Bahía Asunción, San Roque, San Pablo
At Vizcaino I made a side trip from Highway 1 southwest to Bahía Asuncíon.
There aren't many roads out here among the salt flats, but apparently many
people miss this only paved turn-off.
A road continues westward all the way to Bahía Tortugas, but as of May, 2012
the newly-constructed pavement ends only about 15 miles west of the Bahía
Asuncíon intersection, where the route reverts to wasboard hell.
Bahía Asuncíon (Scorpion Bay)
Punta San Roque
A few steep dirt tracks continue west up into the hills
of Punta San Roque, but I encountered them blocked by locked chains. One such
track did have a well-used track going right around its gate, so I decided to
risk taking advantage of this bypass.
The hills of Punta San Roque are covered by a network of newly-bulldozed 4x4 dirt tracks, which are often unnervingly steep. After finding a few coastal lookout shacks (appearing recently occupied), I started worrying that this area might be used by the military to watch for smugglers. It was fun to explore, but I decided not to camp around here. (I later learned that these trails are there so the local security can watch for abalone poachers.)