Driving Directions to Race Start/Finish

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE TO ALL DRIVERS!    The nearest gas and diesel stations to the campground are 16 miles, 24 miles, 30 miles, and 40 miles distant!  The campground store sells standard convenience store type products, but is not permitted to sell adult beverages...so bring enough of all fluids for both your vehicle and yourself.  We are NOT in the middle of nowhere, but if you run out of fuel, you might think so!

 Everyone's Destination for the start and finish is:

Stagecoach Trails  RV Resort & Campground

7878 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849      (also known as highway S-2)

Julian, California 92036                            phone  760-765-2197 

 

FROM SAN DIEGO AREA via Julian, CA: This routing reaches 4300 feet of elevation, good to know if winter weather is expected.

An alternative San Diego area route is offered lower on this page, which does not exceed 3700 feet in elevation...consider the alternative route if winter weather is expected, as it avoids driving through Julian...it is about 12 miles longer, but the roads are much straighter!

REGULAR ROUTE:

*Leaving Julian, drive east on HWY 78, toward Brawley, Ocotillo Wells.  Highway 78 will have you descending down the mountains towards the desert along a slow winding road which locals call Banner Grade. After about 7 miles of curves which no one can see around, the road begins to straighten out as you arrive in the high desert basin of your adventure.

*After 12 miles from downtown Julian, you turn RIGHT onto county highway S-2‚Ķalso known as The Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849.  Road signs now advise that you are heading south towards Agua Caliente County Park, Vallecitos County Park, and Interstate 8, some 45 miles further south. 

*After turning right (south) onto S-2, you will note mile marker signs, beginning with mile marker 18, 19, 20, & 21.  Mile marker 21 is at the front of Stagecoach Trails Campground.  Turn right into the campground.  Follow race signs to the LODGE for race check in, AND for camping check in assignments if you are arriving after 5:00 PM on Friday.  Camping/cabin assignments are available at the campground store, if you are arriving before 5:00 PM on Friday.

 

FROM ORANGE COUNTY, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, INLAND EMPIRE AREAS via Temecula, CA: This routing does not exceed 3700 feet in elevation, good to know if winter storms are expected for higher elevations in local mountains.

*Leaving Temecula, driving south on HWY 79, continue driving south on HWY 79, through Sunshine Summit, Oak Grove, and Warner Springs. 

*Continuing south less than 3 miles from Warner Springs, turn LEFT (southeast) onto county highway   S-2. 

*Continue southeast on highway S-2 for 17 miles until reaching HWY 78. 

*Turn right onto HWY 78.  You will immediately cross a bridge over San Felipe wash, and then quickly and .........

*Immediately turn Left onto another portion of county highway S-2.  Now you are southbound on the final 4 miles.

*After turning Left, south, onto this portion of county highway S-2 continue south passing mile markers 18, 19, 20, & 21.   Mile marker 21 is at the front of Stagecoach Trails Campground. 

*Turn right into the campground.  Follow race signs to the LODGE for race check in, AND for camping check in assignments.

From Yuma, Arizona: via INTERSTATE 8, west bound:    This routing does not exceed 2500 feet in elevation...good to know if winter weather is expected in the higher coastal mountains. 

*Exit Interstate 8 freeway at Ocotillo, California.

* Turn north (right) at the base of the off ramp.

* You are now on Imperial Highway.  Continue north on Imperial Highway.  The Stagecoach Trails Campground is about 40 miles north of the freeway. 

* Approximately half way along this final segment of your journey, you will notice the highway changes names when it leaves Imperial County, and enters into San Diego.  Within San Diego county, the name of this same road is HWY S-2.

*Mile marker signs begin counting down (backwards) until you reach mile marker 22.  At this point, Stagecoach Trails Campground is less than one mile ahead, on the left.   Turn left into the campground, following signs to the Lodge.


ALTERNATIVE WINTER WEATHER ROUTE FOR SAN DIEGO AREA RUNNERS

IF A WINTER STORM IS threatening in the high country of Mt Laguna, Cuyamaca, or Julian, San Diego area runners can drive an alternate route to Old West which does not exceed 3700 ft. elevation.  AS FOLLOWS:

Approach your trip to the Anza Borrego Desert via California State Highway 79.

*If from the San Diego urban area access HWY 79, via Ramona/Santa Ysabel: 

*turn left (north) at Santa Ysabel onto HWY 79 towards Warner Springs.

*OR access HWY 79, via HWY 76 east bound from FWY 15 ....continuing east on HWY 76 until reaching HWY 79 past Lake Henshaw

* When you arrive at HWY 79 via Ramona/Santa Isabel or via FWY 15 & HWY 76,  turn left (north) onto HWY 79 towards Warner Springs.    

*Hwy 79 north bound in the direction of Warner Springs will shortly take you to HWY S-2.  (about 3 miles south of Warner Springs)

*At the junction of HWY 79 and S-2 turn right (easterly) onto S-2. 

*Continue southeast on S-2 for 17 miles until reaching HWY 78. 

*Turn right onto HWY 78.  You will immediately cross a bridge over San Felipe wash, and then quickly and .........

*Immediately turn Left onto another portion of county highway S-2.  Now you are southbound on the final 4 miles.

*After turning Left, south, onto this section of Hwy S-2 continue south passing mile markers 18, 19, 20,& 21.   Mile marker 21 is at the front of Stagecoach Trails Campground. 

*Turn right into the campground