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The Bradshaw Trail was one of the first roads across the desert of Southern California and it is still a great road to explore today. We traveled the road from the Salton Sea to the Colorado River in late Ocotber. I only used four wheel drive a couple of times while on the trail.
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At the beginning of the trail you travel under a very cool bridge which is part of the Eagle Mountain Railroad.
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Most of the trail is a well graded road, at least when we were traveling on it, no guarantees how it is now after some winter rains.
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On the first part of the trail we traveled along the northern boundary of the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnary Range . There were many warning signs to stay out of the range, however a few "bombs" could be found right beside the trail.
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We camped one night about half way through the 75 miles we did off road. We went just a little north of the actual trail to camp. It was still warm so we set up the awning. The awning is a Kelty Carport Deluxe. It has worked quite well in wind, rain, and the arched top even shed snow fairly well last spring in Yosemite Valley.
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The trail runs just south of the Little Chuckwalla Mountains which are very rugged and beautiful mountains.
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There are many trails that can be accessed along the Bradshaw Trail. We were making a quick trip along the entire distance of the trail so we did not have time to explore any of them. I do plan to go back and explore some of them.

Sunset on the Bradshaw Trail.
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Great pictures. I did the first part of the road years ago with the Friends of the Mojave Road.
Did you use the guide, "Gold Road to La Paz" by Delmar G. Ross?
If not, you may try and get a copy, lots of information as well as a mile by mile guide.

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good documentary is here http://www.scrapperfilm.com

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Interesting report.
Val Kilmer did a movie called Salton Sea.
I understand there is salt water fishing in the Salton Sea. The salinity is also steadily rising and may become too salty for the fish in another twenty years if fresh water is not allowed to flow into the sea again soon.

Thanks for sharing.
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Posted: 02/20/10 08:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting. We are in SOCAL and did not know about this- we definitely will have to try it. It sounds like you started from the West side. I was looking at a Googlemaps and was not sure exactly where it starts and the BLM info site is vague, only talking about starting from near Blythe on the East side.

I like that awning. We have been looking for something for our Northstar popup since we have no factory installed awnings. Is that the Kelty large (looks bigger than 7' which is the medium) and are you attaching it to the jacks? Could not quite tell from the photo.

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Nice !!

I'm going to have to look it up. Was the bridge tall enough for a full size camper?

Thanks for posting.


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Posted: 02/20/10 10:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. The BT has been on my bucket list for quite a while, and your report just bumped it up a couple of notches.

For folks wanting to do the Bradshaw Trail, here's more info including specific directions:
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/bradshaw.html
http://www.desertusa.com/Thingstodo/ttdtrails/du_ttd_bradshaw.html

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To answer a few of the questions that have come up:

RicJones- I did not use that guide book, I used California Desert
Byways from Wilderness Press

CJB1- In the book mentioned above there is a pretty good description on how to start from the west.
The awning is a large and it attaches to the top of the jacks with some velcrostraps. I can put it on either side this way and it folds up into a nice little package that fits between the camper and the truck bed wall behind the wheel well. I got it for about half price by watching sales for a while.

J&L Rivera- The bridge was high enough to fit under.

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Hello hikerdmb,I've been looking Bradshaw Trail myself for a Spring Break excursion in April,thanks for posting your trip report on Bradshaw Trail.Here's some side area near Bradshaw Trail I've found on the internet.
Opal Hill Mine
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More Opal hill Mine


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Great pics... next year a definite trip for me from Q.

Dave

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