2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by OAUSA Board Members » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:47 pm

Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mountain

Lead: BorregoWrangler
Tail Gunner: TBD
Comms Designee: TBD
Difficulty: Moderate
Meeting Time: 8:30 am
Meeting Place: Stagecoach Trails Group Campsite
Departure Time: 9:00 am
CB Channel: 36
2M Simplex: 146.400
2M Repeater: Monument 147.240+ (PL: 103.5)

There will be 12 rig maximum for this run.

Signed Up:
1. BorregoWrangler
2. Arkarch
3. Voodoo Blue 57 (FJC)
4. Voodoo Blue 57 (Jeep)
5. The Dietsch
6. raYGunn
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Route Description:
This trail is a strong moderate to a light difficult rating due to the shelf roads and loose shale-covered terrain. A stock 4x4 can make the trip but a novice driver may be a bit nervous. It's 47 miles to the trail head with a gas station at 43 miles in Ocotillo. Painted Gorge provides some of the most wonderful geology that Anza Borrego has to offer. Desert USA has the following to say about Painted Gorge,"The Painted Gorge, located on the eastern side of the Coyote Mountains, consists of sedimentary, metamorphic and ingenious rocks. Heat and movement over time has created fantastic shapes and colors. Oranges, reds, purples, and mauves mixed with browns and blacks create a palette of color as the sun illuminates and plays shadows upon this geologic wonder called the Painted Gorge." The begining of the trail passes through Plaster City OHV Area into a wide open area. The graded road soon becomes a trail as it nears the sandy wash of Painted Gorge and quickly enters the canyon. Embedded rocks litter the wash, which eventually turns into a very narrow, rocky, loose shelf road as it nears the summit of Carrizo Mountain. There are great views of the Yuha Desert and Salton Sea along this trail.

On the way down from the mountain, depending on how many rigs we get, I'll give everyone an introducton to an extremely difficult trail in the area that I like to call Cliffhanger. We'll stop before it gets too difficult, just to give everyone a taste of how interesting it is. :twisted: :shock: :D

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This trail is also subject to a seasonal closure for the lambing of bighorn sheep from january to june. So by the time BorregoFest rolls around this area will only be accessible for another two months until june of 2010. As can be seen from the picture below, a simple mistake or lapse in attention can have serious consequences. Depending on how long it takes to get a group through here we may take a detour along Doz Cabezas road / Mortero Wash on the way back to camp.

Keep your eyes on the trail.

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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by gon2srf » Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:48 am

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Now that's "offroading". :lol: Not very nice Borregowrangler. :lol: :twisted:
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by BlueFJ » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:28 pm

Poor Ollie, will it ever end?! :lol:
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:36 pm

gon2srf wrote:Now that's "offroading". :lol: Not very nice Borregowrangler. :lol: :twisted:
BlueFJ wrote:Poor Ollie, will it ever end?! :lol:
Just an example. It's best we learn from our mistakes and those of others. ;)
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by Arkarch » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:12 am

Interested in the run, but need some questions answered...

Not too bothered by shelf roads - done Imogene-Telluride / other San Juan area shelf's, and the crests in Moab -- but, putting a 5500 lb vehicle on the Carrizo Mtn shelfs... any concerns about road stability or clearance (slightly wider than a FJ). How does the shelf compare to Imogene-Telluride - or is it more like an Anza Black Bear?

More on schedule.. any likely runs through Diablo on Sunday? I may opt that way for a rematch with the new 'reg.
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:27 am

Arkarch wrote:Interested in the run, but need some questions answered...

Not too bothered by shelf roads - done Imogene-Telluride / other San Juan area shelf's, and the crests in Moab -- but, putting a 5500 lb vehicle on the Carrizo Mtn shelfs... any concerns about road stability or clearance (slightly wider than a FJ). How does the shelf compare to Imogene-Telluride - or is it more like an Anza Black Bear?

More on schedule.. any likely runs through Diablo on Sunday? I may opt that way for a rematch with the new 'reg.
I'm not too familiar with the other trails you mentioned but you shouldn't have any issues with the trail heading up Carrizo Mtn. Your width won't be a problem. There is an extreme shelf road right in that area (Black Bear on steroids) but we'll be avoiding that one.

As for sunday runs I'm sure something will come up as the date gets closer.
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by OLLIE » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:11 am

Arkarch wrote:Interested in the run, but need some questions answered...

Not too bothered by shelf roads - done Imogene-Telluride / other San Juan area shelf's, and the crests in Moab -- but, putting a 5500 lb vehicle on the Carrizo Mtn shelfs... any concerns about road stability or clearance (slightly wider than a FJ). How does the shelf compare to Imogene-Telluride - or is it more like an Anza Black Bear?

More on schedule.. any likely runs through Diablo on Sunday? I may opt that way for a rematch with the new 'reg.
You will be fine on Painted Gorge.

I'm putting something together for Sunday... Not sure what yet. Might could do that run again. We'll see. :?
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by Arkarch » Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:05 pm

Thanks BorregoWrangler, Ollie...

Throw me on the list for this one. Looks like fun!
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by BorregoWrangler » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:12 pm

Arkarch wrote:Thanks BorregoWrangler, Ollie...

Throw me on the list for this one. Looks like fun!
No problem. Got ya on.
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Re: 2009-10-24: BorregoFest (Painted Gorge / Carrizo Mtn Run)

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Post by Mc Jeep » Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:36 pm

Will you put me on he list?
Thanks Terry

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