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Saturday October 06, 2018 Corrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:09 pm
by toms
Saturday October 06, 2018 Carrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Lead: Tom Severin
Tail Gunner: TBD
Comms Designee: Tom Severin

Difficulty: Medium – low end of the Blue Range with some go arounds

Meeting Time: 8:00 am
Meeting Place: Stage Coach Resort at our Group Campsite
Departure Time: 8:30 am
2M Simplex: 146.460
2M Repeater: Monument 147.240 (+) PL: 103.5
FRS 4 PL 4

Format for sign up
Name, Vehicle (FJ, JK, TJ, Land Cruiser …), OAUSA Screen Name, Ham Call sign

Signed Up:
Name Call Sign Vehicle
1. Tom – Land Cruiser – Toms – KI6FHA
2. Phil - FJ Cruiser - Voodoo Blue 57 -- W6PET
3. Brent, Landcruiser, Brentbba, KI6SGO
4. Roger, D VW
5. Gary & Kathy - JKU - GaryFranks

From the Camp site we go south almost to I-8 to Ocotillo, CA. Total round trip is about 90 miles. We can gas up in Ocotillo but plan on bringing your own.

This trail travels through Painted Gorge, which gets its name from the colored sections of sandstone blocks within the canyon. Metallic oxides and sulfides have introduced red, blue, and green staining to parts of the narrow gorge. Fossilized remains of marine life can also be found in this area.

At the end of the trail, Carrizo Mountain sits high above the colorful shapes of the Carrizo Badlands at the edge of the Coyote Mountains and offers rewarding views over Carrizo Wash. The wash is closed to the public, having been once used as a military target-practice zone. In the late 1850's, Butterfield Overland stagecoaches traveled along the wash far below, carrying mail and passengers on a difficult route from St. Louis to San Francisco.

Carrizo is a Spanish word meaning "reed grass." This reed was found to give a sweet taste to the water found in its vicinity. Native Americans used the reed as a sweetener.

The trail leaves S80 between Plaster City and Ocotillo, just west of the sign for the Plaster City West OHV Staging Area. Initially, it is a well-used graded road that serves as access for Painted Gorge. Entering public lands, the graded road becomes a formed trail that passes through a wide open area and then swings west, dropping into the sandy wash of Painted Gorge. The trail through the canyon is sandy and twisty as it winds its way into the Coyote Mountains. Embedded rocks litter the wash, but the difficulty of the trail comes not from this section but further up as the trail climbs high atop Carrizo Mountain.

The trail climbs steeply as it swings out of the wash along a well-used shelf road. The surface is loose in places and the road is narrow, limited to single vehicle width for most of its length. Passing places are limited. As you climb, Painted Gorge unfolds beneath you. Beyond the gorge to the south are the Yuha Basin and Mexico.

The trails on Carrizo Mountain were put through for mining, and there are many to explore. There are some good back country campsites, most of which have excellent views. Our route will lead through a network of trails to a viewpoint near the summit of Carrizo Mountain. From there, its only a short hike to the summit to take in the impressive views of the surrounding areas. The final section of trail to the top is the most challenging, with embedded rocks, loose surfaces, and a very narrow shelf road to negotiate.

This trail is also subject to a seasonal closure for the lambing of bighorn sheep from January to June each year.

Re: Saturday October 06, 2018 Corrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Posted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:17 am
by brentbba
Brent, Landcruiser, Brentbba, KI6SGO

Got you on the roster Brent!

Re: Saturday October 06, 2018 Corrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:43 pm
by brentbba
I recognize the Landcruiser in that last photo! 2014-15 I think same trail. Look forward to it, and it you don't bring me back safe and sound, no Poppy Seed Chicken for you! ;)

Make it up before hand and leave it warming for me!

Re: Saturday October 06, 2018 Corrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:47 pm
by RogerD
RogerD, Everyone's favorite "VW" :D

Ok - Roger - I have you on the list.

Re: Saturday October 06, 2018 Corrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:12 am
by GaryFranks
black Jeep JKU (license: 4ByFun)

You are on the roster Gary!

Re: Saturday October 06, 2018 Corrizo Mt and Mortero Wash Run

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:06 pm
by DaveK
Thanks to all who attended.

The weekend was a complete success. We've locked this thread and are directing all comments here: viewtopic.php?f=213&t=4197.