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. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.4319, -114.0689 

Road - Intersection

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. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.46435, -114.18939 

Bahía Asuncíon (Scorpion Bay)

The town of Bahía Asuncíon is a beautiful location See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.1247, -114.2966 , marred only by some areas of sprawling trash just northwest of town.

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Playa Bonita

Along the dirt road heading west from Bahía Asuncíon, I passed this beach which my map calls Playa Bonita. Road access is here: See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.1611, -114.3458 

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Punta San Roque

This road ends at the little fishing village of San Roque. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.1830, -114.3955  Their church has seen better days.

Village of San Roque - Ruined Church

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. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.1874, -114.4030 

San Roque - Locked Chain & 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.)

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Bahía San Pablo

West of Punta San Roque are the beaches of Bahía San Pablo, a scenic place to camp for the night. See in Google Maps See in Google Earth 27.1934, -114.4277 

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