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  1. TRDZILA

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    Hello all. I’m taking a trip in a couple of weeks to California via Route 66, with stops in Wilson Ok. and Apache Junction Az.
    I’m wanting to do the Old Mojave Road, but the map I bought isn’t very informative and leaves a lot of gaps.
    Does anyone have a good source for information?
    Thanks.
    Keith.
     
  2. jkxj

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    the mojave road guide by dennis g sasebier. he litterally wrote the book and it the authority on the road. very detailed book with very good turn by turn directions
     
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  3. Rubiconcruiser

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    #3 Rubiconcruiser, Jan 7, 2019
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    Book by Dennis C. Verified, I was a contributor for this edition. Not bragging just saying. Your trip onto the road from the East should be around the Hwy 40 and Kelbaker Rd. Once in you can go East or West. West you’ll exit at Afton Canyon. East you’ll end up in Laughlin Nevada. Both great trips. It gets COLD during the night. Days now are in the 50-60 range. Ludlow is your last chance for fuel once on the road. It’s a great ride and so much desert opens up to you save the US property National Park due to the shutdown. Hope you enjoy the trip. Keep us informed
     
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  4. TRDZILA

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    Ok. Thank you.
     
  5. Musubie

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    Mojave National Preserve is one of my favorite desert places. I like it much better than Joshua Tree.

    The roads are marked on the Casebier book of course, but do check out the excellent desertusa.com site as well. Here's a particularly useful page:

    https://www.desertusa.com/desert-trails/mojave-road-page1.html.

    There aren't very many roads in the NP (and that's one of the appeals, right?), and the remoteness means that the night sky explodes with stars at night. That also means that fuel may be an issue. Bring extra fuel if your rig runs thirsty.

    Very cold in the winter, and be very careful when it rains (this weekend, for example). Kelbaker may be paved but poorly so in some parts, and desert soils turn into slippery good in some places.
     
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  6. AlexG

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    http://www.mojave-road.com/mojave-road-maps.htm

    I found these very useful. It has the trail plus every other trail or road you will come across. It's broken down to 19 individual sections of the trail. The print layout is in a 8.5 x 14
     
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  7. RedRob

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    Beware that the route I downloaded to Gaia from our OB approved route forum is incorrect. It inexplicably takes you off the actual road and off on a tangent where there’s no actual roads. Also it doesn’t show the whole route. It was very frustrating for me. I guess the lesson is that you always have to be ready to improvise, adapt, and overcome.
     
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  8. TRDZILA

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    His interview on the Route 66 Podcast is why I decided I really wanted to drive the road after hearing about it on a 4WD podcast.
    I will order the book today.
     
  9. TOMB

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    I have driven the Mojave Trail many times and work in the area frequently. As stated, it can get cold this time of year (especially at night).Dennis C’s book is great. Things to keep in mind are the pass to Landfair Valley from Fort Paiute (washouts), Soda Lake (flooded), and the water crossing at Afton Canyon. I just saw a recent YouTube vlog of the water crossing and it appears to be 3.5-4 feet deep. If it’s raining a fair amount I would not attempt any part. I have been out there during several storms and it can become treacherous real quick. If it hasn’t rained recently you should be okay, and there are work arounds for the three areas I mentioned.
     
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    #10 Christopher McNamara, Jan 9, 2019
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    @Kenno and I are doing the trip over MLK day weekend. Not sure if that lines up with your trip plans but always fun to add to the group. Gonna be cold, but gonna be fun!

    Also if anyone else is going. The more the merrier!

    Chris
     
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  11. TRDZILA

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    I’ll be there the 26th.

    Thanks to everyone for all the great information.
     
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    If Soda Lake is wet at all, stay off. I stupidly crossed when it was muddy. Im surprised we made it at all. That was 3 years ago and im still dealing with the rust from the lake mud.

    Scott
     
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  13. Christopher McNamara

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    Thanks for the advice. Will definitely avoid if it's wet
     
  14. Kenno

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    Thanks for all the info! Lookin forward to taking the mall crawler out.

    @TRDZILA - found and will listen to that podcast on my home from work today. If you have questions on the conditions, we can hopefully give you some pointers as we'll be there a week before you.
     
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  15. TRDZILA

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    That podcast seriously altered my route out west, for the better. Enjoy your trip.
     
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  16. TRDZILA

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    The weather forecast says it’s going to be perfect.
     

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