Barstow to Primm or to Johnson Valley

RosenberryC

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Feel free to point me in the right direction if I posted this in the wrong section.
I will most likely be in Barstow March. I am not familiar with the area and would like to do one of two trips. Barstow to Primm or Barstow to Johnson Valley. I will be with a mixed bag of toys some only being 2wd (my 4 seat buggy) and even some full size not so wild rigs. Don't want anything too crazy unless we want to as we are going more for the adventure than to pound the trucks, there is plenty of that, that can be done right out of Slash-X.....
I am looking for GPS coordinates if anyone has them. Again I don't know the area and some of our rigs are not street legal (my buggy)...So I want to make sure we stay on appropriate trails, I am not looking to test anyone's patience...
I have been to Barstow and just don't want to do loops. I'd like to make a solid run out of Saturday. Any tips on lengths of these two runs, the time it takes to run them, difficulty in doing either one, highlights to see along the way, fuel anywhere at either end, food possibly on either end, or just plain information on what I might be getting into would be greatly appreciated.
And again I would love some detailed instructions or GPS files if anyone has them.
Thanks, Chris
 

JDDurfey

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Barstow to Primm is an easy run. I don't know exactly how to tell you to do it though. I did a Tehachapi CA to Primm Nevada one time with some guys. We went around the north side of Barstow and across a dry lake near the freeway. We turned north up a wash and over a small mountain. Then we headed east again and hit the power lines and followed them east. We had a fuel stop on highway 127 like12 miles north of Baker where those lines cross that highway. I think that is actually called Silver Lake. Then we continued following the power lines all the way to Primm. They come in from the west through the hills. It was a fun ride. We did 326 miles one way.


After I typed the above, I jumped on Google Earth and found the route we took from Barstow to Primm. It is pretty easy to see how we did it. Like I said, the dry lake east of Barstow on the north side of the freeway, we went up through the hills and east to catch the power lines, and followed them a ways until we hit a "T" at a dirt road. We turned south toward the freeway again and just north of the abandoned water park we turned east again onto the power lines that we followed all the way to Primm. I do not know if this is legal or not, we did it in 04.
 
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JDDurfey

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You don't need to cross the freeway if you off load at the dry lake on the north side of the freeway. I don't know if it is legal to ride there or not any more. The day we went through there there were a bunch of people riding dirt bikes and quads around on that dry lake and in the hills. I almost had a head on collision with one.

I remember there was some reason we didn't stay along the freeway, but rather turned up through the hills. It was a fun route up through that canyon, but I thought there was some private property or something we couldn't cross so we had to take that route. I did not plan the route, I was just along for the ride.
 

RosenberryC

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Sounds like a fun trip and might have to look into it. But for this trip it will be a large group going and base camp is going to be right by Slash-X. A handful of us just want to peel off and go for a destination run instead of a bunch of hot laps around camp....

Thank you for the input. If you or anyone else have anything to comment on please do.

Thanks, Chris
 

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Pretty long way to Primm vs JV. You say camp in Barstow so once you got to Primm you'd stay there, right? JV could be a turn around and end back in camp.
I love Johnson Valley and Lucerne, so I'd do that one.
You can take Powerline Rd. from Slash X area (cross 247 head SW). It heads off NW and you can take it til you get to Camp Rock Rd. You can take that all the way down (South) to Anderson Dry Lake area or continue South to Cougar Buttes area.
Or you can cut through the Ords , that is a fun trail system and you can bypass some of Camp Rock.
Work your way East toward Soggy and further east toward Boone Rd. (KOH area) and check out the sand dunes.

I have GPS coordinates on my Motion X GPS for a lot of the fun stuff out there. I can get them for you if you want to go that way.


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We have property about 20 miles from Slash X. one of my favorite rides is going from Lucerne Valley up to Big Bear. As long as you are street legal there are tons of trails to ride on over there..
 

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MX Shea-
Thanks for posting sorry it has taken me so long to respond back. After playing on google earth what you are describing, this is probably what we will do. If you don't mind sending your trails on gps that would be awesome!
 

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Looks like there is a lot of fun to be had out there, but unfortunately my buggy is not legal here in CA. Its legal in AZ but that's a big difference.......
 

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I'll give you some coordinates and we'll start with,
Slash X: N34 45.605 W117 00.607 34.76008333 -117.01011667

Anderson Dry Lake: N34 33.336 W116 45.996 34.5556 -116.7666

Cougar Buttes N34 28.537 W116 48.733 34.47561667 -116.81221667

Soggy Dry Lake N34 27.136 W116 41.235 34.45226667 -116.68725

Sand Hill 1 N34 24.480 W116 28.667 34.408 -116.47778333

Sand Hill 2 N34 26.536 W116 29.653 34.44226667 -116.49421667

Sand Dunes (East of Soggy Dry Lake) N34 25.434 W116 35.599 34.4239 -116.59331667

Cave/Mine (Anderson Dry Lake) N34 34.064 W116 43.423 34.56773333 -116.72371667

Cave/Mine 2 (Anderson Dry Lake) N34 34.673 W116 40.772 34.57788333 -116.67953333

Hercules Finger N34 35.049 W116 48.699 34.58415 -116.81165


There is a lot more...there are more caves all over and a geocache at Cougar Buttes and some petroglyphs up in the Rodmans too. But you can put together a fun loop out of these coordinates.


Have fun! As soon as I can find some people to go with, we'll be out there too. Hate camping alone and have a hard time getting people out there.









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