. Balancing rock (primitive camp)is near the start of the trail near the Colorado. Mid Hills (USFS, running water, crappers, fees etc) is a nice mid way stop. Marl Spring (primitive) has cool views. Afton Canyon (BLM) is a good way to end it up.

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