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Old 10-07-18, 08:21 PM
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Box Canyon (Coachella Valley) is totally washed out

As the title says Box Canyon in the Coachella Valley is completely washed out. Don't think about riding it.

It was alaways a bit rough but rideable. Recent storms flooded the canyon and completely wiped out many sections of the road. Certain areas are barely 4wheel driveable.
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phart. thanx for the intel.
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@ooga-booga I remember you asked me about the condition of the road about 2 years ago..........it was rough then........imagine now.

Here's a local news story of a man driving home who is assumed (his car was found, he wasn't) to have been driving on Box Canyon at the time of the rains and flooding.

https://www.kesq.com/news/missing-el...nyon/804437682
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i can definitely see that area as one to avoid during rains. that's a tragic story. road does not see a lot of traffic and i can see it being a verry low priority
for repaving. i can even see the local powers that be not repaving it and letting it revert back to nature to fit in with the surroundings.
the road is really only a freeway bypass in case of emergency, repaving, etc...dunno how important that really is in the grand scheme of things.
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My brother was across the valley at a friends house and videoed the lightening during that storm.

I asked him how he got his phone to do time lapse?

It wasn't!

Must have been several strikes per second for the full couple of minutes of video!!!
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I just got an email for the Palm Desert century next month that goes thru that canyon. Gravel Grinder!!!
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I just got an email for the Palm Desert century next month that goes thru that canyon. Gravel Grinder!!!
The email doesn't say anything about rerouting the ride?
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surprise everyone!!
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maybe the palm desert century people/powers that be will get it paved in time...
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The email doesn't say anything about rerouting the ride?

nope!!
Palm Desert

I only ridden the Palm Springs century route, it looks like this does out n back on the good side of the 10 freeway.
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nope!!
Palm Desert

I only ridden the Palm Springs century route, it looks like this does out n back on the good side of the 10 freeway.
I'm surprised they don't say anything about this on the web site. They've known the road is closed since the 1st of the month.

I guess they feel this statement is enough:

Be flexible! Last minute route changes are an unavoidable part of the landscape for century rides.
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nope!!
Palm Desert

I only ridden the Palm Springs century route, it looks like this does out n back on the good side of the 10 freeway.
https://youtu.be/Xd3K6MKFBH4
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I wonder how often that happens? cool aerial views
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I wonder how often that happens? cool aerial views
The organizers of the Palm Desert century are surely aware of this. The website says nothing about the road being washed out nor do the emails they're sending promoting the ride.

I would be pissed off if I signed up after the road being washed out but wasn't told the route would change. And it will change, significantly!

How often it happens I dont know but I've been connected to this area via work or living here since since '93 and never saw anything like this.
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