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Capo Valley 4 Wheelers
Capo Valley Four Wheelers

Hill and Dale Run

March 23rd 2012

Description

A locker and a lift are required for this run. 

For those of us who have this stuff the run, it is not very difficult if you discount the pucker factor from the shelf roads.  You will most likely damage your rig without this stuff.  I tried some of the easier parts of this run many years ago without this equipment and I got stuck all day long and finally gave up after damaging my gas tank, skid plate, and door rockers.  

This run is scheduled for the weekend of March 23-25.  We will be in an area East of Twentynine Palms and North of Joshua Tree National Park. This area is known as the Dale Mining District.  This will be dry camping (no facilities) on BLM land.  The area is full mines that can be entered and lots of rock crawls and shelf roads.  Bring a flash light and hard hat if you want to go into the mines.  This is dry camping.  Bring a little fire wood...it is winter.

Saturday, we will drive to the bottom of the ironage mine. it's a short down & up nasty pit rock crawl. The we will visit the Ivanhoe Mine. It's a long up hill nasty rock crawl with a drop off on one side, pucker pucker...then back down, pucker.  We'll peek inside the mine.  Then another rocky road with a down hill sluce and a rocky up hill to the Okay mine for a short stop at an intact gold mill.  After that we will head to the Brooklyn Mine. Another up and down another shelf road here awaits. Maybe we will go into this mine if there is interest.  To get back to camp we will complete a loop down into Pinto basin in Joshua Tree N.P. and then on to highway 62 via Gold Crown road (just a little rocky here and there where it is not sandy).  Sunday, we will head for the Supply mine. It's a long up hill nasty rock crawl with a drop off on one side, pucker pucker...if you look way down you can see a rolled over vehicle.  Next we run the small sand dune on the way down the easy side of the supply mine. Then off to a geocache.  Bring some small junk to leave in the box.  Lastly we will run the large sand dunes off Gold crown Road. You have to hit the gas hard to get over these things.  From there it's home or back to camp to get your tow vehicle then home.

I’ll make every effort not to set up camp where a RV will not get stuck in soft sand…like the last time.

Please RSVP by phone if you want to follow me out on Friday, otherwise I'll see you in camp friday night.

Bruce Rausch,

(949) 275-7602 Cell,      (949) 368-3955 Office,    (949) 361-3411 Home

Run Checklist

Always Required

  • HAM Radio on 146.550 MHz
  • Full-Sized Spare Tire
  • Seat Belts
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Tiedown
  • Working Brakes
  • Tow Straps
  • Tow Points

Run Requirements

  • 33+ Sized Tire
  • 3+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Rear Axle Locker
  • Camping Supplies

Run Recommendations

  • Roll Cage

Additional Notes

You really need a locker and a lift or damage is likely on the underside of your vehicle

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 3+

Difficulty Level: 3+

Trail Rating 1 Graded road; Any 4x4 vehicle or higher clearance 2x4 vehicle with no other modifications
Trail Rating 2 Road rarely maintained; 4x4 with no low bumpers. Anti-sway bar disconnects recommended. Minimum 30" tires and some off-road experience is helpful
Trail Rating 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
Trail Rating 4 Very difficult terrain, road never maintained; 33" tires, sway-bar disconnects, Rear locker, and Rock sliders required. 35" tires, front locker, Full cage, and 4:1 transfer-case recommended. Chance of mechanical failure and body damage
Trail Rating 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

Location

Rendezvous @ Trailhead/Campsite

Meet at camp on friday or,

Leave Denny's on Alicia Parkway & I-5 at noon on Friday, March 23.  I will be towing my jeep.  We will stop at the usual Shell gas station & Carl's Jr in Corona on 6th street to round up more Jeeps.  We'll leave there about 1 PM.  From there we will head East on Highway 91 into Riverside and connect with Highway 60 East, on to Highway 10, then East on Highway 10.  We will turn North on Highway 62.  Highway 62 takes you to and through Twentynine Palms. Twentynine Palms is last gas/ice/beer.  It is 158 miles from San Clemente to Twentynine Palms.

The last stop light in Twentynine Palms is Utah Street.  From Utah, continue East on Highway 62 about 20.7 miles to Ironage Rd (dirt), look for a club sign, cones,  & yellow caution tape.  Turn right and bear to the left at the Y. After about 1/4 mile we will be camped on the right off the road. You can tow a trailer or RV all the way to camp.  I’ll make every effort not to set up camp where a RV will not get stuck in soft sand…like the last time.

Please RSVP by telephone to follow me out on Friday

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