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CLOSED SATURDAY: Hwy 14 Access to Butterbredt!!!!!

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  • Bob Barnes
    Hi, The 40th Annual High Desert Rally high speed time trial car race (single cars racing the course every few minutes) will be along the dirt portion of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2013
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      Hi,

      The 40th Annual High Desert Rally high speed time trial car race
      (single cars racing the course every few minutes) will be along the
      dirt portion of Jawbone Canyon Road (leading to Butterbredt Spring)
      and north along Kelso Valley Rd will be held ALL DAY this coming
      Saturday, May 4th!

      The Jawbone Canyon Rd will be closed by the California Highway patrol
      as will Kelso Valley Rd at the northern end of Butterbredt Canyon Rd.

      The above means there will be no access to Butterbredt Spring via CA
      Hwy 14 and Jawbone Canyon Rd.

      The only way to access Butterbredt Spring this Saturday will be south
      on paved Kelso Valley Rd (in the Kern River Valley) to left on the
      NORTH end of highly-rugged dirt Butterbredt Canyon Rd over the pass
      then downslope for several miles to the spring parking area via high
      clearance, 4WD vehicle. Even high clearance, 4WD vehicles sometimes
      get stuck on this road and it is miles to any help should one get
      stuck. And, anyone who decides to venture this way in will have to go
      back out the same route!

      The STRONGEST ADVICE I can give to kerncobirding listserv subscribers
      is to confine your Butterbredt birding visits to this Friday, Sunday,
      and all days after for the rest of this spring's migrant and vagrant
      season. The race is a one day, all day event and will not block
      access at all this Friday, Sunday, or after Sunday. On Saturday
      enjoy your spring migrant and vagrant birding at California City
      Central Park (although there will be an art show at part of the park
      this weekend), Galileo Hill, Ridgecrest (Cerro Coso Community
      College, Desert Memorial Park, and Ridgecrest Watchable Wildlife
      Park), the Middlemiss property in Inyokern (see ABA's 2007 edition of
      A Birder's Guide to Southern California for directions or check
      eBird), or other east Kern oases of which you are aware. Those
      alternative areas will definitely keep virtually any birder busy all
      day this coming Saturday.

      Happy & Productive Birding,

      Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California

      Cell: 760-382-1260

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