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Joshua Tree Labor Day Weekend Exploring

Discussion in 'Southern California' started by blackhawke88, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Aug 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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    blackhawke88

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    What: Off-Roading, Camping, Hiking, Exploring, Drinking, Shooting
    When: Saturday August 31 to Monday September 2
    Where: Joshua Tree National Park, Old Dale Road, First Mine Located: 33.96808, -115.69323

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  2. Aug 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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    Would maybe down for a day trip or one night
     
  3. Aug 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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    Hmmmmm.... There's a trail that was well beyond my stocker last time I went exploring. Which campsite are you considering? People will get there Friday morning to snake prime spots. I've been turned away two outta three times at JT.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM
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    :spy: I may be down for this
     
  5. Aug 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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    Good to know about the campsites...im actually more down to find a secluded spot like in a mine and camp, away from other people
     
  6. Aug 21, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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    I was just out there exploring all weekend with a couple of friends, we didn't go into the joshua tree national park but I talked with a ranger and he said there were a couple of trails to take in the park. We just drove around in the desert towards any hills we saw to try and climb. It was hot outside (108 degrees) but inside the truck stayed nice and cool. Have fun with your trip!
     
  7. Aug 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM
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    carcharias

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    I live and die by "California Camping" by Tom Stienstra out of Moon Publishing. JT has a few wilderness passes you can get, but it's "park your car here and hike waaaaaay over there." I went a bit past Old Dale Rd & Brooklyn Mine Jeep Trail, and things got shoddy for Old Dale Rd. Lots of places to explore, though!

    Hmmmm.....
     
  8. Aug 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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    Thinking about exploring the Northeast regions of the park, where you take either Old Dale Road or Black Eagle Mine Road. The black eagle mine road takes you to Eagle Mountain which looks awesome:
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  9. Aug 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM
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  10. Aug 22, 2013 at 6:54 AM
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    Bump fo you aaron. Used to go out there as a kid all the time. great place! Wish I could go. Im committed to a wedding that weekend :(
     
  11. Aug 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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    Was out in JT a few weeks ago. My first time there - didn't have my Taco since I was on vacation. That is an awesome place and kept wishing I had my truck and more time. Have fun everybody.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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    How hot was it? 110? 115?
     
  13. Aug 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM
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    Theres some great trails out there! You'll have fun!
     
  14. Aug 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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    When I went, it was between 100-105. 2 days after I left is when I read that the wave of serious heat was beginning.


    IIRC, the southern part of the park is hotter than the northern part.
     
  15. Aug 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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    I might be up for this, gotta check with my old lady. Never been there but always heard great things, good places to camp out on the trails?
     
  16. Aug 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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    I'm assuming this is not gutless 2wd friendly? I'd like to explore, but will I burn out my clutch out there?
     
  17. Aug 23, 2013 at 9:49 AM
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    Cool! Yeah, I went by some of that stuff, just didn't go as far. Hmmm.....

    IIRC what'll matter most is your tires - there are some sharp rocks out there. Then again, my stock Rugged Fails took me far out there. I didn't need 4x4 once.
     
  18. Aug 23, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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    There will be plenty of 4x4 trucks with us to give the 2wds a push or tug.

    Im planning on leaving Friday night and finding a camping spot in the mining district. I'll probably find a place on google earth ahead of time and post the coordinates here. I'll be on ham radio throughout the weekend and be able to relay gps coordinates.
     
  19. Aug 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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    Possibly camp here first night:
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  20. Aug 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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    bump, 5 more days, Here is who I have going for now:

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