Moonlite Run

Saturday, September 18, 2010 8:15pm to Sunday, September 19, 2010 8am

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This is what to expect on the Sept.18, Saturday night run to Anza Borrego State Park.  Make your way out Highway 78 to S-2 and turn right.  Travel to mile marker 53 and pull off the East side of the road at Carrizo Badland Overlook.  Be there at 8:15 PM.  Air down.  A stock 4X4 can make this run.  


Tow rigs can be left in Ramona as Sizzler or Stagecoach Trails in Shelter Valley off S-2.


We start off at 8:30 down Canyon sin Nombre jeep trail.  Expect it to be hot. When we get to Carrizo Creek wash we will turn right.  Soon this will turn into wet ground, then submerged ground and the creek will be our road bead for about 1/4 mile.  It gets much cooler in the creek. From the creek exit we will travel East to the bombing range. No souvenirs please. We turn around and go back through the water & Carrizo Creek wash until we get to Arroyo Tapiado.  Here it is a turn to the North.  We will stop in the canyon to explore a mud cave.  Bring a flash light.  It's cooler in the cave.  From the Mud cave we will find Diablo Drop Off.  Folks will want to stay for awhile and go up and down the various obstacles. From the Drop Off area we will make our way East down Fish Creek (dry) to almost pavement and camp.


I say "camp" in quotes.  I anticipate to temperature to have cooled off to the mid 70's by 1 AM.   Bring a sleeping mat to make the ground sort of soft and do not expect a camp fire.  At sun up it heats up.  We hit the pavement not too far from camp and go North past the Iron Door bar to Ocotillo Wells & Highway 78.  Turn left (West) on Highway 78 and haul butt out of the heat towards home. 


Meet at Carl's Jr. in San Clemente, at the I5 & Christianitos 4 PM Saturday afternoon; we'll leave at 4:30.  I plan to get last gas and early dinner in Ramona.


Join us for chow or make your own arrangements.

Should be at Sizzler in Ramona at 5:30 PM for dinner on Saturday night.

I also plan to have breakfast in Ramona Sunday morning.

A note about temperatures.  The historic daytime high was 114,  low of 53, expect it to be 103 at 8 PM.


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Rig & Run Details

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


  • CB Radio on Channel 4


  • 4HI Minimum Transfer Case
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Tow Straps
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes

Difficulty: 1

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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Rendevous at: San Clemente Carl's Jr

Make your way out Highway 78 to S-2 and turn right.  Travel to mile marker 53 and pull off the East side of the road at Carrizo Badland Overlook.  Be there at 8:15 PM.  Air down. 

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Participants (14 of Unlimited spots filled)

 OperatorJoinedMeet AtPsnsSeatsComment
08/01/10Rendevous00Trail Boss
08/01/10Rendevous01ChristianitosCarls at 1600 eye!
JK Unlimited
08/01/10Rendevous20We will be there, hoping to bring some friends.
thumbnailX Man
08/24/10Rendevous11I got the lights
09/06/10Trail Head20Will meet at trail head. Found a campground right off of S2(Stagecoach trails) that will let me park my tow rig and trailer.
Doug King
'03white Rubicon
09/13/10Trail Head00 
Alex Cruz
96 Jeep XJ
09/15/10Rendevous20Steve and Lisa
marty buell
white 2000 tj
09/15/10Trail Head00 
thumbnailBlack Widow
Wrangler YJ
09/17/10Trail Head00Chance I could meet in Ramona. Not sure about the dog while we eat
thumbnailLow & Slow
09/18/10Rendevous00Mike & Joanne
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