This run is rated easy to mild. The most difficult parts are driving over some small rocks and a steep decent down a blow sand hill. Stock JK's can handle all of these trails.
Afton Canyon is one of my favorite places to explore. The views are amazing and it shows the best and most beautiful of the California desert. We'll be exploring mines, mountain tops, canyons, grave sites and more.
The run over the Northern rim and through the canyon floor is Sunday October 13th.
Meeting time is 8:30 a.m., departing at 9:00 a.m.
Drive time from Costa Mesa is estimated to be 2 hours and 20 minutes.
MAP OF SUNDAY MORNING MEETING SPOT
= GPS Coordinates: 35.05765667519787, -116.39008015394211
DIRECTIONS FROM COSTA MESA TO AFTON CANYON MEETING SPOT
Plan time for and top off your tank in Yermo at: MAP OF YERMO GAS STATIONS
Optional Camping and some Northern rim exploring are scheduled for October 12th.
Camping meeting time is 2:30 p.m., leaving for the camp site at 3:00.
CAMPING MEETING SPOT
(this is the meeting spot, not the camp site. Navigation to the camp site is difficult, so we will drive in as a group)
PM your cell number to me and I'll reply back with mine.
I've organized Afton Canyon Runs, the last three years. Each of those runs have been three days with two nights of camping. Many Jeepers have come for just one of the days. These runs have all been at the end of January or beginning of February. Winter camping in Afton Canyon is challenging. Winter nights get down to sub 20 degree temps, so it's not camping for the faint of heart. This given, we are splitting the trip into two shorter Fall and Spring runs.
Weather for Mid October is expected to be a Hi of 88° and a lo of 56°. The record temps for these days have been a Hi of 100° and lo of 46°.
In the Spring we will do a run over the Southern Rim and some trails between Afton Canyon and Barstow.
[size=18pt]Post up, if you're in!
Sunday Run Only
Camping and Sunday Run
1. Woods - Camping
2. 100Dollarman - Camping
Some pictures from past AC runs:
Spooky Canyon - Note the girl at the bottom:
Found this guy in a mine: