Cougar Butte

Saturday, February 20, 2016 8am

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ALERT:  91 will be closed between the 71 and the 15.  From south OC take the 5 to the 57 North to the 60 East to the 15 North.  I think this will add 10 to 15 minutes to your trip.

I have decided to make this a day trip on Saturday.

We will do Chicken Rock, Bullfrog and Cakewalk plus a few extra sections.  Lots of rocks to go up, down and/or around.  You can make it as tough as you want.  Plenty of challenging obstacles.  No steep hills but a few places to make you feel a little uncomfortable.  One of the obstacles is named Jeep Eater.

We will rendezvous at the Food4Less parking lot (Kiowa Plaza) (34 28’16.08”N, 117 12’31.48”W) a little over 7.5 miles East from the I15 on Bear Valley Road.  There are two gas stations on the corner of Bear Valley Road and Kiowa Road.  You should gas up there or anywhere else along Bear Valley Road before getting to the rendezvous.  We will leave the parking lot at 0800

If you want to make a weekend of it and go out Friday there are plenty of camping spots.  If you follow the directions to the trailhead you will drive in between two large rock formations.  I usually camp in one of the three alcoves to the right.  There are vault toilets on the other side of the rock formation to the left about ½ mile North

RVs will be able to get to any of the campsites previously mentioned.

Tow vehicles can be left at the campsite or near the Chicken Rock trailhead (N34 29.060 W116 49.148).  We will leave the trailhead at 0900.

Rig & Run Details

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Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.


  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550 Mhz


  • 33+ Minimum-Sized Tire
  • 3+ Minimum Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Minimum Transfer Case
  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points
  • Ham Radio
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes


  • Front Axle Locker

Difficulty: 4

1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Rendezvous at: kMart/Food4Less parking lot

15 N to right on Bear Valley Rd (gas up anywhere along Bear Valley Rd).  Get gas before Rendezvous. 

For those camping the last gas is a 7-Eleven at Navajo Rd about 9 miles from the 15.

Continue on Bear Valley Road to right on 18E (12.75 miles from the 15)

Left on Rabbit Springs Rd (7.2 miles from Bear Valley Rd) at approximately 2.3 miles there is a left and quick right turn to stay on Rabbit Springs Rd

Left on Camp Rock Rd (approximately 6.25 miles from left and quick right)

2 miles to:

Right on Cambria (street sign says Cambria, Google calls it Astral) turns into Granite Rd. continue about 2.2 miles to campsite/trailhead on the right close to the Butte.

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Participants (11 of 12 spots filled)

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02/18/16Rendevous00Can I get ride along with someone?
Alex Carvallo
JK 2009
02/19/16Rendevous35Returning old member
Robert Mejia
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02/19/16Trail Head22Friend With Roberto Alvez And Alex Carvallo
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02/19/16See Comments14will meet you at the food for less around 7:15am Saturday. My cell # is 949 279 1649 Mike Hennessy
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