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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 10:07 AM
San Ignacio to Mulege


Taking a motorcycle trip to Baja in January with a few friends. We're all pretty decent riders with a fair amount of Baja experience, riding relatively small dual-sport bikes. I'm trying to put together an alternate route between San Ignacio and Mulege. Pieced one together using my 2017 Cartographia E-32 map, but I know enough not to rely on the map in out-of-the-way places. Anyone have any experience with the attached route? Or a recommended alternate?

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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 10:44 AM


Please let us know how you do if you do go!
I was up at Mission Guadalupe, three months ago, and noted where that road meets the mission road. It was unsigned and only ranches nearby may use it. It is just 1/2 mile from the Las Tunas & San Ignacio junction to the mission driveway. It should be seen if places built in 1720 interest you! Here's more:https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/mission_guadalupe.php

You might search Nomad for posts from 'TMW'. Here is a recent report on that road that goes via Rancho Las Tunas:
In May 2016: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=83006

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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 10:54 AM


A bunch of us did it 6 years ago....take lots of water and travel light....there were some ridge passes consisting of grapefruit/ basketball-sized rocks as well as flood ravaged arroyo roads that were wicked....

I say go for it....others will perhaps have more current intel...:coolup:

DT Bushpilot and I were on 690's....next time I would take the 450....wouldn't touch it on a KLR or similar weight bike....

Good road up top (2011):









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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 11:19 AM


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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 11:34 AM


Woody,
I said that was the "good" road...:biggrin: the killer pass came after the pics above....

Too busy sweating and grunting on the hard parts....

It's not like fishing where you are lounging on a boat drinking beer and holding up some smelly fish you just caught by surprise thinking it was having another snack....:lol:

Do you have pics of the gnarliest wave you caught????

Huh....do ya????? :biggrin::saint:





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We did it last January but from San Juanico-Ballena Rd towards Mulege and left DOWNHILL route near Mision Guadelupe ... 15 hours for 4 A riders in top physical condition on 450's ... the trail is not just gone but massive size boulders have come off the mountain and blocked several different canyons .. a lot of hike-a-moto and building some rock bridges to push motos across ... gnarly to say the least. We had the chase truck move from Mision Guadelupe turn and go to the other side at El Patrocinio and we still beat them there ... got to El Patracinio at 10 pm and onto San Ignacio. :O:O

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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 12:00 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Desertbull  
We did it last January but from San Juanico-Ballena Rd towards Mulege and left DOWNHILL route near Mision Guadelupe ... 15 hours for 4 A riders in top physical condition on 450's ... the trail is not just gone but massive size boulders have come off the mountain and blocked several different canyons .. a lot of hike-a-moto and building some rock bridges to push motos across ... gnarly to say the least. We had the chase truck move from Mision Guadelupe turn and go to the other side at El Patrocinio and we still beat them there ... got to El Patracinio at 10 pm and onto San Ignacio. :O:O



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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 12:09 PM


I had originally put together a route based on info that BajaBlanca got from the rancher at Las Tunas just west of the Mission Guadalupe ruins. According to the rancher only horses could get thru from his ranch to where the road is good.

Having said that, Cameron Steele has went thru on one of his motorcycle rides to Cabo, the one where the bikes fell out of the boat into the sea at Mulege. Also Desert Bull ran chase for 3 or 4 motorcycle guys a couple of years ago and posted some pictures here on Nomads where they got thru, pretty rough. They went thru at Rancho San Juan de la Pila and I believe the really rough part was from La Pila to Rancho San Marcos where they had to carry the bikes over rocks.

The route I wanted to follow went down to El Patrocino then east picking up BajaBlancas route at Los Patos and Santa Ana as shown on the almanac.

I'll look thru and see what I have. John M also had the route by BajaBlanca traced on the almanac. He may be able to post it.
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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 12:12 PM


I see Desert Bull already posted his trip info, thanks Tim.
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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  

Every picture is you guys flipping the bird.
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Thank you for confirming our prejudices about knuckledraggers :lol::lol:


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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 12:51 PM


Here is the route that BajaBlanca took to Rancho Las Tunas in 2014.

Her description of the route is at the top. Note this route bypasses Rancho San Juan de la Pila. I think it would be easier to go to El Patrocino then east and pick up her route. I believe they were visiting ranches as they went along and that is why they started where they did. She can better answer that.

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Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
Woody,

Do you have pics of the gnarliest wave you caught????

Huh....do ya????? :biggrin::saint:



Funny you should ask!
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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 01:02 PM


Here is a Google Earth image of the area she mentions of a pass. R. San Marcos would be somewhere between Jct RR and J-5.





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Quote: Originally posted by woody with a view  
Quote: Originally posted by motoged  
Woody,

Do you have pics of the gnarliest wave you caught????

Huh....do ya????? :biggrin::saint:



Funny you should ask!
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I’m the ant! Only guy in the water @ Salsipuedes 1983 or 84. The shark wouldnt bite and the bee wouldnt sting.

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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 03:44 PM


Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
Here is a Google Earth image of the area she mentions of a pass. R. San Marcos would be somewhere between Jct RR and J-5.





[Edited on 11-21-2017 by TMW]


Tom,

what you have marked as San Pedro is actually San marcos




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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 03:51 PM


Desertbull -those pics make my stomach turn! Those are some nasty boulders.

Our trip was amazing and scary and if you want a guide, my student Alexis with his family is heading out there sometime like Dec. 20th - one day after my xmas party for the college scholarship kids which he is coming to.




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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 03:53 PM


Alexis's family lives at Las Tunas, the last or almost last rancho.



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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 05:36 PM


The boulders in Tim's photos is the road between Guadalupe and San José de Magdalena. That was the 'good' road to the mission before the storms of 2014 or so took it out.



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[*] posted on 11-21-2017 at 07:58 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
Here is a Google Earth image of the area she mentions of a pass. R. San Marcos would be somewhere between Jct RR and J-5.





[Edited on 11-21-2017 by TMW]




Tom,

what you have marked as San Pedro is actually San marcos


Thanks Harald, when I did that image I think I was following the almanac and GE and trying to match the ranches along the way. I would like to do that route just to see it and what the bad area past R. Las Tunas looks like now.

Three or four years ago Rudy and a few of us went to San Juan de la Pila and stayed the night. The couple there were very friendly and the man took us to see the paintings in two locations. He said there was more to see but we were limited in time. The road past their place was wiped out a couple of years before we went there.
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