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The Mojave Desert by Overland

I have been overlanding (offroading and camping by vehicle travel) in the Mojave desert since '93 after my first trip with my uncle at the age of 12. My uncle has been going with his group of friends every year since '88. We follow the lesser worn trails and trade routes of persons long past: immigrants and miners, homesteaders and native americans, experiencing the the desert's beauty and learning it's history first hand along the way.

Despite it's expansiveness, desolation, and lack of water, the Mojave is rich in history. The natural beauty of it's painted sunrises and sunsets strike an appropriately colorful backdrop for it's tales; migrant crossings by wagon trains seeking a better life, miners dreaming to strike it rich only to scrap a living by chiseling through rock with primitave hand tools, families looking to cross it's expansive basin and ranges in start of a new life, cultural clashes between indians and settlers, and even training of American soldiers for World War II in the fight against facism.

Delving into the Ivanpah Mountains, Nov 2017

Just a year earlier we lightly explored the Ivanpah mountains, located just south of Hwy 15 and east of Cima Rd. This trip we decided to explore them in more depth and see what we could find.

Bradshaw Trail Part 2, May 2017

This spring we revisited the old gold mine stage trail, taking our favorite detour through the Augustine Pass, through the Colorado desert lined with Paton's tank tracks to our final thunderegg destination of Wiley's Well.

Baker Cindercone Trails, November 2016

Located in the East Mojave, the small gas-town station of Baker best known for the world's largest thermometer, has many miles of offroad trails in each direction. On this trip we drove the through low-elevation, dry barren hills where miners and ranchers scrapped for a living in the Kingston mountains, then past the cindercone volcanoes to the high-elevation, majestic Joshua Tree forests of the Ivanpah mountains.

Bradshaw Trail, May 2016

Explore the historic overland stage route connecting San Bernardino, California to the gold mines of La Paz, Arizona. Aided by Cabazon, the chief of the Cahuilla Indians who lived near the Salton Sea, William David Bradshaw and a small party mapped and traversed the ancient 200 mile overland trade route to the Polo Verde Valley, crossing multiple ranges including the Orocoppia, Chocolates, Chuckwalla, Mule mountains, each of which are both desolate and breathaking in their own right. The Orocoppia are at first glance typical a mojave basin and range, but upon closer inspection contain intimidating badlands and humbling mud palisade canyons that invite exploration. The Chocolates are appropriately named, dark and contrasting in color with the clear blue skies of the Colorado desert. The Chuckwalla are chunky, geological wonders rich in minerals and full of interesting specimens for the curious rock round, while the Black Hills and Mules are mars-like desolate volcanic wonders of an age long past, filled with hidden crystalline gems.

Mojave Trail, 2015

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Anza Borrego, 2014

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