|On this daring adventure, Big Johnson was accompanied by
(Seat Cushion Tester & Taller Mechanico)
(Shovel / Jack Expert & Tow Strap Developement)
They started in Pacific Beach & headed to Julian, CA. They drove north to the top of Banner Canyon on
Rt 78. From there it's a long, winding downhill grade heading Southeast through the Banner Canyon. They
turned off the road to the right just before the Banner General Store continuing Southeast into Chariot
Canyon. This is a long, steady climb suitable for most 4x4 vehicles with good ground clearance. There has
been some recent rain & parts of the trail are washed out but manageable. They worked their way around
Chariot Mountain before starting the steep decent into Oriflamme Canyon. This section is pretty severe
with a good deal of erosion & loose rocks. It would be much more difficult from the Southern approach.
It is very steep & loose with tight switchbacks.
Inexperienced off-roaders should avoid this route!
|The desert was in full bloom in May after the April showers.
Notice the working mine in the upper left.
We think they must be mining semi-precious gem stones.
|The abandoned Chariot mine.
Can you see the ghost in the photo below?
|A recent fire in this area burned all the trees.
This helped to fertilize the soil & shed sun on the canyon floor
so that the lower plant life could flourish.
|Walking the route to check out what lies ahead
is always a good idea.
|Prickly Pear Cactus
|From the top of Banner Canyon @ 1400'
our gallant trio had decended to 700' then
back up to 1200' in about 6 miles. Now
they will decend back down to 700' above
|Exiting Oriflamme Canyon looking towards Blair Valley
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