Crawling in Baja, California with Club ZopilotosJacume, Baja Mexico
In our never-ending search for new trails we haven't explored, we found ourselves about an hour south of where Interstate 5 ends at the U.S. border. We were running with the Tijuana-based Club Zopilotos down to Jacume, just east of Longo and before La Romurosa. We first met up with the Zopilotos crew at Tierra del Sol, and after watching them in action we knew we had to get down to their local trails to experience a day of wheeling south of the border.
We spent the day wheeling a small part of an ejido, or area of private land that the public has been allowed to use. It started at the end of a granite mine that was filled with giant drivetrain-disintegrating boulders that have claimed more than a couple vehicles' guts. Beyond the rock mine are trails that made us long for the days of an undeveloped Southern California, which would probably have very similar terrain to what we experienced in Baja if it hadn't already been buried in a billion tons of concrete. If you're looking to do some wheeling down this way and want some advice on trails, you might try contacting some of the most responsible guys we've ever had the pleasure to run with at www.zopilotos4x4.com.