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ImpatientHiker
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4/6/2014
ImpatientHiker
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This morning I had a chance to see some rugged ridgeline a amazing views. Parked at north base of Tule Mtn near Sacatone Spring in McCain Valley and started off about 6:30. Climbed Tule and followed ridge over a bump & down thru a valley to a peak overlooking Carrizo Gorge. I dropped down a steep main ridgeline from there to the Carrizo streambed where I turned north. I turned up a canyon just before Goat Canyon which led to an old workcamp and a ridge over a tunnel straight into the Jacumba mtn spine. It took a lot of climbing to stay on that ridge all the way to Jacumba Mtn where I stopped for lunch at 12:15.
The return was pretty tough as I just beelined it back to the gorge. There were a lot of canyons and little ridges to cross before I got close enough to the gorge to pick a ridge to descend. My first choice cliffed out after I had descended quite a ways and had to climb all the way back up to traverse across to another ridge. That one was steep but it worked and after some bushwacking thru the tamerisk I was climbing back out of the gorge. I picked a ridge just south of my earlier descent and followed it straight up to Tule by 4:15
I stopped often and saw some really cool stuff but man, that gorge ain't easy to get across.
edited by ImpatientHiker on 4/7/2014
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ziphius
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4/6/2014
ziphius
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That is some of the toughest terrain you could ever choose for a hike that is essentially 4 miles (for a bird) from Thule to Jacumba. Just looking at the topo map for the area makes me cringe. smile But I want to do it too! Would love to see photos if you have any. Congrats. - Jim
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dsefcik
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4/7/2014
dsefcik
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That is a great area and where I started doing a lot of my hikes in ABDSP. Tule to the Trestle was some of the first and then later the whole gorge on backpack trips. The remains of the Impossible Railroad are fun to find. I want to get back out there again soon. I am reading this book and am really enjoying it. I now understand a little better some of the remains I have seen out there.

Awesome and tough terrain out there, thanks for sharing and post any pics you may have.
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ImpatientHiker
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4/7/2014
ImpatientHiker
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Thanks guys. I really appreciate the time, effort, & sophistication in your TR's. I really just wanted to write something while route was still fresh in my mind. Don't know how to post pics yet, recorded tracks & pics on Strava (Robert Hunt San Diego). My dad (by choice) was friends w/the desert section chief of 30+years so I've heard plenty about gorge area.
Jim, so right you are! Took me all day to go just 13 miles (& 7100 ft).
-Robert
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