Inscription Canyon

Friday, January 15, 2016 2pm to Sunday, January 17, 2016 11am

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This is an easy road trip that includes is a two night stay at the BLM Owl campground near Barstow.  There is a small cash fee to BLM for camping.   We'll see Inscription Cannyon, Black canyon, Tonka Town, Rainbow Basin (by day and by night) and other sites. This area is well described in the book Backcountry Adventures Southern California.  I hope to get there early enough to get the Group Campsite.

There are vault toilets, picnic tables, and sun shades. Bring your own water. Bring Firewood.

We leave the camp at 9 AM Saturday morning. 

Sunday morning we'll leave for home unless people want to make a short run in the area of Copper City Rd.

Non club members need to call me at 949 275 7602 and introduce yourselves. We like to have some idea of your camping and off roading capabillities before you show up.  You must have a CB radio at a minimum for communication. Ham radio is prefered.

Rig & Run Details

The Run Liability Release Waiver must be printed, signed, and handed to the Trail Boss at the start of the Run. Click Here to Download

Ensure that your driving abilities and Rig meets the below requirements and recommendations.


  • HAM Radio on Frequency 146.550 Mhz


  • 33+ Minimum-Sized Tire
  • 2+ Minimum Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Minimum Transfer Case
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points
  • Ham Radio
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes

Difficulty: 2

1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
3 Difficult terrain and road rarely maintained; 33" tires, Suspension lift, Off-road driving experience, body armor and Rear locker recommended. Stock vehicles will likely take damage
4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained and possible erosion; 33" tires, Anti-sway bar disconnects, Rear hard locker, Off-road driving experience, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case strongly recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
5 Extremely difficult terrain with large obstacles and roll over potential; Full cage required, 37" tires strongly recommended. Good chance of mechanical failure and strong chance of body damage

Map & Driving Directions

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Rendezvous at: Trailhead/Campsite

Crawl thru Friday traffic to camp.  

Or, go out Friday with me leavinig at 10 AM from the Capistrano Park and Ride at the Junipero Serra Rd off ramp. 

Or, show up Saturady morning. Look for us first in the Group Campsite.

You can make the drive in 3 hours 15 minutes with no traffic. Find your way to Barstow and exit on L St. (Exit 181) and go north. Take a left on Main St.  Turn right on N 1st ST.  Turn Left on Irwin Rd.  Turn left on Fossil Bed Rd.  Turn right into Owl campground.  Make a map off Google if you aren't following me and have never been to Owl campground before.  I will put out club signs starting at the turn off at Fossil Bed Rd.

We leave the camp at 9 AM Saturday morning.

Weather Forecast (View Full Details)

Wednesday, July 17
97°F (36°C)
65°F (18°C)
Thursday, July 18
96°F (36°C)
64°F (18°C)
Friday, July 19
95°F (35°C)
64°F (18°C)
Saturday, July 20
96°F (36°C)
66°F (19°C)
Sunday, July 21
98°F (37°C)
71°F (22°C)
Monday, July 22
98°F (37°C)
73°F (23°C)
Tuesday, July 23
98°F (37°C)
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Participants (6 of 15 spots filled)

 OperatorJoinedMeet AtPsnsSeatsComment
08/03/15Rendevous00Trail Boss
thumbnailSlim Jimmy
Rubicon 10th anniversary
01/02/16Rendevous10Kim and I will see you in camp Friday night
John Encheff
2014 JKUR
01/12/16Trail Head40Saturday only unfortunately. Meet at campground. Thanks!
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