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Old 03-22-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Berdoo Canyon trail conditions

Has anyone share any information on Berdoo Canyon? I am planning to head up to Joshua Tree via Berdoo Canyon on Wednesday or Thursday and was hoping for some trail beta.

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Old 03-23-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

I was there in September. I thought it was quite easy and I did it at night. Keep in mind trail conditions can change.

Search for my post on this subject. Hope it helps.

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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

Hi buddy
I came DOWN thru the Berdoo trail in November ( i think )

I dont think i could come UP the trail.....

I agree with our twin bro, conditions can change

It has rained quite a bit since then....

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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

Thanks guys. I read your earlier posts and was hoping someone had ventured out since November. I'll think I'll call JTree Park and see if they have info. In any case, I will post the results of the trip.
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Thanks guys. I read your earlier posts and was hoping someone had ventured out since November. I'll think I'll call JTree Park and see if they have info. In any case, I will post the results of the trip.

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Wilson had no problem going DOWN
there where a couple of narrow spots
but the biggy was the "drop offs"
dont know if i could crawl "Up" them....

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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

I went up and as I recall there were only 1-2 spots that were questionable (i.e. tight and steep). Maybe since it was dark I didn't notice how tough it was.

I did Goler Wash and Mengle pass a few months ago and I would say that Goler/Mengle is tougher than Berdoo.

If you do go up Berdoo, you will be treated to a beautiful view of the valley up top.

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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

I headed up today to the "end of the pavement". That is, where the pavement used to end. The road was a little rough in spots, but nothing to look twice at. Saw a Hummer with a tour heading up farther. Tomorrow my buddy is coming out and we'll drive it all. I think I'll air down and take the bike wrack off. With 4wd and the rear locker, it should be fine.
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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

Yeah, good idea to take the rack off as a precaution. I suggest camping up top or if you go all the way to the Geology Motor Tour then you can camp at one of the established campgrounds which are pretty nice. Take some photos and post up --its beautiful up top.

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Re: Berdoo Canyon trail conditions?

We headed up Berdoo Canyon for real today. Overall it was pretty smooth. A couple of tight spots low in the canyon. You would hardly notice in a Jeep Wrangler, but in the van it took some careful tire placement. The only difficult part was "the cataract" at the very top of the canyon before breaking out into the flats. Rocky, tight, slow and a bit of a climb, but nothing too difficult. Used 4 low and the locking rear diff, and it went fine with a spotter. If we had run into a jeep coming down, they would have had to move - I had few options. We headed east through Joshua Tree and out the Cottonwood entrance. Thought about trying Pinkham Canyon but decided to save that for another time.

I know, I know - where are the pics? I'll post some with the trip report when we get home next week.
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We headed up Berdoo Canyon for real today. Overall it was pretty smooth. A couple of tight spots low in the canyon. You would hardly notice in a Jeep Wrangler, but in the van it took some careful tire placement. The only difficult part was "the cataract" at the very top of the canyon before breaking out into the flats. Rocky, tight, slow and a bit of a climb, but nothing too difficult. Used 4 low and the locking rear diff, and it went fine with a spotter. If we had run into a jeep coming down, they would have had to move - I had few options. We headed east through Joshua Tree and out the Cottonwood entrance. Thought about trying Pinkham Canyon but decided to save that for another time.

I know, I know - where are the pics? I'll post some with the trip report when we get home next week.

I am impressed buddy
Having been down a few months ago
I dont know if i would tackle Up the same route
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