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Rocko1
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1/28/2020
Rocko1
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Decided to check out Cottonwood Canyon/Salt Creek area on Saturday. Parked of the S1 at the Lucky 5 Ranch entrance again. My attempt at a sunrise picture.

Followed the jeep trail down towards Oriflame Mountain. There is an old road that continues down to the desert floor and parallels Salt Creek. The road is in decent shape as you crest the saddle


but quickly becomes so eroded and overgrown it’s unusable in sections, even for a hiker. At the steep sections-1,150ft/Mile gain/loss-the ruts are so bad it’s just a 6’+ V shaped overgrown rut. I took game trails where the road is unusable.
There is heavy game usage going towards the creek. Mostly bobcat and coyote tracks. There are also a lot of ticks! I stopped counting after 25 ticks. The slightest brush up against chaparral or other bush would result in a tick. Last month I had 10+ in a 1 mile section in Cuyamaca-this far surpassed that. 25+ in 1.5 miles-both deer and dog ticks.


At about 2.8 miles I heard water gurgling over rocks. This is where the trail passes over salt creek. I was surprised at how much water is still flowing. Water disappears from the creek at 1.5miles past this section.



Video of creek flow. https://youtu.be/BrMjCJECuaw



The road continues east along the creek for a while.
Morteros

Yoni?

Concrete trough

Old farming equipment

Abandoned ranch house?



View of valley

Another trough.


A large boulder with more morteros than I have ever seen. Love the color on this one.




Not sure what this was used for


Potsherds


Whale


Looking back towards the ‘road’ and Oriflame Mountain


After I circled the hills in the valley I decided to head back up. This area needs at least 2 days to fully explore. There are lots of great polished boulders in the drainages that would be fun to check out.
Stats
10.65 miles, 3,100ft/gain and loss. Most of the loss is in 2 mile section dropping off the saddle. Coming up this was tough.


Link to album https://imgur.com/a/6kyB5on
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tommy750
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1/28/2020
tommy750
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Glad to hear Salt Creek is flowing well. Went down that road into Cottonwood a few years ago and didn't enjoy that washed out segment either! Nice TR. Cottonwood is definitely worth a 2-3 day trip.
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rockhopper
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1/30/2020
rockhopper
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Nice trip report. Thank full for the heavy rains last 2 years to keep the creeks flowing ( Less carrying water ) in the back country. My brother and I climbed up the back side of Palomar mtn. through heavy coastal oak brush and were covered in ticks. Got em' off thankfully. Had to check every 5 minutes. Not so lucky on the PCT section near hwy 74. :-0 Bush wacking does have it's rewards though :-)
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deborah
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1/31/2020
deborah
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Great photos and trip report! I really enjoyed the video too.
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dsefcik
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2/5/2020
dsefcik
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That's a chin up bar, even the old timers had to get their fitness time in......

I really like that area and it deserves more exploring. Damn ticks..seem really bad this year, I am gonna try that Permethrin stuff.

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ziphius
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2/17/2020
ziphius
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Great trip report from an area I need to explore more! Still thinking about designing a t-shirt with a giant tick that says "TICK MAGNET".

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rockhopper
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2/17/2020
rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Nice trip report. Thank full for the heavy rains last 2 years to keep the creeks flowing ( Less carrying water ) in the back country. My brother and I climbed up the back side of Palomar mtn. through heavy coastal oak brush and were covered in ticks. Got em' off thankfully. Had to check every 5 minutes. Not so lucky on the PCT section near hwy 74. :-0 Bush wacking does have it's rewards though :-)
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I do love to see water flow in these seasonal creeks.

Were you doing Eagle Crag? Also do you treat your clothes? I have been spraying mine with Sawyer Permethrin. On this hike it was 3 weeks out of the 6 week claimed lifespan. I watched a tick crawl about 18" before it started getting a bit funny and then a slight shake knocked him off. I would touch up spray all my stuff before each hike knowing how thick the ticks are now.


We hiked the Agua Seca creek trail off hwy 79 to the ridge line of Palomar Mtn. Followed the old over grown fire road along the ridge and then retraced back the car. The deer ticks were everywhere on the tips of the leaves right at belt height.
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