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TOPIC: Via the Bradshaw Trail

Via the Bradshaw Trail 2 years 10 months ago #11719

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About a week ago I drove part of the Bradshaw Trail, the old "Gold Road to La Paz", on the way home from Blythe. I began at what is now the east end of the Bradshaw in Palo Verde, just southwest of Blythe. The BLM marker boards identify the road as a "Backcountry Byway", and indeed, most of the surface is decently graded dirt and gravel. There are sandy sections when crossing washes, but, with care, almost any vehicle can utilize this old route. As I drove to the west, skirting south of the Chuckwalla and Little Chuckwalla Mountains and north of the Chocolate Mountains, I was rewarded with striking displays of Ocotillos in full bloom. Along the way a deer bolted across the trail well ahead of me and later on I drove (safely) past a desert tortoise (even though he was in the fast lane).

I turned north, off of the Badshaw, onto the very straight Gas Line Road to reach Interstate 10 between Desert Center and Chriaco Summit. One of the poles along Gas Line was fitted with a platform, which had a very large nest and one bird in residence.

I would certainly recommend the Bradshaw Trail as an alternative to I-10.
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