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Wornout's 2023-2024 Desert Runs Thread [2-16-24 Run added, scroll down, below]

David K - 10-15-2023 at 11:32 AM

Most every week, during the cooler months, Baja Nomad Wornout, leads day trips (some call them 'runs') out from El Dorado Ranch, San Felipe, into the surrounding desert or coastline. All are welcome who can travel in 4x4s, dune buggies, and side-by-sides. Warren (Wornout) makes a Relive map video that includes photos and sometimes short videos of the trips, which include a lunch stop.

I have been sharing his Relive links and some photos here on Nomad as they show some of the interesting Baja country and people having fun as they interact with the land.

See previous trips in this forum (or links just below).

2022-2023: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=98125

2022: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=97073

2020-2021: http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=94633

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Post from Wornout, today:

First Ride This Season Will Be Wednesday, October 18, 2023

We will leave from the tires, where the powerline crosses the paved Saltido Road, at 9:00 am.

This will be the first ride of the season so it will be an easy one. We will head out info Valley Chico to west valley road. We will do the same run as the first run of last season and that is to head up to Tulare and Tulane canyons, to look around, then head to Cajon Canyon for lunch.

See you Wednesday





[Edited on 2-17-2024 by David K]

10-18-23: TULARE, TULANE (Toledo/Teledo) AND CAJON CANYONS 62 miles

David K - 10-18-2023 at 05:26 PM

Moving Map/ Photos: https://www.relive.cc/view/vXvL1zMgQ1O

Some photos:

The start ("the tires")


Diablo Mountain, 10, 154'


Tulare Canyon


Cajon Canyon


Pavement, 10 kms west of Hwy. 5


SEE ALL THE PHOTOS and enjoy the musical map: https://www.relive.cc/view/vXvL1zMgQ1O



[Edited on 10-19-2023 by David K]

TRIP SOUTH TO VOLCANO

David K - 10-25-2023 at 03:53 PM

Moving map, with photos and video clips: https://www.relive.cc/view/vQvyoye2Q46

A couple pics:









See last year's run for a photo of the pointy hill, named 'Volcano'. This is west of the sulfur mine.

David K - 10-27-2023 at 04:02 PM

Here is that "volcano" from a video clip by one who was on that run, Wednesday:


Volcano shape hill San Felipe.jpg - 183kB

11-1-23 Run to the Salt Ponds

David K - 11-2-2023 at 05:25 PM

Moving Map with photos, videos, and music: https://www.relive.cc/view/vdvmXREG8Nq

Some of the photos you will see:















Nov. 8: Seventeen to the Desert

David K - 11-8-2023 at 06:17 PM

Moving Map: https://www.relive.cc/view/vMv8go8M3Nq
A few photos from the show:


El Picacho del Diablo, Baja's highest peak (10,154')









6.2 miles from Hwy. 5



[Edited on 11-9-2023 by David K]

surfhat - 11-13-2023 at 10:20 AM

Sorry to go off topic although not much so, but early this morning before dawn, the 2023 Rip to Cabo popped up on my youtube page.

I have been checking my Cox ESPN channels for a while ever since David put the notice here and it was never broadcasted.

The Youtube version had hardly any commercials and those that did were only a few seconds long. The program lasted over an hour without the bs of TV commercials.

Now back to the topic at hand.

David K - 11-13-2023 at 10:09 PM

The show I mentioned in the Off Roading forum was 'Trail of Missions'. It was listed as 'World of X Games', at 2 pm, but the broadcast began at 2:20 PST as the game previous ran long.

I was surprised it came up on YouTube as soon as it did.
Was Rip to Cabo also on recently or am I just messed up on pain meds now, and not following, lol!?

My apologies amigos!

David K - 11-13-2023 at 10:28 PM

😂 I am sure of that!
No addiction issues with me. Well, wait a minute, does Baja addiction count?

surfhat - 11-14-2023 at 09:49 AM

You are messed up David, but mostly in good ways. haha

May the good graces continue to treat you well. Nomad needs you well.

The latest Rip to Cabo on you tube was all Baja with barely any commercials.

I will keep checking my ESPN channels for the World of X games like I do anyway in the chance it will cover off roading, surfing, and the Trail of Missions you mentioned.

Your many contributions here show the passion for Baja many us share in our own ways. Take care and keep the posts coming, even if mostly from your armchair and hopefully back on the road when possible.

The season of giving thanks is for everyone to appreciate and for their own reasons. Peace, love, and fish tacos.


David K - 11-14-2023 at 02:04 PM

Quote: Originally posted by surfhat  
You are messed up David, but mostly in good ways. haha

May the good graces continue to treat you well. Nomad needs you well.

The latest Rip to Cabo on you tube was all Baja with barely any commercials.

I will keep checking my ESPN channels for the World of X games like I do anyway in the chance it will cover off roading, surfing, and the Trail of Missions you mentioned.

Your many contributions here show the passion for Baja many us share in our own ways. Take care and keep the posts coming, even if mostly from your armchair and hopefully back on the road when possible.

The season of giving thanks is for everyone to appreciate and for their own reasons. Peace, love, and fish tacos.



Thank you.

Here is the full 2023 Trail of Missions show (posted also by StuckSucks in the Off Roading forum)...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H1Rr1RAp78



surfhat - 11-15-2023 at 09:29 AM

David, thanks. I watched the Trail of Missions last night. I always look for some spots I made it to in years past. Most trails I would never consider trying myself, nor have the vehicle to do it in.

A friend in Pescadero years ago, decades ago, gave a me ride in his souped up off road truck through some ejido land that had me screaming from my seat. What a ride that was.

I got a small taste of what these madmen do all the time. Madness can be a good thing within reason. haha

Thanks for the show and so much more.

David K - 11-15-2023 at 04:50 PM

Quote: Originally posted by surfhat  
David, thanks. I watched the Trail of Missions last night. I always look for some spots I made it to in years past. Most trails I would never consider trying myself, nor have the vehicle to do it in.

A friend in Pescadero years ago, decades ago, gave a me ride in his souped up off road truck through some ejido land that had me screaming from my seat. What a ride that was.

I got a small taste of what these madmen do all the time. Madness can be a good thing within reason. haha

Thanks for the show and so much more.


El gusto es mio!

Nov. 15, Run to Esperanza (with rain on the return)

David K - 11-15-2023 at 05:06 PM

Moving Map with music: https://www.relive.cc/view/vevWBW7Jjyq

Some images from the moving map show:






Mighty Mount Diablo


Diablo Dry Lake is once again "dry"!






Good to get to know the 'locals'!












This weeks run plan from Wornout

David K - 11-20-2023 at 02:07 PM

This week's run will be to Calamity Canyon Overlook. We will meet at the Brewery Parking lot, at 9:00 am, and head north on Hwy 5. Calamity Canyon is the last canyon before the military stop. We will then head west into the canyon. Once we are a half a dozen or so miles in the canyon, we will turn left and head to the overlook. Hopefully the last storm has not cut off our route. We will have lunch at the overlook and then head back to San Felipe the same way we go there. We will not be going all the way through Calamity Canyon as the Baja 1000 went through there last week and I am sure the road would be a challenge.

Epic Adventure (into the desert hills north and west of San Felipe)

David K - 11-22-2023 at 05:05 PM

Relive moving map with music: https://www.relive.cc/view/vrqoP13rjKv

A couple pics (many more in the moving map video):








David K - 11-28-2023 at 02:01 PM

Tomorrow, Dave D. is filling in for Warren:

"OK, we have a few going. Slow and easy cruise to the Sulphur Mine and then to Chenowth. If you don't mind going at a slower pace, this one is for You! Meet by the gas station on airport road at 9:00."

Quartz Mountain Trip

David K - 12-6-2023 at 05:24 PM

Relive moving map with photos, videos, and music: https://www.relive.cc/view/vYvE243M4GO












WOW

PaulW - 12-11-2023 at 03:32 PM

The “WOW” Arroyo or track is the parallel leg of Chanate which splits into two legs and WOW is on the seldom driven leg. Probably only 10% of the hard core rigs can complete the path thru WOW then to the SE then navigate the 5+ foot drop off and then the over the spillover (waterfall), then travel thru the Cardon forest back to the main flow path. Wornout will stop for lunch just at/before the drop off.

From previously posted descriptions:
“WOW” No official name. Wash is loop from Chanate to Chanate. Heading easterly the entrance in Chanate is near N30-52.95, W115-02.01. From the SW side of Chanate drive SW then SE to find the track. The end of WOW at the drop off is near N30-51.384, W115-00.136. Find a 5+ foot drop off at that place. In the past the drop off has been full of rocks and was passable by ATV via narrow crack. A rock crawl Jeep can drive around the drop off. After the drop off leading SE find the spillover (waterfall). Then the track leads back to Chanate past/thru the Cordon Forest.
Enter the loop from the east at N30-51.194, W114-59.284 and drive SE. The track then curves back to a western heading then follow the arroyo to the spillover. A Cardon forest is at the big curve.

Arroyo Chanate (Chanote) means blackbird. Leads to west valley past Quartz Mtn at N30-53.510, W115-04.220.
Find access at OPR N30-53.379, W114-549.793. Locals have used the name Emerald canyon and has a landmark called Quarts or Crystal Mountain near the west end.

The tracks on the image are actual GPS tracks I drove.
Wornout will be traveling west via Chanate




Goggle Earth Track. Track ends at Drop off.




[Edited on 12-11-2023 by PaulW]

David K - 12-11-2023 at 05:13 PM

Thank Paul!!!

WOW Canyon Run

David K - 12-16-2023 at 09:04 AM

Moving map + photos & videos: https://www.relive.cc/view/vRO7eGgoEKq

A few photos from the link...











PaulW - 12-16-2023 at 10:50 AM

Looks like Danner was driving in his Toyota pickup and the path they took was west up Arroyo Amarillas or what we like to call the road to Hidden Valley. Then they took the crossover/connector to Chanate.

Have you noticed that the Benchmark Atlas does not show Amarillas like the Almanac does?

David K - 12-16-2023 at 02:11 PM

Quote: Originally posted by PaulW  
Looks like Danner was driving in his Toyota pickup and the path they took was west up Arroyo Amarillas or what we like to call the road to Hidden Valley. Then they took the crossover/connector to Chanate.

Have you noticed that the Benchmark Atlas does not show Amarillas like the Almanac does?


Who is 'Danner'? A Nomad?
Since you added roads and places to the 2023 Atlas, did you suggest Arroyo Las Amarillas be added?
Did you submit "C a r d e n" Forest? Was that supposed to be Cardón?
Since I am a map and Spanish places spelling nerd, well, you know... LOL[Nomad does not allow Card## so I double spaced it... Is that a curse word? Doug?]


2015 Baja Almanac:



2023 Baja Atlas:


PaulW - 12-16-2023 at 04:22 PM

Guilty as noted
Danner is one of the guys. Been around for ages.

DESERT RUN TO THE SLATE QUARRY Dec. 20, 2023

David K - 12-20-2023 at 05:51 PM

Watch: https://www.relive.cc/view/vrqo5d8PYyO

Some images from the link above...


Diablo Peak at 10,154'


Observatory at 9,280'



A dry Laguna Diablo



Slate Mine

RUN TO BERRENDO (the blue palm canyon) Jan. 3, 2024

David K - 1-3-2024 at 06:15 PM

Warnout begins 2024 with a great destination for a day trip, Cañon el Berrendo at the southern end of Valle Chico, just north of Parral and Matomí canyons.

Watch the map and photos: https://www.relive.cc/view/v36AGjRX9Zv

A few of the photos...
















More about Berrendo, with GPS directions: https://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/el_berre...

Map with El Berrendo (near bottom, by compass):


For this Wednesday, Jan. 10 (from Wornout)

David K - 1-8-2024 at 02:37 PM

This week we will be heading south to the Lava Rock area which is by the Sulfur Mine. We will meet across the street from the Airport Road Chevron at 9:00am. See ya then.

Jan. 10, 2024 Run to the Lava Rock Area (and Chenowth Museum)

David K - 1-11-2024 at 11:51 AM

Watch the map and see the slides:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vLqex4oeoR6

A few of the photos:













Jan. 17, 2024: Turquoise to Lupine Run

David K - 1-17-2024 at 05:02 PM

Watch and follow: https://www.relive.cc/view/vNOP7oprP2v









from Wornout 1-22-24:

David K - 1-22-2024 at 10:56 AM

This week's desert run (on FRIDAY, January 26th) will be through the Huatamote Canyon. We will meet at the tires at 9:00 AM. The route will be west from the tires, then south at Morela Junction. Once we get down south, we will head east through Huatamote Canyon, to Old Puertecitos Road, and from there, we will head north to town. The trip is about 75 miles.

1-26-24 Halfway Huatamote Run

David K - 1-26-2024 at 06:51 PM

Watch: https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63QAEVRdv

A couple of the photos from the video:








PaulW - 1-27-2024 at 01:35 PM

At the junction of Parral branch and Huatamote the rocks were enormous and not passable.








[Edited on 1-27-2024 by BajaNomad]

PaulW - 1-27-2024 at 06:40 PM

Previous image was from the Almanac and the image below is from the 24' Atlas.


David K - 1-28-2024 at 09:55 AM

Would you like to explain why these maps or what they are showing us?

PaulW - 1-28-2024 at 10:27 AM

"At the junction of Parral branch and Huatamote the rocks were enormous and not passable".

Just showing the two sources for that location where the Wornout run was turned around. Just in case folks do not know about that location.

David K - 1-28-2024 at 12:10 PM

Thank you. Neither map has names or labels at those zoom levels. The Relive video map is a good overview as it shows where they turned around.
Wornout hinted that the next run might go to this blockage from the east side of the mountain/hills.

PaulW - 1-28-2024 at 02:53 PM

Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Thank you. Neither map has names or labels at those zoom levels. The Relive video map is a good overview as it shows where they turned around.
Wornout hinted that the next run might go to this blockage from the east side of the mountain/hills.

== =
The rocks wont change any time soon, but a more experienced group will improve the success going east or west.

Calamity Run on Feb. 2, 2024

David K - 2-2-2024 at 04:56 PM

https://www.relive.cc/view/vmqX332JPo6

Today's San Felipe desert run on Relive, with photos and video clips










[Edited on 2-3-2024 by David K]

David K - 2-5-2024 at 01:31 PM

From Wornout:
This week we will meet at the tires at 9:00 am. We will be going south in the arroyo between east and west valley road. We will enter this arroyo at the entrance to Tulare Canyon. The round trip run should be around 50 miles. Of course we may do some exploring while on this run.

Feb. 9, 2024: Exploring Run (Upper Valle Chico)

David K - 2-9-2024 at 05:21 PM

Watch: https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63QgeX48v

Friday Feb 16 plan, from Wornout:

David K - 2-14-2024 at 10:36 AM

This week we will head back to the Huatamote Canyon but from the east. I would like to see how far we get before we can't go anymore and see how far that is from two weeks ago when we had to turn around and head home.

We will meet across the street from the Airport Chevron at 9:00 am. From there we will head south on powerline road to the turn into the Huatamote Canyon, where the wells are. This run should be somewhere around 40 - 50 miles round trip.



[Edited on 2-14-2024 by David K]

Feb. 16, Huatamote Canyon, east side

David K - 2-16-2024 at 05:15 PM

Relive video map with photos/ video clips:

https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63QeDoj8v

A few of the photos:

Old Puertecitos Road


Turning west onto Arroyo Huatamote road





End of the road (almost)


Geology!





Returning to San Felipe on the Old Puertecitos Road.

From Wornout (2-20-24):

David K - 2-20-2024 at 10:39 AM

This Friday we will be headed to Copal Wash. We will meet at the tires at 9:00 am and head west from there. Copal is the wash between Diablo Falls and Esperanza Canyon. It is approximately 70 miles round trip.

A couple of us pre-ran it yesterday. I had a problem getting into the wash, I tried a shortcut, but once in there it was about a five mile run towards the mountains in a big wide arroyo. We will do a little searching for the entrance off mid laguna road so we don't have to go where I got stuck.

4x4abc - 2-20-2024 at 11:41 AM

where is Diablo Falls?

David K - 2-20-2024 at 12:15 PM

In Diablo Canyon.

David K - 2-20-2024 at 12:17 PM

Between Diablo Mountain and Diablo Dry Lake... :light::biggrin:



[Edited on 2-20-2024 by David K]

From Wornout 2-23-24

David K - 2-24-2024 at 12:24 AM

Due to a technical issue the Relieve map does not have the photos or video clips or the music. However, you can see their route (in high speed to Copal Canyon and back:

https://www.relive.cc/view/v8qk5KQQY3O

Over 30 photos are posted on the San Felipe Sidewinders page by Wornout:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1302797356569259