Bikepacking: Baja Divide

Rachel Mackey


Prescott, Arizona

A selfie of Cairn Project Ambassador Rachel Mackey bundled up in a tent with a headlamp over her puffy jacket hood

Why Get Out and Give Back?

“I work in adventure education where I facilitate climbing, backpacking, whitewater rafting and mountaineering experiences for young people and adults. I do it because I believe that when we allow ourselves to be truly be in wild places, we uncover parts of ourselves that lay dormant. We face our fears, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we see what we are capable of and as women this is the stuff we for so long been told not to see. I witness this in myself and I witness it in others. I am inspired by our human potential!”

550 miles from Loreto to Cabo San Lucas

In December, Ambassadors Cori, Rachel, Jennifer, and Abigail will set out with the goal of riding 550+ miles of the Baja Divide route. Starting near Loreto, Baja California Sur, MX the women will ride south to Cabo San Lucas. As a self-supported bike adventure, the crew will spend several weeks pedaling through the mountainous desert landscape with stopovers in  small villages and cities to resupply. Fundraising goal: $6,000

The Baja Divide route is a rugged 1,700 mile off-pavement bikepacking route that spans the length of the Baja California peninsula, in its entirety, stretching from San Diego, CA, USA to San José del Cabo, BCS, MX. Connecting the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the route passes through every major mountain range in Baja California on miles of primarily dirt roads. The route utilizes existing roads and jeep trails, but was first developed and popularized as a bikepacking route by Lael Wilcox and Nicholas Carman in late 2015.

A map of her route from Loreto to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
A sea of desert peaks under blue sky

The Team

This Redmond, OR-based crew works together at the Northwest Outward Bound School and adventures together whether it’s rafting the Grand Canyon, climbing/biking around Central Oregon, or wandering in the desert southwest. Each woman has done some form of bike adventure separately, and this year they are setting out together. What better way to spend a winter month than biking together in Baja!

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