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This morning my buddy Nick and I got to enjoy the sun rising over Jacumba Mtn and setting over Tule Mtn in one big run/scramble.
We left Sacatone overlook and climbed Tule Mtn just in time to see the pink sky spit out the heat-maker. From Tule, we followed its' main N-NE ridge all the way to the bottom of Carrizo Gorge just below Goat Cyn and climbed up to the Trestle for an unnerving walk across one of its' weathered catwalks.
Dos Cabezas Spring was to be the first stop we would make as we were anxious to know if it was dry or not. We started out with over a gallon each but found ourselves going thru it pretty quickly as the day heated up. When we climbed into the dry reeds around the spring, we could hear a gurgle and knew the day had gotten better already.
After a quick break to top off water and to eat, we beelined it over multiple Valley of the Moon-like rockpiles full of cool caves, shapes, & climbs. This led us up to the main Jacumba Mtn ridgeline mistakenly about 0.6 miles north of Jacumba Mtn.
At this point we were behind schedule and decided not to dance with climbing back out of the gorge to the car in darkness and skipped the peak, beelining it to Tule Mtn. The ridges leading into the east side of the gorge are pretty steep overall but totally doable. Still, it was a little worrisome not knowing if our chosen ridge would get us down until we were actually standing on the tracks. From there, we got back onto the ridge on the other side of the tracks & continued to the floor of the gorge.
At this point, we went directly across Carrizo Wash and attacked the west wall of the gorge and its' ridges up to Tule reaching the car from the wash in an hour and 15 minutes.
What a great day of views, wildlife, and exploring. I used Strava for this and some pictures are attatched to that post. http://app.strava.com/activities/211669728
edited by ImpatientHiker on 10/25/2014

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