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Unread 12-19-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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Harper Canyon trail

So here's the story.

If you search google earth for the coordinates on this map and zoom in you will see a dotted line trail that follows the watershed up from the 78. In a perfect world it would continue thru to Pinion Mtn and give an alternate way out from that trail. But, we are a few earthquakes away from completing this trail. It's a fun day, if anyone wants to go there. I would say minimum of 33s with at least 3" of lift and either lots of armor or a cavalier attitude to body damage. It ends up as a dead end but since it's one of the few rock crawling trails in that area it's worth a try.

The map attached has the GPS coordinates added to it where the trail starts and where we turned around a coup;le of weeks ago. This weekend we made it only another half mile before being forced to stop.



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Move the rock, instead of the jeep.

There is video of this too.



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Sweet, I wish I could have made it out.
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And this was how we finished the weekend.

Good times.

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Unread 12-19-2010, 07:04 PM   #7
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This is a continuation of an ongoing search to find another way out of the Pinyon Mt. area besides through the washes/arroyos.

Many, many years ago, back when Jeff was just a lad, this was an 1860's era bypass to the Fish Creek cattle trail. Yes, there was water and fish in Fish Creek until a major earthquake hit the area in the 1930's and the creek went under ground - it would often flood and the couldn't get the cattle through, hence the bypass. It lead from near Split Rock, past McCain Springs and out to the now 78 highway.

Maps and a couple of guide books from the 1970's to '80's showed this as a "Jeep trail" and some later and at least one 2010 vintage map shows this a "4WD Trail."

It's well worth the trip if you happen to be in the Ocotillo Wells area, but be aware that is an in-out trail. It is in relatively pristine condition as trails go (meaning no trash and other modern accouterments). There is a lot of foot traffic and evidence of BP activity so I assume this a smuggler route of some kind so appropriate caution(s) should be taken. Definite signs of bighorn sheep, some mountain lions, coyotes, it is a beautiful hidden valley.

We've marked the trail out pretty well but there are several dead ends and turn arounds. Plan on at least some under-body damage at minimum, at least one locker is almost a must, if you don't have rocker guards or sliders you will sustain body damage. Not difficult, just sort of a 4-5 mile long rock garden type crawl once you get to the rock portion of the trail, about 3-4 miles in from the 78.

A couple of side notes from the trip; ripping your rear diff cover off is not a good thing, a Class A RV is not a sand buggy but two Jeeps can pull one out of the sand when it's buried to the body, Rik's Captain Morgan recipe is pure genius and we discovered that we've been doing it all wrong, apparently you pull the rock out from under the Jeep, not pull the Jeep over the rock.....

So the search continues, and then, what's this rumor about the mysterious late-1800's oxen trail from the desert to Julian....
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so what your saying is that my XJ on 33"s thats open/open with no body armor should probably wait until its grown up a little to go there?






looks like a great trip. we'll have to go again soon, maybe I will park for the nasty sections... or get going on my build a little faster.
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so what your saying is that my XJ on 33"s thats open/open with no body armor should probably wait until its grown up a little to go there?

looks like a great trip. we'll have to go again soon, maybe I will park for the nasty sections... or get going on my build a little faster.
Yeah, it would get a little beat up, all of us put our sliders/guards/skids to good use (translation: we beat the snot out of them)

Jimmy made it through on 33's, but he had to do some careful maneuvering to keep the diffs out of the rocks. Even on 35's I managed to tear the bottom of my rear diff off and probably trashed something internal which would explain the banging noise. Time for a Super 44 and 4:88's
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I want to go next time. It sounds like my cup of tea. I like breaking things.
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Yeah, it would get a little beat up, all of us put our sliders/guards/skids to good use (translation: we beat the snot out of them)
yea.... sliders are high on the list... right after the front aussie that supposedly shipped on friday.


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Jimmy made it through on 33's, but he had to do some careful maneuvering to keep the diffs out of the rocks. Even on 35's I managed to tear the bottom of my rear diff off and probably trashed something internal which would explain the banging noise. Time for a Super 44 and 4:88's

Thats the right attitude.... don't fix things, upgrade them
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I dented a Savvy slider, knocked my steering 1/4 turn out of alignment, tweaked my d-ring mounts, scraped up the Savvy front bumper, and bent a drive shaft. It was a blast!!!

I would have been better off not taking so much creative license with the trail. I got stuck pretty bad and got wedged between a rock and a couple of hard spots! That's the reason for the rock removal. I'd go again in a heart beat though.
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Count me in for the next run, I want to be part of the crowd that breaks down
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..... , apparently you pull the rock out from under the Jeep, not pull the Jeep over the rock.....

maybe it would have been easier to move all the sand from under the motorhome
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