Hiking, camping and 4WD in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Eastern Sierra

These days I'm driving a Toyota FJ Cruiser on desert dirt roads instead of the 10-ton bicycle of all those years past–and then hiking from there. Things change!

I wake up on the edge of little Van Winkle Mountain, Mojave National Preserve

4459-van-winkle-mtn.jpg Yesterday I drove Highway 58 over Tehachapi Pass and today woke up in Mojave National Preserve Thumbnails I want to check out nearby Van Winkle Spring, so I go for a walk up the old road Yesterday I drove Highway 58 over Tehachapi Pass and today woke up in Mojave National Preserve Thumbnails I want to check out nearby Van Winkle Spring, so I go for a walk up the old road Yesterday I drove Highway 58 over Tehachapi Pass and today woke up in Mojave National Preserve Thumbnails I want to check out nearby Van Winkle Spring, so I go for a walk up the old road Yesterday I drove Highway 58 over Tehachapi Pass and today woke up in Mojave National Preserve Thumbnails I want to check out nearby Van Winkle Spring, so I go for a walk up the old road Yesterday I drove Highway 58 over Tehachapi Pass and today woke up in Mojave National Preserve Thumbnails I want to check out nearby Van Winkle Spring, so I go for a walk up the old road

It was dark while I drove the dirt roads to get out here last night, but there were no major challenges along the way.