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[*] posted on 4-1-2008 at 04:49 PM
La Turquesa Trek


Greetings All,

You Macho dudes with your "go anywhere" 4X4 cages, get
ready to do the Turquesa run!!!!!!!

May 1----4, 2008. >>>>> Is that enough advance notice?

Lets get it done this time.(period)

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[*] posted on 4-1-2008 at 06:40 PM


Im in Roy,Will see how far I can go with BigRed.
How manny days are we talking about?




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[*] posted on 4-1-2008 at 07:13 PM


I am unable to attend but would really like to see progress and a good trip report with pictures on this adventure.
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[*] posted on 4-1-2008 at 09:43 PM


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Im in Roy,Will see how far I can go with BigRed.
How manny days are we talking about?


Greetings BAJACAT, >>>May 1-4(4 days) >>> This trek may be beyond your rigs capabilities. >>> This run is hard even for motorcycles and extremely difficult for purpose built jeep like 4X4s. >>>> Best Regards,sq
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[*] posted on 4-1-2008 at 09:53 PM


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I am unable to attend but would really like to see progress and a good trip report with pictures on this adventure.


Greetings Fatboy, >>> If David K. attends this mission, your wishes will be granted. >>> Best Regards, sq.
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[*] posted on 4-2-2008 at 07:19 AM


Sq, I'm coming but may have to catch up to you on the 2nd, but I'll try for the 1st. I'm in the same situation as Big Red since I don't have my little Toyota 4x4 anymore. I'm in my GMC Z71. I've got pry bars (4) and a portable winch with a 5000lb dead/15000lb rolling capability. We should be able to make a dent at least.
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[*] posted on 4-2-2008 at 07:26 AM


Sounds like something I will want to try - Where will youall meet up?



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[*] posted on 4-2-2008 at 08:55 AM


I am interested but where is La Turquesa?
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[*] posted on 4-2-2008 at 10:06 AM


La Turquesa is just north of Coco's Corner.



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[*] posted on 4-2-2008 at 12:18 PM


Maybe.

Which direction do you plan on going in from?

Accomodations and supplies are better on the Hwy 1 side, but it may be easier to go up then to go down so Gonzaga would be base camp?




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[*] posted on 4-2-2008 at 06:42 PM


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I am interested but where is La Turquesa?


Nomad Search will give you lot's of hits... but since I am to blame in getting Squarecircle interested in this...

The Highway One side: http://vivabaja.com/207

The Highway Five side: http://vivabaja.com/wayno

High resolution Google space images allow you to see all of the route in high detail except for about 3 miles from Highway 1 east.

Google info: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=10620&pag...

Baja Nomad 'steekers' plans on going up and down it soon, and will report to us if he spots a route for 4 wheelers.

The issue is about 1 1/4 mile section in the arroyo between the turquoise mine and the bottom of the steep grade coming down from the Highway One side.

Kacey Smith in her Baja GPS motorcycle guide says to keep to the north side of the arroyo no matter how inviting other routes appear, as they have plant issues.

However, her route has boulders to work between. Okay for a bike, but not a vehicle. The middle or perhaps south side of the arroyo has plants that block the bikes, but may be plowed over or removed for four wheelers... only need about 9 feet wide and only to re-open the once established route washed out... Not like the destruction caused by the buiding of Hwy. 1 through the cactus desert with its 200 foot wide destruction of centuries old boojums and cardons!

An earlier reply by Desert Bull made it sound like he and Wild Bill came through there... But Squarecircle nor Ken Cooke saw any tracks...

Lot's of posts on this La Turquesa Canyon road since Baja Angel and I drove to the top of the grade and walked down some of it a year ago... Looks like an abandoned mine road that got washed out between the bottom of the grade and the turquoise mine.

Here's some of the grade heading down into La Turquesa Canyon:




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[*] posted on 4-3-2008 at 08:48 AM


A look up the grade from almost halfway down... a good 'Jeep' trail, at least here...





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[*] posted on 4-3-2008 at 11:32 AM


I plan on picking up my friend Bill in LA Thursday morning and I think we'll head straight down thru TJ and Ensenada to Chapala and around to the mine. We'll be at the mine area Thursday night or Friday morning.
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[*] posted on 4-3-2008 at 02:50 PM
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Maybe.

Which direction do you plan on going in from?

Accomodations and supplies are better on the Hwy 1 side, but it may be easier to go up then to go down so Gonzaga would be base camp?




Greetings All,

A special thank you to those NOMADS responding to the La Turquesa Trek. - BAJACAT/Fatboy/TW/ bajalou/Steve&;Debby/
Neal Johns/Gadget/David K.


1-- May 1, Thursday. Leave San Diego am head for El Rosario
and Baja Cactus Motel. Reservation required. Telephone
011-52(616)165-8700.

2-- May 2--3 Friday & Saturday. Drive M-1 to Laguna Chapala
>>> Coco's Corner >>> Las Arrastras de Arriola >>> La
Turquesa mine site >>> into the arroyo to start way-find-
ing and westward progress!

3-- May 4 Sunday. Celebrate the accomplishment and head
Home.

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[*] posted on 4-4-2008 at 11:44 AM


I'll give it a go:

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[*] posted on 4-4-2008 at 11:59 AM


Here's Roy's post last year on La Turquesa... and go down to read his trip report upon their return... and of more interest, Desert Bull's reply that indicates some 4WD's made it through (between the grade and the mine):

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=25035

It's a matter of spotting the route in the wide arroyo...

Here are Roy's photos of the Turquesa mine and road from last year: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=24607

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[*] posted on 4-4-2008 at 07:09 PM


Make sure to carry those pry bars, bottles of sunscreen, hats, water, gloves, and GPS units. I'm sure that with enough work, and the right logistics, a way through can be found.






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[*] posted on 4-4-2008 at 09:29 PM


I will be heading down there tomorrow (Sat) and will ride my XR 400 m/c. Will scout for you 4-wheelers. No one has responded to my other post to ride with me so I guess this is a solo adventure. If I get lucky I may meet a nice lady m/c rider in Gonzaga that wants to go along!

Will let you all know upon my return.

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[*] posted on 4-5-2008 at 05:24 PM


Sounds exciting. Are bikes allowed?

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[*] posted on 4-7-2008 at 03:17 PM


I had an interesting conversation on Sat. with Evan, one of Tunaeaters riding pardners at the race. He has been over this section a couple of times both ways on a MC. He says once the wash is cleared for a 4 wheeler to the bottom of the hill, the next problem would be the loose rocks at the bottom going up the hill. He says there are a lot of small loose rocks. He doesn't think there is any problem with a 4 wheeler on the road itself once up pass the loose rocks.

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