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4x4 in BBRSP

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Offline deeperrin

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4x4 in BBRSP
« on: November 05, 2008, 01:12:49 AM »
This weekend was my first trip into the Big Bend Ranch State Park.  We took Marvin Steinbeck’s recommendations and drove our Isuzu Trooper down to the Pila de los Muchachos camp site.  We had a good time hiking in the area.

Although my wife did not like the 4x4 trail to get there, I had a blast.  Are there any good recommendations of 4x4 areas within BBRSP?

Thanks
Derrick Perrin


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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008, 11:27:37 PM »
Nice picture through the sign.

The road leading up through Jackson Pens and into the Solitario makes a good drive. I ran out of time and nerve about a mile past the Pens, which is set up as a campsite with table and fire ring. Mostly large (basket ball size) rocks -- probably from the rains -- and heavy brush shut me down. There's another very rough road leading north from the Pens but I saved it for next time.

A park ranger and I drove down Fresno Creek road on the west side of the Solitario as far as the Right Hand Shut up. It is steep in some places and has some chunky stair step ledges. But it's very intersting -- part of it runs the course of an old stage and ore wagon route (and indian trail before that). You can see some of the old wagon route and there are indian caves and pictographs along the way.

I took a rented satellite phone on this solo trip. I dont figure triple A is going to respond, but the Rangers were very appreciative that I had brought it along so they didnt have to come find me in the dark -- which they promise they will do if you told them where you were going and stuck to the plan. Any problem means a very long walk out. Sat phone cost me $75 for the week and $1.65 per min. so I figured it was good insurance.
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Re: 4x4 in BBRSP
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008, 07:33:13 PM »
I have been to the end of Fresno creek and it was fine if you have 4x4.  Once you get down into the creek, you stay there with only on small shelf near the campsites.  The rancharias road between Javalina and cualas will put pin stripping on the side of your truck.  A few spots in the road were washed out but nothing bad if you are use to driving 4x4.  The road out to Las Burras was the same as Guala, rocky.  I would recommend Las Burras #1  if you go out there.  Lastly, I drove out to the Tres Papalotes site and hiked the canyon out there and it was basically the same as the las burras trail for part of the way.  Once you get into the Soltario, it was easy driving.I drove a Land Cruiser with 295's (33 inch) tires out there last year about this same time.  There is no where in Texas like that place that is open to the public for wheeling.  If you care about the paint job on your truck, don't go. 
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Re: 4x4 in BBRSP
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2008, 06:40:41 PM »
you got to see a lot. I never made into the Solitario -- could you discern a bowl or circular shape to it from there?

Marvin is a knowledgeable fellow and good company. He guided me into the rt hand shutup.

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Re: 4x4 in BBRSP
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008, 10:39:23 PM »
If you care about your paint job don't go down any of the BBRSP back roads . .  . even 2 wheel drive rated.  The back roads are very different from Big Bend because they are so lightly used. The desert vegetation crowds the roads on stretches with thick vegetation which in the desert means many thorns.  Personally that's why I drive a truck out there.  The pin stripping shows the truck has earned a merit badge or two!

Al

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Re: 4x4 in BBRSP
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2008, 10:08:23 AM »
We call those hunting stripes but are the same, just had truck redone and already have some new stripes, but that is why I bought a 4X4.
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Re: 4x4 in BBRSP
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2008, 09:17:15 PM »
You can see that you are in a huge "fenced in" area.  Once you start down into the center area, the driving is much easier and faster.  On the far (south side) there is a hill kind of out away from the inner most ring of rocks.  On the other side of the hill, there is a homestead and an old farm house which made me stop and truely reflect on how life could be so different.  Past the farm house, the road continues on to where it looks to exit out to the south of the soltario.  Last year, I drove down it a little ways, but turned back due to time.  The park may have gated it off because it was beyond the marked road map.  Also, you can not miss the wall of the oldest rock in the area from the road.  It is a folded over rock wall that tells the tale of geology at work.  
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