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Singletrack, a Cabin and Christmas Tree Pass

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The Plan

Explore behind Christmas Tree Pass towards Lake Mojave. I found what looks like a house on Google Earth so that was reason enough to go exploring and riding.

The Riders

Mike B (XR650), Mike M (KTM 690), and myself (KTM 690)

 

Trip Report

Sunday morning we met up at the gas station. Mike B makes a few last minute adjustments to his XR650.

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Not a mile later Mike M has an issue with his KTM690.

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Bike Troubles

 

It flashed a code 37, ignition circuit DTC. He had just installed a steering dampener so we checked the wiring that was messed with. Nothing found. So we searched a little more and found a bad ground at the ignition coil. All fixed up! It started right up after cleaning some powdercoat off the frame at the connection.

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Nelson

 

We jammed through Nelson hitting one of my favorite canyon trails.

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Quick selfie with Mike B

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Mike M recovering after some arm pump. He said if we do any more riding like this he’s going home to get his 450. lol

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Mike coming up the wash

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Powerline to Searchlight

 

We “powerlined” it to Searchlight to save some time

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After we all grouped up, Mike B spotted something off the side of the powerline road.

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Singletrack Heaven!

 

Look at that beautiful gem of some singletrack

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It was singletrack heaven. It winded between Joshua Trees and cactus, flowed up and down into ravines and was flat out awesome. This one is getting saved permanently to my GPS.

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Lake Mojave

 

After crossing the highway (Cottonwood Cove Rd), we headed towards Lake Mojave

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Nellis Cove

 

There were several roads down to coves along the lake. We opted for this one. It would bring us down to Nine Mile Coves.

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We chose wisely. It was gorgeous down there.

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Mike B went exploring down the shore a little ways. He came back with nothing exciting to report.

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We headed back up the road and continued away from Lake Mojave towards Empire Wash & Roman Wash.

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Blooming Desert

 

The colors were amazing. Everything was in super bloom.

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Mike M coming up the wash. There were some cool rock formations.

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Along Roman Wash this dirt intrigued me so I took a pic. It was a dead end but looked interesting.

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Old Cabin

 

We arrived at our planned destination. It appears to be an old miner’s property.

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The chicken coop

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Water tank

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Kitchen

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Entertainment

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Rock climbing wall? Mike said there were some modern petroglyphs or graffiti up there. There was no hike in my plans today so I took his word for it.

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I saw Mike M taking a pic of me taking a pic, so I did the same to him.

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We did a little more singletrack exploring, dodging cactus and prickly bushes. I loved the dirt up there.

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Crossing Mini Roman Rocky Gap. That’s my official name for this rock section.

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Mike M hit some loose rocks and took a nap.

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Back up and at it.

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We crossed Loran Station and a ton of desert at a high rate of speed to get to Searchlight. Looking back at Christmas Tree Pass.

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Lunch in Searchlight, NV

 

We pulled into this terrible place for lunch. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t get any better since Terrible’s took over.

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Working Off Lunch – More Epic Singletrack

 

After lunch we took the gas line road towards Nelson. Halfway there Mike B spotted another beautiful gem.

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It was 11 miles of singletrack awesomeness.

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We stopped for a breather and waited for Mike M.

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We found out why he was lagging a little. Flat front tire. Oh. That’ll do it.

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Tire Repair

 

I helped Mike swap it out.

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Mike B supervised and took selfies with my camera. lol

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Couple quick nature shots before continuing on what would have been…have I mentioned 11+ miles of singletrack! wow!

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Mike M watering some plants

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As we got towards Nelson, the moon started coming up.

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Not sure what this operation was about, but it looked hella suspect. lol

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Golden Hour at Nelson

 

Riding through Nelson at the golden hour = badass!

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Looking south

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Priceless

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Blasting through Nelson we were racing the sun because we mostly all had tinted goggles. I didn’t care. This sunset was worthy of stopping really quick for a shot or two.

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We made it to the highway. We took the pavement home because we needed to get home asap.

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Ride Stats

 

Some ride stats on my GPS

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Video

 

Tracks

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