One of the many things that draws people to Baja are the endless roads that lead away from civilization toward isolated beaches and coves. Baja off road adventures can be found within minutes of Mex hwy 1.
The above photo is the south side of my neighborhood, Colonia Puerto Escondido, on the Punta Banda peninsula, 10 miles south of Ensenada. The view is from west to east and shows 2 scars that were cut as trails in 2008 that lead down to the hidden beach.
Not much engineering went into the planning of this trail as there are actually 2 failed attempts to bulldoze the trail above the successful cut. It is a fun hiking trail with some 30+ degree grades and soft soil sections that provide plenty of resistance for huffing and puffing uphill.
But, that soft soil also is not very kind to Baja off road adventurers attempting to climb this hill in anything other than a very strong 4 wheel drive vehicle.
This 1989 Ford 2 wheel/rear wheel drive pickup is likely the worst vehicle choice for this hill. It was abandoned over a week ago. It’s final resting place is about 80 feet above the end of the trail. Unless someone figures out a creative tow vehicle setup, this will become part of the “yard art” of Punta Banda. Sad news is that although it is an ’89, it is in very good condition. Windows are open and no tags are displayed.