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4 hours ago
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North McCain Valley

ziphius
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That would work Daren.
7 hours ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Rocko1 wrote:
Good point. I would love to try a lightweight umbrella but with hiking sticks I can't.

9 hours ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
ziphius wrote:
People should carry a hiking umbrella on *shadeless* El Cajon Mountain in warm weather. Your head + torso will be 10 - 15 degrees cooler. Carrying one is worth it if you get injured or just to keep you cooler, with a side benefit of it making you pay more attention to your footwork. My qualifications for pontification? 100 + round-trips on the mountain, including 90 degree plus days, without incident. Rangers tell me they do about a rescue a week up there, sometimes involving an airlift, which I've aided with once.

Good point. I would love to try a lightweight umbrella but with hiking sticks I can't.
9 hours ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
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Topic: North McCain Valley
People should carry a hiking umbrella on *shadeless* El Cajon Mountain in warm weather. Your head + torso will be 10 - 15 degrees cooler. Carrying one is worth it if you get injured or just to keep you cooler, with a side benefit of it making you pay more attention to your footwork. My qualifications for pontification? 100 + round-trips on the mountain, including 90 degree plus days, without incident. Rangers tell me they do about a rescue a week up there, sometimes involving an airlift, which I've aided with once.
1 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

Rocko1
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Topic: North McCain Valley
They do close ECM in August. If you start pre-dawn it's not so bad in other warm months.
1 days ago
Topic:
2021

Buford
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Topic: 2021
More black and white


edited by Buford on 7/25/2021
4 days ago
Topic:
2021

Britain
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Topic: 2021
Amazing Captures!
5 days ago
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Ban Mylar Balloons - Sign The Petition

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Signed.
5 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Nice trip! Gutsy to get that far out in the heat.


I'd be tempted to do short morning hikes if I lived closer. 2+ hour drive for me to AB.


Don't they close El Cajon for the entire month of August? Dangerous heat on that one.


I agree with your call on the patch nose. It's a common snake in the OC.
15 days ago
Topic:
2021

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Topic: 2021
That is a pretty spectacular sunrise Buford!
15 days ago
Topic:
2021

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Love these pictures. I find it interesting how the 'ramp' appears as if it would take about 30 minutes to get to the top, if only!
16 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Great pictures and report! I never knew the name of the "striped racers". I always like seeing those.
16 days ago
Topic:
2021

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Topic: 2021
Amazing pictures as always!!
16 days ago
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Ban Mylar Balloons - Sign The Petition

deborah
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I signed it. I think I am closing in on 100 balloons found in Anza Borrego over the years.
16 days ago
Topic:
2021

Buford
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Topic: 2021
A couple more from Saturday morning. I missed the good sunrise as I decided to camp out of the wind rather than with a good view.



Some of the best crepuscular rays I have seen.
16 days ago
Topic:
2021

ziphius
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Topic: 2021
Great timelapse Buford!
16 days ago
Topic:
Solar Project in Jacumba

Buford
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Topic: Solar Project in Jacumba
Here we go again Cursing
17 days ago
Topic:
2021

Buford
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Topic: 2021
Stay safe out there. It is hot.

It was 113F at sunset and at 11:00 pm my car still said 107F last night. It was 93F with some thunder, lightning and rain this morning at 5:00 am.

Click the image below for a day to night timelapse:

17 days ago
Topic:
Solar Project in Jacumba

Britain
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Protested the Ocotillo wind farm and McCain so did a lot of others. Yet there they are. This will go through. It was planned long ago when the second power line went through.
edited by Britain on 7/10/2021
18 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Yep, young bobcat.
21 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Rocko1 wrote:
Nice report. I have often found boulder caves in AB and other areas and thought-how did someone NOT occupy this as a shelter-seems more than likely someone did at some point in history.

RE: El Cajon Mtn-just did this yesterday with a 5:20am start. Even with the temps not that high, the humidity, lack of wind and near constant exposure coupled with some laughably steep climbs, it's a tough one! I would say it's harder than Granite's southwest approach.



Agree and agree.
21 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
rockhopper wrote:
Nice Trip. Looks like a juvenile cat. Too bad. Cougar? Bob cat? Definitely heading to higher elevations or close to the coast for the summer.


I am guessing it was bobcat based on its size and where it was found. Ziphius, any thoughts?
21 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

Rocko1
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Nice report. I have often found boulder caves in AB and other areas and thought-how did someone NOT occupy this as a shelter-seems more than likely someone did at some point in history.

RE: El Cajon Mtn-just did this yesterday with a 5:20am start. Even with the temps not that high, the humidity, lack of wind and near constant exposure coupled with some laughably steep climbs, it's a tough one! I would say it's harder than Granite's southwest approach.
22 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

rockhopper
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Nice Trip. Looks like a juvenile cat. Too bad. Cougar? Bob cat? Definitely heading to higher elevations or close to the coast for the summer.
22 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
ziphius wrote:
Nice trip report Tommy. Good time of year to be out there when prepared.


Yep, definitely had the place to myself.
22 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Brian wrote:
Great pics. Now you're tempting me to do some high desert stuff. I've been concentrating on El Cajon MTN and other local hikes to try to get in shape for next desert season.


El Cajon is a hard to beat place to prepare for any kind of hiking IMHO. Worst heat exposure experience I've ever had was attempting to climb El Cajon in August with 2L years ago. If only I'd seen the OSHA video!
22 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Nice trip report Tommy. Good time of year to be out there when prepared.
22 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

Brian
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Topic: North McCain Valley
Great pics. Now you're tempting me to do some high desert stuff. I've been concentrating on El Cajon MTN and other local hikes to try to get in shape for next desert season.
23 days ago
Topic:
North McCain Valley

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Topic: North McCain Valley
Watched a work-mandated OSHA heat exposure video last week so figured I was ready for summer hiking. "Rest, Shade, Water", it advised. Headed out to McCain Valley where it was 86 when I arrived at 9 am (forecast said high of 83). Occasional nice shady spot:

IMG_6767 by tomteske, on Flickr

Found this little guy inside. Looks like a striped racer.(7/20/21 Correction: going to have to change my mind on that; looks more like at Coast Patchnose; you can check here for more info: http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/s.h.virgultea.html ) It waited till I got a few pics and zipped away. Saw/heard one other snake but it rattled and zipped away before a pic.

IMG_6762 by tomteske, on Flickr

Came across a couple nice rock shelters with flakes and sherds near a village site overlooking Pepperwood Canyon:

IMG_6780 by tomteske, on Flickr

Uniface stone tool:

IMG_6774 by tomteske, on Flickr

This poor little guy was deep in a rock shelter:

IMG_6755 by tomteske, on Flickr

Was going to head father north but only had 3L and some areas felt 95-100 degrees (was 93 degrees when I got back) so made it to a ridge overlooking Canebrake to take a peek at what the Overland Fire had done and turned back. You can see the red streaks where the fire retardant was dropped. Overall, didn't look too torn up at least from my vantage point.


IMG_6804 by tomteske, on Flickr


About six miles and another nice day out hiking. Happy 4th. Tom
edited by tommy750 on 7/20/2021
25 days ago
Topic:
Ban Mylar Balloons - Sign The Petition

rockhopper
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Signed. Last hike I found a "bunch" on a single string. Thanks for sharing petition.
29 days ago
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Ban Mylar Balloons - Sign The Petition

Buford
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I'm all for it. In the email blast from the ABF today the ballon ban was the headline.
29 days ago
Topic:
Ban Mylar Balloons - Sign The Petition

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Signed. Picked up one this weekend hiking in San Gorgonio area. Second one I saw was too dangerous to recover.
29 days ago
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6/24/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Canebrake Jeff wrote:
This fire was lit by the smuggler because they would not have made it. We had a fire in the canyon in 2008 that was lit to escape from the border patrol. It's funny that the cause is still undetermined for both fires. Politicly correct?

But the smuggler wasn't caught and therefore wasn't helped, right?
6/24/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Canebrake Jeff
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This fire was lit by the smuggler because they would not have made it. We had a fire in the canyon in 2008 that was lit to escape from the border patrol. It's funny that the cause is still undetermined for both fires. Politicly correct?
6/23/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Canebrake Jeff wrote:
Matches are one of the 10 essentials that always should be carried. If you are lost or too tired to walk back, just light a big wild fire and you will be rescued.



Is that what happened?
6/23/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Canebrake Jeff
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Matches are one of the 10 essentials that always should be carried. If you are lost or too tired to walk back, just light a big wild fire and you will be rescued.
6/23/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

rockhopper
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Canebrake Jeff wrote:
One was half dead and had to be flown out. The Coyote split and left those 3 . It was 110 when that picture was taken. No hats?



Saw a video feed from a helicopter fly over on the news last night. Multiple fire locations pretty far apart. Probably ember starts. Maybe signal fire started from somebody or group out of water in 110-120 degree temps?
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

ziphius
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I've seen plenty of sign of northbound travelers on the saddle between Canebrake and The Potrero, just west of Red Top. It's a serious ascent in cool weather.
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Canebrake Jeff
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One was half dead and had to be flown out. The Coyote split and left those 3 . It was 110 when that picture was taken. No hats?
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Rocko1
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WITF would they light the fire? To cause some distraction?
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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https://calls.broadcastify.com/111/1624130947-143.mp3
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Here is a photo from a fireman after the fire was started.
6/22/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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6/21/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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tommy750 wrote:
Caltopo has a couple nice map overlays that help show what's going on with active fires. Here's a link centered on the Overland Fire: https://caltopo.com/m/GLS2 You may need to zoom out.

The aqua, terra and viirs labels are satellite names. Looks like the 20-30 mph west wind is driving it down the valley.
edited by tommy750 on 6/20/2021


Wow, that's a great map. I notice it shows past fires in the surrounding area too.
6/20/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

tommy750
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Caltopo has a couple nice map overlays that help show what's going on with active fires. Here's a link centered on the Overland Fire: https://caltopo.com/m/GLS2 You may need to zoom out.

The aqua, terra and viirs labels are satellite names. Looks like the 20-30 mph west wind is driving it down the valley.
edited by tommy750 on 6/20/2021
6/20/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Canebrake Jeff
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Some local folks don't know the difference between Inner Pasture and Upper Canebrake Canyon. It's actually west of Pepperwood Canyon/ trail, on the seep slope of the Laguna Mts. You can't even see it from the Canebrake community. The firemen are at our community center for meals and rest but the action is at Agua Caliente air strip. I have to assume the bulldozer stopped at or before the ranch because the are flying in all the firefighters. I hear the owner of the ranch got in trouble for entering the area with his own helicopter.
6/20/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

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Topic: Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon
Thanks for that update. Been listening to some of the MV fire crews on the radio back in SD. Yeah, great, just what we would need, a road back up towards the rez. I read this morning from a Canebrake resident it was more in IP and not in Canebrake.
6/19/2021
Topic:
Fire in Upper Canebrake Canyon

Canebrake Jeff
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A fire is burning 8 miles West of Canebrake. It is burning up hill towards Mt. Laguna 2 miles away. A large bulldozer is heading toward the ranch improving the road for fire trucks. I hope they don't make a road through the Wilderness past the pepperwood Trail.
6/17/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

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Topic: Fire in Carrizo Gorge
I've heard rumors for years, but I am not holding my breath for the railroad to open again. It has proven to be very difficult to keep open and I'm not sure it pencils out economically. Maybe it could be opened with a giant infrastructure bill from DC.
6/17/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

tekewin
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Great report and photos!

I am a little surprised it wasn't too hot. I am guessing that gorge is one of the hottest places in the desert.
6/8/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

rockhopper
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Nice Trip report. Packing water is many times the only way to explore areas the desert. Need to get out there when the weather cools.
6/7/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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Ants can be a problem for us bearded guys who keep unintended leftovers inside the matrix.
6/7/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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Topic: Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack
Rocko1 wrote:
Nice TR. Couple of questions. How do you deal with ants when cowboy camping? Is Gary hauling a bear cannister or is that an old paint can to store food in?

Never had an issue with ants, they just go around I guess.
Old paint can, Gary says it keeps the ants out. He is always hanging his food and brings the paint can, I just leave the food in my stuff sacks and leave in my backpack and don't have any problems.
6/7/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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Nice TR. Couple of questions. How do you deal with ants when cowboy camping? Is Gary hauling a bear cannister or is that an old paint can to store food in?
6/7/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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tommy750 wrote:
ziphius wrote:
Water quality sounds fun..... pretty sure your dead critter is a gray fox.


So Ziphius, while you're on the subject, what do you think about this dead guy in Potrero from a couple months back?


Tommy that looks like a gray fox also. The tail is relatively long compared to the body length (shorter in coyote). Also, the rusty color I see behind the ears is typical of gray fox.
6/7/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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tommy750 wrote:
Nice TR, Daren. Was wondering how you guys were going to manage your water with 90+ degree heat. Time for an activated charcoal filter downstream from the Sawyer.

Had the charcoal filter in the pack, just too lazy to hook it up..next time for sure..!!
I could only carry 8 liters to start with, Gary took 11....one of the RR patrol people gave me 2 liters of bottled water, ultimately 12 liters was needed for each of us for the 2-3/4 days we were out. I was mostly counting on water at the palms which there was...barely...and the 2 liters from the RR person was great, it was hot out.
6/6/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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Nice TR, Daren. Was wondering how you guys were going to manage your water with 90+ degree heat. Time for an activated charcoal filter downstream from the Sawyer.
6/6/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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ziphius wrote:
Water quality sounds fun..... pretty sure your dead critter is a gray fox.


So Ziphius, while you're on the subject, what do you think about this dead guy in Potrero from a couple months back?

IMG_6411 by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_6418 by tomteske, on Flickr
6/6/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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ziphius wrote:
Water quality sounds fun..... pretty sure your dead critter is a gray fox.


Great trip report !! Interesting area. I am glad I was able to experience the unspoiled gorge back in 1984. There was no graffiti, it looked like they had just left. The storm in the late 70's was the end of the railway.
Every time I have gone back, I can't believe the graffiti.
Thanks for the post
6/6/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

ziphius
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Water quality sounds fun..... pretty sure your dead critter is a gray fox.
6/6/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

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Topic: Fire in Carrizo Gorge
Buford wrote:
I have been worried about the trestle itself burning with all the visitation and the type of people visiting it.

It is possible the railway may get going again and that the trestle may be bypassed with the original tunnel #15 re-blasted and opened. Can you imagine that? The railway getting more money dumped into it and re-opened again?






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6/6/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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Buford wrote:
Any running water left in the bottom with the lack of rain this year?


Great question, I totally forgot, yes...we did get water at the palms. A small 12" round surface puddle filled with palm frond debris and a 3' diamondback snake...we shooed the snake away and pumped about 10 liters of the absolutely worst water I have ever had! If you have ever had to clean the drains in your house, that black thick goop that comes out on the drain snake is what our filtered water smelled like...I could only use it for cooking water. Gary said it was the sulphur and that it would help with "staying regular"....Shock

With the fire in the Canadian railcar I suspect that patrols will now increase and fines will be enforced. We did run into a RR patrol with 6 people in the vehicle and they let everyone on the tracks know they were trespassing but no tickets were issued.


It was good trip and it felt good to be back out in the gorge. There were 2 locked gates we ran into, one at tunnel #8 and at tunnel #20. Tunnel #16 is caved in with a small opening to crawl thru but we took the bypass road for most of the tunnels and also followed the the old road over the east side between tunnels #16-#20 before dropping down to the palms. We saw a few snakes, diamondback, rosy boa, etc, vultures,ravens, whirlybirds but no moving 4 legged creatures.

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6/6/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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Brian wrote:
Great pics. I have a second edition of Schad's book that describes a hike down the length of the gorge. It's not in later editions. My first desert hike was 30 years ago and I wanted to see the trestlen.
I somehow managed to buy all of his books from the first and the Carrizo Gorge trip always had me wanting to go explore it. There is only a small section of the gorge I have not had boots on the ground in, a small section near tunnel #5 that has always looked too brushy but I suspect it could be done. I have gotten tons of ticks down in the gorge and even on this trip we stayed out of the botom and both Gary and I got the brown tick variety just following bypass roads.
6/6/2021
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Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

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ziphius wrote:
and always appreciate seeing 'dead stuff.

I was not sure what kind of critter it was, coyote pup or fox or ? You have any idea?
6/5/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

Buford
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Good to see you guys got out to enjoy the Gorge. That area is always fun.

Any running water left in the bottom with the lack of rain this year?
6/5/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

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Topic: Fire in Carrizo Gorge
I hate people. With people these days it was unfortunately inevitable.

I have been worried about the trestle itself burning with all the visitation and the type of people visiting it.
6/5/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

Brian
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Great pics. I have a second edition of Schad's book that describes a hike down the length of the gorge. It's not in later editions. My first desert hike was 30 years ago and I wanted to see the trestle. I knew about it since my grandfather worked for the SDandAE. Since the hike down the length of the gorge looked a little too ambitious, I did the Mortero Palms route and drove to the TH with my VW Beetle. Dos Cabezas road was in much better shape then.
6/5/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

ziphius
ziphius
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Good looking trip at a great time of year. Lots of interesting cultural finds and always appreciate seeing 'dead stuff.
6/5/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

Britain
Britain
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Was up on the upper service road this year. Pretty clogged with cactus especially when you get on it after the tunnel by the trestle.. Looks like fun.
6/5/2021
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Carrizo Gorge 3 Day Backpack
Gary and I managed to entertain ourselves for 3 days going down the gorge over memorial day weekend.

Photos here: https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Carrizo-Gorge-5-29-2021/







Total Mylar Balloons: 2

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6/2/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Fire in Carrizo Gorge
Here are some photos of the rail car several years ago before the graffiti and also one of the inside on Saturday before the fire. WIll have to go make a 2nd trip to review the fire damage now.





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5/31/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
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I haven't heard anymore about it. I've reached out to a few people who might have some info, but I haven't heard back from them..
5/31/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Fire in Carrizo Gorge
This is aweful...I was just there this weekend for a 3 day backpack and the cars were fine on Sat...well, as fine as graffiti car cars can be. Any more info?
5/31/2021
Topic:
Fire in Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
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Someone lit one of the Canadian commuter cars on fire yesterday. The Canadian cars are the ones near Tunnel 7, not the ones by the De Anza Resort.

https://twitter.com/SocalAirOps/status/1399445559430193152
5/30/2021
Topic:
Rabbit Peak Overnight

tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Rabbit Peak Overnight
Rocko1 wrote:
tekewin wrote:
I loved the first sunrise photo, but the ones on Rabbit were amazing! Some of the best I've ever seen.


Great job getting up there and back safely. Rabbit is mighty.

Dawns is still on my list, too, but it might be too hot already.

Thanks. Dawns is on my list as well. I think it will have to wait until cooler months. Also not something I would do solo.



Same. Not a good one to solo.
5/28/2021
Topic:
Rabbit Peak Overnight

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Rabbit Peak Overnight
tekewin wrote:
I loved the first sunrise photo, but the ones on Rabbit were amazing! Some of the best I've ever seen.


Great job getting up there and back safely. Rabbit is mighty.

Dawns is still on my list, too, but it might be too hot already.

Thanks. Dawns is on my list as well. I think it will have to wait until cooler months. Also not something I would do solo.
5/27/2021
Topic:
Rabbit Peak Overnight

tekewin
tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Rabbit Peak Overnight
I loved the first sunrise photo, but the ones on Rabbit were amazing! Some of the best I've ever seen.


Great job getting up there and back safely. Rabbit is mighty.

Dawns is still on my list, too, but it might be too hot already.
5/27/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Rocko1
Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Scallopdiver wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Nice. How was the water at middle willows?


I called the ranger before the trip and she hadn't been there since February. She couldn't confirm there would be water. Is was 4 to 12 inches when hiking through it. Plenty to filter for the hike out.

Looking forward to exploring the area more in the Fall.

-scallopdiver (Brian)



Good to know water still flowing. Sure makes a huge difference not carrying an extra 10lbs of water.
5/26/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Rocko1 wrote:
Nice. How was the water at middle willows?


I called the ranger before the trip and she hadn't been there since February. She couldn't confirm there would be water. Is was 4 to 12 inches when hiking through it. Plenty to filter for the hike out.

Looking forward to exploring the area more in the Fall.

-scallopdiver (Brian)
5/26/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Scallopdiver wrote:
Thanks Rocko1 and Brian,

I had typed a whole trip report here but got an error when submitting and lost it all.

Basically did this trip:
https://borregohiking.com/hiking/2017_lower_willows_salvador_canyon_middle_willows.html

But took Rocko1's advice and bypassed the LW on the jeep road then headed northeast to the was to MW.
There were markers along the wash that seemed to mark a trail to MW. One set of markers veered off toward Salvador Canyon.
Too hot to camp by the rock so stayed near the willows.
Steep downhill into Salvador Canyon but doable.
Then followed the road back to LW.

Hike down to Salvador Canyon


Leaving MW

edited by Scallopdiver on 5/26/2021


Nice. How was the water at middle willows?
5/26/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Brian wrote:
I once tried to do that loop hike in the opposite direction, starting in Salvador Canyon and going up to the saddle. I could see some signs of where there had been a trail at one time but it was very overgrown and difficult to weave through all the spiky plants. I turned back before making it to the top.


There was no discernable trail from the saddle down to Salvador Canyon. The hike down was a steep scramble down the wash through spiky plants with a lot of boulder hopping. Hiking up would have been easier.
5/26/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Scallopdiver wrote:


I had typed a whole trip report here but got an error when submitting and lost it all.

Yeah, the site seems to time out quickly. I will usually type up a long TR as temp text document first then copy/paste into the website when ready.
Lots of great pics on this (combined) TR.
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5/25/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Brian
Brian
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Brian
Brian
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
I once tried to do that loop hike in the opposite direction, starting in Salvador Canyon and going up to the saddle. I could see some signs of where there had been a trail at one time but it was very overgrown and difficult to weave through all the spiky plants. I turned back before making it to the top.
5/25/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Thanks Rocko1 and Brian,

I had typed a whole trip report here but got an error when submitting and lost it all.

Basically did this trip:
https://borregohiking.com/hiking/2017_lower_willows_salvador_canyon_middle_willows.html

But took Rocko1's advice and bypassed the LW on the jeep road then headed northeast to the was to MW.
There were markers along the wash that seemed to mark a trail to MW. One set of markers veered off toward Salvador Canyon.
Too hot to camp by the rock so stayed near the willows.
Steep downhill into Salvador Canyon but doable.
Then followed the road back to LW.

Hike down to Salvador Canyon


Leaving MW

edited by Scallopdiver on 5/26/2021
5/23/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Brian
Brian
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Brian
Brian
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Hi Scallopdiver. Sorry for the late response, you may have already done your trip. A couple general things: the canyon is closed N of 3rd crossing during the summer months (I believe starting June 1) and camping isn't allowed near Lower Willows or in the vehicle closure area between Middle and Upper Willows.

For a trip up the length of the canyon, the most reliable water would be at Middle Willows. There was water in Alder Canyon when we were there, but that's seasonal and may be dry by now. The route we took up the canyon followed the wash which is shown as a road on older topo maps. Following the present route of the road would add quite a bit of distance.

There is usually water in Cougar and Sheep canyons, but I haven't been to either in a few years so my info isn't current. For a weekend backpacking trip, an alternative to the trip we did would be a sort of loop around Collins Valley, hitting Cougar, Sheep and Salvador canyons and Middle Willows (where there is a good spot to camp right outside the closure fence).
5/19/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Rocko1
Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
I liked this area
5/19/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Rocko1 wrote:

I can't answer if there is water-call/contact the ranger. Water aside I would take the jeep road around lower willows and then connect to the wash up to to Middle Willows-hopefully there is water. From there I would exit to the north and go east-there are spots you could camp and some large boulders to explore/camp by.


Thanks for that Rocko1. For camping, are you talking about the area I have circled in this image?


edited by Scallopdiver on 5/19/2021
5/18/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Rocko1
Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Scallopdiver wrote:
@Rocko1, @brian
My buddies and are thinking of a 10-15 mile overnight backpack in this area this weekend. Any suggestions where to go? Before I read this and saw your video, I was thinking of hiking through Lower Willows to Middle Willows from the 3rd crossing? Is there another way to MW? Water along the way? Best place to camp? I would appreciate any suggestions.



I can't answer if there is water-call/contact the ranger. Water aside I would take the jeep road around lower willows and then connect to the wash up to to Middle Willows-hopefully there is water. From there I would exit to the north and go east-there are spots you could camp and some large boulders to explore/camp by.
5/18/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Topic: Coyote Canyon
Or maybe and out and back to Cougar Canyon would be a better one?
5/18/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
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Scallopdiver
Scallopdiver
Posts: 6
Topic: Coyote Canyon
@Rocko1, @brian
My buddies and are thinking of a 10-15 mile overnight backpack in this area this weekend. Any suggestions where to go? Before I read this and saw your video, I was thinking of hiking through Lower Willows to Middle Willows from the 3rd crossing? Is there another way to MW? Water along the way? Best place to camp? I would appreciate any suggestions.
5/10/2021
Topic:
Rattler

rockhopper
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rockhopper
rockhopper
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Topic: Rattler
ziphius wrote:
Beautiful speckled rattlesnake. Was climbing a boulder near Otay Mtn. once and came face to face with one on a ledge, 2.5 feet away. Quickly downclimbed.


Same happened to me too. Climbing up a boulder ledge near Lucerne dry lake I came face to face with a rather large rattler. I retreated quickly!
Years later near Yaqi pass, I was stepping thru a boulder field and was ready to plant my foot in a flat spot between the boulders when a huge Red Rattler reared up. I put in it reverse and could here him rattling as I sprinted away.
5/8/2021
Topic:
Rattler

Britain
Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Rattler
ziphius wrote:
Beautiful speckled rattlesnake. Was climbing a boulder near Otay Mtn. once and came face to face with one on a ledge, 2.5 feet away. Quickly downclimbed.

Thanks for the verification. Thought it was a western but another person on FB said it was a speckled also.
5/7/2021
Topic:
Rattler

ziphius
ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: Rattler
Beautiful speckled rattlesnake. Was climbing a boulder near Otay Mtn. once and came face to face with one on a ledge, 2.5 feet away. Quickly downclimbed.
5/4/2021
Topic:
Rattler

dsefcik
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dsefcik
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Topic: Rattler
Nice..!

I have always wondered, if I put a rock in those holes before I put my sleeping pad down on top of them will that keep the snakes from coming out?? dunno
5/4/2021
Topic:
Rattler

tekewin
tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Rattler
Speckled snakes are chameleons. I've seen them pink, red, sandy, and granite colored. Perfectly matched to surroundings.


@Brian, yeah, I don't get people blocking out nature sounds with music. A lot to head in the wild, including a warning that might save your life.
5/3/2021
Topic:
Rattler

Brian
Brian
Posts: 85
Brian
Brian
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Topic: Rattler
I used to hike with an iPod when they first came out in the early 2000s. Can't remember why I stopped but I agree it wasn't a good idea in retrospect.

Great pics!
edited by Brian on 5/3/2021
5/3/2021
Topic:
Rattler

Rocko1
Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: Rattler
Fantastic pictures. Just amazes me at how well these creatures camouflage themselves with their environment. Look at the eyes, really insane.
5/3/2021
Topic:
Rattler

Britain
Britain
Posts: 518
Britain
Britain
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Topic: Rattler
I dont use any listening devices while hiking the desert. I do see a lot of hikers that I cross do especially the younger generation. Last Friday while finishing an early morning hike I heard this one and took a bit to find out where it was.
4/30/2021
Topic:
Helicopter on Jacumba Gas Station?

ziphius
ziphius
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Interesting story for sure. How have I not seen that before?




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