LB50 Photo Tour, First 15 Desert Miles

This week Larry, Mary Lou and RD Brian scouted out the first 15 miles of the Lost Boys 50 course. We had a great day weaving through the desert washes including the famous cross-country section and LB50 dry waterfalls.

See the Maps Page of the LB50 website for detailed turn-by-turn directions of this section.

Click here for a printable version of this post (I suggest you save this file to your cell phone).

Don’t forget we will be having a training run on Feb 28, 2015 to preview this section.


The LB50 start line is where Pinyon Wash meets Highway 78 (white hwy mile marker 81). Start by heading south on the dirt road inside Pinyon Wash. Stay on the main road for 5 miles until you reach the boulders at the dead-end.

Start line for the Lost Boys 50, Pinyon Wash.

Start line for the Lost Boys 50, Pinyon Wash.

Boulders Aid Station (mile 5 of the race).

Boulders Aid Station (mile 5 of the race).

Leave the boulders aid station by scrambling up and over the boulder field and stay along the canyon floor in the wash.  About 0.80 miles past the aid station you will reach the mouth of the canyon (open desert directly in front of you). Stay to the right hugging the small hill on your right. Then head directly south targeting the mouth of the two hills in front of you.

Larry scrambled up an over sections of boulders shortly after the Boulders Aid Station.

Larry scrambled up an over sections of boulders shortly after the Boulders Aid Station.

Pinyon Canyon which is shortly after the Boulders AS.

Pinyon Canyon which is shortly after the Boulders AS.

Pinyon Canyon which is shortly after the Boulders AS (approximately mile 5.5 of the race).

Pinyon Canyon which is shortly after the Boulders AS (approximately mile 5.5 of the race).

Larry and Mary Lou in the wash that hugs the small hill on the right (miles 5.8-7.08 of the race).

Larry and Mary Lou in the wash that hugs the small hill on the right (miles 5.8-7.08 of the race).

The "target" has a red "X" in this photo. This is where you head south, aiming for the mouth where the tall hill on the right and the small hill on the left funnels into the mouth (mile 7.08 in the race).

The “target” has a red “X” in this photo. This is where you head south, aiming for the mouth where the tall hill on the right and the small hill on the left funnels into a mouth (I’m standing at approximately 6 miles into the race when I took this photo and the “X” is at approximately mile 7).

When you reach the mouth of the canyon you will come to a fence, go through the fence then take an immediate right and work your way up the wash for another 0.85 miles until you reach the dirt road. This stretch contains the classic dry waterfalls and the old broken down sheet-metal structure.

The fence at the mouth of the canyon, turn right immediately after this fence and stay in the wash (mile 7.08 in the race).

The fence at the mouth of the canyon, turn right immediately after you cross this fence and stay in the wash (mile 7.08 in the race).

RD Brian at one of the famous Lost Boys 50 dry waterfalls.

RD Brian at one of the famous Lost Boys 50 dry waterfalls. The course goes up and over this and another series of short falls (mile 7.65 in the race).

Once you reach this old broken down sheet-metal structure on your right you know you are on the right track. The main dirt road will be coming up shortly (mile 7.75 in the race).

Once you reach this old broken down sheet-metal structure on your right you know you are on the right track. The main dirt road will be coming up shortly (mile 7.75 in the race).

Once you jump onto the dirt road turn right and just stay on the main dirt road all the way through the Pinyon Mountain Aid Station (mile 12 in the race) and down to the junction of the marked California Riding And Hiking Trail (mile 15 in the race) where you will take a left onto this trail.

Steep Jeep road along the way.

Steep Jeep road along the way.

Head up the steep Jeep road on the left side of this frame, the course came up from the dirt road on the lower right side of this frame (mile 8 in the race).

Head up the steep Jeep road on the left side of this frame, the course came up from the dirt road on the lower right side of this frame (mile 8 in the race).

Running along the top of the Pinyon Mountain section (approximately mile 10.3 in the race).

Running along the top of the Pinyon Mountain section (approximately mile 10.3 in the race).

Mary Lou running along the top of the Pinyon Mountain section.

Mary Lou running along the top of the Pinyon Mountain section.

Take a left onto this single-track trail marked as the "CA Riding and Hiking Trail" (mile 15 in the race).

Take a left onto this single-track trail marked as the “CA Riding and Hiking Trail” (mile 15 in the race).

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One Response to LB50 Photo Tour, First 15 Desert Miles

  1. "Geezer" Larry says:

    This remote area of Anza Borrego is cradled by the Pinyon Mountains Cattleman of yesteryear drove their herds down from the higher slopes of the Laguna’s and Cuyamaca’s to graze them on the sprouting desert grasses during winter and early spring.

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