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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 12:38 AM
Missions, Hot Springs, Cave Art (2012)


Shell Island

I tried to camp my first night at DavidK's Shell Island, but the access road was flooded with gooey mud. A little crab with a huge claw waved me away.


South of Puertecitos

More and more pavement! Paved road has now reached (gps: 29.9391,-114.5265), almost at the turn-off for Punta Bufeo.


Next I explored the coast southeast of Bah�a de los Angeles.

Santa Maria Magdalena

I visited Santa Maria Magdalena, DavidK's "Lost Mission" site. (Thanks, DavidK!)


Bah�a de las Animas

I camped here on the beach, near the fishing village of Las Animas. The card�n cactuses were blooming.


Punta Ballena

(Thanks again, bajanomad MICK for sharing this place!)


Mesa el Carmen Cave Paintings

I found these pictographs scouting around on Google Earth before my trip.


Mis�on Santa Gertrudis


San Cosme Hot Spring

At the bottom of the steep road down from Mesa Siquito is San Cosme, where there is an underwater hot spring close to the shore. It is only accessable at low tide, from a seashore "road" that is usually submerged. The local ejido has added a locked gate on this route, so I had to ask the caretaker for permission to enter. He repeatedly expressed how much he liked my baseball cap, so I left it with him as a gift.


Sierra la Giganta

Next I spent a couple days taking the backroads inland from Loreto up over Sierra la Giganta to Mis�on San Javier, and onwards to the Pacific coast along a rocky dirt track. Slow going!

Mis�on San Javier

The road to San Javier is paved, but very winding and steep. The mission is in great shape, and is interesting to explore inside & out. (gps: 25.8610,-111.5438) I wonder what that carefully placed potato was about?


Then, heading west again, the going got rough -- steep and rocky -- often washed out. If I had a motorcycle I bet I could cover this ground much quicker, but with my van's stiff suspension I was often travelling at 15 MPH. Bumpity bumpity bump. I passed sites my map identified as Monte Alto, Palo Chino, and Las Animas -- each having just a few ranch buildings with thatched roofs and walls made of woven mats. Nobody was around except for some very hungry looking goats who were very excited to see me and disappointed when I left.


El Horno

This ruined structure once was used to make mortar for building the nearby missions. (gps: 25.9965,-111.7104)


Mis�on San Jos� de Comond�


The main road out of town heads southwest. I instead took the more minor road northwest, which climbed steeply back up onto the mesa, with a great view of San Jos� Comond�. The town cemetery is also up there. (gps: 26.0593,-111.8338)


El Pabellon

I love roads that climb to mountain peaks. El Pabellon is topped with a set of radio towers, and so has an access road (verified in advance by satellite photo) -- a very steep & narrow crumbly 4x4 road, it turns out. From the top I watched the sunset, and camped for the night. (gps: 26.0988,-111.8952)


Driving down was almost as exciting as driving up.


Continuing west.


Next I headed west to the Pacific coast on a nice sandy road. I was surprised when I encountered pavement (new, I assume, as it was not shown on my map). (gps: 26.2086,-112.3598) This smooth paved road lasted only until San Juanico.


Bah�a San Juanico (Scorpion Bay)

Sandy beaches and the busy fishing boats at San Juanico. (gps: 26.2597,-112.4714)


Salitrales San Ignacio

From San Juanico, I continued northwest driving a smooth dirt track over Salitrales San Ignacio -- salt flats up the coast to Laguna San Ignacio.

Estero El D�til



Estero Delgadito

Studying satellite photos of this area before my trip, I found a road out the two-mile narrow peninsula northwest of the fishing village of El Delgadito. It looked like a beautifully remote place to camp. Tracking this location down in person, I was stopped by a friendly resident of El Delgadito who assumed I was lost trying to find my way to San Ignacio. After explaining that I really was intending to go this way, he shared that he thought this spot was his favorite, most beautiful location -- [almost] surrounded by water. He was extremely chatty (and patient with my limited Spanish), finally inviting me to breakfast and fishing the next morning (tempting but I declined).

End of the peninsula, Estero Delgadito. (gps: 26.6352,-113.0812)


Estero el Cuarenta

More sandy beaches (Pacific side) and mangroves (marshy estuary side). (gps: 26.5485,-112.9886)


Continuing northwest again -- more salt flats...


At Vizcaino I made a side trip from Highway 1 southwest to Bah�a Asunc�on. A road also continues westward all the way to Bah�a Tortugas, but as of May, 2012 the newly-constructed pavement ends only about 15 miles west of the Bah�a Asunc�on intersection, where the route reverts to wasboard hell. (gps: 27.46435,-114.18939)

Bah�a Asunc�on (Scorpion Bay)

The town of Bah�a Asunc�on is a beautiful location (gps: 27.1247,-114.2966), marred only by some areas of sprawling trash just northwest of town.


Punta San Roque

This road ends at the little fishing village of San Roque. (gps: 27.1830,-114.3955) A few steep dirt tracks continue west up into the hills of Punta San Roque, but I encountered them blocked by locked chains. One such track did have a well-used track going right around its gate, so I decided to risk taking advantage of this bypass. (gps: 27.1874,-114.4030)


Punta San Roque is covered in a network of newly-bulldozed 4x4 dirt tracks, which are often unnervingly steep. After finding a few coastal lookout shacks (appearing recently occupied), I came to the realization that this area might be used by the military to watch for smugglers. It was fun to explore, but I decided not to camp around there. What do you think?


Bah�a San Pablo

West of Punta San Roque are the beaches of Bah�a San Pablo, a scenic place to camp for the night. (gps: 27.1934,-114.4277)


Las Pintas Petroglyphs

This is an extensive region of boulders marked by petroglyphs. I spent hours clambering around photographing any carvings I spotted.


A little cave contained what appeared to be some kind of stone tools for grinding.


The rocks themselves were also interesting -- many of which are made of up fossils.


Unfortunately, a little bit of modern graffiti mars the rocks at the "entrance" to this area.


Cactuses and other interesting plants thrive here, often squeezed into sandy pockets in the boulders.


I have a few more photos & details here: http://octopup.org/baja2012

-- Geoff


[Edited on 4-25-2019 by geoffff]
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 02:39 AM
awsome post!!


damn nice photo's !! Thanks K & T :cool:
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 03:43 AM


What an excellent report!
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 04:33 AM


What a great trip, looks like you covered all the bases!



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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 05:57 AM


What a cool trip! You got to some really remote places. I really enjoyed that and am looking forward to seeing more on your website.
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 06:15 AM


good times. how long for the round trip?



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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 07:30 AM


Quote:
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good times. how long for the round trip?


This was 10 days in Baja. Here's a rough map from my GPS track log:



-- Geoff

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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 07:47 AM


Cool pop top van!! Great baja rig for gettin to just about anywhere.



Thanks for taking the time to post the thumbnail pics.

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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 07:51 AM


Wow, that's a lot of territory to cover! Thanks for the report.
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 08:19 AM


Wow, I need to come back when I have more timem, to study your photos better... Sorry that you couldn't get onto Shell Island at high tide... It is an island, afterall!

Very full trip, a lot of Baja in 10 days!




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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 08:28 AM


nice report............enjoyed that Nancy
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 08:29 AM


Thank you for taking the time to share your AWESOME photos and trip report! Love the van!
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 10:36 AM


Excellent report and pictures, thanks.
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 10:54 AM


One of the best trip reports w/photos I've seen!

But I'm just a kid - shut up DK!:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 12:37 PM


Great report Geoff.....you covered a whole lot of ground in 10 days! Really nice photos too!



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[*] posted on 6-25-2012 at 12:55 PM
Cool Pic!




Really outstanding... :light:




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[*] posted on 6-26-2012 at 04:04 PM


I so agree - outstanding report. wish you had stopped by ourneck of the woods ! you could have driven the coast road from la bocana to bahia asuncion....it is very beautiful.

stop by next time and say hi !




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Quote:
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I so agree - outstanding report. wish you had stopped by ourneck of the woods ! you could have driven the coast road from la bocana to bahia asuncion....it is very beautiful.

stop by next time and say hi !


Thanks, will do!

Maybe I should try to do an all-coast tour someday -- drive a loop of every coastal road where one exists. Has anyone done that?

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[*] posted on 6-27-2012 at 07:31 AM


Great report-thanks!
Were you traveling alone? What navigation equipment do you carry? Is much of your trip planned in advance via sat. photos?




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[*] posted on 6-27-2012 at 08:05 AM


Great trip. Great pics. Congrats.



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