Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Short Ride to the Plomosa Mountains. Old and New Trails.


Lots of Cold, Wind and Rain.

It has been raining for the last couple of days and it has been very cold with a cold wind blowing from the southwest.

We haven’t been doing much, due to the inclement weather. Fortunately, yesterday (Saturday) the sun came out and the temperature warmed up to the high 50’s.

I’m bored; lets take a ride.

Around 11:00 I couldn’t take it anymore and told Patti that I was bored and needed to take a ride somewhere.
By 11:30 we went to get gas in the jeep.

An Old Trail.

Several years ago we took a ride through some red rock hills just a short distance off Plomosa Road at around Mile Marker 11. I have tried a couple of times to find that trail without success.

I was determined to find it so yesterday we drove out  Sunkist Road…


and followed it to Plomosa Road where we turned northeast.


We drove on Plomosa Road to just past mile marker 11. Here we turned west toward the red rock mountains.


When we got to the hills we turned right and followed a trail that goes along the east side.


We tried a side trail that looked like it might got through the hills.


Unfortunately the trail ended here so we turned around and went back to the original track.

The trail went up off the valley floor and we had a nice view of the mountains to the east.


Eventually we found a trail that went into a narrow canyon.


We followed this trail passing some interesting rock outcrops.


Eventually we came out on the west side of the rocky hills onto the rolling desert.


We drove through a wash that went around the west side of the hills.


We drove through another gap in the rocky hills and drove around the north end of the range.


Taking a Break.

We stopped for a short break and decided to head for the Four Peaks. We would go through the pass there and head for home.


I always enjoy riding around in these mountains as they are so beautiful.


Sand Dunes.

On the west side of the Four Peaks the trail goes through some sand dunes.


We noticed that the Ocotillo’s were starting to get their leaves.


The sand dunes looked like they were pretty torn up.


But with the recent rains they were packed down and pretty easy to go through.

A New Trail.

I have noticed a trail that can be seen along the hills in the east while going through the dunes.
I have often wondered how to get on this trail but never found a track going in that direction.
This year the BLM has been putting new trail signs and while we were going along I happened to notice one off to the left a ways.

I didn’t see any tracks going toward the sign but drove over to it anyway. The sign read 42A← 42 →. It was hard to see the trail but we took the right 42 and found it going into a wash. We followed this trail to where it forked; we took the left fork and ended up at this interesting rock.


We went back the way we came and followed the other fork to its end at a saddle with a nice view.


We turned around and found another trail going along the hillside. This is the one that can be seen from the sand dunes. We followed it for a while and came to the end above a big wash.


From here we went back along the trail and around the hills. This trail took us into the wash.


We followed this wash west and eventually came back to the main trail where we turned left and after about a mile came to Plomosa Road  where we headed for home.

It was a fun ride and was nice to just be Patti and I on our own.

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