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[*] posted on 7-22-2017 at 11:29 AM
San Juanico North Road

Since many have asked about the north road to San Juanico I've put together some Google Earth images and will add some GPS way points. The paved road out of San Ignacio is 25+ miles and ends at the mud flats. From there it is a graded road past the trash dump to the Y for El Datil. From the Y into El Datil the road crosses what is known as the salt flats. It is very important that you stay on the most traveled road. STAY OUT OF THE MUD AND WATER. From El Datil you again will be on the salt flats then on a sand road before it turns into a graded road. It dead ends at the graded road that is referred to as the high road. This graded road runs south to San Juanico.

The high road use to be the main road years ago but silt beds and rain have taken it toll over the years. Martin Sr the owner of Rancho El Cuarenta told me a couple of years ago that north of his place the road was wiped out. There is a cut across road that runs from Rancho El Cuarenta to Los Batequis. There are some soft sand spots on it so a 4x4 is highly recommended.

If you use the north road by way of Rancho El Cuarenta Martin or a member of his family will give you a piece of paper asking for donations.
Batteries especially AA and AAA are always welcome there.

Sign is at 26-53.420x113-07.100
Trash dump is at 26-48.254x113-06.843
The Y for El Datil is 26-46.232x113-04.645

There are two turn offs to Los Batequis the second one is at

El Datil is a pretty simple fishing village, If needed they have gas out of barrels

After leaving El Datil the road goes from salt flats to sand. You'll pass a ranch on your left, it may be abandoned I don't recall. After the ranch turn right and cross an arroyo. To your right is a mountain of white volcanic ash. The road turns into a graded road and dead ends at the graded road to San Juanico, go right.

Right turn after the ranch is 26-26.630x112-44.810
T junction to San Juanico is 26-26.000x112-39.370

[Edited on 7-22-2017 by TMW]
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[*] posted on 7-22-2017 at 11:49 AM

Thank you Tom.
Is high tide around new or full moon phases always going to flood the road or is that just a rare high tide issue?

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[*] posted on 7-22-2017 at 01:35 PM

I've never had an issue of the road flooding while driving thru there. That said I can't say if it is a regular problem or not. I've seen water to the sides. I would keep an eye on my rear view mirror and if you see mud being kicked up stop and back up. If necessary take the high road by way of El Cuarenta. There are several lines going thru there and I always take the one most used.

As a side note SCORE in 2010 and NORRA this year used a road coming off the San Ignacio paved road that goes to El Patrocino and and around coming into the back side of El Cuarenta.
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