May Club Ride – Cougar Buttes

May 18th-20th

Join us at Cougar Buttes in Johnson Valley, to ride, camp and play in the rocks! If you have NOT been to the Buttes before, there are LOTS of trails to explore and NOBODY know the trails at the Buttes better then RUTS. For nearly 30 years, RUTS has camped and raced in the BUTTES. We will camp in the traditional RUTS camping area of Cougar Buttes, possibly where we used to have the KIDS race.
See MAP link below for driving directions.

GPS coordinates (see maps below)
34° 29.537’N
116° 49.637’W

On Thursday evening, the Mittner Family will be marking camp in with Arrows from the CAMP ROCK ROAD turn off. Barry Mittner can be reached at (805) 990-7231‬

Abe and Micah Baumann will be trailboss’s for the weekend. The Baumann’s will have Bday cake to celebrate Micah’s birthday after the campfire time on Saturday night. Abe can be reached at ‭(714) 336-0600‬

For our NEWER families:
Some of our annual rides have larger turnouts, organized trail rides with maps, bible studies or Sunday morning church in the dez….and some camp trips are a less organized gathering of friends in the desert to ride, camp and fellowship. This weekends ride may look more like a loose gathering of friends in a fun and familiar part of the desert. Come and make some new friends.
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Dove Springs April Club Ride and used gear sale!

Dove Springs April Club Ride (and used gear sale!)
Trailboss: Randy Hettema
April 20th – 22nd, 2018

Camp will be in same location as last year. 4 miles past the MAIN Dove Springs turn off. Arrows will mark the way in starting Thursday night. See map below!

Arrive Friday and explore the miles of trails in the area. Look for the RUTS flags when you arrive. Please sign in at the RUTS trailer upon arriving at camp.


Saturday AM we will have a riders meeting @ 9am. We will have maps for a ride you can do on your own, with friends, family or in groups. The ride will be an EASY ride to the Bonanza Trail, with a side stop at Bickel Camp, Burrow Schmidt tunnel and Old Dutch Cleaner mine. These abandons mine and prospector’s camps are located 10-12 miles away on the other side of the 395. CROSS the highway with extreme caution! We will have BBQ lunch at the BONANZA Trail cabin around 11:30-1:30pm.  Its an easy 60 minute ride to the lunch spot.

Saturday MID day, there will be an advanced level, motorcycles only ride to the single track in the high country BEHIND Dove Springs. Departure time will be announced at the 9am riders meeting. A smaller group ride for kids will also go to Dove Springs around the same time.  Sunset is @ 7pm.

On Saturday late afternoon from 4-7 pm, we will apparel for sale (jerseys, hats, sweatshirts, flags, coffee cups and stickers). CC and debit cards will be accepted, checks and cash too. We will also have a USED gear sale. Bring all your used gear and donate it to the club. Bring it to the RUTS trailer on Saturday morning. All sales will benefit the club. Whatever is NOT sold will be saved for next year. We have many people bringing gear out, so there might be quit a bit of it for sale! Please bring your used gear and help it get re-purposed while benefiting the club at the same time. We will need a few folding tables for this, so if you have any extras, please bring them.

Saturday night @ 7:30pm, Randy will lead a campfire devotional and we will follow it up at 8pm we will have a POTLUCK DESERT. Bring your favorite yummy food to share around the campfire. Coffee and Hot Coco will be out as well. BRING FIREWOOD if you have some!

Sunday morning we will have CHURCH in the desert at 8:30am sharp. Bring your coffee and breakfast to the campfire… and your bibles!

Randy Hettema has been the trail boss for the Dove Springs Ride for many years and he has typically done a GPS treasure hunt for the kids int eh late afternoon around 4pm. We will play this by ear, as Randy will be coming from Utah and we are not sure at this time, if a GPS treasure hunt is in the plans. See you in Dove Springs.




118° 0’9.26″W



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