Soda Dry Lake bed isn't dry. I saw it Sunday 3/12/2023 and it was flooded. It won't be dry enough to cross on a stabdard Mojave Road trip. Also Piute Gorge washed out and there is a detour. Further Kelbaker Road and the visitors center are closed. I'll need to get creative about the route.
There will be a campsite marked with club signs near the river road between Needles and Laughlin where we will stay Friday night. An alternative to camping Friday night would be to stay in a hotel in Laughlin.
Last gas is at the AVi Casino http://www.avicasino.com/ or in Laughlin.
See the directions below. The GPS location is for the turn off pavement to camp. We will hit the road at 8 AM Saturday morning.
In all, you’ll need to make it 200 miles from the gas station in Laughlin to the next gas in Ludlow. Extra gas may be necessary for some vehicles. This is not a trip for tow vehicles as we are not returning to Laughlin. However, any 4X4 can make the trip. I’m taking my pickup truck and leaving my Jeep at home.
Along the way on Saturday I plan to visit the abandoned Army fort and spring, Fort Piute. There will be a short side trip to the petroglyph area just off the Mojave Road in Lanfair Valley. We'll put pennies in the Penny Can, stop at Government Hole and the mail box (bring a letter),
Saturday night we will camp at along the trail somewhere, probably at the rock pile on Wild Hourse Road just off Black Canyon Road.
Sunday we'll make our way to Ludlow using both pavement and dirk roads. Matbe take old route 66 to the Bagdad Cafe as a finish line..
Guide Book: BackCountry Adventures Southern California, 2002 edition, D13 and
California Ghost Town Trails (1985) and
Guide to Southern California Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails and
Mojave Road Guide, June 1986
From Chuck Jones: I will be leaving Friday morning with stops at/near Ludlow to include: Project Carryall marker, Bagdad Chase Mine, Ludlow Sourhtern RR route, Ragtown marker, and Tonopah and Tidewater Shops marker. Let me know if you are interested.