Got some time off from my fair business and went out to check Berdoo Cyn. Berdoo Cyn Rd is a jeep trail that accesses Joshua tree NP from the southwest near Indio. It is easy to get to by taking Dillon Rd from I 10, relative North (left). 6 miles up the road look for the bullet riddled signs for Berdoo Cyn. The shotgun blasted stop sign sits across the road from a memorial to "Anthony", a six year old boy who was kidnapped, murdered, and dumped somewhere in the canyon. An ominous sign. The road is paved, and pothole for the first few miles. About a mile in, people have taken to using the eroded canyon walls for target practice. On a large scale...There were at least 5 vehicles at numerous spots, shooting away at ad-hoc targets, frying pans, and posters of zombies and bin laden. The display of firearms was impressive, and so were the piles of shotgun shells and beer cans. Ominous, indeed. Now I know many people would have turned back at this point, but I am not easily deterred, so like a Marine in a bleak Afghan valley, onward I went. I parked my van about 2 miles in when the road conditions worsened. I would say the road was decomposed asphalt up until you pass the mine ruins at mile 4. The shooting galleries, graffiti and dumping stop about there too. The road then turns into a typical desert jeep trail. Mostly 2wd, with high-clearance necessary. There are a couple of spots where 4wd and some common sense would be nice. Sandy spots were short or avoidable but overall, the road became smoother but sander as I climbed. And climb I did. From my van, I went 8 miles up at an average grade of about 6%, never a respite from the grind. Quite typical for desert canyon riding. Rock exposures and scenery were well worth the questionable start. At mile 8, just where the Joshua trees were growing, I turned around. I had time commitments and promises to keep. As I was coming up the road I was.passed by several jeeps heading in either direction. Just before I turned around, a Subaru came by heading down. He was about a mile from one of the 4wd sections, but he must not have seen my wave, or ignored it, and kept on driving....see the pics where he high-sided. I tried to help, but there's not much I could do. He had street tires and his 4wd was broken so he was up Sh!t creek. He had food, water, and an mtb in the back if he needed to self-extract. I wished him luck and went on my way downhill. The downhill was a screamer! Rocks, drops, sand, gravel....you get it all. And you don't have to pedal. Just drop your seat and haul ass! Despite the unsettling lower section, I would recommend this ride. It would be a great way to get into or out of J-Tree NP via Geology Tour Rd. Subaru guy told me he rode his mtb on Geology Tour Rd and that it was in great shape and only sandy on the edges. There are numerous places to camp on high ground above the wash but there is little to no shade. Water would have to be carried or cached as the spring are unreliable and possibly contaminated by mining wastes. Who's up for a bikepacking trip? Welcome to Berdoo Cyn! Anthony's memorial Shooters. Poor quality as they didn't want their pic taken. The start of the good stuff Sigmoidal folds in the rock Crux 4wd spot. Worse than it looks! Turn around spot Subaru guy's high-side. I hope he made it out ok.