Wow, that was fun! Desert Fox, me with my gang of youngsters, and wannabejeeper showed up. Thanks to Desert Fox for organizing the run, and being our guide! After the morning program we hit the Calcite Mine trail. Wannabe’s Toyota handled it like the trail was a mall parking lot. A TJ we met there, on the other hand, turned back and left with his puffy tail between his legs… err rear tires... IN YOUR FACES, JEEP NAZIS! You can be a jeeper without a Chrysler made SUV. And if somebody owns one, it does not make him a jeeper automatically. It’s nice to have one though…
Below you will find a map of the area and three more detailed maps of each of the run legs: Chariot Canyon, Fonts Point and Calcite Mine.
|Santa Ysabel||N33 06.562 W116 40.447||Santa Ysabel is a little place where Hwys 79 and 78 meet. This is where we actually have pie for breakfast at the Julian Pie Co|
|Chariot Canyon Start||N33 04.043 W116 32.854||This is where the Chariot Canyon Trail starts - accross the Banner store. You know there is a letter "B" on the mountain|
|Chariot Canyon Finish||N33 00.444 W116 27.392||This is where the Chariot Canyon trail ends|
|Borrego Museum||N33 15.464 W116 24.391||Borrego Springs Visitor Canter. There is a little museum, a bookstore, and a garden with desert flora|
|Fonts Point Exit||N33 18.198 W116 14.342||This is where you need to exit from the paved road to the wash that leads to the Fonts Point|
|Fonts Point||N33 15.469 W116 13.998||Fonts Point|
|Calcite Mine Exit||N33 16.874 W116 05.782||The exit to Calcite Mine Dirt Road|
|Calcite Mine||N33 17.948 W116 06.626||Calcite Mine|
This is a relatively easy trail. More like a scenic dirt road. Lot's of interesting objects, such as old mines and opportunities to see wild life. There is one stream crossing, and one long downhill (use your low gear).
This is a very scenic place. You can see Salton Sea, Badlands and Baja from there. One of the X-files episode was shoot at Fonts Point. The roads to the Fonts Point goes at the bottom of a river bead. Lot's of sand!
Calcite Mine a super secret location. Read more about it here.