UPDATE 11.01.20 Mojave National Preserve Facelift/Trail Guardian Event
In conjunction with the National Park Service, Overland Bound will be conducting a clean up of the Death Valley Mine and Kessler Springs area. The Death Valley Mine was abandoned several years ago and is in need of some work, Dave Nichols Mojave Preserve Park Archaeologist will be on site Saturday to help determine what items are of historic value and what is garbage. All garbage will be loaded into a dumpster provided by NPS. The Kessler Springs area was impacted heavily by the Dome Fire that burned 43K acres. We will be helping to do some cleanup at the barn and corral that were built around 1900.
Hopefully we will set the groundwork for a larger Preserve wide FaceLift event March of 2021. This event could involve additional user groups such as; Motorcycle, Hunters, Equestrian, Hikers, Rock Hounds and general Desert Lovers.
Thursday, November 12, 202005:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)17:00 Hrs GMT -8:00
Sunday, November 15, 202005:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)17:00 Hrs GMT -8:00
- OVERLAND BOUND REGION
- EVENT TYPE
- Dirt Road
- Off Road Tires
- HAM 146.460 Simplex
- HAM 146.400
- GMRS Ch 15 Simplex
Rally Point Notes:
UPDATED 11.01.20 Mojave National Preserve Facelift/Trail Guardian Event
Schedule for the November 2020 event;
Thursday 11-12, Arrive at the staging area off of Needles Highway and spend the night. This is a large open wash just west of the highway. Make sure you fuel up in Needles, Fort Mojave or the Avi Casino before heading to camp.
Needles Highway and Mojave Road turn off 35.051650 -114.676625
Thursday camp will be in the area of 35.055651 -114.689897
Friday 11-13, Leave camp between 0800-0900 hrs. drive the Mojave Road to the Base Camp. View the sites along the way and Cleanup as needed. Everyone at the event will be at the Thomas Base camp for this event.
Base Camp (Thomas Place/Ranch) 35.175409 -115.462134
Saturday 11-14, One group work at Death Valley Mine with the Park Archaeologist Dave Nichols starting at 0800 hrs. Bob Brann will be the lead. A second group will go to the Kessler Springs area and start the cleanup process. early 1900’s barn. This barn was damaged during the Dome fire, there is lots of history at this location.
Saturday evening Raffle back at Thomas Base Camp.
Death Valley Mine 35.221589 -115.462460
Sunday 11-15, Break camp and continue west on Mojave Road crossing the Soda Lake if passable, stopping at the Travelers Monument then crossing the Mojave River. We will not be getting to Afton until late afternoon. For those staying Sunday night we will camp either at the Afton Canyon Campground or up on the hill at the group campsite. The Group site has a huge fire pit.
Camp 35.038189 -116.384107
If you are unable to arrive Thursday it is very easy to find Fridays base camp south of the Death Valley Mine, directions on attached PDF below on this Rally Point.
THE LOCAL HEALTH OFFICERS PPE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES. Additional information will be emailed to all attendants as the event gets closer. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Information about the Mojave Preserve;
Dennis G. Casebier “Mojave Road Guide An Adventure Through Time” available on Amazon.
Mojave National Preserve Tom Harrison Maps. Available on Amazon.
National Geographic, Mojave National Preserve Map available on Amazon
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- Start Point: 42298 River Rd, Needles, CA 92363, USA GPS Coordinates: 35.05565, -114.6899 Notes: Approximate location of Thursday nights camp
- WayPoint 1: 15098 Cima Rd, Nipton, CA 92364, USA GPS Coordinates: 35.17541, -115.46213 Notes: Friday Base Camp
- WayPoint 2: Cima Rd, Nipton, CA 92364, USA GPS Coordinates: 35.22159, -115.46246 Notes: Death Valley Mine work location
- WayPoint 3: 58268 Afton Rd, Baker, CA 92309, USA GPS Coordinates: 35.03819, -116.38411 Notes: Sunday night camp
- End Point: 58022 Cima Rd, Nipton, CA 92364, USA GPS Coordinates: 35.29719, -115.53472 Notes: Kessler Ranch work location
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