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Capo Valley 4 Wheelers
Capo Valley Four Wheelers

Dove Springs

March 30th 2018

Description

After a pre-run Wed 3/28/18 and checking with the ranger at the Jawbone Ranger Station, some changes. See below

 

This will be a Guide Book run because everywhere we’ll be going is described in detail with mile and turn notations.  Basically we’ll follow the “yellow brick road” by using five of the trails listed in the guide book.

 

This is a two day dry camping trip. Supplies can be had at the Jawbone Canyon Store on Highway 395.  There are 3 vault toilets at Dove Spring along SC 103. From the intersection of SC 94 and SC 103, head northwest on SC 103 past “The Wall,” or competition hill. Just past the hill is the first one on the right. There are two more over the next mile.  Restrooms are also available at Red Rock Canyon State Park. We will turn off pavement (highway14) at the Dove Springs road sign onto SC103 (club sign posted) which is a smooth well graded dirt road and proceed 1.0 miles to LA2 and turn right (club sign posted).  SC103 and LA2 are signed with brown plastic posts in the ground.  LA2 is a service road for LA DWP and it also graded.  We will select one of the many campsites (club sign posted) beyond the crest of the hill outside the open play area.

 

You can caravan with me to camp Friday afternoon or find your own way Friday night or Saturday morning.  Camp will be about 200 miles from San Clemente.  We’ll leave camp at 8:30 Saturday morning.

 

On Friday night some of us may decide to have beers and dinner at the Indian Wells Steakhouse and Brewery located about 20 miles North of Camp on Highway 14 in Inyokern.  http://www.mojavered.com/

 

I’ll be using the BackCountry Adventures Southern California, 2002 edition, guide book.  Saturday morning we’ll take Highway 14 to West end of Central Mountain Region (CM) 17, Jawbone Canyon Rd over the Pacific Crest Trail, to CM16, Piute Mountain Rd in Sequoia National Forest, then Eastward to Kelso Valley Rd North to CM18, Dove Springs Canyon Trail, East and back to camp.

 

Sunday morning we’ll take Highway 14 South to the berg of Rancho Seco North and pick up CM16 24, Koehn Lake Trail, to the Garlock Rd, on to the Randsberg-Red Rock Rd to the start of CM 24, Burro Schmidt Tunnel Road. We’ll stop and walk through the tunnel when we get there and then make our way West East then South to the Randsberg Red Rock Rd and then West to Highway 14 back to camp to pull up stakes and head home. Some folks may elect to head East on the Randsberg Red Rock Rd for home rather than go back to camp. 

 

A word or two about Burro Schmidt: High atop the El Paso Mountains, above Last Chance Canyon, exists today as a monument to one man's determination and perseverance. William Henry Schmidt, better known as "Burro" Schmidt, spent 38 years accomplishing the task of hand-drilling a tunnel nearly a half-mile long. Over those 38 years Burro Schmidt worked summers in the Kern River valley on farms as a ranch hand. He would take his earnings in the fall, and with his burros, invest in flapjacks, coffee and beans, and supplies in Johannesburg, at Teagle's store. Schmidt would then head off to his tunnel to work through the fall and winters. With a single jack hammer, and dynamite, Schmidt accomplished his self-appointed task of burrowing through the mountain. Schmidt didn't stop to explore the veins of copper, gold, and quartz he encountered, he drove straight through. His intention early on was to provide easy transportation to the railroad for his ore, as no roads through to the other side's valley and railroad then existed. Schmidt had also mined in Last Chance Canyon with Walt Bickel on a claim nearby, according to Walt's friends. Burro Schmidt staked Copper claims called the Copper Basin claims, in the hills above Last Chance Canyon. He was 36 years old when he started his tunnel, and was 68 when he finished. In the first three months after finishing the tunnel, he took out 20 tons of ore averaging $60 a ton in gold, silver, copper, iron, molydenum and tungsten. Schmidt drilled his entire tunnel with a 4 pound single jack hammer. His drill steel was of whatever section and size he could find. He would drill only two holes 3 or 4 feet deep in the tunnel face, and use 40 percent dynamite with fuses and detonating caps. He could not afford kerosene, and purchased candles at 3 for 5 cents. He made one candle last an entire day. The digging and hauling of material was completely hand done, filling and pushing the ore cart by hand. His track leveling method was a bowl of water on the ore cart track he put down, and today the tunnel is dead straight for two thousand feet, with a sharp turn at the end before the exit high above Koehn Lake and Cantil. The view of Randsburg and the Rand Mountains, with San Jacinto on a clear day is beautiful. At the entrance side of the tunnel, the view of the southern Sierras, Scodies, Black Mountain, and Walker Pass, with Bickel Camp at your feet, is a great view as well.

 

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
  • 2+ Suspension Lift
  • 4LO Transfer Case
  • Camping Supplies

Run Recommendations

  • Roll Cage

Trail Rating

Trail Rating 2+

Difficulty Level: 2+

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 @ Arby’s restaurant located at 23862 Bridger Rd, Lake Forest.

You can caravan with me or meet us in camp.  The Rendezvous will be at noon on Friday at the Arby’s restaurant located at 23862 Bridger Rd, Lake Forest. If you are coming from San Clemente, take the El Roro Rd exit from the North bound I-5 and proceed across El Toro Rd at the end of the off ramp onto Bridger Rd. There is also a Subway and a McDonalds there if you want to get lunch before Noon.  We’ll take I-5 to 55 to 91 to 15 to 395 to 58 405 North to the far end of the San Fernando Valley and turn onto Highway 14 to the town of Mojave for last gas.  From the town of Mojave at the intersection with Highway 58, drive north on CA 14 for about 28 miles. Past Jawbone Station and past the Ricardo Campground exit at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Soon a wooden sign saying “Dove Springs OHV Area” will appear on the right, and shortly after that a long left turn lane will appear. Turn left onto SC 94 to enter the riding area. SC 94 is a graded dirt road accessible for any size vehicle, RV, or motor home. SC 94 leads to many camping and riding destinations in the area. Take SC103 (club sign posted) which is a smooth well graded dirt road and proceed 1.0 miles to LA2 and turn right (club sign posted).  SC103 and LA2 are signed with brown plastic posts in the ground.  LA2 is a service road for LA DWP and it also graded.  We will select one of the many campsites (club sign posted) beyond the crest of the hill outside the open play area.Follow the club signs to camp.

 

 

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