We will be starting our trip from the Old Desert Cafe in Ridgecrest.
It takes approximately 5 hours from the bay area to reach this meeting point. Plan accordingly!
Meet us there between 12-12:30 for lunch or arrive around 1:30pm so we can all caravan to the first trail head.
The meeting point:
Old Desert Cafe (12:00 -12:30 for lunch)15668 Sierra Hwy, Mojave, CA 93501(661)[masked])
Communication: Some of us will be on CB we will also have some motorolla talkabout radios. If you have one bring it to make trail travel easier... Talkabout radios
This location is close to the following areas that we are planning on exploring:
Bonanza Gulch (read more)
Last change canyon (read more)
Trona Pinnacles (view pictures)
We also want to visit the saloon in the living ghost town of randsburg (read more) (make sure to read the comment :)
Mojave Lava Tube Trail (read more)
Here is a simplified overview of the area (see map)
There is much more to explore and do out in this area. If anyone has any other trails or recommendations for camp sites and destinations send them to me!
Right now the plan is this. Start at Bonanza Gulch entrance off of route 14. From there we will just play it by ear... no structure or schedules. We will just take our time and explore the area and hopefully make it to the destinations above while exploring the areas. Plan for 2-3 days of camping and 1 night in a hotel if needed based on the group.
For those of you attending understand join us at your own risk. Bring food, water, and anything else you need to live in the desert for 4-5 days. Runs can be made back to town to restock your cooler etc... you will need to be self sufficient for all your needs as well as reliant on your vehicle and off road experience.
If you can join us for a portion of the trip feel free to do so. If you plan on extending the trip easy destination from here are Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Bishop, etc...
Looking forward to further input & feedback.
Sean, thank you for helping me plan this!