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3 hours ago
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

sddarkman619
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Rocko1 wrote:
railexplorer wrote:
I just got confirmation that the Sheriffs are running random patrols out in the Gorge.



The tracks and a few feet on either side are the 'no go' areas, correct?


A few feet meaning 200 ...
Most of the right of way through is either 200 feet wide or in most areas the railroad bought and owned whole "Sections" of land. A brochure put out years ago by the State Parks System said"to cross the right of way at 90 degrees to the track", but in the gorge that's a little hard to do with many near vertical slopes on either side of the track!

"It is the opinion of the Anza-Borrego Rangers that hikers are permitted to cross the tracks at right angles within the state park."
edited by sddarkman619 on 12/11/2018
1 days ago
Topic:
Red Top day hike

Britain
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Britain
Britain
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Topic: Red Top day hike
Nice write-up Congrats!
1 days ago
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

Britain
Britain
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Britain
Britain
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Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
The Sheriffs won't be going far unless they have the keys to the tunnel gates. Was out there TG and the 2 tunnels I crossed on the north side of the trestle were gated.
1 days ago
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
railexplorer wrote:
I just got confirmation that the Sheriffs are running random patrols out in the Gorge.



The tracks and a few feet on either side are the 'no go' areas, correct?
2 days ago
Topic:
Red Top day hike

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Red Top day hike
Nice. I’ll be hitting those up soon. Planning on doing both in a long day via the same route from Indian Gorge.
2 days ago
Topic:
Red Top day hike

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: Red Top day hike
A couple of week ago, Matt and I attempted a day hike of Sawtooth Mountains high point and Red Top. We got Sawtooth, but ran out of daylight about half a mile below Red Top. Yesterday, we went back. We parked on North Indian Canyon Road so we could go over the Tierra Blanca Pass. We cached water in two places: at the entrance to Canebrake and at the bottom of the ascent gully. We went up the gully then drifted north, staying inside a sort of alley between higher ridges on both sides. The terrain is confusing and sometimes a 50' ridge blocked the view where 80' contour lines on the GPS showed a flat area. There was another big gully with huge boulders that got us about 200' below the summit. The wall of boulders choked with vegetation made a direct approach look improbable, or at very least, miserable. We climbed a short wall to the west to reach a final plateau clear of boulders. From this point forward, our GPS track is a mess as we picked our way up and across the maze toward the summit. There was a lot of bushwhacking and backtracking. Sometimes we would split up to explore different options, shouting to each other if it advanced our cause. The last 100' was mostly class 3, with the same kind of recon and route finding needed to find a way to the summit block.












A couple of hundred feet below the summit



A single red can held the register underneath the summit block. The summit block was about 20', but another boulder was piled against it to provide a head start. While the summit block is rated class 3, the final 10-12' was a mostly smooth surface requiring a friction move. It was a little spicier than expected, though the exposure was not bad. I got down by sliding into the boulder. The views in all directions were spectacular. The southeast ridge view was something special. The Inner Pasture and Canebrake surrounded everything like a moat. For Matt, it was his 69th peak on the Sierra Club San Diego Peak List. For me, it was 100/100 and a perfect list finish. After we both signed the register, we spread out one of the monster slabs for lunch. It took us about 2 hours to descend back to the bottom of the ascent gully. The walk back was long, interrupted occasionally by startled jack rabbits. We thought the sun would set when we reached the top of the pass, but we made it back to the truck just as twilight was fading. Red Top is a unique mountain that thoroughly captured my imagination. It is the Tyrannosaurus Rex of the SDC list. It's combination of remoteness, allure, and layered defenses make it one of my all time favorites. Full report here.


Climbing the summit block.


Southeast ridge


Looking over at Sawtooth






East ridge


Returning toward the pass, the truck another mile on the other side
edited by tekewin on 12/9/2018
edited by tekewin on 12/9/2018
edited by tekewin on 12/9/2018
2 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

tekewin
tekewin
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tekewin
tekewin
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Topic: Rockhouse report
Cool snake. I wouldn't have expected to see any until March. That's a big piece of pottery. Interesting report.
5 days ago
Topic:
Davies Valley and Pinto Canyon

Britain
Britain
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The map would ab cool to do also.
5 days ago
Topic:
Davies Valley and Pinto Canyon

sddarkman619
sddarkman619
Posts: 146
Britain wrote:
sddarkman619 wrote:
Anyone else want to try retracing that route on the old map?



I would Larry but prob not this year. Check with John? He mentioned going out to Pinto.



I meant on just the map. But John, myself and Charles are heading there this Sunday at first light.
6 days ago
Topic:
Davies Valley and Pinto Canyon

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
sddarkman619 wrote:
Anyone else want to try retracing that route on the old map?



I would Larry but prob not this year. Check with John? He mentioned going out to Pinto.
6 days ago
Topic:
Davies Valley and Pinto Canyon

sddarkman619
sddarkman619
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Anyone else want to try retracing that route on the old map?


6 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

Britain
Britain
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Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Topic: Rockhouse report
Nice trip. Thanks for sharing, Those black diamond treks?
6 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Rockhouse report
Those cottonwoods are in a perfect cold air sink. All that cold air from above drained into the area.

I was very surprised to see the rattler right before the cottonwoods at nearly 5k of elevation. It was about 10’ off the trail and started buzzing as soon as I was close. I was ahead of Gary and he can’t hear them. I waited a minute for him to catch up so he didn’t accidentally get too close.
6 days ago
Topic:
A return to the red desert

Buford
Buford
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There was a Ranger at Horsehoe while we were there. He had recently led a group of school kids to the gallery and asked them what they thought the pictos meant. One kid thought they were portraits of their presidents. Not a bad answer.

The Pictograph Fork below the Chocolate Drops had no one around. They were better pictos at one time but were more faded than Horsehoe.
6 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

rockhopper
rockhopper
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rockhopper
rockhopper
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Topic: Rockhouse report
Neat trip Buford. Looks like into full mode desert season exploration hiking. I love Rockhouse valley. It's like your 1000 miles away from civilization when your in it. Thanks for the trip report.
6 days ago
Topic:
A return to the red desert

rockhopper
rockhopper
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Great expedition Buford! Those pictos of the star people in ancient Native American legends perhaps?
7 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
ziphius wrote:
Britain, glad you made it out safely. Heal up well and take it slowly. I don't own either, but Tom's satellite phone or an InReach Explorer should probably be part of my kit. I second Buford's advice. Have at least a space blanket or down jacket with you for exposure. You never know how long you will need to sit tight until help arrives. https://andrewskurka.com/2018/review-spot-x-gps-two-way-satellite-messenger/
edited by ziphius on 12/4/2018


Thanks for the advice. Yes, I will be adding more items to my pack. I'm pretty much set up to expect to be stranded for a couple days. But I'll add a few items to the list.
7 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

ziphius
ziphius
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Britain, glad you made it out safely. Heal up well and take it slowly. I don't own either, but Tom's satellite phone or an InReach Explorer should probably be part of my kit. I second Buford's advice. Have at least a space blanket or down jacket with you for exposure. You never know how long you will need to sit tight until help arrives. https://andrewskurka.com/2018/review-spot-x-gps-two-way-satellite-messenger/
edited by ziphius on 12/4/2018
7 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
tekewin wrote:
Dude, that sucks. This is the nightmare scenario I worry about. Well, that and a cougar on my neck. At least you weren't alone and you self rescued despite the injury. Gotta feel good about that. I been lucky to only have minor injuries so far, but I have been battling hip bursitis for over a year. Physical therapy has helped but it lingers. Driving actually causes me more issues than hiking. Rest up and get better. The desert will be here when you are ready.

I have an ACR ResQLink locator beacon, but am considering an InReach so I can text my wife when I am safe but running late.



Thanks. Had a knee problem which was fixed and a minor rotator cuff issue. Got up to 10 miles feeling good and did this on an easy bunny rabbit trail. Though getting out was another experience. Guess hiking is a bit like riding a motorcycle, once you think your the master its tells you your not. I'll keep on Tom's and Daren's exploits to add to my wish list.
8 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tommy750
tommy750
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Britain wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
Britain wrote:
Have that on my radar. They actually have parking now just south of the runway next to the Troutman Mountain. Looks like a nice pack.



Not sure whether that lot allows more than day parking. Only time I was ever over there, the gate that led out to the lot was closed.


Well, the equestrian parking would work. On another note, it's been reported that someone has been cutting off valve stems out there. A few reported being stranded.


That's not very nice. That would definitely suck coming back to that.
8 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tommy750
tommy750
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ziphius wrote:
Nice trip Tommy / Daren. The bird is a Dark-eyed Junco and yes, the black-n-red insect is velvet ant. Very painful sting! I wandered over in that mine direction a couple of times. Lots of ranching artifacts for sure.



Thanks, Ziphius! Tom
8 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

tommy750
tommy750
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tommy750
tommy750
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Topic: Rockhouse report
Nice TR Buford. Have only spent one night at the Cottonwoods and nearly froze. Looks like a fun trip.
8 days ago
Topic:
A return to the red desert

tommy750
tommy750
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Nice trip, Buford. Like the Horseshoe Canyon pics. Tom
8 days ago
Topic:
A return to the red desert

ziphius
ziphius
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Nice trip report Buford. Some of those pictos are downright spooky.
8 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

ziphius
ziphius
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Nice trip Tommy / Daren. The bird is a Dark-eyed Junco and yes, the black-n-red insect is velvet ant. Very painful sting! I wandered over in that mine direction a couple of times. Lots of ranching artifacts for sure.
8 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

ziphius
ziphius
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ziphius
ziphius
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Topic: Rockhouse report
Good-looking trip Buford. Amazed that Crotalus ruber was out this late in the season.
8 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

Britain
Britain
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I may have given the wrong location for parking. This one.
8 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

Britain
Britain
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tommy750 wrote:
Britain wrote:
Have that on my radar. They actually have parking now just south of the runway next to the Troutman Mountain. Looks like a nice pack.



Not sure whether that lot allows more than day parking. Only time I was ever over there, the gate that led out to the lot was closed.


Well, the equestrian parking would work. On another note, it's been reported that someone has been cutting off valve stems out there. A few reported being stranded.
8 days ago
Topic:
A return to the red desert

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Spent a week in October exploring a different desert again.

Viewed many rock art panels. Most of the stuff I saw is well known and traveled, if a ways off the normal tourist path.
















dstretch to help a couple out:







It was like a Maze at times:





Fall in the canyon bottoms:





Not the weather we were hoping for:


The big ditch:


Gold at the end of the tunnel:


Dino print:


Sand dunes:
8 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse report

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Topic: Rockhouse report
Before Thanksgiving I did a backpacking trip to Rockhouse Valley with everyone's favorite guide.

Day 0:
Met up around sunset at the Butler/Rockhouse junction. Got my truck to the end of the Rockhouse road in the dark EEK! Only truck damage was to parts meant to be damaged. We hiked up Rockhouse Canyon in the dark to a point past Hidden Spring.

Day 1:
Woke up and explored a potential solstice site and looked at a mostly complete but broken pot:


Spent the rest of the day making it up to a spring and spent the night near an old stone foundation.

Spring in good condition still, plenty of clear flowing water:


Someone was here before us:


Day 2:
Hiked to the upper Rockhouses and explored a nearby spring, dopefarm, rock art and settlements.



Surprised to see this guy still out and about and active. Hope he made it through the cold night that followed.



Third night was spent near the upper rockhouses. It got cold, mid 20s overnight with frost completely covering my sleeping back from head to toe.

Cottonwood:


Day 3:

Climbed to the Buck Ridge high point. Spent the last night of the trip near the highpoint. Saw three bighorn ambling along the ridge near camp.

View of Jackass Flat and Borrego Springs from Buck Ridge:


Day 4:
Descended Buck Ridge to Jackass Flat, dropped down to Hidden Spring and exited.


Other random pictures:

Kitties:




Saw far more cat prints than human prints on the trip.

Some dstretch enhanced rock art:

edited by Buford on 12/2/2018
8 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
Britain wrote:
Have that on my radar. They actually have parking now just south of the runway next to the Troutman Mountain. Looks like a nice pack.



Not sure whether that lot allows more than day parking. Only time I was ever over there, the gate that led out to the lot was closed.
9 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Have that on my radar. They actually have parking now just south of the runway next to the Troutman Mountain. Looks like a nice pack.
10 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

rockhopper
rockhopper
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Neat trip tommy and Daren. Did you pack water and/or locate a source? Nice arrow point finds there. Palo point is very interesting. The cave paintings are very interesting also. I need to spend more time on researching the meanings. On broken points. Between the cattle stomping all over the area past 100+ years and the ritual of breaking the deceased persons possessions a full point is super find.
10 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tommy750
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Buford wrote:
Cool trip. I like all the arrowheads. I have yet to find one mostly intact.



Yeah, I think we're about 50-100 years too late to see a lot of intact points out there. Most of the areas with old ranching have been picked pretty clean including Potrero. Even the broken ones are a nice find.
10 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: The Potrero Three Day BP
Cool trip. I like all the arrowheads. I have yet to find one mostly intact.
11 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tommy750
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tekewin wrote:
Awesome!

I think your bug is a velvet ant, a sort of wingless wasp. Supposed to have one of the longest stingers of any insect. The Indian artifacts are sweet. +1 for Jim Beam as a camping essential. You guys have it all figured out.



Think you're right Tekewin. And nothing better than a couple swigs after a long day of hiking smile
12 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
Awesome!

I think your bug is a velvet ant, a sort of wingless wasp. Supposed to have one of the longest stingers of any insect. The Indian artifacts are sweet. +1 for Jim Beam as a camping essential. You guys have it all figured out.
13 days ago
Topic:
The Potrero Three Day BP

tommy750
tommy750
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Had a three day weekend recently and was able to head out to The Potrero with Daren. Was last out with him on a five day Grand Canyon South Rim trip the month before( https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommy750/albums/72157701387945651 ). Ended up being about 34 miles and 8K gain/loss, something strenuous office work does not adequately prepare one for smile This time we headed out from the equestrian parking lot off S-2 and hiked up canyon to the the circular trough about six miles in.

A little exploring via headlamp later that evening.

IMG_0337 by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_0871 by tomteske, on Flickr

Daren getting his camping essentials organized.

Camo Camp by tomteske, on Flickr

The next day we headed further up canyon encountering an old mine with surrounding rock walls. It's in the far left of the photo where Daren is looking.

Toward The Mine by tomteske, on Flickr

Actually looked like an adit with the entrance partially occluded.

Adit by tomteske, on Flickr

Looking down canyon.

Upper Potrero by tomteske, on Flickr

Milling near an old spring.

Morteros by tomteske, on Flickr

Lots of the expected ranching artifacts.

IMG_0339 by tomteske, on Flickr

Feed Trough by tomteske, on Flickr

Tarantula.

Tarantula by tomteske, on Flickr

This guy was hopping all over camp and acting generally frenetic. You have a name for this guy, Ziphius?

Black Headed Bird by tomteske, on Flickr

The final day we headed by a site Daren found on a previous trip with four metates and two soda bottles, a Pepsi and Coke.

One of Four by tomteske, on Flickr

Another mine with rock walls.

Mine Wall by tomteske, on Flickr

Found this on GE a while back. We both had a hard time finding it on the ground. Looks like an old ranching house.

Structure by tomteske, on Flickr

Foundation by tomteske, on Flickr

Nice bug.

Black and Red by tomteske, on Flickr

Trying to enter a rock shelter with limited success.

IMG_0341 by tomteske, on Flickr

Worth the squeeze.

IMG_0933 by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_0903 by tomteske, on Flickr

We found and/or relocated a number of points. Here's a few. Seeing how these were created and re touched is quite fascinating. Almost tempted to carry a real camera and macro lens with me next time smile

Broken obsidian Cottonwood point.

Potrero Point 1 by tomteske, on Flickr

Broken tip of a Paleo or Archaic point/dart.

Potrero Point 2 by tomteske, on Flickr

I'm thinking this point was a nice obsidian Cottonwood that broke and was attempted to be retouched into a Desert Side Notch but abandoned.

Potrero Point 3 by tomteske, on Flickr

About 21 miles, 2.7K gain/loss and another great time in the desert. Enjoy. Tom (All the pics with a white border are Daren's)
14 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
Dude, that sucks. This is the nightmare scenario I worry about. Well, that and a cougar on my neck. At least you weren't alone and you self rescued despite the injury. Gotta feel good about that. I been lucky to only have minor injuries so far, but I have been battling hip bursitis for over a year. Physical therapy has helped but it lingers. Driving actually causes me more issues than hiking. Rest up and get better. The desert will be here when you are ready.

I have an ACR ResQLink locator beacon, but am considering an InReach so I can text my wife when I am safe but running late.
15 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
tommy750 wrote:
Yikes, terrible that happened, Britain. Least you made it out. Have been lugging my Iridium 9555 around for the past ten years and have never needed it for a 911 type call but have never regretted having it. Obviously lots of new devices over that period of time including inReach. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend you carry one of them. Good luck with your recovery. Tom

Thanks, Tom, the good news is even with the multiple broken bones, fractures and most ligaments torn. Doesn't look like any surgery for now. Could be back on the trails end of January. Winter is not lost yet!
15 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

tommy750
tommy750
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Yikes, terrible that happened, Britain. Least you made it out. Have been lugging my Iridium 9555 around for the past ten years and have never needed it for a 911 type call but have never regretted having it. Obviously lots of new devices over that period of time including inReach. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend you carry one of them. Good luck with your recovery. Tom
16 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
I usually carry a roll of duct tape. Good for if your boots come apart and other fixes. Its good at making splints if required. It was a tough 4 miles to get out, 3 dry waterfalls to boot. Lots of butt scooting! Yes, you do need to get out. If I had the tape I could have made a crutch, without the trekking poles It would have been really hard.
16 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
An InReach is not a miracle. It is electronic and could break. Even if the SOS is activated, it may take SAR until the next day or later to arrive depending on location.

My belief is one must get out under their own power if safe and possible though it might take longer. SOS will bring in SAR, but they will be put at some risk.

I am not a big believer in extensive first aid kits for hiking. There is no way to carry supplies for every scenario. I carry enough to stop a bad cut from bleeding, Benadryl for potential allergic reactions, and pain killers. I use trekking poles and could use them as a crutch and can try and Jerry rig a splint from them if required.
16 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Buford wrote:
Ouch. Heal up quick.

It is something I often worry about. Worst injuries so far are over use injuries, cuts, scrapes, minor tweaks, and bruises. Most minor injuries caused by some combo of bushwhacking, cacti, loose terrain, steep terrain, minor falls, and rocks rolling underfoot.

I let people at home know where I am going and when I will be back, plus carry an InReach. I always have a down jacket in case of an unplanned night out.

Yes, many people asked if I had Inreach. No, I didn't but I most likely will next time. It sort has put the boo into me but I'm sure once healed up I'll be foolhardy again smile
16 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Ouch. Heal up quick.

It is something I often worry about. Worst injuries so far are over use injuries, cuts, scrapes, minor tweaks, and bruises. Most minor injuries caused by some combo of bushwhacking, cacti, loose terrain, steep terrain, minor falls, and rocks rolling underfoot.

I let people at home know where I am going and when I will be back, plus carry an InReach. I always have a down jacket in case of an unplanned night out.
16 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

rockhopper
rockhopper
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Britain, So sorry to hear about your injuries. Man that sucks. Best thing to do now is to help the healing process. I've been down this road before. It's probably too late to ice the inflammation but I do lots of turmeric to reduce the inflammation. Other than that, rest,eat healthy and let the bones mend. Slow and steady rehabilitation works best for me. I don't like pain meds. Let your body tell you when it's time to walk. Slow and steady wins the race. Good thing you had a hiking partner and a medical kit. Anything is better than nothing. You did everything right. Just bad luck . Get well and you will be back exploring "Our" wilderness. Keep us posted on your recovery.
" Any hurt yourself out hiking"
Ha, I think I could write mini book on that subject. Mostly near misses and scary moments. I must be a cat because they say they have 9 lives. I am much more careful as I become chronologically gifted. I will share one of my more comical lesser injuries. I drove out to an obsidian butte on the south shore of the Salton Sea to check it out and photo. I had just drove 2 hours. I was on my first walkabout of the day of a 3 day solo camping trip. Well as I was climbing up the black glassy surface... slip...ouch. I stood up and had multiple pieces of obsidian glass sticking out of by elbow /arm. I had just left my truck 10 minutes and already I am injured! As I was bleeding pulling out the shards of obsidian and putting bandages on, In my head I remember my Wife telling me " be careful out there "
edited by rockhopper on 11/25/2018
edited by rockhopper on 11/25/2018
17 days ago
Topic:
Any hurt yourself out hiking?

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Did a job on my ankle Thanksgiving day. 4 miles out in a bad place. Learned a few things. I couldn't feel any breaks in the leg but I do remember the foot folded up against my lower leg. Once I straighten my leg the foot popped back into place. Had my wife pull on the foot to see if was still attached and it was.

So next my next step was to rig up something. I usually carry duct tape but I took it out of the pack to use it for something else and didn't put it back. I had Ibuprofen which I quickly took about 600mg. I do carry a first aid kit so I looked into is another joke. Well, I did manage to get up and could lightly stand on the damaged leg. I limped for about a mile to the first rock pile. I told my wife "thats all folks" she should now hike out and try and get some help. Well the Ibuprofen started to work after an hour or so so I headed out. Knowing my wife she would need to follow how we got in to show anybody where I was so I would stay the route.

3 miles and 5 hrs later the wife is coming back. 911 wasn't answering. Well 4 miles back to the rig and 7 hrs to get out. X-rays show multiple broken bones and fractures. Sort of made me sick looking at them.

I will now fix the first aid kit to include this type of fun. Its put the boo into me but I'm sure once I'm good to go I wont act my age again and be out where I shouldnt be.

Never go to urgent care its a joke, Thanksgiving time at the hospital in EL Centro will be a long wait. Plenty of Sand People and Plaster City people worse off than I was. Then mix in the locals. Full house folks. Well, I'm splinted up plenty of pain meds. I need to wait until Monday to get pinned back together.

Stay safe people.
11/7/2018
Topic:
Sheep Canyon campground road conditions?

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
I drove to the middle of Collins Valley at the end of May. The roads were in good shape all the way. Water was about 6" at the 2nd crossing. The usual half mile rough patch is still rough. I went north at the road split in Collins toward Wash BM so I don't know what the rest of the road to Sheep Canyon Campground is like.
11/4/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Topic: Not enough rangers
Plum Canyon left fork needs cleanup again. Some ***** real special people vandalized it Friday night, yesterday morning. They went up canyon lighting plants on fire, left broken beer bottles and cans, used toilet paper, graffiti on the rocks, trash fire still burning...

A small example:

11/4/2018
Topic:
Sheep Canyon campground road conditions?

kylekai
kylekai
Posts: 82
Thinking of heading to Sheep Canyon campground next week. Anyone know anything about the road conditions to the campground?
11/1/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

kylekai
kylekai
Posts: 82
kylekai
kylekai
Posts: 82
Topic: Not enough rangers
ziphius wrote:
Sad story and true. And people complain if you impose some small park fee to raise money to help pay for rangers etc.
edited by ziphius on 6/17/2018

Their web site mentions a $10 entrance fee collected at the visitor center. I was recently at Death Valley NP, and they had kiosks set up at the park entrances to collect entrance fees. Seems as if similar kiosks at ABSP would be a small investment for a larger return to hire more rangers.
10/30/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
4 new Rangers now on the job. They are not from here, so we will see how it goes.
10/23/2018
Topic:
No Big Horn this year seen during hiking

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
Bighorns seen daily in the canyons Northwest of Canebrake
10/17/2018
Topic:
Photo editing software

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
Topic: Photo editing software
I don't work with RAW (not a real photographer). I have a relatively cheap point and shoot canon. I do minor touch ups and/or add graphics or comments with Irfanview, a free Windows program. It's pretty powerful for what it is, but it can't do layers or fancy stuff.
10/17/2018
Topic:
Photo editing software

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
Topic: Photo editing software
Many thanks Tom.
10/15/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
Topic: North McCain Valley
Pretty hard landing there.
10/15/2018
Topic:
Photo editing software

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
Topic: Photo editing software
No expert, but I've always used Photoshop and Adobe Bridge. Have an old copy of CS5 before PS became subscription. Using RAW has become a speck more annoying since I now have to convert all RAW to DNG in order for Bridge to work. Planned obsolescence perhaps. RAW always gives you more options since you're not stuck starting with whatever jpeg algorithm felt was the best changes to your data. Hope that helps.
10/12/2018
Topic:
Photo editing software

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
Topic: Photo editing software
What do you folks use for photo editing? Anyone deal with RAW images? Thanks for any feedback.
10/7/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Topic: North McCain Valley
Found this plane at Agua Caliente runway. Took about a month to repair it. One day I was down next to it when the pilot came up and started yelling at me. He wasnt a happy camper.
9/27/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
Topic: North McCain Valley
ziphius wrote:
The flight tracker replay map doesn't show the unexpected landing.


Looks like he made it back on 9/24/18. This site shows his 9/21/18 route before he did his emergency landing and part of his return with the actual landing and takeoff not show: https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/N703TK
9/26/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
Topic: North McCain Valley
The flight tracker replay map doesn't show the unexpected landing.
9/24/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
Topic: North McCain Valley
ziphius wrote:
Quite the unexpected landing spot!



Agree with you there. Had a pickup and motor home parked next to it on my way out. Amazing all the stuff you can find out if you google the tail number.
9/24/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
Topic: North McCain Valley
Quite the unexpected landing spot!
9/23/2018
Topic:
North McCain Valley

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 805
Topic: North McCain Valley
Have been stumbling around McCain Valley in the summer months since it's a tad cooler than the desert floor. Spotted this yesterday a little south of Cottonwood. Hope he makes it out okay. Always a nice vista from up there. Tom

IMG_0567 by tomteske, on Flickr

Note by tomteske, on Flickr

Toward Canebrake by tomteske, on Flickr
9/23/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Nice Hike.
9/22/2018
Topic:
No Big Horn this year seen during hiking

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
Lots of Bighorns in and above Agua Caliente County Park almost every day
9/22/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Topic: Not enough rangers
Most of the trash I have seen is from idiots. Travelers sin documentos don’t bring couches, old car tires, spray paint, glass beer bottles to abandon, shoot at, or throw in a fire.

As mentioned above, it is easy to see if it is from border crossers due to the contents. I’ve definitely found this kind of litter as well though.
9/22/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
Better Info. http://www.in-the-desert.com/carrizowash.html
9/22/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
http://sandiegohistory.org/collection/davis/op-15362-25/ You asked the wrong "old guy". Most of the older Canebrakers don,t go in the park, but I'm trying to change that!
edited by Canebraker Jeff on 9/22/2018
9/22/2018
Topic:
Why is it so hard to log in ?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
I now have two profiles, one I can't use. Probably good because a year ago I clicked the "like" tab to see who liked my post and was branded "selfish".
9/22/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
Was the trash blanket shoes, water jugs and empty cans of atune (tuna)?
9/22/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
There are not enough Sheriffs to patrol anywhere in South East San Diego County. In Canebrake we have a group of volunteer Sheriffs that patrol twice a week. They will walk around homes that have requested a check looking for break-ins and such. They are wonderful folks and we appreciate them. We used to have a Ranger living next to the Canebrake fence, but the Southern District Ranger now commutes from Borrego Springs. Now they have closed the Border Patrol check point north of Ocotillo so the whole area is screwed.
9/22/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
I saw a grave on a "Marv Pachen Memorial hike" several years ago near Palm Spring.
9/19/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
ziphius wrote:
I wish I could get water and nutrients out of barrel cactus. smile



Haha! For sure. I don't know why this surprised me so much. I haven't studied bighorns as much as I'd like.
9/19/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
Buford wrote:
Nice. I’ve seen sheep in that same area earlier this year. They were not concerned about people until the bp came tearing through on atvs making a racket and the sheep bolted.


Most of the I've run into sheep, they took off pretty fast, but maybe that was because I was with a group. I guess I'm not so fearsome on my own.
9/19/2018
Topic:
Old cowboy grave whereabouts?

borrego
borrego
Posts: 18
I've been trying for years to find the location of the grave of Frank Fox, who was killed by Arizona Rangers while on a cattle drive in the Carrizo Wash area in the 1880's. I've even seen a picture of the grave stone, but I cannot get any further than that.Even the old-timers in Canebrake do not know. Has anyone wandered across it in their travels? Any info?
Thanks!
9/19/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

borrego
borrego
Posts: 18
borrego
borrego
Posts: 18
Topic: Not enough rangers
This is probably not just due to local idiots. A friend has contacts with the Border Patrol and they say there is an large uptick in illegal immigrant activity (apparently they think the Wall will be built and are getting in while they can)
Note- The BP also says they are finding more illegals armed with AK's and AR's...so be aware out there.
9/18/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
railexplorer
Posts: 56
The Sheriffs are out there at the request of Baja Rail. The Sheriffs will ride into the Gorge, with an employee of Baja Rail, using a Baja Rail Hi-rail vehicle (a pickup truck with guide wheels that fit on the tracks). It'll be interesting to see how often the patrols are and how long they last. I would imagine that Baja Rail is paying the cost of the Sheriff patrols.

I would think once word gets out that the Sheriffs are issuing tickets and the tunnel gates are closed a lot of "hikers" won't head out to the gorge.
9/18/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Topic: Not enough rangers


One terrible example. This graffiti was scrubbed mostly clean a couple weeks later and the fire ring filled in. Lots of stuff like this in various areas.

Thanks for helping keep it clean.

Edit:
Picture added
edited by Buford on 9/18/2018
edited by Buford on 9/18/2018
edited by Buford on 9/18/2018
9/18/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
I wish I could get water and nutrients out of barrel cactus. smile
9/18/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
Nice trip report! Great sighting.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

DesertWRX
DesertWRX
Posts: 131
DesertWRX
DesertWRX
Posts: 131
Topic: Not enough rangers
Thanks, I’ll try to see who has adopted those areas for Adopt a Wash/Trail.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

DesertWRX
DesertWRX
Posts: 131
DesertWRX
DesertWRX
Posts: 131
Topic: Not enough rangers
Buford wrote:
DesertWRX wrote:
What areas are people finding the most trash and vandalism?


Culp Valley, Old Culp Valley rd, The Slab, Dos Cabezas, Mortero Palms, Plum Canyon. This was all in mid July to early August.

I revisited Plum Canyon a couple weeks later and found someone had mostly cleaned up the graffiti and filled in the illegal fire ring.

I picked up some trash. Didn’t have room for it all.
edited by Buford on 9/17/2018
9/17/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Nice. I’ve seen sheep in that same area earlier this year. They were not concerned about people until the bp came tearing through on atvs making a racket and the sheep bolted.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Topic: Not enough rangers
DesertWRX wrote:
What areas are people finding the most trash and vandalism?


Culp Valley, Old Culp Valley rd, The Slab, Dos Cabezas, Mortero Palms, Plum Canyon. This was all in mid July to early August.

I revisited Plum Canyon a couple weeks later and found someone had mostly cleaned up the graffiti and filled in the illegal fire ring.

I picked up some trash. Didn’t have room for it all.
edited by Buford on 9/17/2018
9/17/2018
Topic:
Solstice Cave and Grunt Benchmark

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
It's still hot, but I was able to manage a half day for Solstice and Grunt.

Solstice was an overwhelmingly peaceful place. Unexpected. I really didn't want to leave. My favorite pictograph was the deer/bighorn/coyote? There are already a couple of reports on it so I won't dwell. My blog report doesn't give away the location.




After Solstice, I drove down Carizzo Creek Road toward Grunt. I didn't see a continuation of the road about a mile from the end so I just stopped and hiked from there. I found more of the road further down the creek. The round trip from where I parked ended up being about 5 miles instead of 3. I followed a side canyon on the west side before climbing. I set up the wooden pole that was down and left a pen with the register. There were a lot more signatures than I expected, though the register has been there since 1982 and is only half full.





The highlight of the day, though, was driving out from Solstice where I met two bighorn rams (can't say I haven't seen any this year now). One was bashing a barrel cactus to get to the juicy insides. He knocked a chunk off and ate it. They were very relaxed and unconcerned about me.





Bighorn Video


Looking forward to cooler weather soon so I can spend a whole day in the desert.
edited by tekewin on 9/17/2018
9/17/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
Thanks for the update. Big undertaking for the sheriff.
9/17/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

DesertWRX
DesertWRX
Posts: 131
DesertWRX
DesertWRX
Posts: 131
Topic: Not enough rangers
What areas are people finding the most trash and vandalism?
9/17/2018
Topic:
Why is it so hard to log in ?

Canebraker Jeff
Canebraker Jeff
Posts: 10
I can't log in like I always have.
9/14/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Thanks. Not surprising. Did Puff earlier this year from Mortero Palms. From Puff we saw 50+ people at the trestle. The amount of vandalism and trash was a huge increase over a couple years ago.
9/14/2018
Topic:
San Diego Sheriffs in the Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
railexplorer
Posts: 56
Just a heads up... As of August 1st, the San Diego Sheriffs in conjunction with Baja RR are now doing random patrols of the railroad line through the Gorge. They are citing people for trespassing. While you can cross the rail line at any point you're not allowed to walk on it.

Also Tunnels 5, 8, 20 & 21 all have closed gates. Tunnel 5 is the one closest to Jacumba. 8 is the longest one, which is about half way between tunnel 5 and the Goat Canyon Trestle, and 20 & 21 are the ones closest to Dos Cabezas.

The reason for the patrols is due to the large numbers of people heading out there, as well as, the increase in vandalism.
9/14/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

railexplorer
railexplorer
Posts: 56
I just got confirmation that the Sheriffs are running random patrols out in the Gorge.
9/13/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

railexplorer
railexplorer
Posts: 56
They might eventually get a police force but that's probably a ways down the road. The state of California needs to sign off on that. Plus its quite an expense for a company that has a lot of negative cash flow.



I'll have to do a little research.
9/13/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
I'd be thinking that Baja Rail will be responsible for law enforcement. They will have their own police units just has the Union Pacific have police.
9/11/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 110
Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
Great update. Appreciated. Closing those gates won't stop anyone except maybe on dirt bikes.

Can the Sheriff really spare officers to patrol the rail line? To patrol the whole line would be an all day affair. I think it is more likely they would send private security or their own employees if they really wanted to patrol it, but who knows. I never follow the tracks in that area.
9/10/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 721
Topic: Carrizo Gorge update
Interesting developments, thanks for the updates!
9/10/2018
Topic:
Carrizo Gorge update

railexplorer
railexplorer
Posts: 56
My son and I headed out to the Jacumba area this past Saturday. We had heard some rumors about Baja Rail, the current lease holders to the rail line, closing the tunnel gates as well as moving the derailed cars near the nudist resort. I also wanted to use this trip as a bit of a scouting trip for an old work road.

Here is what we found:

The passenger cars near the resort have been moved.

Looking down on Dubbers by Rail explorer, on Flickr

The gate at tunnel 5, the first tunnel north of Jacumba has been rehung and the gate is locked. Since this gate is closed I'm assuming that the rumor of the Northern gates, those on Tunnels 20 & 21 have also been closed. Tunnels 20 & 21 are the two tunnels closest to Dos Cabezas. The tunnel gates were closed to reduce/eliminate people heading into the gorge as well as an attempt to reduce the amount of vandalism that is occuring in the gorge.

Closed by Rail explorer, on Flickr

Rumor has it that Baja Rail has enlisted the help of the Sheriffs to randomly patrol the gorge and will cite people for trespassing. I'm not sure how credible that information is for a variety of reasons.

One final note. Baja Rail has no plans to begin work on the rail line until the Customs Checkpoint, near Campo, is approved and built. Based on the information I have it will be a while before anything gets done. There are discussions as to where the checkpoint will be built.


As for the work trail, we explored it for a bit, before it got to hot. We did come across a can dump as well as several work camp sites and a chimney from what used to be a house.


Can Dump by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Stone Chimney by Rail explorer, on Flickr
7/25/2018
Topic:
Wikwip

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 54
Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 54
Topic: Wikwip
Is this the cave near McCain Valley?
7/22/2018
Topic:
Not enough rangers

Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Buford
Buford
Posts: 120
Topic: Not enough rangers
There was a disturbing amount of litter, graffiti, vandalism, and campfire damage in a couple places recently.

I don’t know if it is due to less Rangers or more idiots or a combo of both.
7/16/2018
Topic:
Wikwip

Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Britain
Britain
Posts: 368
Topic: Wikwip
dsefcik wrote:
It's on private property, fence line signs state "trespassers will be shot, survivors will be shot again"...plenty of other interesting things in the desert to see.

Haha. Reminds me of someones watermelon patch signs.




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