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2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:00 pm
by OLLIE
Saturday BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

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Lead: BorregoWrangler
Tail Gunner: TBD
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Meeting Time: 8:30AM
Meeting Place: OAUSA Camp Headquarters
Departure Time: 9:00AM
CB Channel: 32
2M Simplex: 147.510
2M Repeater: TBD
Mileage: 60 miles
Travel Time: 6 Hours

Campsite to Trail Head: 37.7 miles
Trail's End to Campsite: 42.4 miles

***Please be prepared with a full gas tank before the run.***
(We will stop at a gas station in Borrego Springs.)

Signed Up:
1. BorregoWrangler: Jeep Wrangler TJ
2. gzeleniak: Bronco II
3. monark192: Xterra
4. Wintermute: Toyota Pickup
5. lehn20: LX450
6. COOPX4: Grand Cherokee
7. billy714: FJ Cruiser
8. gsdog2: 80 series LandCruiser
9. wb6twl: Ford Ranger
10. PowerWagner: Dodge Power Wagon
11. Cawarrior0351: 1985 FJ60 Land Cruiser
12. DezertScorpion: Toyota Land Cruiser FZJ80
13. Gear: JK Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
14. GregDale

Route Description, Points of Interest, & History:

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In the Anza-Borrego Desert of southeastern California lies a tract of land some 20 miles wide by 15 miles long, known as the Borrego Badlands. Once undersea, the region today is a maze of hills and arroyos which, when seen close-up, reveal a hidden treasure of native palms, remote springs and mysterious concretions.

The historic Truckhaven Trail, completed in 1930, climbs in and out of the deep badland washes. Doc Beaty, an early settler, was instrumental in the road's creation, dragging a mule-drawn scraper through the badlands to the Truckhaven gas station to create the first rough road. It was not a route for speedy travel, and trucks and autos took their time weaving through the weathered landscape. In 1968, the Borrego-Salton Seaway (Hwy S22) was dedicated. This paved road follows Doc's road closely, and sections of the old route remain. Since World War II, the old road has been popular with 4WD folk who wish to sample the rugged badlands terrain rather than travel the faster blacktop. This section has some loose, eroded, low-traction climbs to negotiate.

Fonts Point is named after Father Pedro Font, a chaplain who traveled with Juan Buatista de Anza. They traveled through the Borrego Badlands in 1774 and 1775. Font kept a diary of his travels and referred to the view of the badlands as the “sweepings of the earth.” Fonts Point is regarded by many to have one of the best views within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The easy sandy trail is passable by most vehicles. The trail finishes at a loop that passes below Fonts Point. It is a few steps up to the viewpoint, high over the Borrego Badlands. From here one can see the convoluted washes and eroded canyons of the badlands, Vallecito Mountains, the Borrego Valley, the Peninsular Range, Borrego Buttes, and Pinyon Mountains.

The unique landscape of the Pumpkin Patch is the result of wind and water continuously eroding the surface soil and revealing globular sandstone concretions that look much like pumpkins in size and shape. Such concretions are believed to be formed by the natural cementing of sand particles to a small object such as a piece of shell, a grain of sand or even an insect. Help preserve the Pumpkin Patch and the nearby ridges where new pumpkin-size concretions grow.

Seventeen Palms is a well-known watering hole for the regional wildlife of the Borrego Badlands. The palms at both Oases are often green and brilliant compared to the stark and barren desert that surrounds them. These verdant oases have attracted humans for thousands of years. Nomadic aborigines, wayfaring emigrants and determined prospectors have all taken shade and water from these islands in the badlands. Remnants of a time when grasslands, streams, and herds of camels and mammoths covered an ancient landscape, the native palms exist today only because water surfaces here. As the spring here was unreliable, early travelers with extra water would leave it in large glass jars. Thirsty visitors came to rely on the jars hidden in the shade of the palms. The desert wanderers would leave notes attached to the jars. Today the custom of leaving messages in the prospector’s post office is carried on by visitors. In the post office barrel hidden in the 17 Palms, among the palm tree bases, lies a visitor’s log book, notes and of course, bottles of water.

From Palo Verde Wash to the Cut Across Trail we’ll enter a winding route through the badlands. This is one of the most scenic sections of the trail as it snakes through the narrow and tortuous badlands canyons. After a visit to Seventeen Palms and running through the shallow multihued Arroyo Salado Wash, we’ll enter a side wash that puts us back onto the historic Truckhaven Trail. The trail climbs over a saddle before descending North Fork Arroyo Salado Wash. Once out of the wash the trail undulates in and out of the deep badland canyons. Eventually the trail makes its way back to Highway S22, directly across from the start of the Calcite Mine Trail. After Calcite Mine, instead of just hopping right back onto the pavement, we'll just cutting across the desert to Highway 78. From S22 head south on the Cross Over Trail, east on Arroyo Salado Wash, south on Pole Line Road, west on the Gas Domes Trail, and then south along Tarantula Wash to Highway 78.

During World War II, the U.S. government commissioned specialist to inspect calcite deposits found in the wind and water carved sandstone region around this trail. Optical grade calcite crystals were processed for use in gun sights and rocket launchers. The trail ends at the Calcite Mine area, on a flat turnaround that offers good views toward Mexico. Climbing many of the wind-pocked rocks will give a great view east over the Salton Sea.

More than 85,000 acres of magnificent desert are open for off-highway exploration and recreation within the boundaries of Ocotillo Wells OHV Area. Outside the boundaries, to the south and east, large tracts of BLM land (U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management) are also open to off-highway vehicles. The western boundary and part of the northern boundary connect with the half-million acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which is closed to off-highway recreation, but open to exploration by highway-legal vehicles along established primitive roads.

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:11 pm
by gzeleniak
Please sign me up for this run
See you there

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:10 am
by BorregoWrangler
gzeleniak wrote:Please sign me up for this run
See you there
You're on the list! :D

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:09 pm
by monark192
Sign us up for this one - looks like fun.

Simon

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:43 pm
by BorregoWrangler
monark192 wrote:Sign us up for this one - looks like fun.

Simon
You're signed up, Simon! :D

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:49 pm
by Crismateski
I am not familiar with the route, but as long as there is nothing to narrow sign me up

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:43 pm
by BorregoWrangler
Crismateski wrote:I am not familiar with the route, but as long as there is nothing to narrow sign me up
Nothing too narrow on this one. You're on the list! :D

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:06 pm
by Wintermute
I'm in!

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:36 pm
by BorregoWrangler
Wintermute wrote:I'm in!
Yes you are!

Re: 2012-10-20: BorregoFest Run (Borrego Badlands)

Posted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:24 pm
by dlichterman
Count me in...again. Excited to check it out this weekend!