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Old 10-23-2008, 08:17 AM   #1
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Baja - Valley of the Cirios

This track starts from Mex 1, 10 miles north of Catavina at the San Jose del Faro turnoff. Then heads through the very scenic desert valley and hits the west coast at San Jose del Faro, continues down the coast past spectacular bays and world class point breaks though Bahia Blanca and onto Santa Rosalillita.

There is a little bit of everything from decent road, sandy and rocky jeep two track, silt beds, and a final stretch of wide graded but rough road into Rosalillita.

Its doable on an big adventure bike but be prepared for a few sections of very hard work on such a machine.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:14 PM   #2
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I did part of that section in May on my HP2. When I got to Rancho las Palomas, I headed back to Hwy 1 just below the Chapala turn off because I wasn't sure I had enough day light. The couple at Las Palomas were pretty funny. The trail out to hwy1 was awesome, it ran through a sand wash for several miles after the silt beds, then climbed through a canyon to a spring/oasis. The trail got better past the oasis and there was a very impressive house on the north side of the trail about 5 -7 miles from the Hwy - a little too nice for the area..... I'll have to do the rest of that route next time.
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:41 PM   #3
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Yeah i did that section to Mex 1 south of the chapala turnoff as well (not on this track though) That ride is amazing going through the silt, the sand, then the oasis then up the rocky hillclimbs, just awesome. Probably one of my favorite sections in all of northern Baja.

If you had not turned northeast toward Mex 1 and kept going SE, its just a little bit more two track then turns into about a 20 mile stretch of boring fast graded road to Rosalillita. Actually, it probably would have taken you less time to get to Rosalillita than it did to get to Mex 1 near Chapala, so you really didnt miss much and did way more fun riding by going up to Chapala.
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Old 10-23-2008, 10:10 PM   #4
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Good to know. It was a great mix of terrain. I was with a KLR 650 and the one time I let him take a section first, he had some trouble on a steep, rock strewn climb and I had to park my HP or run him over. I'm, sure you know the section.
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Old 10-24-2008, 01:02 AM   #5
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Ah yes, thats it! As you know, your pic doesnt really show how steep that part actually is. Last year we had a guy that kept dropping his bike on that exact rocky hill climb, I think it was one of the last steep sections before you hit the rocky flat trail that takes you onto Mex 1. I was on my S model DRZ which is a bit of a pig too, but it handled it just fine. I really want to try that on my 990, but I might need to do it with someone else to help me pick up the bike a few times.

I must say, I think that short roughly 30 mile section you are talking about will take you though just about everything Baja has to offer, and its an extremely beautiful ride and one of my favorites, except for maybe the Green Door ride.

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Old 10-24-2008, 10:24 AM   #6
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I'm in as time permits. My HP is apart until I get my tank from Markus.... I have buddy in LA, Steve Soto, owns a 990 too. He would probably do a weekender. Jump on your 990 and head to Tucson. I am guiding a small group through Copper Canyon Nov 8. GSers mostly. If we are small enough, I may take them from Batopilas to Cerocahui and west to Alamos. Return route is very open. We will cross at Auga Prieta and take a 50 mile dirt route to Huachinera, then on to Bamori our first night, Creel via Bashaceachi night 2, Batopilas night 3, then we will see how everyone is doing. Mike
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