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artoy 01-05-2014 06:20 PM

los angeles to vegas overland
has anyone done this?
Ive been looking for routes to do the trip but havent had too much luck.
I realize that the whole trip isnt possible entirely off road, but i want to off road as much of the trip as possible. I plan on carrying enough fuel, food, water and camping gear to do the whole trip out of my jeep so i dont need to be near highways or anything.

Xjman1 01-05-2014 08:22 PM

Could you spur off the Mojave Road trail in reverse?

artoy 01-06-2014 10:34 AM

Yea that's what I was thinking... I just got to figure out how to get to mojave road from la

Hotshot 01-07-2014 11:01 AM

The Mojave Rd will send you towards Laughlin, NV. Not Vegas. You'd be on the Mojave Preserve which is very scenic with plenty of points of interest but theres nothing hardcore about the trail. I just ran a 85 mile section of it going to Laughlin a few weeks ago.

If you want a long off road drive I'd suggest starting in Lucerne Valley and cutting across Johnson Valley diagonally from the Southwest to the Northeast. I've encountered some good off roading out there. From there you'd end up in the small town of Ludlow on the I-40. From Ludlow you could go directly North and pickup the Mojave Trail going East for a bit. Then when you hit Kelbaber Rd you could cut south a few miles and pick up Aiken Mine Rd. A point of interest on the Aiken Mine Rd is the Lava Tubes. Once your at the old mine you continue east inline with where you entered the mine ( North side of the gravelly section). That'll take you through a little old ranch and through a thick Joshua Tree forest. Where you come out on Cima Rd you can see I-15 to your left. Theres a memorial near there and some awesome looking rock formations.

From there to continue off road I'd need to look at the maps for you. You can dry camp anywhere out there but if you want something with actual campgrounds let me know and I can change this route around some for you.

Crossing Johnson Valley the way Im talking about, completely offroad, will be a long day. At least the way I went it was. :laugh: I got in to some pretty gnarly off roading, I could of bypassed the hard stuff and shortening the trip some but we were having to much fun.

This route, you won't see many, if any people except for when you pull in to Ludlow. Ludlow would be a fuel stop. From there if you needed another fuel stop you'd have to cut north to Baker when you come out on Kelbaker Rd. Then you could just double back and pick up Aiken Mine Rd and continue on.

Hotshot 01-07-2014 11:09 AM

If you want a shorter off road experience mixed with some water crossings let me know. You could hit the dirt in Afton Canyon off I-15 between Barstow and Baker. Right now the water is probably low, maybe 30"'s deep because of the lack of rain. I have seen the water crossings as deep as 40"'s though.

artoy 01-10-2014 02:00 PM

That sound perfect. Could it be done in four days? I drive a cj7 on 32s no lockers, would I be able to do it?

Hotshot 01-10-2014 02:13 PM


Originally Posted by artoy
That sound perfect. Could it be done in four days? I drive a cj7 on 32s no lockers, would I be able to do it?

Yeah no problem. I'm thinking two days, just depends on how fast you'll be moving.

artoy 01-10-2014 07:19 PM

Dude thank you so much. I'm looking at maps right now and this looks totally doable.

Hotshot 01-10-2014 07:27 PM


Originally Posted by artoy
Dude thank you so much. I'm looking at maps right now and this looks totally doable.

No problem, I think I enjoy crossing the desert like that more then running trails. I was trying to find you a route after you get to Cima Rd but it looks like you'd have to go pretty far south?

brian243 01-11-2014 04:11 PM

Look for the power line roads.

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