The next big ride- Big Bear to Hawthorne

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The next big ride- Big Bear to Hawthorne

Postby Calvin » Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:26 pm

The SMTS routes we have ridden so far
• Route 1 from Mexico, 604 miles (pics here)
• Route 3 to Sequoia, 323 miles (pics here)
• Route 4 to Laughlin, 499 miles (pics here)
• Rotue 6 west part through the Piutes, 250 of 425 miles (pics here)

There are three rides left:
• rt6 through the slate range and Death Valley (rt6 map here)
• rt 5 from Lake Hughes to Carson City (rt5 map here)
• rt7 from Big Bear out to Hawthorne Nevada (rt7 map here)

Ready for the next big ride?

SMTS route 7 Big Bear to Hawthorne Nv.

The route starts outside of Big Bear and ventures deep into the remote untraveled deserts of southern Nevada to arrive at Hawthorne 800 miles later. If you have never traveled through Southern Nevada let me tell you that is some remote and lonely country. Gas stops are about 100 miles apart except for one long Death Valley leg. The 160 mile Death Valley leg from Panamint Springs to Furnace Creek use to have gas available at Scotty’s Castle. I hear gas is no longer available there so we have to work out a plan to cover the entire 160 miles in one shot. On the rest of the route gas and food are available about every 100 miles so travel plans should be pretty easy.

Terry (aka Fubar) found an advrider thread covering the northern end of the route.

When: Summer is no good for a Death Valley route. The route crosses 10,000 ft peaks outside of Hawthorne so winter is no good ether. I would like to plan for the first week in March.

What do you think?


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The Plan

Postby Calvin » Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:39 pm

So here is the plan:
Day 1: Ride to Big Bear (140 miles)
Day 2: Big Bear to Barstow (90 miles, map)
Day 3: Barstow to Panamint Springs (130 miles, map and pics)
Day 4: Panamint Springs to Furnace Creek (160 miles, map and pics)
Day 5: Furnace Creek to somewhere in the desert (100 miles, map)
Day 6: Camp to Goldfield (120 miles, map)
Day 7: Goldfield to Mina (100 miles, map)
Day 8: Mina to Hawthorne (100 miles, map)
Day 9: Home (380 miles)

We will be camping in the desert near the above towns.

I have a GoogleEarth track of SMTS rt7. The route is pretty fun just to fly over - cant wait to ride it. PM me and I will email the track.
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Postby JOERUSSO » Mon Dec 01, 2008 10:48 pm

Im in for sure calvin can we for scheduling say confirmed sat march 1st. and figure about projected come home 9th. gives me time to get off work and hide money from the warden....
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Postby AXO Dude » Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:51 am

I'm in calvin. How many days will this take ? Should try to do 2 legs in a day yes ? Please send me the google track.
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Postby Fubar » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:38 pm

You heard correctly. Scotty's Castle has NO gas anymore. And from what everybody else says, that ain't gonna change anytime soon. Kinda wish the NPS would take care of the situation, but you know how that goes. I'm in, regardless.
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Postby Calvin » Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:40 pm

On a dirt route it's hard to figure how far you can travel in a day. These are desert roads/trails so we may do better than 100 miles in a day - but - for planning purposes I'm using 100 miles and eight days on the route.

Less pressure that way?
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Postby JOERUSSO » Tue Dec 02, 2008 7:59 pm

yea i called no gas. and i remember our mexico gorman ride 100 miles a day some a little more was a long day. and with it getting dark by 5 or so its nice to set up camp in the light. incase we need to do alittle repairs on our bikes and keep the bolts tight.....
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Postby Calvin » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:25 am

Day 4 Gas plan:
The 160 mile route on day 4 goes from Panamint Springs out through the town of Darwin (not Darwin falls) , Hunter Mountain, Lippincott, Race Track Valley, Ubehebe Crater and Scotty’s Castel – 99 miles of dirt . From there we ride down the north highway for 41 miles to Stovepipe Wells then another 20 miles down hwy 190 to Furnace Creek.

There is gas in Stovepipe Wells! That’s 140 miles from Panamint Springs so I think we can make this work out.
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Postby rockchucker22 » Thu Dec 04, 2008 12:55 pm

Oh man I really want do at least the North part of this ride!! :ride:
now I'm somewhere I'm not supose to be.......I can see things I shouldn't see
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Postby Calvin » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:27 pm

Tyson, Hey!

Maybe you can cut over from Big Pine and meet us a Scotty's Castle?
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Postby rockchucker22 » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:33 am

I was pooring over topos' yesterday and figure scotty's would work perfect.
or maybe stovepipe, I will be needing gas.
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Snow Pack

Postby Calvin » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:10 am

A couple of Satellite photos from February 2008 and March 2007. There is some snow pack outside of Hawthorne but the snow seems to be pretty thin across Nevada.

February 2008:
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March 2007:
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Postby rockchucker22 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:30 am

I have an Archery deer tag in Nevada and have spent the last 2 weeks covering alot of ground off highway 6 and country toward Hawthorn. At the higher evevations thier is about 4 inches most the dirt roads are currently passable but we have more snow coming this week. I just put dirt bags on the 610.....man I love this bike! So far no problems at all.
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Postby rockchucker22 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:31 am

Is rt3 Monachie?
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Postby Calvin » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:09 am

Route 3 starts at Mojave and cuts across the north edge of Cajon ranch by Tehachapi, then up into the Sequoia’s following some pretty cool snowmobile single track. It doesn’t go through Monachie.

We have some pics from our route three ride over here http://www.castaicdualsportriders.com/g ... _itemId=23
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