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post #1 of 8 Old 02-11-2010, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area

Looking to go back to Anza-Borrego over the weekend and thinking of checking out Ocotillo Wells; however, I have the stock tires, and don't want to get myself somewhere that may be seriously unwise.

Here are the areas listed on the State Parks web site:

1) BLOW SAND HILL
2) DEVIL’S SLIDE
3) BARREL SPRINGS
4) SHELL REEF
5) GAS DOMES
6) PUMPKIN PATCH

If there are any other inputs/ideas/suggestions let me know.

I'm planning on Palm Slot, Fonts Points, The Slot and Clark Lake as 1st stops on my 2 day camping.

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http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1217
http://www.atvaonline.com/Ride/Ocotillo_CA.asp

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Looking to go back to Anza-Borrego over the weekend and thinking of checking out Ocotillo Wells; however, I have the stock tires, and don't want to get myself somewhere that may be seriously unwise.

Here are the areas listed on the State Parks web site:

1) BLOW SAND HILL
2) DEVILíS SLIDE
3) BARREL SPRINGS
4) SHELL REEF
5) GAS DOMES
6) PUMPKIN PATCH

If there are any other inputs/ideas/suggestions let me know.

I'm planning on Palm Slot, Fonts Points, The Slot and Clark Lake as 1st stops on my 2 day camping.

Cheers

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1217
http://www.atvaonline.com/Ride/Ocotillo_CA.asp
Are you definitely camping and do you want company? I have a ride planned up around fort hunter ligget... up the interior and down the coast... but I could change... let me know in an email...
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I have not been to O.W. in a while. From what I can remember there were some main roads near the entrance of the park where the RV dump station was that were pretty flat and not too deep with sand. I never really ventured out that far though and was on a CRF450X at the time, so conditions may have seemed better than they really were. Would like to go, but Valentine's Day and work have me tied up this weekend.

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Went out to Anza Borrego.

No problems (if you go SLOW) in the wash, but not saying moments were not exciting (scary); however, you CAN NOT get through to Font's Point with stock tires, the sand is VERY soft and you just sink right after the path starts. I think any motorcycle would be challenging.

After two days I was pretty beat and looking forward to going to Ocotillo Wells again, but after hiking and riding up the hills I'm beat...lol.

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did you make it to all the destinations in your original post? where's the ride report?

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Everything but Font's Point. There is no way the V-Strom is going through there, or any bike, because its off limits...lol

Palm Wash Scenic Overlook: Easy to get to, just off State Highway S22. TONS OF COPS, be careful.

Access to the Calcite Mine, The Palm Wash Slot, North and South Palm Washes is down a very steep road. Its on the other side of that edge, so pretty steep.



Calcite Mine Trail: Be careful on the Calcite Trail up the hill, there is a point where the hill is so steep that you will just slide back down, you're brakes are inneffective and the bike's rear tire won't grip....not a great place to be in life..knobbies would have been great, but you can go a long way up.





Palm Wash (North Trail): Soft sand, but negotiable, drive very slow, stay in the packed/driven sections, do not get off the trail.



Palm Wash Slot (South Trail): Hard track with some soft near the Palm Slot, but that's near the end. Use the same behavior as the Palm Wash. The hike is great.





The Slot: Soft, but not as bad as some washes, but you need to pay attention as always because of the deep sand. Take Buttes Trail to get there.



Clark Lake: Hard and soft sections to the lake. Don't go too fast because its gravel and then transitions to sand in spots and you can get some unnecessary excitement. Lake is not really dry until summer so you don't get the cool cracking, etc. Wait until later to do this, but there are pictographs up in the Canyon.



I will be attempting Ocotillo Wells, but I've talked to some 1200GS and 800GS riders and they've done it with the dual sport stockies and knobby and highly recommend knobby. They say you can do it with stockers, but expect to get occasionally stuck and or/go very slow. Will report when I get there. The guy on the GS had knobbies, the guy on the 800 had similar tires to the stock V-Strom.

If you need GPS coordinates, PM me and I'll send out. Some trailheads can be kind of difficult to find.

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