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Last Chance Canyon - McIvers Cabin Camp & RIde

Southern California RZR/ UTV Meetup
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Apr 14 8:00AM - 3:00PM

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Barry Friedman and I will be co-hosting this camp and ride trip. Join us for a great tour of Last Chance Canyon and the Western El Paso Mountains. If you just want to come out for the day, we suggest arriving early on Saturday morning and join us for a 50+ mile tour of Last Chance Canyon and the Western El Paso Mountains. On Sunday we will take a short ride up to McIvers Cabin and then be back at camp by 3PM at the latest.

We will be camping starting on Friday morning so if anyone wants to come out early and spend the night, happy to have you join us around the campfire.

If after reading this you still are not sure if you want to join us, you can preview this ride by Barry just check out his YouTube video:

https://youtu.be/V8rQ45GwKng

Directions to Dove Springs Camp

Take the 405 freeway North until it merges with the 5. Continue on the 5 North and then merge onto the 14 North. Take the 14 North past Palmdale, past Lancaster into the city of Mojave. Travel North through Mojave until the 14 branches off to the right (don't take the 58).

Follow the 14 North past California City, past the Jawbone Station, through Red Rock Canyon. Once you pass Red Rock Canyon look for the Dove Springs sign on the right shoulder. About 100 yards after that sign you will turn left and enter Dove Springs on SC103.

Continue West until you see my toy hauler. We will be camped on the left side of the SC103 and visible from the dirt road. If you plan on camping and will be arriving after dark, look for my blue and white strobe light. It will be easy to see from SC103 and will guide you right into our campsite.

Saturday April 14th

This ride is best suited for ATV's and SxS's because of the deep sand and rocky path through Last Chance Canyon, but our two wheel friends are welcome to join us. We rate this ride as low intermediate for the 4-wheels and intermediate to high intermediate for the dirt bikes.

We will leave the Dove Springs campsite at around 9am on Saturday.

We will follow SC103 back out towards Highway 14. We will then cross the road and enter Red Rock Canyon State Park. After a few miles we will take Black Cyn up into the Western El Paso Mountains. We will then traverse along the top of a ridge that provides some great views of Red Rock Canyon

After following the many signs that will eventually lead you to Randsburg, we will take a snaking canyon out of the mountains until we hit Redrock Randsburg Rd. After crossing the road and following the railroad tracks East for a few miles we will see the sign pointing towards Last Chance Canyon. We will take that left turn, cross Redrock Randsburg road again and find the entrance to Last Chance Canyon in about a mile.

It would be unusual if we did not come across some jeeps during this part of the ride.

After a couple of miles of navigating around and over the rocks and through the deep sand, we will turn right onto Pleasant Valley Rd. This will snake up into the center of the El Paso's and take us out close to the Orphan Annie Mine.

We will stop here for a short break and then head over to the Burro Schmidt Tunnel. We will let whoever wants to explore the tunnel take the short walk through to the other side and then return on a trail over the top. If you plan on exploring the tunnel bring a flashlight and a jacket since the temperature in nice and cool inside the tunnel.

After our stay at the Burro Schmidt Tunnel we will head down the same trail as we took up and head over to Bickel Camp ( http://www.desertusa.com/desert-people/walter-bickel.html ). If we are lucky, the resident caretaker will be onsite and give us a tour. If not there is plenty to see from the side of the trail.

Next, we follow EP15 up a sand wash that snakes up a canyon and ends at the Bonanza Trail. We will take a short stop at the Bonanza Post Office.

We will continue up the Bonanza Trail until we come out to onto Hart Rd (EP15). We will cross this main dirt road and head over to the Holly Ash Mine. This is a series of talc mines that large open areas that go back maybe 50 feet. We will take some time to explore then head down EP15 to upper Last Chance Canyon.

We will turn right and head down Last Chance Canyon for several miles. Take some time to enjoy the red rock canyon walls on both sides of this wide sand wash. Eventually we will end up at the Cudahy Camp Cut-Off. The State has fenced in this section to preserve the canyon so there is only one-way down into lower Last Chance Canyon.

This is a steep solid rock downhill that looks worse than it is but takes some skill to navigate it in either direction. It is fun to watch the Jeeps climb up this section since they often end up on their climbing out on their two back wheels only.

Not to worry, we are not taking this route down. Instead we will backtrack a little ways and take a trail that will wind through the heart of the mountains and drop us back onto Pleasant Valley Rd. We will wind on way back down into Last Chance Canyon. This section has some of the most interesting views of the many different colors of the canyon walls. Once down into the lower canyon we will turn right and head over to Cudahy Camp. We will then take a side trail out of the canyon.

We will climb up until we are back on the mountain ridge we found in the beginning of our trip. Instead of taking Black Cyn back down, this time we will take Opal Cyn until we hit a wide sand wash. We will head left and continue North for about 2 miles. We will then make a sharp left and head South paralleling Highway 14 until we come back to the entrance to Dove Springs (SC103). We can now follow this dirt road back to camp.

Sunday April 15th

Sunday's ride up to McIver's cabin will be about 8-10 miles of dirt roads until we reach Horse Canyon (SC065). We will then climb up into the mountains on what used to be a paved road. Once we reach the top, we have about 12 miles of a twisty narrow trail in the trees that is a lot of fun. The cabin is located at 6600 feet so make sure you bring a warm jacket.

Once we reach the cabin we will take a lunch break and allow some time for exploring the area by foot. Then we re-trace out route back to camp. We plan to leave around 9:00am and should be back at camp by 2:00pm. That allows for plenty of time to explore the many trails in the Dove Springs OHV area or pack-up and be home before dark.

These organizers are not professional guides or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies. Please carry a personal medical emergency kit and any medications you need.

Motorized off-road driving/riding is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, rattlesnake bites, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite.

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