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Re: anyone been through the mojave?
I've been through the Mojave and Death Valley last summer when me and my buddy took our cross-country trip in a soft-top YJ. We took some good trails through the Mojave and drove all the way through Death Valley. That was probably the most desolate I've ever felt, driving down into Death Valley.
Here's my advice: Go to Needles, California, and go to the Ranger Office in town. Talk to a guy by the name of Gilford Warner, or Wilford Garner, something like that. He works at this office, and also at the other offices around there. He's an awesome Ranger. He told us of a Jeep trail through the Mojave. "Go to this gate, open the gate - it's ok, it's a trail - and go about 5 miles or so. You will make it in a stock jeep, as it's downhill in this direction, etc., etc." It went right next to the wilderness boundary, and we saw mine entrances and stuff. It was way cool.
He's a good ranger. Tell him that Steve and Scott in the green Jeep from Massachusetts last summer sent you. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
We camped close by there also in a campground. This trial takes you over by the Kelso Dunes and Kelso Depot. I don't have my journal from the trip with me here at work, or I could give you some more detail (and get the poor guy's name right [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]). The trail started not far from the campground we stayed in.
And yeah, it's damn hot in late July. It was 120 as we went down into death valley.
Good luck - it's a great time! Take lots of water. We had 5 gallons in the cooler.
88 YJ - trails/beach trips only![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
79 4WD F250-hauler/tower of my toys
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90 Honda CRX - Daily pavement-pounder. 42 MPG. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]