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Capo Valley 4 Wheelers
Capo Valley 4 Wheelers

Moonlite Run

September 18th 2010

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This is what to expect on the Sept.18, Saturday night run to Anza Borrego State Park.  Make your way out Highway 78 to S-2 and turn right.  Travel to mile marker 53 and pull off the East side of the road at Carrizo Badland Overlook.  Be there at 8:15 PM.  Air down.  A stock 4X4 can make this run.  

 

Tow rigs can be left in Ramona as Sizzler or Stagecoach Trails in Shelter Valley off S-2.

 

We start off at 8:30 down Canyon sin Nombre jeep trail.  Expect it to be hot. When we get to Carrizo Creek wash we will turn right.  Soon this will turn into wet ground, then submerged ground and the creek will be our road bead for about 1/4 mile.  It gets much cooler in the creek. From the creek exit we will travel East to the bombing range. No souvenirs please. We turn around and go back through the water & Carrizo Creek wash until we get to Arroyo Tapiado.  Here it is a turn to the North.  We will stop in the canyon to explore a mud cave.  Bring a flash light.  It's cooler in the cave.  From the Mud cave we will find Diablo Drop Off.  Folks will want to stay for awhile and go up and down the various obstacles. From the Drop Off area we will make our way East down Fish Creek (dry) to almost pavement and camp.

 

I say "camp" in quotes.  I anticipate to temperature to have cooled off to the mid 70's by 1 AM.   Bring a sleeping mat to make the ground sort of soft and do not expect a camp fire.  At sun up it heats up.  We hit the pavement not too far from camp and go North past the Iron Door bar to Ocotillo Wells & Highway 78.  Turn left (West) on Highway 78 and haul butt out of the heat towards home. 

 

Meet at Carl's Jr. in San Clemente, at the I5 & Christianitos 4 PM Saturday afternoon; we'll leave at 4:30.  I plan to get last gas and early dinner in Ramona.

 

Join us for chow or make your own arrangements.

Should be at Sizzler in Ramona at 5:30 PM for dinner on Saturday night.

I also plan to have breakfast in Ramona Sunday morning.

A note about temperatures.  The historic daytime high was 114,  low of 53, expect it to be 103 at 8 PM.

 

To learn more about the mud caves, go to:

http://www.hiddensandiego.com/wiki/index.php?title=Preview_Arroyo_Tapiado

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

  • 4HI Transfer Case

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 1

Difficulty Level: 1

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 @ San Clemente Carl's Jr

Make your way out Highway 78 to S-2 and turn right.  Travel to mile marker 53 and pull off the East side of the road at Carrizo Badland Overlook.  Be there at 8:15 PM.  Air down. 

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