This is a weekend camping trip to Cougar Butte in Lucerne Valley but can easily be joined as a day run on Saturday.
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 easy or 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.
Sunday we will explore other trails there in the morning and break camp after lunch
We will be camping on the North side of Cougar Butte. I plan to get to camp (34 29 02.57N 116 49 21.43W) around 4:00pm. I can rendezous with people at the KMart/Food4Less parking lot on Bear Valley Rd 7.7 miles from the 15 at 3:00pm. Gas up anywhere along Bear Valley Rd. There is an Arco and CircleK at the Rendevous point. If you are going directly to the campsite the last gas is a 7 Eleven at Navajo Rd. RVs should be able to get to the campsite or at least very close to it. It is sandy and could be rutted.
For those making it a day trip, gas up any where along Bear Valley Rd. The last gas is a 7-Eleven approximately 9 miles from the 15.
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.
Make sure you let me know where we are meeting and/or whether you coming just for the day. If I don't know you are coming I will not wait for you. I have both CB (ch.4) and HAM (146.550MHz). I am not sure if there is phone service out there.
For those camping: this is dry camping and bring firewood.
Rendezvous @ kMart/Food4Less parking lot
15 N to right on Bear Valley Rd (gas up anywhere along Bear Valley Rd). Last gas is a 7-Eleven at Navajo Rd about 9 miles from the 15. Friday 3:00 pm rendevous at KMart/Food4Less parking lot 7.7 miles from the 15
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 say Cambria, Google calls it Astral) turns into Granite Rd. continue about 2.1 miles to campsite on the right close to the Butte.