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Capo Valley 4 Wheelers
Capo Valley 4 Wheelers

Cougar Butte

February 20th 2016

Description

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.

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
  • 3+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Roll Cage

Run Recommendations

  • Front Axle Locker

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 4

Difficulty Level: 4

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 @ 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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