Mojave Rd in Dec

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WillemBTL

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Do your research about weather conditions for the Mojave during December.

While it may seem like a sensible time, Dec can be a rough time to be in the high desert. The weather can get very cold at night (in the teens), and we get a lot of blustery winds during the winter months, which can sometimes reach gale-force and last for days. The winter is also the wet season, so depending on when the rain fell, the water crossings may be higher than average, and if your timing is off, you could encounter flash floods, which are not to be trifled with. Make sure you have a reliable heat source/winter sleeping bag/extra blankets and good shelter from the wind. The weather is very unpredictable to it pays to be prepared for the worst.
 

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I go out there all the time. The road is very easy. I can run almost the whole thing in 2wd. The road can be run in a real fast 2 days. I would suggest 3-4. There is quite a bit to see just off the sides of the road.

I would suggest you start at Laughlin and go west. The road goes west then doglegs south. Once you hit a certain point on the southern side, camping gets scarce and there's very little to see due to private property. Most people cut the last 30 miles off due to that.

I normally lead a group after Thanksgiving and sometimes after Christmas. You welcome to join if you message me in the late summer/early fall or I can give you a route with a ton of POI. If you have the time, pop out on the west side and go straight across to Death Valley. From there you can spend as much as another week or cut the top corner and come out in Beatty Nevada and head home.
 

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Thank you for the info. We plan to travel Route 66 west to get there and start exploring once we hit desert. Mojave Rd is tops in the list then RT 50. We have all sorts of places we look to visit on the trip but sorta taking it as it comes. POI’s would be appreciated.

QUOTE="smritte, post: 615284, member: 17951"]I go out there all the time. The road is very easy. I can run almost the whole thing in 2wd. The road can be run in a real fast 2 days. I would suggest 3-4. There is quite a bit to see just off the sides of the road.

I would suggest you start at Laughlin and go west. The road goes west then doglegs south. Once you hit a certain point on the southern side, camping gets scarce and there's very little to see due to private property. Most people cut the last 30 miles off due to that.

I normally lead a group after Thanksgiving and sometimes after Christmas. You welcome to join if you message me in the late summer/early fall or I can give you a route with a ton of POI. If you have the time, pop out on the west side and go straight across to Death Valley. From there you can spend as much as another week or cut the top corner and come out in Beatty Nevada and head home.[/QUOTE]
 

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Do you have Gaia? If you do I can share my folder for that area. You would have to look carefully because it has a bunch of diffrent routes on it. You should be able to filter it though to see only what you want. If you do, sent me a PM with your email.
 

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I find the road kinda boring, the side routes are far more interesting. I would get smitte info. it would make a far better trip. The only time you'll put in 4 wheel drive is when you are going down some grades. Dec. can be a great time to do the run, just pay attention to the weather.
 
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