The Bradshaw Trail was established in the early 1860's as a way for gold miners to get to La Paz, Arizona where gold had been found. This attracted many miners from the Sierra foothills. The trail went from near Palm Springs to south of Blythe then North to La Paz, north of today's Ehrenberg Az.
There is about 70 miles of the Bradshaw Trail left from the Salton Sea to the Colorado river.
In early March of 2013 we visited. We took I-10 East from San Dimas to Chiriaco summit and saw the Patton Museum.
Here they have a display of ultimate off-road vehicles
The we continued East to Wileys Well where we turned south and drove to where the pavement ends and our off-road adventure begins, about 10 miles from the highway.
This is Coon Hollow Campground:
We found some gold flake in the Quartz here:
We saw concrete filled practice bombs, just South of the trail is a bombing range:
We took Red Canyon Jeep Trail 6 miles north of the Bradshaw. It was a great ride!
Our campspot for the night was miles from anywhere/anyone, the best I've been to. We sat around talking, looking at the stars and enjoyed a satisfying meal:
Saw the old Kaiser RR, a bad place to break down.
The train hasn't run for years:
Here's the old trestle over Salt Creek
We reached the shores of the Salton Sea. What a cesspool.
We then drove North West on the 111 to the I-10 and back through the Inland Empire home to our soft beds.
This was an easy Adventure Trip, with some neats sites, history and a little gold flake.
The Bradshaw itself can be done in a two wheel drive vehicle. Red Canyon Jeep Trail is a 4WD trail, lots of fun with some steep or sandy parts.