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3 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
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tommy750 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...



Still closed due to winter storms: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=81714[/quote]


Have you seen the new gate? It is truly Massive and closer to the Hwy than the old one. The old gate has never been closed in close to 40 years I have been going up there even in the Winter. We thought it was closed due to the Coachella concerts. Thanks for the link. You always chime in with great info. Thanks!
3 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
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Rocko1
This was my Brothers 1st time down the Cactus Spring Trail so we made it as far as the pass going down to the Agua Alta spring, the start of the Martinez mountain climb. I think this is like the 6th time I have been out here. I went up the CST up Martinez canyon to Jack Millers rock house from Hwy 86 and down the CST from Hwy 74 to the Jack Miller rock house. This trip was more about exploring areas I passed thru before. We saw a few day hikers day one. Nobody on day two, but we could faintly hear the Coachella concert ( only the bass) ha!
edited by rockhopper on 4/22/2019
14 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

Rocko1
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Awesome trip report. How far down the CST did you make it? See anyone else out there?
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

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Topic: Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat
tommy750 wrote:
That's good to hear. Have only been there once about three years ago. Here's the spring before Daren put his back into it...
That was a good trip...!!
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
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rockhopper wrote:
Auga Alta spring update: We passed 3 fellow hikers that said they were out at Agua Alta and cleaned out the pipe into the spring and the water was flowing real good. I thanked them very much!




That's good to hear. Have only been there once about three years ago. Here's the spring before Daren put his back into it...

Agua Alta Spring by tomteske, on Flickr
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
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dsefcik wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...



Still closed due to winter storms: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=81714
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

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Topic: Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
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tommy750 wrote:
Looks like a nice trip. Cactus Spring dry? Here's an interesting BLM study of water sources in the Santa Rosas from a while back if you haven't already seen it:


http://www.cvmshcp.org/pdf%20files/Water%20Sources-SRSJNM%20FINAL%20REPORT-UCR.pdf[/quote]


Thanks for the link. Lots of good info on the old timers and water sources.
Cactus spring: I have never seen water flowing out of Cactus spring in many years. A old timer I saw told me it stopped flowing after an earth quake. You can dig down and wait for a seep. I always carried in water from Horse Thief creek.
Auga Alta spring update: We passed 3 fellow hikers that said they were out at Agua Alta and cleaned out the pipe into the spring and the water was flowing real good. I thanked them very much!
Also: Snow level on N. side of Santa Rosas was around the 7500' level with patches lower. The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
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Looks like a nice trip. Cactus Spring dry? Here's an interesting BLM study of water sources in the Santa Rosas from a while back if you haven't already seen it:


http://www.cvmshcp.org/pdf%20files/Water%20Sources-SRSJNM%20FINAL%20REPORT-UCR.pdf
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

Britain
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Nice pack. Thanks for sharing.
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

dsefcik
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Topic: Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat
Beautiful and great post...my back started hurting right at "we carried about 70 pounds of water". I hope to get back out soon.
2 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
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Headed out for a 3 Day back pack to the Santa Rosas with my Brother and a friend. We lucked out with the weather as the wind event had just ended and the temps were in the 40's to 70's at our base camp at the 4000 ft elevation. We started at the Hwy 74 Cactus Spring trail (CST) head and headed south along the CST. Our plan was pick up our water at the Horse Thief creek crossing and base camp the first day and do a search for a back up water source. Day two and day three were day hikes and pack out day three. Leaving Horse Thief creek we carried about 70 pounds of water between the three of us. Once again I am lugging a 60lb back pack as we head for a base camp.


Base camp near the CST with Martinez peak beyond.






Spring wild flowers going up the mountain slopes.








This guy was hanging out near us enjoying the Sun.





Found these Boulder caves near the upper reaches of Horse thief creek.








Neat camp spots with pottery pieces still in place.















Spring flowers with Martinez beyond.




View climbing up Martinez peak. San Jacinto and San Gorgornio beyond.





Rabbit peak beyond





Toro peak with base camp below





Martinez peak boulder looking North. It is a easier climb up to the register on the other side. Bird in frame. Mountian sparrow? Very fast!





Big horn sheep tracks and poop every where. Good sign!





Water still flowing in the upper reaches of Horse thief in Mid April due to wet Winter. Thank God!





Fresh Cougar tracks measured more the 3" across. Here kitty, kitty. Not!









Great trip. Unlimited hiking. Great to be back to this fantastic back country.



Notes:

Mylar balloon count 8



Found a another Jack Miller corral near the creek. Jack was a rancher and prospector of the Jack Miller rock house fame. Flooded and buried and unearthed again by floods. He lived in the area for over 30+ years and was all over this place.


The flood waters rose to a height of over 10 feet Above present Horse Thief creek. Hope next Winter is as good!


Cheers!


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2 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

rockhopper
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dsefcik wrote:
I sent in mine also...I will not be counting RS Spring this year due to my back surgery but we have a more than qualified person to fill in for me. Will be curious to see how the new count sites work out.


Looks like we will be in Colorado around the time of the BHS count. Need to make it one year. Daren: Good luck with the back. Trick worked for me: Two tennis balls on the carpet floor. Roll back and forth. One ball each side of spine. Loosens the tight muscles up. Old Chiropractor told me this trick. Lots of Tumeric and fish oil also helped. Good luck with it and you will be backpacking again.
2 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Never climbed it either. Looks like a nice climb. A lot easier going up than down. ( For me) I like Schads route. Up the ridge. Also, the dreaded cats claw is really healthy this year in the canyon bottoms. ;-o
2 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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dsefcik wrote:
ziphius wrote:
Daren, glad to hear you will have recovered enough to participate. smile
Thanks Jim...not sure where just yet...maybe the pup fish pond..?? Thumbs Up


Easy sheep man! Shaded bathrooms!
3 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I sent my form in as well. Always a good time to see the desert in the summer.
3 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
ziphius wrote:
Daren, glad to hear you will have recovered enough to participate. smile
Thanks Jim...not sure where just yet...maybe the pup fish pond..?? Thumbs Up
3 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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Daren, glad to hear you will have recovered enough to participate. smile
3 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I sent in mine also...I will not be counting RS Spring this year due to my back surgery but we have a more than qualified person to fill in for me. Will be curious to see how the new count sites work out.
3 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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Sent my form in this morning! See ya'll at orientation.
3 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Buford took Schads route up Borrego Palm Canyon 2.5 miles. Then turned North and went up the ridge toward the peak. I agree 6582 is probably the toughest hike out there. No brush on the entire route. The reeds in BPC were not bad.
3 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Buford wrote:
Nice. Which route did you take? If you went up BPC, how bad was the brush?

For posting pictures on here, I use a flickr account to host them.
4 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I noticed the new locations. I don’t know about Sentenac, but Agua Caliente sounds cool. I have seen lots of sheep near there the last couple years.

For those interested some past count reports:
http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic123-bighorn-sheep-count-.aspx

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic578-bighorn-sheep-count-.aspx

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1074-sheep-count-.aspx

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1300--sheep-count-info.aspx
4 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Buford
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
I’ve never done the standard route from Schad’s book although I have done Indianhead twice. Indianhead was easier than 6582 to me.
4 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Thanks Buford....if anyone is interested, sign up and go to the orientation, there will be several new counting locations this year and there are sites available for all skill levels from park and sit to backpacking.
4 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Never done that hike (yet) but it looks like it would make a for a long day....if you have the photos hosted somewhere just post a link to look at them externally.
4 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Summer is coming

Bighorn Sheep count 2019

Orientation June 22 (Mandatory for first time counters)
Checkin July 4th
Count dates of July 5-7th

I know a couple people on here regularly volunteer for the count. For anyone interested, see the attached signup sheet.

From a previous year:

edited by Buford on 4/19/2019
4 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Buford
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Nice. Which route did you take? If you went up BPC, how bad was the brush?

For posting pictures on here, I use a flickr account to host them.
4 days ago
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Just climbed Indianhead mountain Tuesday. 4 hours up, an hour at the summit, and 4 hours down. This was a tough hike. Roberto and I have climbed 6582, villager and Rabbit and this is a tough one. My 1986 Schad book says there is a faint trail on his route. After 33 years I would think there would be more of a trail. Just cairns gooing up the ridge. If your looking for a difficult day hike this is it. Not sure how to add pictures
6 days ago
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

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rockhopper wrote:
Your are seeing the metamorphic rock that looks darn near like petrified wood. The petrified wood in Anza Borrego is out in the flatlands.



That makes a lot of sense. We did see some faulting in the area and noticed some metamorphic rock in the general area.
6 days ago
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

rockhopper
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Your are seeing the metamorphic rock that looks darn near like petrified wood. The petrified wood in Anza Borrego is out in the flatlands.
6 days ago
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

rockhopper
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Right! The weeds are 6ft tall near our house in the open spaces. Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.
7 days ago
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

Buford
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Cool pictures.

There is petrified wood in Borrego. I have never seen any in that area, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
7 days ago
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

Rocko1
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Nice! With all the rain the desert had everything is as healthy as I have ever seen it.
7 days ago
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

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I went for a hike, last Sunday, primarily in the hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge. We started at Dos Cabezas headed west past Indian Hill, used the tracks for a bit and then headed into the hills by way of one of the old railroad work roads. The weather was good, there were no other hikers or mountain bikers in the area. Anytime we could see the tracks, the tracks were empty of hikers and mountain bikers.

Most of the wildflowers are past their prime bloom, although having said that there wasn't a lack of color in the desert. The cactus are in the early stages of their bloom this year.

We saw a lot shinx moths and a couple of hummingbirds.

I do have a question for the desert veterans on this site. Is there petrified wood in this part of the Anza Borrego Desert? I ask this because we were coming down this one draw/drainage canyons. and we encountered a rock that was different from just about all of the others. My friend thought it was petrified wood. It did have the look of petrified wood. My doubts about it stem from the fact that it was a pretty good sized rock, (3 feet tall, 3 feet wide and about 3-4 feet deep.) Due to the fact that we were rock hopping, so my camera was put away and I was lazy/dumb and didn't take out my camera and take a photo of it.

Here are a few photos from the day.


Anza Borrego Desert Bloom by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Desert Bloom 2019 by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Yellow rails by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Old Derailment in Carrizo Gorge by Rail explorer, on Flickr
10 days ago
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

ziphius
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Wow, never seen them that tall!
10 days ago
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

cercidium
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with all of the amazing flower pictures circulating i thought it'd be good to share some enormous ajo lillies we found in the gran desierto (in mexico, not anza-borrego) earlier this month. we visited the dune area for a few wet and cold days, but it was the ajo lillies that were unlike anything i'd ever seen or imagined. it's worth pointing out i'm 5'11". enjoy! (*not sure why the vertical pictures are sideways—happy to edit if there's a workaround)

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edited by cercidium on 4/12/2019
12 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice! Question-how does one tell the difference between old native trails, game trails, or just modern use trails?


Good question! I think they pretty much started as game trails. Then became Native American trails. Then modern use hiking trails.
Some trails don't look very much used by game at all, are very old and have few modern travelers. :-)




Travertine Caves beyond. 10 o'clock








Here is a early trail I followed hiking out of the Santa Rosas.


https://www.youtube.com/edit?ar=2&o=U&video_id=kmmc7U1uXYQ


Cheers
















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edited by rockhopper on 4/10/2019
12 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

rockhopper
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tekewin wrote:
That whole area looks nice. I still haven't seen the mud pots, thanks for the video.

Is that a chuckwalla?


I think ziphius is more a expert than me. It was pretty huge compared to a western fence lizard.
Yes the mud pots are a must see if your in the area. ( near the hot springs )
13 days ago
Topic:
Desert snow

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Topic: Desert snow
Donovanman wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Buford wrote:
tekewin wrote:
The snow covered desert doesn't look natural. Super photos, though. Looks like some zoom on those sheep, I'm surprised you spotted them if they were far away.


My usual method for zoomed in sheep pics: hold cell phone camera in one hand, 10x binoculars in the other hand. Line up the camera lens with the binocular eyepiece, and instant zoom lens. Binos don’t have to be in perfect focus, camera can focus. It can work surprisingly well for snapshots like this.

I heard the sheep before I saw them. Lots of rockfall. I knew they were recently in the area because of all the fresh tracks. There were at least 8 rams and 4 ewes.



You are better at this than I am! After trying this a few times and missing the shot due to animals moving I bought a used Canon SX260. 25X optical zoom. Not nice enough to worry about damaging it on hikes, but good enough to take pics vids further away.

Here is Stagecoach Trails Campground/Store from near the top of Granite Mt. 25x zoom.


Here is a non-zoom picture near where I took this for reference. https://i.imgur.com/nZ0XTyM.jpg
edited by Rocko1 on 3/1/2019



Do U use some particular binos? I'm currently considering on one to use it with my camera too) Found few options here https://opticzoo.com/best-binoculars-for-long-distance-reviews/ but still don't know which one to choose. Any thoughts on Celestron 71017 SkyMaster 25x10?



I don't bring binocs for most longer hikes. This was taken with Canon SX260 camera. 20X zoom.
13 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

Rocko1
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Topic: Lake Cahuilla roundabout
Very nice! Question-how does one tell the difference between old native trails, game trails, or just modern use trails?
14 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

ziphius
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Nice trip report rockhopper. Desert iguana let you get pretty close, nice photo.
14 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

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That whole area looks nice. I still haven't seen the mud pots, thanks for the video.

Is that a chuckwalla?
15 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Lake Cahuilla roundabout
Nice. That is an area I have yet to explore. Too many things closer that get my attention.
16 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

rockhopper
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dsefcik wrote:
Nice TR, good to see the mud pots still going strong, I love that place.....no Slab City detour..???

Slab city and Salvation Mountian was a different trip. We went to the near by Hot Springs for a good soaking.
16 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

Britain
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Nice. Been to the mud pots a long time ago. Thanks for sharing
17 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

dsefcik
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Topic: Lake Cahuilla roundabout
Nice TR, good to see the mud pots still going strong, I love that place.....no Slab City detour..???
17 days ago
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

rockhopper
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Headed out at the end of March for a few days of day hiking and driving around the old Lake Cahuilla shore line. ( See desert flowers for the flowers along the way) My intention was to return to an area of petroglyphs I had discovered coming out of the east side of the Santa Rosas last year during a 3 day back pack.


The first day I hiked up to the old shore line and up towards the mountians at a new route I wanted to explore. Miners cabin blown down during a storm.



Found and followed a old Native American trail towards the mountain springs.





Off the side of the trail pieces form a earlier time.











This guy was hanging out enjoying the Sun. Temps were in the 70's. He was about 16" long.





The next day the temps went up to about 85 and decided that the long trek to my newly discovered petroglyph zone will have to wait for a pack in water and tent camp. Instead I drove around the Salton Sea following the ancient Cahuilla shore line.
Looking west towards the Santa Rosas





Stopped at the Boiling Hot Mud Volcanos











Obsidian Hill








Space alien rock







Mud Volcanos for you listening pleasure.
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&ar=2&video_id=KPk1DP0b8To





Cheers!
edited by rockhopper on 4/5/2019
edited by rockhopper on 4/5/2019
18 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Looks like flowers are definitely winding down as of last weekend. Most annuals were either sun burnt brown or devastated by caterpillars. Still some decent pockets of color, but no more endless fields of Sand Verbeena. In fact, almost no Sand Verbeena in areas that were covered just a couple weeks ago.
18 days ago
Topic:
Desert snow

Buford
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Topic: Desert snow
Donovanman wrote:
...


Do U use some particular binos? I'm currently considering on one to use it with my camera too) Found few options here https://opticzoo.com/best-binoculars-for-long-distance-reviews/ but still don't know which one to choose. Any thoughts on Celestron 71017 SkyMaster 25x10?



Welcome to the board.

If you are asking me about binoculars, I am not an expert. I just use 10x42 Nikons. Anything above a 10x magnification usually requires a tripod or image stabilization. I also want my binoculars to be light and small enough to pack and carry. Taking cell phone shots through the lens has mixed success. For every picture that comes out, one does not. Plus it is tough to actually find the subject.
19 days ago
Topic:
Desert snow

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Topic: Desert snow
Rocko1 wrote:
Buford wrote:
tekewin wrote:
The snow covered desert doesn't look natural. Super photos, though. Looks like some zoom on those sheep, I'm surprised you spotted them if they were far away.


My usual method for zoomed in sheep pics: hold cell phone camera in one hand, 10x binoculars in the other hand. Line up the camera lens with the binocular eyepiece, and instant zoom lens. Binos don’t have to be in perfect focus, camera can focus. It can work surprisingly well for snapshots like this.

I heard the sheep before I saw them. Lots of rockfall. I knew they were recently in the area because of all the fresh tracks. There were at least 8 rams and 4 ewes.



You are better at this than I am! After trying this a few times and missing the shot due to animals moving I bought a used Canon SX260. 25X optical zoom. Not nice enough to worry about damaging it on hikes, but good enough to take pics vids further away.

Here is Stagecoach Trails Campground/Store from near the top of Granite Mt. 25x zoom.


Here is a non-zoom picture near where I took this for reference. https://i.imgur.com/nZ0XTyM.jpg
edited by Rocko1 on 3/1/2019



Do U use some particular binos? I'm currently considering on one to use it with my camera too) Found few options here https://opticzoo.com/best-binoculars-for-long-distance-reviews/ but still don't know which one to choose. Any thoughts on Celestron 71017 SkyMaster 25x10?
19 days ago
Topic:
Desert snow

Donovanman
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Donovanman
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Topic: Desert snow
Clear blue skies, fresh snow and air I suppose) Doesn't get better than that!
19 days ago
Topic:
Winter Storms

Donovanman
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Topic: Winter Storms
Nice pics!
19 days ago
Topic:
The "Original" LA Rams

Donovanman
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Great article! Really enjoyed reading)
25 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Britain
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Topic: Desert Flowers
rockhopper wrote:
Britain wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Britain: Glad your ankle is healing up!

Thanks, getting back into packing bit by bit.


Good to hear. Slow and steady wins the race. Hiking poles are my best friends off trail.

btw Re: Flowers. The butter flies were insane! I could smell the bugs cooking on my radiator!
edited by rockhopper on 3/27/2019

Yeah front of my rig is completely yellow. Its good to get out but yearn for a longer hike.
26 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

rockhopper
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Britain wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Britain: Glad your ankle is healing up!

Thanks, getting back into packing bit by bit.


Good to hear. Slow and steady wins the race. Hiking poles are my best friends off trail.

btw Re: Flowers. The butter flies were insane! I could smell the bugs cooking on my radiator!
edited by rockhopper on 3/27/2019
27 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Britain
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Topic: Desert Flowers
rockhopper wrote:
Britain: Glad your ankle is healing up!

Thanks, getting back into packing bit by bit.
27 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Desert Flowers
3-25-2019
Took a quick 2 day camping trip out to "Our back yard". Lots of city folk out and about. My favorite was a young couple. The young woman was playing a violin amongst the desert wild flowers as I drove on by.
North facing slopes showed most color.

San Felipe Creek



Blooms heading up the mountain slopes.

Near Scissors Crossing


Cheers!


edited by rockhopper on 3/26/2019
edited by rockhopper on 3/26/2019
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

Got it. Do you have to choose a place that is pretty far away from trails so that it won't get stolen? Also, do you use a small tripod or just put it on a rock and brace it with other rocks?


Cameras are safer off trail, but the trick is to find an area where you expect animal traffic. I've had my cameras spotted often, but left alone (so far). I know other people who've had their cameras stolen. Watering holes are good because everything needs water.

I don't use a tripod, it comes with a strap and I just strap it to a rock/tree, sometimes supported with other rocks. When I first started, I mounted it too high and missed most of the action that happens close to the ground. I try to keep it no higher than 3' and often lower, depending on the area. Professional photographers build custom DSLR rigs with expensive gear. I am just a hobbyist.



Good info, thanks.

rockhopper wrote:
Thanks for your efforts. Nice to see the wild life out and about while I am sleeping in my tent. This year should be beneficial to all wildlife due to the much needed precipitation.



I agree. I was out in Cuyamaca Sunday and was blown away at the amount of run off water flowing in the area. I usually get excited to see a trickle but the Sweetwater River was uncrossable and the streams feeding it near Arroyo Seco campground were numerous and flowing very nice.

edited by Rocko1 on 3/26/2019
27 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Britain: Glad your ankle is healing up!
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

rockhopper
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Thanks for your efforts. Nice to see the wild life out and about while I am sleeping in my tent. This year should be beneficial to all wildlife due to the much needed precipitation.
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:

Got it. Do you have to choose a place that is pretty far away from trails so that it won't get stolen? Also, do you use a small tripod or just put it on a rock and brace it with other rocks?


Cameras are safer off trail, but the trick is to find an area where you expect animal traffic. I've had my cameras spotted often, but left alone (so far). I know other people who've had their cameras stolen. Watering holes are good because everything needs water.

I don't use a tripod, it comes with a strap and I just strap it to a rock/tree, sometimes supported with other rocks. When I first started, I mounted it too high and missed most of the action that happens close to the ground. I try to keep it no higher than 3' and often lower, depending on the area. Professional photographers build custom DSLR rigs with expensive gear. I am just a hobbyist.
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

Very nice! That is a well fed bear. How long was that camera in place?

Makes sense on the video settings. Thanks for the info.


I usually leave cameras out 6-12 weeks. I think that time was about 8 weeks.

Got it. Do you have to choose a place that is pretty far away from trails so that it won't get stolen? Also, do you use a small tripod or just put it on a rock and brace it with other rocks?
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:

Very nice! That is a well fed bear. How long was that camera in place?

Makes sense on the video settings. Thanks for the info.


I usually leave cameras out 6-12 weeks. I think that time was about 8 weeks.
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

Thanks. Do you mind telling me what settings you use on your trail cam?


No problem. I experimented with photos only, then photo/video hybrid, but now I always set it to record video at 720p, up to 30 seconds at a time. Less chance of missing something and each clip will stop before that if motion stops. Unless something is moving fast, I can usually extract nice stills from the video. Many animals are nocturnal or Description but the camera takes pretty nice color video during the day.

edited by tekewin on 3/26/2019



Very nice! That is a well fed bear. How long was that camera in place?

Makes sense on the video settings. Thanks for the info.
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:

Thanks. Do you mind telling me what settings you use on your trail cam?


No problem. I experimented with photos only, then photo/video hybrid, but now I always set it to record video at 720p, up to 30 seconds at a time. Less chance of missing something and each clip will stop before that if motion stops. Unless something is moving fast, I can usually extract nice stills from the video. Many animals are nocturnal or Description but the camera takes pretty nice color video during the day.
edited by tekewin on 3/26/2019
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
dsefcik wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Thanks. Do you mind telling me what settings you use on your trail cam?

I know with my trail cam I struggle to decide on using burst mode photos or video, I am gonna have to buy a second camera just to be able to use both. What settings exactly are you thinking of? There usually aren't a whole lot of choices other than burst amount and timing/number of photos.

Some of the cams I see let you choose the time in between pictures taken when motion is activated. Also, picture and video combo, 1, 2, 3 picture bursts, etc. I didn't know which settings would yield best chances.
edited by Rocko1 on 3/26/2019
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

dsefcik
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
Rocko1 wrote:
Thanks. Do you mind telling me what settings you use on your trail cam?

I know with my trail cam I struggle to decide on using burst mode photos or video, I am gonna have to buy a second camera just to be able to use both. What settings exactly are you thinking of? There usually aren't a whole lot of choices other than burst amount and timing/number of photos.
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

dsefcik
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
Sweet tekewin..! Very nice, thanks for sharing that. Wondering what hotter, summer months will bring.
27 days ago
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

What would you guesstimate the size/weight of that cat you captured?



Well, my wild guesstimate would be 130 pounds +- 10 and a little over 6 feet long with tail. I would also guess female based on the lack of scarring on her face, but the only way to know for sure is to look under the tail. Males have a black spot there in addition to other goods.



Thanks. Do you mind telling me what settings you use on your trail cam?
28 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Flowers were hit or miss last weekend. We headed to an area where there are some sleeping circles. The ground was crushed rock and hard pack. There was this red grass growing. As we got into the middle of it, the grass formed a mosaic pattern. There was no cracked dried look with grass growing in the cracks, the grass formed the pattern..

28 days ago
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Desert Flowers
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-wildflowers-borrego-crowds-20190312-story.html

Not a train wreck yet. Still potential.

Lake Elsinore sounds like another story.
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:

What would you guesstimate the size/weight of that cat you captured?



Well, my wild guesstimate would be 130 pounds +- 10 and a little over 6 feet long with tail. I would also guess female based on the lack of scarring on her face, but the only way to know for sure is to look under the tail. Males have a black spot there in addition to other goods.
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

When the wife and I backpacked near here a few months ago she woke me up at 2am saying there was something sniffing the tent. I said it's probably a mouse and fell back asleep. I showed her this video and she said 'See! It was a Mountain Lion!' smile
edited by Rocko1 on 3/20/2019


It could absolutely have been that lion trying to figure out if you were food! The timing of her patrol would line up pretty well with your trip, plus all the big prints you found on the way out. Exciting times.



What would you guesstimate the size/weight of that cat you captured?
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:

When the wife and I backpacked near here a few months ago she woke me up at 2am saying there was something sniffing the tent. I said it's probably a mouse and fell back asleep. I showed her this video and she said 'See! It was a Mountain Lion!' smile
edited by Rocko1 on 3/20/2019


It could absolutely have been that lion trying to figure out if you were food! The timing of her patrol would line up pretty well with your trip, plus all the big prints you found on the way out. Exciting times.
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
rockhopper wrote:
Thanks for the trail camp placement. Great work. I've seen a lot of nice Cat tracks in the wet sand gulley bottoms. Glad I am zipped up in my tent at night!



When the wife and I backpacked near here a few months ago she woke me up at 2am saying there was something sniffing the tent. I said it's probably a mouse and fell back asleep. I showed her this video and she said 'See! It was a Mountain Lion!' smile
edited by Rocko1 on 3/20/2019
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

rockhopper
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Thanks for the trail camp placement. Great work. I've seen a lot of nice Cat tracks in the wet sand gulley bottoms. Glad I am zipped up in my tent at night!
3/20/2019
Topic:
Hellohole Canyon - Culp Valley Loop

rockhopper
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Glad you had a great trip. Nice photos. I like the alignment of the Coyote and Rabbit peak picture.
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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ziphius wrote:
Great photos and trip report Iron Hiker. The cougar notwithstanding (!) you're very lucky to get a ringtail on camera. Important data point. If you have an iNaturalist account or want to start one, post those trail cam records on there. Bummer about the bighorn skull.... too many lurkers on the internet looking for easy finds. I'm more and more generic (and less frequent) in my posts these days. smile



Out of a couple thousand hours of trailcam video, this is the only ringtail. I had only heard rumors of these beasts before. I wish there was more of it.

Will check out iNaturalist, thanks.
3/20/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

ziphius
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Great photos and trip report Iron Hiker. The cougar notwithstanding (!) you're very lucky to get a ringtail on camera. Important data point. If you have an iNaturalist account or want to start one, post those trail cam records on there. Bummer about the bighorn skull.... too many lurkers on the internet looking for easy finds. I'm more and more generic (and less frequent) in my posts these days. smile
3/19/2019
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Good stuff still of the beaten path...by yourself!
3/19/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
Great trail cam clips, Tekewin. You can see a little brown line just to the right of your route starting point. That's where I found a cache of several sheep remains a while back. Your kitty is getting around. Need to start parking my old trail cam out in the boonies again!



Cool! I suspect desert lions have a big territory. Trailcams are fun and addicting, but often disappointing, too.

There is a great web mini-series on Lions produced by UC Davis here. They have released 4 out of 7 episodes so far on Youtube.


Nice. I agree with the cams being disappointing at times. Every time I car camp in AB with my brother he brings his older game cam. We have gotten nothing except moths. I keep telling him it's broken.. I think it's his snoring keeping any and all animals away from the cam.
3/19/2019
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Rocko1
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Buford wrote:
Nice flowers.

Too bad flower season has become such a train wreck around town.


No kidding. I hiked down the wash to 78 while my brother napped and I couldn't believe the cars on that road. Bumper to bumper going both directions on Saturday.
3/19/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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tommy750 wrote:
Great trail cam clips, Tekewin. You can see a little brown line just to the right of your route starting point. That's where I found a cache of several sheep remains a while back. Your kitty is getting around. Need to start parking my old trail cam out in the boonies again!



Cool! I suspect desert lions have a big territory. Trailcams are fun and addicting, but often disappointing, too.

There is a great web mini-series on Lions produced by UC Davis here. They have released 4 out of 7 episodes so far on Youtube.
3/19/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Buford wrote:

That sucks. I try not to post too many specifics in trip reports because of things like this.

According to the sheep scientists, there are more than 300 sheep in the park. I think it was ~600+. The ~200-300 is just how many get counted each year in July, and the count only covers north of the 78.

There are also plenty of deer in ABDSP for the lions to eat. The upper San Ysidros have a lot of deer and lion signs.

You are right about Cuyamaca, it is crawling with deer and turkeys.



Always a tough call whether to post locations.

I found a huge cache of deer bones in a northern gully of Hellhole Flat below San Ysidro East. Would be a great place for a cam but brutal to get there. It's good to know the sheep population is much larger than the count.
edited by tekewin on 3/19/2019
3/18/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tommy750
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Great trail cam clips, Tekewin. You can see a little brown line just to the right of your route starting point. That's where I found a cache of several sheep remains a while back. Your kitty is getting around. Need to start parking my old trail cam out in the boonies again!
3/18/2019
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Nice flowers.

Too bad flower season has become such a train wreck around town.
3/18/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
...

I was sad to find the skull gone.




That sucks. I try not to post too many specifics in trip reports because of things like this.

According to the sheep scientists, there are more than 300 sheep in the park. I think it was ~600+. The ~200-300 is just how many get counted each year in July, and the count only covers north of the 78.

There are also plenty of deer in ABDSP for the lions to eat. The upper San Ysidros have a lot of deer and lion signs.

You are right about Cuyamaca, it is crawling with deer and turkeys.
3/18/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
tekewin wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice! There were so many cat tracks in that area when I went-many in the Nolina wash just east of the saddle separating Bighorn Canyon. It's disheartening that someone would take the skull but doesn't surprise me. What model trail cam is that?

Are you saying the animals are travelling up Bighorn and back out the same way?
edited by Rocko1 on 3/18/2019


Hey Rocko1, the trailcam is a Bushnell 20MP Trophy Cam HD Low Glow (about $140 on Amazon). It has a faint red LED at night that animals notice which gets their attention and they often look at the camera. It doesn't scare them.


Yes, the animals all appear to enter and exit from the right which is downstream in Bighorn Canyon. I was sad to find the skull gone.




Thanks-I have been looking for a decent cam. Great trip report. I imagine as the temps heat towards summer the traffic will continue to increase there. I noticed the park had a trail cam mounted to the tank-I think it was cabled or locked up somehow.
3/18/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice! There were so many cat tracks in that area when I went-many in the Nolina wash just east of the saddle separating Bighorn Canyon. It's disheartening that someone would take the skull but doesn't surprise me. What model trail cam is that?

Are you saying the animals are travelling up Bighorn and back out the same way?
edited by Rocko1 on 3/18/2019


Hey Rocko1, the trailcam is a Bushnell 20MP Trophy Cam HD Low Glow (about $140 on Amazon). It has a faint red LED at night that animals notice which gets their attention and they often look at the camera. It doesn't scare them.


Yes, the animals all appear to enter and exit from the right which is downstream in Bighorn Canyon. I was sad to find the skull gone.



3/18/2019
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Went out this weekend for some car camping with my brother. Decided to try out Lizard Wash. Nice little canyon although crowded as is all of AB with bloomageddon in full swing.
Looking south towards Chuckwalla Wash.


Barrel cactus are looking to be in peak condition.


3/18/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Rocko1
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
Very nice! There were so many cat tracks in that area when I went-many in the Nolina wash just east of the saddle separating Bighorn Canyon. It's disheartening that someone would take the skull but doesn't surprise me. What model trail cam is that?

Are you saying the animals are travelling up Bighorn and back out the same way?
edited by Rocko1 on 3/18/2019
3/18/2019
Topic:
Hellohole Canyon - Culp Valley Loop

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ziphius wrote:
Nice trip report and photos! Pena Spring was just a trickle? It has been a steady flow every time I've visited, I wonder if the pipes are breaking somewhere upline. If you have any photos of the spring flow, post 'em!


Yeah, the pipes are probably clogged or damaged. There was a steady flow of water out of the spring itself, but just drops from the pipe. Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of the spring flow.
3/17/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Buford wrote:
The kill last weekend was a bighorn. Not fresh, kinda old. Saw some live ones too. Some cat signs in the area.

I don’t think you saw any sheep because of the time of year. Not hot enough for bighorn to need water.



Ah, didn't think of that. I was wondering if there are more lions around Cuyamaca because of the deer than in the desert. With 300 or less sheep in the park, lions probably make a better living on deer.
3/16/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Buford
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
The kill last weekend was a bighorn. Not fresh, kinda old. Saw some live ones too. Some cat signs in the area.

I don’t think you saw any sheep because of the time of year. Not hot enough for bighorn to need water.
3/16/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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Buford wrote:
Kitty!

Awesome. I have wanted to get a trailcam and leave it for shots just like that. The ringtail is cool, didn’t realize one would be out that direction. I’ve seen one in Palm canyon.

Found yet another likely lion kill last weekend.
edited by Buford on 3/16/2019


Lion kill bighorn or deer? The ringtail was surprising. So was NOT finding any coyotes or bighorns. All of the animals appear to come upstream from Bighorn Canyon and exit downstream.
3/16/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Nolina Peak and a cougar
Kitty!

Awesome. I have wanted to get a trailcam and leave it for shots just like that. The ringtail is cool, didn’t realize one would be out that direction. I’ve seen one in Palm canyon.

Found yet another likely lion kill last weekend.
edited by Buford on 3/16/2019
3/16/2019
Topic:
Nolina Peak and a cougar

tekewin
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When I did Bighorn Canyon Peak and the guzzler six weeks ago, I set up a trailcam at the guzzler hoping to find out who was responsible for the boneyard. Well, the bones are very old so this particular cougar may not be responsible, but her relative might be. Anyway, here is the video I got including one cougar, a grey fox, and a ringtail(!?).



Here is a still:



Nolina Peak is east of the wash and rises to 3858', higher than even Sunset Mountain. There is no trail, so I went up the wash until I found a place that looked reasonable to leave the wash and would get me to a major ridge. The slopes were similar to Bighorn, but the agave got thinner near the top. The small summit boulder was obvious and the register was a glass jar inside a red can. The most recent register was placed by the Monday Maniacs, and an older register went back to the 1980s. Nolina had superior views looking out over Harper Flat toward the Vallecito Mountains. The round trip without visiting Blue Spring would probably be about 5 miles. I dropped off a steeper slope into a side canyon and eventually got back to Nolina Wash. I was relieved to see the trailcam still there and in position. I always worry about it getting picked up by another hiker or in this case dislodged by the storms. There was serious erosion over the last six weeks in Blue Spring. A lot of bones were moved and the skull was gone. My guess is it was taken because it was sitting on a rock and was too heavy for wind to have moved it. The deer carcass was also completely gone, which might be due to animal activity. I carelessly ate some cholla in Bighorn Canyon, but still had a glorious day in the desert.



Leaving the wash


Near the top


Summit


Harper Flat




Descending back down to the wash and the guzzler



edited by tekewin on 3/16/2019
3/16/2019
Topic:
Hellohole Canyon - Culp Valley Loop

ziphius
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Nice trip report and photos! Pena Spring was just a trickle? It has been a steady flow every time I've visited, I wonder if the pipes are breaking somewhere upline. If you have any photos of the spring flow, post 'em!
3/13/2019
Topic:
Desert Flowers

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Desert Flowers
Britain wrote:
Butterflies are pretty thick in the air this year


There are.

Also noticed a lot of bushes would buzz when hiking by last Sunday. It was from all the butterflies trying to escape at once and hitting branches.




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