Category: Off-Road

Toyota Tundra Build Updates

Hello everybody, today I’ll just be posting up various photos of what I’ve done to the truck recently. An abridged list of what I’ve added in no particular order:

Without further ado, here are some of the photos. You can find the full build thread here and enjoy!

 

 

Marbo Cave Trail Drive

I’ve written about the Marbo Cave in previous posts and on a dedicated page and just wanted to showcase the two new videos that I’ve uploaded about it. You can drive to the cave rather than leave your truck in the paved parking area to be broken into. Enjoy!

The next video shows a different fork under worse weather conditions:

Mazourka Canyon

Mazourka Canyon is a trail of moderate difficulty that lies to the east of CA-395 and offers astounding views of Owens Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains. A 4×4 truck with decent tires would be needed for this trip, specifically the rocky and steep sections in the northern and central portions. I started this trail from the northern end by taking Death Valley Road to Forest Road 9S13. The southern end of this route starts from Mazourka Canyon Road just outside of Independence. I spent approximately six hours on the forty miles of trails that I drove through though I wish that I had spent several days out here. There are so many side routes and hiking trails out here that it would take weeks to go through it all. I can’t wait to see this land again.

It takes a while to sort through and upload over 280 photos. Enjoy the rest of them on the full photo page!

West Side Road

West Side Road is a long, washboard road that runs parallel and to the west of Badwater Road. Any 2WD truck would make it through just fine and this amazing route offers access to numerous trails, hikes, and historical sites like the Eagle Borax Works. I started this road from the southern end just after squeezing my truck through Mengel Pass. There are a lot of alkali beds out here that anyone dumb enough to drive through will learn a painful lesson from. The land in Death Valley National Park offers such stunning beauty and these pictures are just a small part of what there is to see out here. Enjoy the rest of the photos on the full page here!

     

     

     

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon is an easy one-way trail that starts in Nevada and ends in California. Titus Canyon Road is accessible via NV-374 and ends on pavement at Scotty’s Castle Road 27 miles later. This road can be completed by any 2WD vehicle with some ground clearance in a few hours. The canyon is extremely dangerous during any period of rain and should be avoided at such times. The ghost town of Leadfield is located about halfway along the road and you will have to watch out for individuals driving the wrong direction. I almost ran into a large group on motorcycles in the western end where the canyon is at its most narrow.

     

Enjoy the photos and find the rest of them here!

     

     

Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow is a moderate trail that requires a decent tire, good ground clearance, and low-range gearing. My Tundra made it through with some more pinstripes and a lot of backing up from all of the Pink Jeep Tour vehicles. Oh yeah, this trail is very crowded with motorized and foot traffic. Be prepared to stop and backup numerous times. I actually wish that I had skipped driving and just done the hike. The entire loop is only about four miles long but is of astounding beauty. Directions and maps are show below. Enjoy the photos and videos and find the rest of them here!

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Toroweap Overlook

The roads to Toroweap Overlook are easy until the last few miles and even then aren’t too difficult. Understand that if the road is muddy (like how I found it) you will need a truck with good ground clearance, 4WD, and decent tires. There are multiple paths to Toroweap Overlook such as from AZ-389 (near Fredonia, AZ) or from Colorado City, AZ (not too far from I-15). The trip one way is a little over sixty miles and will take most of the day to complete the round trip. At first your driving through some Reservation land and ranches where you aren’t allowed to camp nor should you park for too long. Once you leave the Kaibab Indian Reservation there are more places to stop and a lot of side trails. You won’t actually reach the Mount Turnbull Wildreness until the last 15 miles or so. Just prior to the road getting a little rougher there is a ranger station you must pass by. You will not be allowed past 30 minutes before sunrise and are generally not allowed to camp out past this point. There are a large number of photos and videos for this trip so be sure to view them all here.

As the day wore on I passed a number of people who were driving quickly around blind corners so drive slowly and be careful out there. Be sure to check the for up to date documents on the appropriate websites. Google Maps   

National Park Service web page information Map of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument Long-Range Interpretive Plan

      

     

 

Colorado River Tour

This post is to review a river raft tour I took starting at the Glen Canyon Dam following this path. I opted to take the half-day trip through this wonderful canyon. The river level is constant and the water is always cool since it comes from the bottom of Lake Powell and only slightly warms up as you go downstream. It can get very hot during the summer but our tour guide was a great man and kept us in the shade quite a lot. Enjoy the photos and find the rest of them here!

  

  

  

  

  

Kane Spring Road

Kane Spring Road is a “road” of moderate difficulty that starts at the northwestern edge of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passes through Ocotillo Wells, goes through a very long wash, and ends at CA-78/86 and the Trifolium Border Patrol checkpoint. This road is broken up by Split Mountain Road is not a single path all of the way through. Some of the signs have also been placed in the wrong spot.
   You’ll want to take a truck with high ground clearance and good tires through this road and should have a 4×4 on the eastern section as you weave in and out of the wash. Those of you with long-wheelbase trucks will want sliders. If you finish on the eastern end there is a good chance that you will be approached by the Border Patrol. I didn’t take a lot of pictures on this trip, but the rest of the videos can be found here.
Perhaps people get stuck out here when it is muddy out? I saw several of these signs along the eastern portions of the road:

The Mojave Road, East

My one-man journey across the Mojave Road continues shortly after the sun rises. The night was cold and camping in a two-man tent didn’t feel great but at least the sunrise was beautiful. My day started at the Penny Tree as I ventured through the last forty miles of the trail to Needles Highway. I really wish that I had taken more time on this trail to hike around the various features.

As in the previous portion of the road, I went from west to east so all of the cairns (piles of stone) are on the left side. The temperature throughout the night into the early morning was about 0 °C but quickly warmed up as I went a few thousand feet down the ridge. As you head down Lanfair Ridge there’s a spot on the road that is badly eroded which probably explains why there is a “ROAD CLOSED” sign on the eastern side. Any 2WD truck should be able to make it through this portion of the road unless it is extremely muddy.

My starting location for the day:

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There’s much more to this portion of the road so please find the rest of the photos and videos here. Enjoy!