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[*] posted on 8-6-2016 at 11:10 PM
75 Anniv. Baja Pole Line Run - Feb. 18, 19, 20th 2017 - planning thread



The Baja Pole Line Run will take place over President's Weekend. Toyota drivers and Jeeple from Southern California to Arizona all the way to Washington State are talking about the 2017 edition of the popular 4x4 run inspired by Neal Johns and led by Ken Cooke since 2004.

Stickers have promoted the run ahead of a marketing campaign that includes more stickers, t-shirts, sweatshirts and even collectable Baja posters! T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available November 1st, 2016. Stickers have already been mailed out and are being placed in high-visibility areas to help get the word out about this historic and inspiring 4WD trail.

The plan:
[Day 1] Tacos for brunch before driving the Laguna Salada.
Set up camp at around 3 pm in the canyons past Cohabuzo Junction since the days will be short and the temperatures will be cool. Campfire will be a good, hardy one to keep our toes warm.

[Day 2] Begin the historic Pole Line Road. I have a more challenging plan for getting our group onto the trail without damaging vulnerable locker air-lines or scratching our nice 4WDs up. Travel the trail throughout the day, but set up camp before dusk in the majestic Jaquegel canyon a kilometer east of the running cold springs.

[Day 3] Continue down the Jaquegel canyon as it opens up and eventually meets the Arroyo Grande below. Right at the 'T' intersection, then off to La Ventana before reaching Hwy 5.

Who is in?

I'm hearing of interest from as far south as Mexicali and Tijuana from 4WD clubs in those two cities, hints of interest to the east in Arizona, my Seattle-based graphic designer is showing lots of enthusiasm and a bit of homesick feelings for his Pole Line memories [Pole Line delete/Palomar Canyon/Summit-'extreme' 2013].

This run will be one for the record books. Stickers and t-shirts usually bring everyone out of the woodwork. But the legend has been growing. 2017 will be the 75th birthday of the Pole Line Road!



[Edited on 8-7-2016 by Ken Cooke]




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[*] posted on 8-7-2016 at 06:29 AM


Count us in. Our plan is to drive from San Felipe and meet up near Cohabuzo Junction. We will be using the built LJ for this trip and it has both a CB & VHF radio setup.
Details for meet up later.

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Here is the region of 1942 The Pole Line Road:



First named on this 1953 map:


Here is the road as it was mapped for the 1962 Lower California Guidebook (arrows added):



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[*] posted on 8-7-2016 at 07:13 AM


Thats a beautiful map. Rich details with all of the information in one place.



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[*] posted on 8-7-2016 at 10:46 AM


I should be able to make it.
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[*] posted on 8-7-2016 at 11:09 AM


From the beautiful city of sunshine I'm in. Glad it won't be a rush deal.
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[*] posted on 8-7-2016 at 11:10 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Ken Cooke  
Thats a beautiful map. Rich details with all of the information in one place.


Thanks!
The mileages are what I recorded last year and are between the arrow pointers. Each arrow also has a name we associate with that point.
The first mileage, between Gate/Summit Road (the locked steel gate) and Huatamote Road (2.4 miles) is using the detour we all took and passes where we camped the first night in Arroyo El Saiz.

The gate is 73 miles from Hwy. 2, via Laguna Salada and Cohabuzo Jcn.

The distance from the wells to Hwy. 5 (12.5 miles) is to the highway just south of La Ventana.




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[*] posted on 8-7-2016 at 11:31 AM


We will be coming from San Felipe, will get with Paul W and head over with him, may have another Jeep coming(the one in the Mission Santa Marie
trip report).

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Got the axles under it, now standing on her own. So much more to do, fingers crossed for Feb!

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[*] posted on 8-8-2016 at 08:02 PM


Nice chuck. It looks like you are stretching it too?
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[*] posted on 8-8-2016 at 09:24 PM
Upgrades and buildups


Here is mine while getting an exhaust resonator installed on Friday afternoon.



Out in the field on Sunday.





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[*] posted on 8-8-2016 at 09:32 PM


Chuck, do you have a full build thread on a Jeep forum or anywhere we can see your project? Congratulations!! You can use the 1942 pole insulator for the flux capacitor!!










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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:24 AM


The 1962 map above showing the PL going across Pinta pass is the most accurate so far. It would be interesting to go look and see if I can find any remnants of broken poles. I am sure remnants can be found.
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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 06:39 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Ken Cooke  
Here is mine while getting an exhaust resonator installed on Friday afternoon.


Did you get the cricket chirp, roar, growl, or Chug-a-lug resonator?

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Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
The 1962 map above showing the PL going across Pinta pass is the most accurate so far. It would be interesting to go look and see if I can find any remnants of broken poles. I am sure remnants can be found.


That section has been used for off road racing a lot, people may have built campfires against any old poles? Keep an eye out for insulators still.

It was interesting how many were cut down to around 4 feet high, while many others remain untouched...







Last pole (cut) we saw before leaving the old road at Arroyo Grande:





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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 07:08 AM


Which Pinta pass ? Both are used for racing.
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Mileage help requested
Coming from San Felipe and stopping for gas at the PMEX just west of Hwy5. How many miles to add to Davids 73mi on the map above? Hard for me to do because I have never driven from Hwy 2 to to get to our track. The PMEX is at 32 32.028, 115 25.721
I can do it from GE if I knew the coords where the 73 mile point crosses Hwy2.
David did you record the coords for that point?
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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 07:57 AM


Paul, the 73 miles is from Hwy. 2 at the Laguna Salada entrance road to the locked gate.

It is 22 miles from Hwy. 5 to the Laguna Salada road, using the toll road that stays south of Mexicali.

The Laguna Salada road at Hwy. 2 is: 3234.560', -11544.680'

EDIT: going west on Hwy. 2, you pass by the Laguna Salada road to make a (legal) U-turn to get back to it on the eastbound side.

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[*] posted on 8-9-2016 at 08:04 AM


Do you take the Guadalupe Canyon turnoff from HWY 2?
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Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Which Pinta pass ? Both are used for racing.


Well, that is for you to determine... since the 1962 map was drawn, there are more roads, yes. Between Arroyo Grande and El Chinero are at least two now. Happy hunting!




The 2015 San Felipe seems to have used both?:





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