Picking up sand dollars on the beach of San Quintrin
We leave Mexico Highway 1 onto the new paved
road that climbs 9,000 feet in 62 miles to the National Observatory at the top of the Sierra San Pedro Martir. We go 30 miles on it before turning north...
Soon we are on the base roadbed awaiting the final blacktop
coating. The tall sierra is seen in the distance. Some photos from a 2000
trip all the way up are at http://vivabaja.com/davidlorenzo/dlpage6.html
30 miles from Highway One and, 2 miles before the Meling
Ranch, we turn north on a well signed, graded road for 'El Coyote' where
the rough road on to Mike's Sky Rancho begins.
Not far from El Coyote, we discover a large fire had
recently burned much of the area between El Coyote and Mikes (thousands of acres)! (Sept. 2005)
Elizabeth finds this poor fellow who didn't have a prayer...
Some pretty sky in Baja's high country.
I stand in front of the fallen oak that blocked the road. One car and some bikers had made a detour through the brush before we arrived.
On the long down grade to Mike's Sky Rancho on the San
Rafael River, we drive past landslides like this boulder with 'OUCH!'
painted on it!
Looking over the edge, down to the river, as we slowly get closer to Mike's.
Motel, Swimming Pool, Bar, Restaurant and camping along the river...
Mike's road at Mexico Hwy. 3 near San Matias
ROAD LOG HWY. 1 to HWY. 3 via Mike's Sky Rancho, mileage, elevation, time, and GPS:
ACROSS BAJA (Hwy. 1 to Hwy. 3) via Mike's Sky Rancho (GPS datum is NAD27)
- Highway 1 (at Paved 'Observatorio, San Pedro Martir' road): 0.0 miles, 0:00 hours, 123' elev., 30°58.01', 116°09.24'
- San Telmo: 5.7 mi., 0:09 hrs., 310', 30°58.13', 116°05.45'
- Hacienda Sinaloa: 11.4 mi., 0:18 hrs., 483', 30°56.93', 116°00.67'
- Road south (El Carricito, Valladares), stay on pavement: 16.9 mi., 0:27 hrs., 529', 30°56.55' 115°56.28'
- Road north (Buenavista), stay on pavement: 17.5 mi., 0:29 hrs., 564', 30°56.96', 115°55.90'
- Take road north to El Coyote and Mike's: 30.1 mi., 0:55 hrs., 2,611', 30°58.60', 115°45.91'
- El Coyote driveway west (go east for Mike's): 34.8 mi., 1:08 hrs., 2,958', 31°02.23', 115°45.50'
- Los Encinos road east (go north for Mike's): 39.3 mi., 1:41 hrs., 3,405', 31°03.43', 115°42.17'
- Alternate (northwest) road in from El Coyote: 41.5 mi., 1:57 hrs., 3,852', 31°04.33', 115°41.12'
- Rancho Simpson and Tepi road to north: 43.4 mi., 2:09 hrs., 4,570', 31°05.18', 115°39.72'
- Mike's Sky Rancho: 46.6 mi., 2:41 hrs., 3,992' elev., 31°06.57', 115°38.10'
Part 2, Mike's Sky Rancho north to Hwy. 3