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