PCA-SDR Cayenne/Macan Off-Road Adventure Tour info on Dec 8, 2018 (237738) | MotorsportReg.com

PCA-SDR Cayenne/Macan Off-Road Adventure Tour

PCA - San Diego Region

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ranchita, CA

Registration closed December 5, 2018 11:59 PM on December 5, 2018 11:59 PM PST Registration ends December 5, 2018 11:59 PM on December 5, 2018 11:59 PM PST Registration opens November 1, 2018 12:00 AM on November 1, 2018 12:00 AM PDT Registration runs from November 1, 2018 12:00 AM to December 5, 2018 11:59 PM


December 8th, 2018

Cayenne/Macan Off-road Adventure Tour

This December the PCA-SDR's Cayenne/Macan Off-Road Adventure Tour will explore some more challenging and scenic trails in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  The Tour's plan is to enjoy a half day of off-road driving about 30 minutes outside the Julian area, passing along the rough dirt, rock and sand wash roads starting at the Yaqui Pass campground traveling through the Grapevine Canyon Road then onto Jasper Road then Culp Valley Road.  The planned route consists of varying terrain of mostly single car-width dirt and rock roads with sand washes that at times may require very low speeds to manage due to the tight turns, uneven surfaces, steep grades, and slippery rocks or deep dirt/sand.  This Tour is not intended to be a rock crawling or mud-hole event or high-speed rally, instead it's more along the lines of a back-country adventure with the objective for the whole family to enjoy off-pavement roads to experience the very capable off-road abilities of the Cayenne or Macan as well as to learn to carefully proceed through varied types of terrain.  

This tour provides the driver with the adventure and challenges of careful off-road driving while providing an experience to travel along roads that cars cannot traverse but the Porsche SUV's can handle.  The Borrego area is full of desert and mountain vegetation and interesting rock formations where family members of all ages can enjoy the ride and scenery.  If you joined us on the last off-road drive, this event's route should be more challenging and technical and will be certain to put the Porsche traction control wizardry to work.  There will be a couple stops along the way for pictures and to enjoy the natural surroundings with a stop at an elevated viewpoint.  There will be around 2-3 hours of off-road driving followed by a short 20-30 minute on-pavement twisty drive into the town of Borrego Springs where we can park and eat lunch at the local restaurant Kesling's Kitchen to share stories and enjoy each other's company.  

Required equipment should include at a minimum all-season tires with plenty of tread, as low profile high-performance street tires pose a greater risk of wheel damage or a flat tire from hitting sharp rocks.  The roads are primarily gravelly dirt roads with ruts (some quite deep!) and areas of deep loose dirt and sand.  Portions of the trails will have steep elevations with protruding rocks that will require more precise vehicle placement to ensure proper clearance.  In two of the technical regions there are bypasses for those concerned with their vehicle's clearance.  If rains have preceded the event there may be areas of mud which can often be avoided if desired.  Overall the trails are not difficult especially thanks to Porsche's Traction Control programming, but an attentive driver is still necessary to avoid obstacles that could be of harm like protruding big rocks or thick paint scratching twigs.  Staying centered on the trail should avoid scratches in the body and wheel paintwork.  Vehicles equipped with air suspension and higher profile tires should have an easier time making the drive versus those with steel spring suspensions and limited ride height as those vehicles will need to be more careful.  If all goes favorably, at the end of the route, a healthy car wash session should be all that is needed to return your Porsche SUV to its garage queen status and remove any evidence of its off-roading adventures, with only your pictures and memory of the experience remaining!  

The event is rain or shine, but if heavy rains have been occurring in the days leading up to the event the trails may get very muddy and may limit passage of vehicles with limited ground clearance and street/road focused tires and wheels.  If you have equipment concerns about your Cayenne or Macan, please contact the event organizer to discuss any possible issues.

Saturday December 8 2018 Planned Schedule: 

8:00am meet at Dudley’s Bakery ( http://www.dudleysbakery.com ) in Santa Ysabel outside of Ramona off Old Julian Highway 78 for coffee and drinks, to buy sandwiches, and use the restroom!  Address: 30218 CA-78 (Julian Rd), Santa Ysabel, CA 92070

8:30am-8:45am Tour briefing and waiver signing in parking lot on the West side of the building.

9:00 AM Pull out of Dudley’s heading East towards Julian - 24 miles to trailhead.

9:40 AM Arrive at the Yaqui Pass Road / Tamarisk Grove Campground which is the Grapevine Canyon trailhead.

Grapevine Canyon Trail to Jasper Trail to Culp Valley Trail with multiple stops to enjoy the scenery.

12:30PM  Reach Montezuma Valley Rd S22 and head East into Borrego Springs.  Travel 13.4 miles.

Arrive at Kesling's Kitchen for lunch: 665 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Around 3 hours of Off-road driving is planned!

The above schedule and route may change depending on the weather and trail conditions - that's what makes this is an adventure!

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
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