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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 08:54 AM
San Jose de Magdalena to Mulege


Mucho thread crossing and questions hidden in other threads. I thought a trip report by its self would be in order. We did this loop about a week ago. We've done it in the Can Am and I've done portions of it on a motorcycle. The road is open and doable in a truck or SUV. Little bit of semi steep switchback sections mixed with the typical wash beds strewn with bowling balls :D.
As you can see from the GPS screen shot, you can access the road from the road out of Palo Verde to the San Borjitas cave paintings or San Jose de Magdalena. Unfortunately we didn't get out and look for the old ruins....I really need to figure out how to slow down!



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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 09:30 AM


Thanks, looks like a fun route.
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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 04:32 PM


The parallel route down/up to Guadalupe is what, road, m/c trail??

Let me add some maps that have names on them:



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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 07:33 PM


I'm not sure of the name but you can see it on your map, it runs by Una de Gato



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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 07:37 PM


Quote: Originally posted by DouglasP  
I'm not sure of the name but you can see it on your map, it runs by Una de Gato

Yes, so how was that road?




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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 07:44 PM


River bed bottom, big rocks, but pick up truck passable. Saw a rancher doing it it a two wheel drive beater pulling a horse behind with two guys in the back. Horse didn't look happy. Think they were training it.



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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 08:13 PM


It's a little hard to follow, as there are multiple loops / tracks in that image. And no waypoints for locations. Something like this would be easier to follow. Is this the loop you did?





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[*] posted on 4-25-2019 at 08:56 PM


Thanks for posting the photos. One of my favorite drives in Baja. Glad it's open again.
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[*] posted on 6-19-2019 at 11:28 PM


Just to confirm, we drove the loop from Mulegé to Mission Guadalupe from the south and back to Mulegé via San José de Magdalena in May 2019 (last month). It was great... the reopened road down to San José de Magdalena is steep and narrow in places, 4WD traction would be best (especially if going west/ uphill) but perhaps not mandatory. No passenger cars, however.



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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 10:26 AM


DougP, good to see someone is having fun there! Hope to catch up with you down the rancho road sometime!

Yeah, from the San Borja cave painting road there's a cut off to the right to rancho Una de Gato, then a not very obvious exit from the next rancho farther in. Rough but passable. Does not go through the box canyon, but it is a wild and scenic section unto itself. About a 60 mile loop as I recall.

The "long way" round past the old mission site is just under 100 mile loop back to Mulege. Great bike loop, bring stout 4 wheel equipment otherwise. Hope it survives the hurricane season again.
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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 10:55 AM


did you mean this one?

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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 04:08 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
did you mean this one?



No, that is the repaired road to San José de Magdalena from Guadalupe.
The short cut road goes by Rancho Una de Gato allowing a more direct trip between Mission Guadalupe and the San Borjitas cave.

I was looking for it and did see the side valley it was in, but didn't notice the road junction as we drove from Guadalupe to San José de Magdalena. That is such a spectacular canyon, I think it was worth going the long way to get to San Borjitas, which we did that day, as well.

See the road in the "Cordillera de las Lagunas"?


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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 05:41 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
did you mean this one?



I was relating to this one:
Just to confirm, we drove the loop from Mulegé to Mission Guadalupe from the south and back to Mulegé via San José de Magdalena in May 2019 (last month). It was great... the reopened road down to San José de Magdalena is steep and narrow in places, 4WD traction would be best (especially if going west/ uphill) but perhaps not mandatory. No passenger cars, however.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 05:50 PM


for the shortcut you are referring to the road in Cañada la Puerta?

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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 06:11 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
did you mean this one?



I was relating to this one:
Just to confirm, we drove the loop from Mulegé to Mission Guadalupe from the south and back to Mulegé via San José de Magdalena in May 2019 (last month). It was great... the reopened road down to San José de Magdalena is steep and narrow in places, 4WD traction would be best (especially if going west/ uphill) but perhaps not mandatory. No passenger cars, however.


Being it was under MulegéAl's post, I thought you were asking him.




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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 06:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
for the shortcut you are referring to the road in Cañada la Puerta?



Yes, only the Almanac calls it "Cordillera las Lagunas" along that road?




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[*] posted on 6-20-2019 at 08:04 PM


Cordillera is the same as Sierra - a mountain range
a Cañon is the opposite

the name Cañon la Puerta is an indicator that ECR goes through it

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[*] posted on 6-21-2019 at 08:09 PM


Been away, blasting around other places.

Yeah Harald, I think you got it right.
The "new" ten year old almanac labels it C. las Lagunas.
You would like it.
The rancheros at Una de Gato are great, I give then something every time through on bikes. Places like this are vanishing fast, but they got water.
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[*] posted on 6-21-2019 at 08:54 PM


yes, great people at Rancho Uña de Gato - but also Rancho Cantil Colorado (next one up north)



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