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Old 01-05-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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Joshua Tree National Park-after the rains

Hey fellers,
Just returned from an overnighter in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. The park is located between the Mojave and Colorado desert plains. The park is known for its huge, free standing rock formations and of course the Joshua Trees.

I started the ride on the South side of the mountains that separate the valley where Palm Springs is located (Coachella Valley) and the National Park area. Off of Dillon Rd. there is a pass through the mountains called Berdoo Canyon Rd. It starts off as a road, but as you can see, it deteriorates into a trail amongst rocks and sand washes. Since a storm just passed through, you'll notice the boulders washed down and the water erosion.



The trail snakes it way through a natural water shed gaining elevation through the pass to about 4,400ft.msl. At the top of Berdoo Cyn. the trail straightens out and is fairly easy, except for some rutted sections.



Berdoo Trail runs into Geology Tour Rd. which is maintained by the NPS. You can see the vast areas of the Park in this shot. I had not passed one vehicle in the last hour.



After dodging some deep sand areas piled on by the water erosion in the area, I made it to Park Blvd. that runs N/S through the N.P. and came upon this victim of the storms.



more to come...
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:31 PM   #2
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A little further down the road, I saw this Joshua Tree, that seemed to have been split by lightning; just a guess, but check out the black marks on the trunk



The freestanding rock formations are quite spectacular and colorful



Some of the rock formations have unusual features



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Old 01-05-2011, 06:57 PM   #3
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The N.P. has several small communities close to the N/entrance. I chose to stay in a Yucca Valley motel since the temps were dropping into the 20s at night.
This morning I rode to the S/entrance of the Park at Cottonwood Springs. The OAT was 42 degrees! Chilly for SoCal. I had about 40 miles to enjoy the Park as I rode South.


The Southern section of the park is part of the Colorado River desert area and these Cholla cactus look furry and soft, BUT many a desert racer will tell you otherwise! Note the Mountain range in the background. It is the range that the Berdoo Cyn. trail winds through.



The snow capped peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains were surreal when viewed from the Park's barren environs.


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Old 01-05-2011, 07:04 PM   #4
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Nice pics,,,,,,and bike
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:06 PM   #5
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I picked up a few T-shirts at the visitor center and bade farewell to the Park.



Instead of the I-10 super slab back to the Palm Springs region and points West, I took the nicely maintained Water District and Powerline Roads back toward home. The mighty 950SE is in it's element on these wide open desert roads!



If you visit SoCal during any season, but summer, this Park is truly worth the ride. Shalom, Bob
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:38 PM   #6
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Nice trip and pics!
I gotta get out to the park this Spring.....
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Old 01-06-2011, 07:35 AM   #7
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Nice, thanks.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:34 AM   #8
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nice report..........I need to get out and ride ASAP. ......Winter is too long
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El Gusto es Mio!

Thanks. I thought these pix would warm the hearts of the folks buried under the brutal winter we've had in parts East.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:40 PM   #10
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Great shots. Heading there in a couple of weeks. What's the best way to find those Water District and Powerline Roads you mention?
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:46 PM   #11
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i'm jealous....


bob, you hang with me on my rides and i don't get an invite on yours.....


anyway, i'm happy to read your RR.....
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:50 PM   #12
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i'm jealous....


bob, you hang with me on my rides and i don't get an invite on yours.....


anyway, i'm happy to read your RR.....

Joel,

You're working hard during the week for "da man". Us old timers have lotsa time to do week day rides when the crowds are thin...
Seriously if you have time off on weekdays, let me know.
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Great shots. Heading there in a couple of weeks. What's the best way to find those Water District and Powerline Roads you mention?

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When you're E/B on I-10 exit at Dillon Rd. which is almost the last exit in Indio. Travel N/ past the Chevron station and you'll see the huge powerline towers and your road. You can also access the powerline road at the first rest stop E/of Dillon Rd. or on the Frontage Rd. exit, both of those being off the I-10.

Dillon Rd. also is the access point to the Berdoo Canyon trail. If you want the coordinates, take a look at GPSexchange.com for my tracks in the CA section.

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Old 01-06-2011, 06:09 PM   #14
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Nice! J. T. is a great park. The views at the east end are tremendous.
Before the rains, the wife and I took the jeep thru Berdoo Cyn from Dillon rd., pretty easy ride at that time, but from your pics-it's looking a bit tougher now.
Very nice ride report, you capture the park well. Great looking bike!!
Thanks for Power line road directions, next time.
Just curious, i'm still noob, how are YOU posting your pics? Flicker, smug, or...

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