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Aqua Caliente - Mud Caves

Discussion in 'Southern California' started by RoyR, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Nov 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    Took my son for some camping at Aqua Caliente, and explored some of the mud-caves off Arroyo Taipaido, did the loop down Arroyo Del Diablo. Checked out the dropoff, but I'm pretty sure I won't make it without a diff-locker! Fun times...ran into some forum members!

    It was freaking COLD!!!!!!!!!

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    Drop-off

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  2. Nov 12, 2012 at 8:31 PM
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    Yep we saw you. What way did u go to the drop off?
     
  3. Nov 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM
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    Mike, that road that went right further south...and then at the next fork right, up over a little hill....will plot it on google maps tomorrow.
     
  4. Nov 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    This way?
     
  5. Nov 13, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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    Looks like a damn good time! It's been a little while since I've been back there. A run to Carrizo creek would be bad ass.
     
  6. Nov 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM
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    Yes, take that little dirt road, and then it will meet with Diablo, have to turn back north east when you hit the Diablo trail, it's marked.

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  7. Nov 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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    Never saw it..... we went around. lol. Tried showing Chris that on the map he said it wasent it yesterday.
     
  8. Nov 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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    We went down it and made it out the other side to split mountain road.
     
  10. Nov 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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    So, you guys took the Fish Creek wash back to Borrego area? How long did that take?

     
  11. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:45 AM
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    We came out of fish creek on the ow side then went to ampm. Never came back.
     
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    you can totally do the drop off open/open! I did it in my 92 piece of cake. Going downhill is a lot easier than up, as long as you stay in gear in low range off the brakes if you can so you stay in control and don't start sliding.
    I'll probably hit that area up again this winter sometime. Fantastic place!
     
  16. Nov 25, 2012 at 7:16 AM
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    Wonderful to take your son to the desert! My daughter and I explored the mud caves and did the belly crawl passage... a bit scary, but that was me! LOL

    About the Diablo Dropoff... I would say lockers or A-TRAC only needed if you have to pull JAMES in his stuck 2WD Tacoma out of a sand dune and up the dropoff! :rolleyes::eek::D;)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9m1u1pba4Ps
     
  17. Nov 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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    the drop off looks nothing like that anymore.

    all sand!!! and BAD ruts!! no way you could pull someone up now. but nice video.
     
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    That video always impresses me, awesome job on that pull!
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    Thank you! He wasn't the only 2WD Taco I pulled up a steep grade... but my lips are sealed on the ID of the other (in exchange for a cool Baja sticker)! LOL
     
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