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Take I10 from Indio to Joshua Tree NP South Entrance

Old 02-11-16, 02:48 PM
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Take I10 from Indio to Joshua Tree NP South Entrance

I have been Google mapping my ride from Indio, Ca to Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. I am looking to cut down on the time it takes, if I take the offered route, it takes a a circuitous, 41 mile route that will take more than four hours. The suggested route goes from Indio to Mecca then up through Box Canyon Road to the south entrance of Joshua Tree. Has anyone tried to use Interstate 10, going East from Indio into Joshua Tree NP? I suspect the reason I am not offered this route is because there is no way to turn off the interstate near Joshua Tree South entrance. Can anyone confirm this?
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Old 02-12-16, 04:53 AM
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there are exits/entrances from the 10 freeway at cottonwood springs rd/box springs rd which accesses jtnp.

i do not recall if that stretch of freeway btween indio and the above mentioned freeway exit/entrance is legal for bicycles. have never ridden it-only driven it.

it is a consistent and long ascent from indio to the exit. i seem to recall a decent shoulder along the length of that stretch.

there is a consistent tailwind but also a ton of 18 wheeler traffic through that part.

even though the "diversion" along box canyon rd is longer, it is waay more scenic and an easy ascent with minimal traffic.

personally, i would take the box canyon route even if the 10 freeway route is legal. i'm comfy with lots of traffic but the
18 wheelers blowing by for approx 35 mins-1 hour with meh scenery is outweighed by quality desert scenery with
light, non-trucking traffic every time in my book.
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Old 02-12-16, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
there are exits/entrances from the 10 freeway at cottonwood springs rd/box springs rd which accesses jtnp.

i do not recall if that stretch of freeway btween indio and the above mentioned freeway exit/entrance is legal for bicycles. have never ridden it-only driven it.

it is a consistent and long ascent from indio to the exit. i seem to recall a decent shoulder along the length of that stretch.

there is a consistent tailwind but also a ton of 18 wheeler traffic through that part.

even though the "diversion" along box canyon rd is longer, it is waay more scenic and an easy ascent with minimal traffic.

personally, i would take the box canyon route even if the 10 freeway route is legal. i'm comfy with lots of traffic but the
18 wheelers blowing by for approx 35 mins-1 hour with meh scenery
Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
is outweighed by quality desert scenery with
light, non-trucking traffic every time in my book.


Thanks so much for your reply, I used the Google Map Streetview to cruise both routes and I found no I10 signage that indicated it was legal to ride on that part of the Interstate. I am with you, a much nicer ride through Box Canyon Road, so it will just take a little longer to get to camp.
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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post
I have been Google mapping my ride from Indio, Ca to Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. I am looking to cut down on the time it takes, if I take the offered route, it takes a a circuitous, 41 mile route that will take more than four hours. The suggested route goes from Indio to Mecca then up through Box Canyon Road to the south entrance of Joshua Tree. Has anyone tried to use Interstate 10, going East from Indio into Joshua Tree NP? I suspect the reason I am not offered this route is because there is no way to turn off the interstate near Joshua Tree South entrance. Can anyone confirm this?
I was in Indio, CA on 2-8-2016 by greyhound bus to the Riverside County Fairgrounds and
my plan of working on Butler Amusements backfired and as for I-10 in Indio,CA I do not think you can ride on I-10 in California!

it was in the 80's
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Old 02-14-16, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post
I found no I10 signage that indicated it was legal to ride on that part of the Interstate.
in that case, you also found no signage that indicated it was IL-legal!
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Originally Posted by saddlesores View Post
in that case, you also found no signage that indicated it was IL-legal!
Exactly right. There are no signs that indicate it is legal, only onramp signs prohibiting bicycles.

Can I ride my bicycle on the freeway?

That said, I've driven that stretch of I10 many times, I agree with Ooga.
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Originally Posted by jimincalif View Post
Exactly right. There are no signs that indicate it is legal, only onramp signs prohibiting bicycles..
sure, if there are onramp signs entering the interstate prohibiting bikes, then riding is
obviously illegal!

i understood from sprockets using streetview that there were no signs indicating
cycling was legal. wouldn't expect to see that kind of sign! assuming sprockets
used street view at the onramps, no "cycling prohibited" signs would indicate
cycling allowed.

lotsa places in the west bikes can ride on interstates if not signed as prohibited.
in those cases i don't believe there will be signes saying "y'all can ride bikes here."

if in doubt, take some digital photos to show the coppers in case you're stopped.

also in agreement tith ooger.........avoid the interstate. from what i recall,
heavy traffic, boring. you're cycle touring dammit! enjoy the ride!

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Often on "on ramps" in Arizona there is signage to indicate it is legal to ride a bike, but I agree, I am Bike Touring Damm it!!
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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post
Often on "on ramps" in Arizona there is signage to indicate it is legal to ride a bike, but I agree, I am Bike Touring Damm it!!
in Arizona you can ride I-10, I-8, I-40 on the side and in some spots you can not on the Interstate in Arizona


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