[:en]BAJA DIVIDE a 1,700 mile bike packing route through Baja California[:es]BAJA DIVIDE 1,700 millas en bicicleta a lo largo de la Península de Baja California[:]

[:en]From San Diego, CA, USA to San Jose del Cabo and back to La Paz, BCS, MX, the route is 1700 miles (2735 km) long with 92,000 feet (28,000 m) of climbing and is expected to take about six weeks to complete.

The route is conceptually divided into four chapters: Northern Sierra, Valle de los Cirios, Missions, and Cape Loop.

These groupings provide convenient distances for riders seeking shorter trips, ranging from 1-2.5 weeks, and each of these chapters can be reached by public transportation (plane or bus).

In total, the Baja Divide is divided into 20 shorter sections, each beginning and ending at major resupply points and almost always on a paved road.  These sections range in length from 44 miles to 167 miles and are largely defined by access to food and water, which is a frequent consideration for the Baja Divide traveler.

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Photos: Nicholas Carman

The Baja Divide is a 1,700 mile off-pavement bikepacking route down the length of the Baja peninsula, from San Diego, California, to San José del Cabo in Mexico. The route utilizes existing roads and tracks, 95 percent of which are unpaved, ranging from graded dirt roads to rough, sandy jeep tracks, for a total of 92,000 feet of climbing along the way.

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The ride was developed by avid bicycle travelers Nicholas Carman and Lael Wilcox, who have been bike traveling for the past eight years. “We stumbled into a route project last winter when we rode across the border in Baja California and quickly realized that we needed to ride, document, and publish a route down the peninsula— the riding was that good,” wrote Carman. “What began as a quest for long nights of sleep and a mellow dirt tour turned into three months of route research, pushing our bikes, and riding some out-there roads.

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The Baja Divide route connects the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, historic Spanish mission sites rich with shade and water, remote ranchos and fishing villages, bustling highway towns, and every major mountain range in Baja California on miles and miles of beautiful backcountry desert tracks.

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Life on the Baja Divide is defined by a rhythm of riding, camping, and resupply. Baja California is a mountainous desert and resources are limited, although the route is designed to encounter resupply frequently enough to make a self-supported tour possible. Riders may need to carry up to 2-3 days of food and 10 liters of water. A warm, dry climate minimizes equipment needs. Pack light, and leave room for food and water.

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Check out the Baja Divide website, which is loaded with route and equipment guides, section narratives and resources for download including GPX files, waypoint folder, resupply guide and distance chart. The route is provided as a gift to the bikepacking community with the support of Revelate Designs and Advocate Cycles and is open to ride at any time, self-supported. The best time to enjoy this route is November thru March. Previous backcountry touring experience is strongly recommended.

 

Clck here for full article[:es]Desde San Diego, CA, EE.UU. a San José del Cabo y de regreso a La Paz, BCS, MX, la ruta es de 1.700 millas (2.735 kilómetros) de largo con 92.000 pies (28.000 m) de escalada y se espera que tome a los participantes alrededor de seis semanas para completar.

La ruta se divide conceptualmente en cuatro capítulos: Sierra Norte, Valle de los Cirios, Misiones, y el Loop del Cabo.

Estos grupos proporcionan distancias convenientes para los ciclistas que buscan viajes más cortos, que van desde 1 – 2.5 semanas, y a cada uno de estos capítulos se puede llegar en otros medios de transporte público (avión o autobús).

En total, la brecha Baja se divide en 20 secciones más cortas, cada una comenzando y terminando en los principales puntos de reabastecimiento y casi siempre en un camino pavimentado. Estas secciones varían en longitud de 44 a 167 millas y son en gran parte definidas por la accesabilidad a alimentos y agua, lo cual es una consideración frecuente para el participante de “Baja Divide”.

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