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Twentynine Palms To Indio via Old Dale / Pinkham / Thermal Canyon [PAST]

April 24


This event has passed – to see a few photos from this event see this page: 2021 F-Covid Photos

The “2021 F-Covid!” event will be an easy/beginners run on mostly dirt roads that any 4×4 vehicle with moderate clearance can do (any stock Jeep). We will encounter some sandy areas, a few steep hills, and some rocky/rough road sections, but nothing that most 4×4’s with moderate clearance cannot negotiate.  Beginners may find some sections challenging!  We will do our best to get everyone through unscathed – but this is more than just flat dirt roads.  Watch THIS VIDEO which shows the challenging spots – Fast forward to 11:43 in the video to see what the challenging sections look like.

As with all public NotaRubicon events, THIS EVENT IS FREE and OPEN TO EVERYONE with a proper vehicle (see the vehicle requirements below).  We will be selling #DONTBEADICKHEAD stickers and raffle-tickets for the prize-giveaway (see below for details).

We will start the day at the the intersection of Highway 62 and Gold Crown Road in Twentynine Palms. From there we will travel through the Old Dale Mining District toward Joshua Tree National Park, where we will make a left-turn on Brooklyn Mine Jeep Trail and travel 3 miles to the wide-open areas for lunch and the prize-giveaways.  We will then backtrack to Old Dale Road and drive to Pinto Basin Road where we will follow the pavement for 8 miles to Pinkham Canyon Trail, following it to Thermal Canyon Trail, finally ending the day near the intersection of Fargo Canyon Road and Dillon Road in Indio. This entire run, start to finish is approximately 60 miles, and will take the entire day. Most of the day will be driving – the only planned stop is at lunch and potty-breaks every hour or so.

Airing down your tires at the meetup spot is highly recommended as the roads are very bumpy/washboarded and the rocky sections have sharp-rocks that are known for puncturing fully-aired tires.  8-miles of this run will be on pavement (Pinto Basin Road) so we will be careful to keep speeds at no more than 30MPH through this section.

A few important things to know about the 2021 “F-Covid!” (“Farewell Covid”), off-road event:

  • CB radios will not be used – We now use only GMRS Radios – to read more about what you will need to hear/talk with the group, please see THIS PAGE
  • Face-masks and proper social distancing will be required at the meetup location – no hugging please!
  • Drinking is not permitted on the trail – if this is an issue, this run is not for you
  • There are NO BATHROOMS along the entire route!  We will have to make due with rocks and bushes
  • PLEASE STAY WITH THE GROUP – If you choose to leave the group you will be on your own
  • THIS WILL BE A LARGE GROUP that will be moving (very) slowly along the trail. If you have somewhere to be Saturday evening or if you find slow-moving groups irritating, this run is not for you
  • It will be A LONG DAY, and will likely be hot – Be sure to bring plenty of food, water, and snacks.  We will not finish until dusk, or later – If you have somewhere to be Saturday evening this run may not be for you
  • There will be an early-bail-out section at the halfway-point when we reach Pinto Basin Road – you can follow Pinto Basin Road all the way to Interstate 10 if you need to leave the group early

Vehicle Requirements:

  • Moderate-clearance 4×4 Vehicle with recovery (tow) points front and rear
  • A spare-tire
  • A full tank of fuel (fuel up in Twentynine Palms)


We will be on GMRS/FRS Channel 16 – If you have a Baofeng type radio that is 462.575Mhz.  Our radios will be on as soon as we hit the road so feel free to listen/join in any conversation on the drive out to the meetup spot.

Sticker sales:

We will be selling #DONTBEADICKHEAD and In4LO stickers for $2/ea at the meetup and at the lunch-break. (please bring $1 bills – we may not be able to make change)

Raffle-Ticket Sales:

Raffle-tickets for the prizes are $1/ea or 6 tickets for $5
(please bring $1 bills – we may not be able to make change)



DATE: Saturday, April 24, 2021
TIME: 9:30AM
We will meet and air-down at the intersection of Gold Crown Road and Highway 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) in Twentynine Palms. Click HERE for a map-link to the meetup location.  If you are late we cannot hold up the entire group for you so please plan your journey appropriately and include extra time for fueling up and potty-stops.

NOTICE: Off-roading is an inherently risky hobby. By voluntarily driving on this trail you agree that you understand there are significant risks and dangers, including the potential for serious injury, paralysis, and/or death, as well as the potential for loss or damage to your vehicle and other personal property.
By attending this outing you also agree that you understand the risks include, but are not limited to, those caused by terrain, weather, temperature, equipment, vehicular traffic, and actions of others, including other participants and volunteers.
You also agree to take all precautions, including the use of safety gear and proper equipment to avoid or reduce these risks, but understand that these risks do exist.



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8 thoughts on “Twentynine Palms To Indio via Old Dale / Pinkham / Thermal Canyon [PAST]

  1. Bob says:

    i see you are on channel 16 but do I need to set a specific CTC code, I have a Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS

  2. William Soto says:

    Hello I have a 4Runner trail edition. I meet the requirements except no proper recovery points. Can I still come. Already rsvp’d

    1. Randy says:

      No recovery points means that if you get stuck, we will have to tie the straps to your rear-view mirror, windshield wiper, door handles, or something else, to pull you out! Your choice, but the chances of needing a strap on this trail are very low – we wont turn you away so the decision/responsibility is yours.

    1. Randy says:

      You will miss any warnings and color-commentary, but you will probably be just fine.

    1. Randy says:

      Because of the sharp/pokey rocks through one section, we recommend as low as you are comfortable with – at least down to 15psi in most cases..


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