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Calico OHV trail

Calico Ghost Town OHV trail(s)
October 17, 2009

We actually rode two trails - Odessa Canyon and another unnamed trail we carved of our very own on the second day.

The Details

On October 16-18, 2009, Unimog owners worldwide flocked to the Calico Ghost Town campground in order to show off their steel, test out their rigs, drink Mog-aritas, eat barbecue, and much more.

I was lucky enough to be invited in my non-Mog Jeep to watch the big steel roll.  Unimogs are practically a caricature of offroad vehicles, all well-oiled German steel and testosterone.  As far as I can tell, Mogfest was originally for just Unimogs, but it has become something for all German offroad vehicles, including Pinzgauers, Halflingers, and even a few Jeeps like my own.

Here's a pictures of some of the trucks lined up below:

On the first day, we did an entire trail run up through Odessa Canyon that I didn’t get a chance to log to the GPS. It’s a rather challenging (for me) but very beautiful canyon.  Odessa features a lot of narrow walls and well-packed dirt.  I rode this in my old Jeep with open diffs and had a lot of problems… my newer, tougher Jeep did the trick with few issues.

Below, my trail buddy Michael shoots into the entrance to Odessa Canyon

Odessa is a bit rocky and we were challenged on this trip to keep the rigs upright. One trailmate managed to tip over and we spent half of a day uprighting and pulling him out…

Luckily there was very little damage - eventually, a good time was had by all.

The second day we did a much milder loop through some of the easier stuff in the area.  In the morning we ran through some of the easy sand dunes and eventually met up for lunch at the Odessa mine (I believe that's what it's called). In the evening, we did some exploring just a bit north of the campground. This involved some real offroading, with our rigs cutting their own trail through the brush and wilderness. 

Above, a glory shot of my Jeep, courtesy of Kent.

Eventually we wound up near the top of a neat peak.  We turned off the rigs and hiked to the top, kings of all we surveyed.

Thanks especially to Kent, for taking the awesome pictures. Here he is representing Aliso Viejo:

Finally, here's the GPS file, a map of the route

and the elevation profile: