Babes Ride Out

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Routes to Babes Ride Out 6 Provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys

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Let’s be honest, all roads are fun but some are better than others. We prefer the scenic route but encourage you to make your own plans on how to get to and from Babes Ride Out 6. Below are some suggestions so take a click and see if it sounds fun to you or your group. Is your route/start point not mentioned? Hit up google maps and plan your ride & stops! It’s half the fun of being a rider :)

Before you ride, make sure you take the proper steps to plan gas stops, assign a lead, assign a sweep, be aware of any road closures, and have a rider’s meeting before you hit the road. We’ve got a GREAT article about riding in groups you can reference by clicking HERE. Be aware! Breakdowns can happen no matter how prepared you are. Our friends at Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys encourage you to sign up for their FREE road side assistance that offers gas, towing, stowing, and more via their network of individuals who want to ensure you stay stay out there. To sign up, click HERE

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HIT DIRT ROADS, TURN AROUND! ALL ROADS TO BABES RIDE OUT ARE PAVED! GPS DOES NOT RECOGNIZE PAVED VS UNPAVED WHEN TRYING TO GET YOU THERE THE MOST DIRECT WAY.

DUE TO RECENT FLOODING, PLEASE CHECK ROAD CLOSURES BEFORE YOU RIDE AS SOME OF THESE MAY OR MAY NOT BE CLEARED BEFORE BABES RIDE OUT 6.

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Suggested Day Route During Babes Ride Out 6 | Joshua Tree National Park

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Babes Ride Out is a true riding event which means when the sun comes up, grab a coffee, some breakfast at camp, and get outta there and explore some of the best riding in Southern California. We aren't joking when we say the camp clears out during the day. If you stay behind, you are blowing it! Stop by the Mojave Land Trust booth , pick up your Biltwell route map, and make sure to download these directions before you go. 

One of the most scenic and MUST see routes is the Joshua Tree Loop which takes you down long slightly curved roads through the park. Heads up, there is a $25 fee per motorcycle to enter the park but it's good for a full week. You could easily spend an entire day in the park so make sure to pull over in their designated parking areas and look at the map. Jumbo Rocks, Skull Rock, and the Chollo Cactus Gardens are a must see! 

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Joshua Tree Park Loop

  • 60 miles round trip (1.5 hours on bike due to speed limits and all those views!)

  • Download directions HERE

  • $12 per moto, pass good for 7 days. 

  • Want to ride in and rock climb? Sign up HERE to get a guided climb with Cliffhanger Guides!

  • Take a look before you ride, Joshua Tree National Park offers a ton of information via their website. Click HERE

  • STAY ON THE PAVED ROADS. This park has a very delicate eco system and one step can ruin a protective living layer called Cryptobiotic crust. Otherwise known as “desert glue" that helps trap the limited rainfall which helps the fauna stay alive. Please do not take your motorcycle off any unpaved paths or areas to take photos. There are tons of areas that are dedicated to this as well as spots to pull off any play on the rocks, hike around, etc. Please respect ALL park rules while visiting <3 Learn more HERE

  • This is one hell of a park rich in history of mining and exploration

  • Cholla Cactus Gardens, Skull Rock, Jumbo Rocks, and more are worth a look

  • Incredible panoramic views of the desert and rocks

  • Slow sweeping turns, a very chill ride for those looking to relax

  • Stop by the Saloon for one hell of a burger and blackened Mahi tacos (TRUST ME!)

  • Vegan or vegetarian? Makes sure to eat at Natural Sisters or Crossroads. They are the best!


Before you ride please note:

  • IF YOUR GPS TAKES YOU ON DIRT ROADS TURN AROUND!!! The link above has correct directions :) 

  • You are riding at your own risk so please make sure you view the route & mark your gas stops based on tank size, check the local weather where you are going, check for last minute road closures,  and have the skill set to ride comfortably. 

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Ready to ROCK!? Babes Ride Out is Proud to Partner with Cliffhanger Guides, Joshua Tree's Premier Rock Climbing Guides for an Adventure Like No Other

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Did you know Joshua Tree is home to over 9,000 places to rock climb? These world famous rocks are quite incredible and nothing is more empowering than climbing to the top for an expansive view of the Mojave Desert. We are so thrilled to partner with local business and rock climbers extraordinaire, Cliff Hanger Guides to offer super reduced rates so ladies can truly enjoy one of the most incredible experiences Joshua Tree has to offer with expert guides.  If you've never climbed before or a total pro, this is for YOU! CHG has the most experienced guides that will help you achieve your climbing goal for the day. Ready to sign up !? Let's ROCK n ROLL! Click below for more details & time slots! 

Don't look down! Photo of me testing my strength (mental and physical).

Don't look down! Photo of me testing my strength (mental and physical).

About Cliffhanger Guides.  

We are a small, independent, owner-operated rock climbing guide service dedicated to providing the most personalized, safe and fun rock climbing adventures in Joshua Tree National Park. 

From the first time beginner to the experienced rock climber, individuals and small groups, technical instruction or play days, we play with kids age 3-103 years old.

We build rock climbing trips to suit everyone’s climbing and adventure needs. No matter what level you climb at, our team can help you improve your climbing capabilities, give you an unparalleled adventure, and keep you safe.

When you book a rock climbing adventure with Cliffhanger Guides, you will experience the world-class climbing of Joshua Tree National Park with one of the most experienced and respected local climbing guide services around. Prepare yourself for fantastic climbing, great company, fabulous food, and awesome adventure.

Safety is our highest priority and it shows through the high level of skill, training, and certifications that all our guides are required to maintain. We are trained and certified by the Professional Climbing Guides Institute and/or the American Mountain Guides ascoceation and have nearly a century of combined rock climbing experience between us.

Beyond that, we are professional adventurers and we will make sure you and your family or group have the time of your lives.

As long time locals and advocates for Joshua Tree, we are committed to the local community, economy, and environment.

This dedication means that we go above and beyond to share with you what makes Joshua Tree special. From the Park, to the superb arts and music scene, we are here to help you immerse yourself in a place unlike any other. We firmly believe that the best vacation experiences happen when you step out of the day to day tourist attractions and get to spend some quality time with the people that know the environment, the community, and the local culture on a very intimate level.

Beyond rock climbing Joshua Tree National Park is simply a place of beauty and awe. The Mojave Desert, is another worldly landscape that supports many species of rare desert plants and animals including big horn sheep, desert tortoises, frogs and toads, 6 kinds of rattlesnakes, numerous species of cactus and other fascinating plants, and the unique Joshua Tree itself (actually a type of yucca, not a tree).

The native Americans have been calling Joshua Tree home for thousands of years, as evidenced by the many pictographs found throughout the park. Joshua Tree National Park is truly a unique landscape that begs to be explored…

Cliffhanger Guides is legally permitted and insured to operate with-in Joshua Tree National Park, so rest assured, you and your group are in excellent hands.

Babes Ride Out | Suggested Day Routes | Pioneertown Loop!

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Babes Ride Out is a true riding event which means when the sun comes up, grab a coffee, some breakfast at camp, and get outta there and explore some of the best riding in Southern California. We aren't joking when we say the camp clears out during the day. If you stay behind, you are blowing it! Stop by the Mojave Land Trust booth , pick up your Biltwell route map, and make sure to download these directions before you go. 

This route hits some of our all time favorite places in Joshua Tree. If you rode like hell to get to the event or a newer rider and just want to cruise, this mellow ride is for you. 

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Pioneertown  (60 Miles)

  • 1 hour and 30 min round trip on your bike
  • Amazing little route that takes you through some winding roads with minimal stop lights
  • Pappy and Harriets is a must see, eve Paul McCartney played show on their small stage
  • Pappy and Harriets also has an insane lunch! They open at 11:00 and their mac and cheese is incredible! But you can cruise their menu HERE
  • Pioneertown is an old set created for Hollywood westerns. You'll be able to visit Sarah Tabbs at the Pioneertown General Store which is stoked with vintage and locally made items! 
  • Last time I checked, a few mini ponies were hanging at in Pioneertown (please take a photo with them)
  • Download route HERE
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Before you ride please note:

  • IF YOUR GPS TAKES YOU ON DIRT ROADS TURN AROUND!!! The link above has correct directions :) 
  • You are riding at your own risk so please make sure you view the route & mark your gas stops based on tank size, check the local weather where you are going, check for last minute road closures,  and have the skill set to ride comfortably. 
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Looking for Adventure? We've Got You Covered! Explore Some of Our Favorite Riding Routes During Babes Ride Out 6 via Biltwell Inc.

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Babes Ride Out has always been and always will be a riding event. Nothing makes us happier than to see camp empty out and our Instagram bursting at the seams with ladies tagging us during their adventures and taking in all the beautiful sites the area has to offer.  As we near the event, we will be posting some of our favorite places to ride to that are completely surreal. First up on that  list is Salvation Mountain....

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Photo by Virginia Cagney 

Salvation Mountain 

  • 5.5 hours + gas & food stops
  • 248 miles round trip
  • Click HERE to download the route and plan your gas stops
  • Note this route takes you through Joshua Tree Park ($12 per moto but pass is good for 7 days so you can hit this route and do the entire state park the next day or so!)
  • HOT TIP: Since this route starts and ends with a rip through the state park, time it right and hit an insane sunset on the way back from the day trip. Nothing is more beautiful. 
  • Salton Sea is to simply put "NUTS!" Take time to get off the bike and explore the history, the fish bones, the sulfur smell....ahhhh!
  • Salvation Mountain is magical. No words can describe it's uniqueness, you gotta see it to believe it! 
  • Ever seen the movie Salton Sea with Val Kilmer? Filmed here
  • International Banana Museum. Self explanatory (thanks for the heads up Ace!)
  • East Jesus is a must see for art installations and the Bottle Wall 
  • Slab City aka "the last free place on earth" ...no words. Part of the movie Into the Wild was filmed here. 

This is definitely the longest of the route options but so worth it. We recommend getting an early start for this one. This amazing art installation out in the desert will blow your mind! There is simply nothing like Salvation Mountain anywhere in the world. 

History

Salvation Mountain is an eye-popping burst of color in the Imperial Valley desert two hours east of San Diego. Leonard Knight started building Salvation Mountain in the early 80s. Armed with half of a bag of cement, Leonard fashioned a small monument. One thing turned into another - days turned into weeks and weeks turned into years. Each day, Leonard would put a little more cement and a little more paint on the side of a forgotten riverbank. 

"I was just going to stay one week. It's been a very good week" L.Knight 1996

As his monument grew taller and taller, he would pack old junk he found at the dump onto the side of his "mountain," fill it with sand and cover it with cement and paint. As cement was hard to come by, he would mix a lot of (too much) sand with it. Leonard's mountain grew and grew - 30, 40, 50 feet and more. It was the same familiar patchwork of colors emblazoned with a big red "God Is Love" on a white background. Below that was the Sinners Prayer and a red heart. It was quite a spectacle out there in the middle of nowhere.  Leonard estimates that he has put well over 100,000 gallons of paint on his mountain. 

Other Things Worth Checking Out on this Ride

  • Salton Sea Bay Club
  • Salton Sea Visitors Center
  • Bombay Beach Ruins
  • Buckshot Deli and Diner
  • Mud Volcanoes and Mud Pots

Before You Ride

  • NO ROUTES GO OFF-ROAD! If your GPS takes you to dirt, turn around immediately. 
  • As a motorcyclists, it's 100% your responsibility to check the route for any road closures as we near the event, plan your gas stops, organize your group or link up with new friends based on riding abilities and tank sizes, have a plan for breakdowns (check  your insurance for road side assistance or invest in AAA's towing package for motorcyclists). We are not responsible for transporting broke down bikes to and from camp. This is YOUR adventure so take pride in the planning and the process. 
  • We will have Biltwell routes maps at the Mojave Desert Land Trust booth with routes ranging from 60 miles to 300 we we strongly suggest you download the google map before you head out so you are aware of every turn. 
  • Riding in a group? Please refresh yourself and the group by having your own riders meeting to designate a sweep and lead. Plan gas stops, food stops, etc. Click HERE for a great riding in groups etiquette refresher! 
  • You are riding at your own risk
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Route overview 

Getting Lost Isn't a Thing Anymore | A Day Riding Connected Through the Catskills with Sena

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Riding in new territory, especially the Catskills, when roads often have multiple names since they were forged hundreds of years ago can be a nightmare. Thankfully we had our Senas with us to make the route a breeze. Read on to see where we wandered during Babes Ride Out East Coast 3. 

Setting up and synching our Senas

Setting up and synching our Senas

After we selected our destination for the day, Dundas Castle, we synced up our Sena Bluetooth sets, tapped in the directions, and felt confident we'd make it to our destination, first stop, world famous Roscoe Diner for lunch. 

Best diner in NY! Roscoe's Famous Diner

Best diner in NY! Roscoe's Famous Diner

Babes Ride Out East Coast

The roads were a little  bet up from the harsh winter the east coast had received. Our ride lead was able to communicate dangers well in advance. 

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Once we made it to Roscoe we enjoyed one of the best diner experiences. With a full stomach we were bound and determined to find the infamous Dundas Castle. The area the castle is located is thick with trees, so much in fact you can't see the stones of the house because it blends in so seamlessly with it's environment. Even with directions, we got lost. The best part about it is that even though we split up from the group to try and located this place, we were able to stay synced to our group via Sena Bluetooth.

If you are going to get turned around... this is a great place to do it!&nbsp;

If you are going to get turned around... this is a great place to do it! 

Being able to communicate "where should we go next" is simply the best

Being able to communicate "where should we go next" is simply the best

Being able to stay connected, even when lost, was a true blast. Once we decided to turn around and head in a different direction, we quickly came up on the castle. Of course it was in the last diection we tried. 

Dundas Castle is a historic house in Roscoe, New York modeled after Dundas Castle. It is also known as "Craig-E-Clare". It was built between 1915 and 1924 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Dundas Castle is a historic house in Roscoe, New York modeled after Dundas Castle. It is also known as "Craig-E-Clare". It was built between 1915 and 1924 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Finding our way winding through the Catskills was a blast and it was even more sharing instant laughs, "look outs", and jokes along the way. Cheers to staying connected!

Photos By: Maddy Talias