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Capo Valley 4 Wheelers

Hill & Dale

March 25th 2016

Description

Hill and Dale is a collection of rough shelf roads, mines, and sand dunes. This run is to the Dale Mining district East of Twentynine Palms. It will be dry camping. There will be several shelf roads with moderate pucker factors. Not dangerous but not for the faint of heart. There will be mines to explore. You may enter the mines at your own risk and don't forget a hard hat, flash light, and gloves. We'll also run some sand dunes and drive down into an open pit iron mine.

This will be dry camping. Bring everything including firewood.  We'll camp in our usual spot on Iron Age Road.  Signs will be put at pavement and beyond directiong you to camp. 

We'll be camping just off highway 62 on Iron Age Road. Motor homes are not recommended on Iron Age Road due to soft sand. Motorhomes have made it to camp before only to be towed out by strapping up two jeeps to help. Tow vehicles sometimes drop thier Jeep before the soft sand and drive both vehicles the last 50 yards to camp.

Your last gas is in Twentynine Palms. We'll start the Saturday run at 8:30 AM.

I must insist that you have at least a rear locker for this run.

Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 33+ Sized Tire
  • 2+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage
  • Camping Supplies

Run Recommendations

  • Front Axle Locker

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 3

Difficulty Level: 3

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 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
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 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

Location

Rendezvous @ 6th Street Chevron in Norco

1. Meet at the San Juan Capistrano Park & Ride at the Juan Junipero Serra off ramp at 10 AM.

2. Meet at at the McDonalds at 400 N McKinley St, Corona, CA 92879 at 10:45 AM.  Take the McKinley off ramp from I-15, go north under the freeway about a third of a mile and it's on the left hand side of the street. and follow me.

3. Meet in camp.   Drive 158 miles from San Clemente to Twentynine Palms. There you will be entering town on highway 62. Get gas. The last stop light is Utah St.. From there drive East on highway 62 about 20.7 miles to Iron Age Road. It is signed by Caltrans. I will also put out club signs to lead you to camp.

For Marty starting out in Baker at the Mad Greek, take the kelbaker road (127) South thru Kelso and continue on to I-40. Cross under I-40 and continue on the old route 66 (National Trails Highway) and turn Left. Go West to Amboy and turn Left (South) on Amboy Road. Follow this road into Twentynine Palms and turn left on Adobe Road (South). Go South to Highway 62 and turn left (East).  From here it's a little over 21 miles to Ironage Road. There are no gas stations for the 125 miles between Baker and Twentynine Palms.

We'll leave camp at 8:30 AM Saturday morning.

Or drive 158 miles from San Clemente to Twentynine Palms. There you will be entering town on highway 62. Get gas. The last stop light is Utah St.. From there drive East on highway 62 about 20.7 miles to Iron Age Road. It is signed by Caltrans. I will also put out club signs to lead you to camp.

For Marty starting out in Baker at the Mad Greek, take the kelbaker road (127) South thru Kelso and continue on to I-40. Cross under I-40 and continue on the old route 66 (National Trails Highway) and turn Left. Go West to Amboy and turn Left (South) on Amboy Road. Follow this road into Twentynine Palms and turn left on Adobe Road (South). Go South to Highway 62 and turn left (East).  From here it's a little over 21 miles to Ironage Road. There are no gas stations for the 125 miles between Baker and Twentynine Palms.

We'll leave camp at 8:30 AM Saturday morning.

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