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3 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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tommy750 wrote:

Who has eight days to do Rockhouse? You guys freakin retired or something??


We only left because we ran out of food.....retirement is highly recommended...!! (thank you hikerdmb)
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Rockhouse 3 day

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Brian wrote:
The pool above that is now covered with branches but seemed to be doing OK underneath that.


We cover the top collection pool of water with branches so the animals don't get back in there and stomp mud and dirt all down into it. Unfortunately we usually find someone has removed all of them to get at the larger pool of water and then it gets damaged so no water flows out. Thank you for the report!
3 days ago
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M. Miller's Boots

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Nice find..! Good chance it is the person you found.
3 days ago
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M. Miller's Boots

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Very cool Tommy!
3 days ago
Topic:
M. Miller's Boots

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The New Zealand Peak is probably Mount Tutoko.
4 days ago
Topic:
Surf1div1 intro

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tommy750 wrote:
If anyone wants to head out there for a day hike, would be happy to join you. Parking on old Hwy 80 and crossing under I-8, heading up Boulder/Myer, it's probably in the 14 mile range rt


Tommy, if you're ever planning on doing it I would love to go. I've done that route from Old Hwy 80 to Myer Valley and looped back - doing a slightly longer variation of the route from Schad's book. So I know the area. Just haven't gone as far as Pinto. I didn't want to do that part alone.
4 days ago
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Perhaps they did this to facilitate 'the wall' construction which from GE does show what appears to be construction activity. I'm game for a day hike of it if you're around in the Spring (probably during a new moon cycle) when it's cooler and we can enjoy the dry skies. This is what GE is showing and there is a long asphalt highway down there now.


tommy750 wrote:
Wow, just checked out GE's updated Davies Valley imaging. They put a freeway through it! Have to admit, it was one of the most serene and peaceful places I've ever hiked but not anymore. Here's what it doesn't look like now from near BM Kirk toward the Sierra Juarez. If anyone wants to head out there for a day hike, would be happy to join you. Parking on old Hwy 80 and crossing under I-8, heading up Boulder/Myer, it's probably in the 14 mile range rt with Davies a few miles more but obviously easier since you can walk the freeway. Nothing is harder than a little boulder hopping.

South Davies Valley3 by tomteske, on Flickr

edited by surf1div1 on 11/23/2021
4 days ago
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Wow, just checked out GE's updated Davies Valley imaging. They put a freeway through it! Have to admit, it was one of the most serene and peaceful places I've ever hiked but not anymore. Here's what it doesn't look like now from near BM Kirk toward the Sierra Juarez. If anyone wants to head out there for a day hike, would be happy to join you. Parking on old Hwy 80 and crossing under I-8, heading up Boulder/Myer, it's probably in the 14 mile range rt with Davies a few miles more but obviously easier since you can walk the freeway. Nothing is harder than a little boulder hopping.

South Davies Valley3 by tomteske, on Flickr
4 days ago
Topic:
M. Miller's Boots

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Topic: M. Miller's Boots
Rocko1 wrote:
Wow, now that is interesting. Summit elevations listed-

CA-Villager 5,756' and Mt. Whitney 14,495'
OR-Mt. Hood 11,235'
WA-Mt. St. Helens 8,363'
NV-Wheeler Peak 13,063'
CO-Quandary Peak 14,265'
HI-Mauna Kea Volcano 13,796'
Africa-Kilimanjaro 19,340'

New Zealand-Couldn't find this one.


Is it just a memorial for the boots or boots and the person? I couldn't find any obituary's for a M Miller in 2012 in the San Diego area.
edited by Rocko1 on 11/23/2021



Thanks for doing the math, Rocko1!

I'm assuming the guy retired his 1984-2010 boots after an insanely long use period of 26 years (maybe special occasion only boots??) and in 2012 at age 59, hiked up to this shelter and left them as a memorial. The guy would now be 68 y/o and with all that peak bagging may be very much alive. Found an M. Miller living in Borrego Springs but have no idea if it's that guy. We've all found the RIP memorials for persons and pets out there but, your boots?? But heck, why not?
4 days ago
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M. Miller's Boots

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Brian wrote:
Very cool find. Did you start out from the Elephant Tree area, or Hapaha Flat?



I started out from Fish Creek. There's supposedly a trail from Elephant Tree area to Harper/Hapaha but haven't found anything definite on GE as of yet.
4 days ago
Topic:
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Thanks Brian, that explains why people drop down from the North. Crazy they don't allow passage since it's BLM land. Tommy, what approach would you recommend after having done this a couple of times. I'll peruse some trip reports to see any other recommendations. Wondering if biking from that gate to pintos mouth might be an option.
4 days ago
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surf1div1 wrote:
Which gate are you referencing?


Both Myer and Davies are gated before you get into the valleys. This includes all the various roads into Davies. You can usually find the gates on Google Earth. Here's one 32.699341°N 116.006744°W (paste the coordinates into the search box of Goggle Earth).

I have been told the approach from Myer is shorter but involves some scrambling down a dry fall. The approach from Davies is longer but a straight road-walk.
edited by Brian on 11/23/2021
4 days ago
Topic:
M. Miller's Boots

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Wow, now that is interesting. Summit elevations listed-

CA-Villager 5,756' and Mt. Whitney 14,495'
OR-Mt. Hood 11,235'
WA-Mt. St. Helens 8,363'
NV-Wheeler Peak 13,063'
CO-Quandary Peak 14,265'
HI-Mauna Kea Volcano 13,796'
Africa-Kilimanjaro 19,340'

New Zealand-Couldn't find this one.


Is it just a memorial for the boots or boots and the person? I couldn't find any obituary's for a M Miller in 2012 in the San Diego area.
edited by Rocko1 on 11/23/2021
5 days ago
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Hi Tom, thanks for you're feedback. Since there appears to be a road (Clark Lane) that terminates a little over 2-1/2 miles from the proposed site I'm thinking of an approach from the South. Some of my reading elsewhere thus far shows a lot of people heading down from Boulder Creek and Mountain Springs which has me questioning my route down Davies Valley. If I can gain an approach from the South that would cut off a considerable distance (one of the forum members has a TR from VOM to the south which is nearly 11 miles). As much as I love hiking, the desert relative to my normal hiking jaunts is out of my wheelhouse. With a short distance like this and a grade of less than 4% this appears to be much more doable, but I'll defer to you and others for feedback. Thanks in advance.

tommy750 wrote:
Hi Surf1Div1, have been to Pinto Canyon a couple times and it's well worth the trip. Things have changed quite a bit since my last trip with multiple new Border Patrol dirt roads heading to the canyon from Myer and Davies Valleys. It's (or was) wilderness so you'll need to walk. Should be multiple posts on this forum about Pinto Canyon. Have fun.
5 days ago
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Thanks Brian for you're response. Which gate are you referencing?
Brian wrote:
Welcome to the forum.

I haven't been to Pinto myself, but I'm interested enough that I looked into the routes. With the exception of Valley of the Moon (which is probably the most difficult approach) you won't need any special vehicle because you'll be stopped by a locked gate before you get anywhere close to the area.
5 days ago
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M. Miller's Boots

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Very cool find. Did you start out from the Elephant Tree area, or Hapaha Flat?
5 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse 3 day

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Topic: Rockhouse 3 day
dsefcik wrote:
Gary and I did 8 days out there


Who has eight days to do Rockhouse? You guys freakin retired or something??
5 days ago
Topic:
M. Miller's Boots

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On the highest point in this pic is a boulder pile overlooking the Elephant Tree Area. Yesterday, I was out following one of the various Kumeyaay trails in the area and eventually ended up at said rock pile.

Elephant Tree Area by tomteske, on Flickr

The pile contained a very nice rock shelter with rock circles both inside and out and multiple nearby roasting pits.

IMG_7696 (1) by tomteske, on Flickr

Inside the interior rock circle was a historical surprise.

Boots by tomteske, on Flickr

Anyone seen this before or know who this person is?? Now, I too really liked my last pair of hiking boots but this seems more in the infatuation/obsession range smile Wasn't quite sure what the numbers were but figured out they are elevations with 5756 being Villager and 14495 being the old Whitney elevation. Assuming all the others could be figured out as well. Did a reverse image search but zero hits. Enjoy! Tom

Plaque by tomteske, on Flickr
5 days ago
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Thank you love this forum !
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Thanks, Bob!
5 days ago
Topic:
Surf1div1 intro

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Hi Surf1Div1, have been to Pinto Canyon a couple times and it's well worth the trip. Things have changed quite a bit since my last trip with multiple new Border Patrol dirt roads heading to the canyon from Myer and Davies Valleys. It's (or was) wilderness so you'll need to walk. Should be multiple posts on this forum about Pinto Canyon. Have fun.
5 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse 3 day

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dsefcik wrote:
Cowboy camp spring (AKA stifferino) usually requires some maintenance, do you have any pictures of it?


I took pics when I was there in February (just before your trip) and didn't take new pics this time. In Feb the PVC pipe was clogged with mud and I did clear it out. This time there was a steady drip from the pipe. It's what I used to fill my mug. The pool above that is now covered with branches but seemed to be doing OK underneath that. I didn't stick my hand in because there were bees swarming all around.
5 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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That looks like a great trip Brian, I am glad you were able to spend a few days out there. Gary and I did 8 days out there last time and it was very peaceful, spent two days just hanging around the cottonwoods. That old rusty spoon was carried up from the old 'rosa village by another friend of mine on a different trip. The old coffee pot seems to have disappeared from the cottonwoods. Cowboy camp spring (AKA stifferino) usually requires some maintenance, do you have any pictures of it? We cleared a lot of brush last time and got it flowing good but it usually does not last long.

Barrel spring looks overgrown also, we trimmed that way back last time.

Trail shrines...yes, there are many, it is believed the native americans built those up and many people toss another rock on top each time they pass by.

Nice TR, thanks for sharing.
5 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse 3 day

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Brian wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Great trip report Brian. I'd really like to get back out there. How well were the springs flowing? Also, did you hear any strange voices at the Cottonwood camp?-lol.


Even though I didn't include pics of it, my first night was at Stifferino. It was a slow but constant trickle and took me a half hour to full 2 1.5 liter bottles. So I guess 6 liters/hour. The one closer to Old Santa Rosa looked about the same as last year. It would work in a pinch but you'd need something to filter the algae. The spring by the cottonwoods was flowing well.

I didn't hear any voices at the cottonwoods (and I was listening for them!). There were tons of mountain lion tracks going past, around and through the campsite, so that had me feeling hyper-vigilant.



Nice-anyone into Mt. Lion research would really do themselves a favor spending some time near the cottonwoods-shocking the number of footprints would make an excellent game cam location if the retrieval wasn't so difficult.
5 days ago
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Surf1div1 intro

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Welcome to the forum.

I haven't been to Pinto myself, but I'm interested enough that I looked into the routes. With the exception of Valley of the Moon (which is probably the most difficult approach) you won't need any special vehicle because you'll be stopped by a locked gate before you get anywhere close to the area.
5 days ago
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Surf1div1 intro

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Rather than peruse this site I figured I might introduce myself since it appears my interest has been piqued after visiting last Veterans Day for an unplanned rock art exploration trip. The sites we visited and the dark skies we experienced were awe inspiring. My plan is to make it down this coming spring after doing some research on the best approach to Pinto Canyon and discovering that area despite the warnings I’ve read up on but I digress.
I was first introduced to the desert in the early 60’s when my parents purchased a condo to stay in and as a minor spent many winters in the Palm Springs area until adulthood. Subsequently life has taken me into many recreational adventures (surfing, diving -free/scuba, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, canyoneering) and now that I’m retired, I have the time with a buddy to take trips on short notice to explore rock art. I’ve visited many of the indigenous sites around the Santa Monica’s (primarily Chumash) Los Padres, and recently the Anza Borrego area. I’ve never really looked at petroglyph’s so I’m looking into the ones around Pinto for a future spring trip which is how I found this site. My plan is to take an excursion in my buddies 4 wheel Toyota again (and that last trip to Carrizo Gorge had me as concerned as I am on rope rappelling in a canyon) so I’m trying to allay my concerns by not re-inventing the wheel here by prepping and researching this upcoming trip. That’s it for now.
5 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse 3 day

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Rocko1 wrote:
Great trip report Brian. I'd really like to get back out there. How well were the springs flowing? Also, did you hear any strange voices at the Cottonwood camp?-lol.


Even though I didn't include pics of it, my first night was at Stifferino. It was a slow but constant trickle and took me a half hour to full 2 1.5 liter bottles. So I guess 6 liters/hour. The one closer to Old Santa Rosa looked about the same as last year. It would work in a pinch but you'd need something to filter the algae. The spring by the cottonwoods was flowing well.

I didn't hear any voices at the cottonwoods (and I was listening for them!). There were tons of mountain lion tracks going past, around and through the campsite, so that had me feeling hyper-vigilant.
5 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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Great trip report Brian. I'd really like to get back out there. How well were the springs flowing? Also, did you hear any strange voices at the Cottonwood camp?-lol.
6 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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rockhopper wrote:
Looks like you made first tracks into Rock house valley this season.


Someone else wasn't far behind. When I came out there was a truck parked at the road closure and no one camping there. I thought about the fact I hadn't seen anyone at the lower rock houses or while hiking out the canyon, and came to the conclusion someone must have come into the upper part of the valley the day after me.

Thanks for the info about the burial mounds. Super interesting!
6 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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Nice trip report. Looks like you made first tracks into Rock house valley this season. The large rock piles are burial mounds. There are several up to the west of the main village. They are all around the Santa Rosas. Your looks too small and probably is a trail marker. The burial mounds pre date the cremation period which started around 2000 years ago. Nice adventure. I too have done many solo trips over 30 years of wilderness hiking so you are in good company. Need to get back out there!
edited by rockhopper on 11/21/2021
6 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse 3 day

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Nice report. That area is a lot of fun. Good to see the springs are clear and flowing.

I’ve seen the road into Rockhouse in various conditions in my couple trips back there, but never Subaru accessible. Having driven to the end a few times, walking isn’t much slower.
7 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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I've always parked 9 miles in, where Rockhouse Road bends to the right after the split with Butler. There was one time I tried to go further with my Subaru Crosstrek and that was a mistake. It would be nicer if I could visit the valley without doing that extra hour and a half of road walking, but it's not enough to make me buy a different vehicle. Probably.
7 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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Brian wrote:
I didn't notice animal tracks in the mud but there were plenty in the sand. The cottonwoods area looked like a mountain lion highway, just as it did last year when Rocko and I were there.

On another note, I found a pair of glasses near 33.483192°N 116.403909°W (not that exact location, just that vicinity). If anyone here lost them, I've got them.

Great trip report Brian!! How far were you able to drive in toward Hidden Spring ?
8 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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I didn't notice animal tracks in the mud but there were plenty in the sand. The cottonwoods area looked like a mountain lion highway, just as it did last year when Rocko and I were there.

On another note, I found a pair of glasses near 33.483192°N 116.403909°W (not that exact location, just that vicinity). If anyone here lost them, I've got them.
8 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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Good-looking trip, thanks for the report! The drive to the start point is much more dangerous than the backpack trip itself. The anxiousness wears off with each additional trip. Find any animal tracks in that dried mud?
edited by ziphius on 11/19/2021
8 days ago
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Rockhouse 3 day

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It has long been my goal to spend more than one night in Rockhouse Valley. Last season I made progress finding water sources. This was my first time combining them into a longer trip.

I did a couple day hikes in October, but this was my first backpacking trip this season. People who don't do this sort of thing often ask me if it bothers me to go alone and I have some stock answers (I carry a PLB, etc). While I usually don't feel a lot of anxiety, for some reason this time I did. But it worked out well and gave my confidence a boost, even if I am still worried about throwing out my back some day when I'm setting up my tent.

There was a mud flow down the entire length of Rockhouse Canyon that wasn't there last March. Must have been a wild ride during one of those summer thunderstorms.


This was at the mouth of one of the canyons. Not sure what this was used for.


I've always taken this pic facing toward the valley before. I think the rockhouse shows up much better with the hills as a backdrop.


The granny flat




This spring wasn't covered with as much brush as it was when Rocko and I visited last year.


Trail shrine?


Moon rise taken from inside my tent


My tent is strategically placed between the 2 branches that might squish me if they came down




I wonder what was in the little bottle




I had never noticed this before on a rock right across from Hidden Spring. Most of it seems to be names and the date 1936 and also (just out of frame) 1937
9 days ago
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Thank you Bob...!!!
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Sorry for the issues.
Forum should be up and running now.


Thanks,
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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It looks like it gave way about halfway up the tower. The warranty must have just expired.

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/wind-turbine-collapses-ocotillo
edited by ziphius on 11/22/2016

edited by surfponto on 11/16/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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It looks like it gave way about halfway up the tower. The warranty must have just expired.

http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/wind-turbine-collapses-ocotillo
edited by ziphius on 11/22/2016
10/19/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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Rocko1 wrote:
The chinesium pot metal failed?



That's a big failure for a new tower. Materials would be a good first place to look.
10/18/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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The chinesium pot metal failed?
10/16/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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Looks like a safety issue to me. They should ALL be torn down.
10/13/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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Any close up photos of the "break" ?
10/10/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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I drove under a couple of them on Dos Cabezas road just a couple weeks ago. Glad it didn't fall on me. I wonder if the failure was in the structure or the foundation.
10/10/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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Drove by them on Friday and noticed them all shut down. Then cam across the reason



Looks like the total failure of another one!
10/10/2021
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Wind tower collapses in Ocotillo

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Drove by them on Friday and noticed them all shut down. Then cam across the reason



Looks like the total failure of another one!
10/6/2021
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@Rocko1 Thanks, that looks promising. I'll do more searching. The Mettallic Wood Boring Beetle looks somewhat promising.





10/5/2021
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https://anzaborrego.ucnrs.org/beetles-order-coleoptra-anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

Almost looks like metallic wood boring beetle.
9/27/2021
Topic:
2021

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
Topic: 2021
Bugs look like some kind of beetle. See if this site helps narrow it down.

Sounds like a nightmare from a movie.
9/26/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Topic: 2021
Anyone know what these bugs are:


Picture from a camp chair left out overnight.

Was camping out in the badlands. Immediately after it got dark the bugs became intolerable. Swarming all over and attached to lights as usual. Jumped in the tent but it sounded like it was raining. Thousands of them hitting the tent. Read in the tent for a while and finally turned out the lights and it stopped. Woke up to thousands of them dead on the chairs left outside, in the rolled up storm flap of the tent, rain gutters on the car. Almost an inch deep in spots.

Good thing they didn't bite or sting. Cicadas of some kind? Never experienced anything like it in Borrego before.

No milky way shots, too much haze but made for an interesting sunrise:


I'll post some more pictures later.
9/24/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
ziphius wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Any worry of pirates down there?

Was thinking of the Gulf of Mexico where there's lots of piracy but just saw this: https://maritime-executive.com/article/sea-shepherd-vessel-attacked-again-in-gulf-of-california
Kinda disappointing. Ziphius, you have any info on these attacks?


There's a lot of economic incentive to keep fishing, no matter what the consequences are for vaquita. So conservation groups being targeted is not a surprise. This article tells more of the story: https://qz.com/468358/how-chinas-fish-bladder-investment-craze-is-wiping-out-species-on-the-other-side-of-the-planet/

Interesting read. Thanks, Ziphius. When my wife and I were down in Baja in 2016 ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1228-bahia-de-los-angeles-road-trip.aspx ), we encountered a couple fishermen who were harvesting the Blue Spotted Jawfish ( https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/photo-ark/animal/opistognathus-rosenblatti/ ). This trip, we saw multiple pangas near shore with diving hookah setups and presumably harvesting the same fish from their colonies on sandy bottoms. The two fishermen we met last trip stated they got $2.50 each and the price now on aquarium sites is around $200 each. Fortunately, they don't seen to be endangered---yet.
9/23/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 890
tommy750 wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Any worry of pirates down there?

Was thinking of the Gulf of Mexico where there's lots of piracy but just saw this: https://maritime-executive.com/article/sea-shepherd-vessel-attacked-again-in-gulf-of-california
Kinda disappointing. Ziphius, you have any info on these attacks?


There's a lot of economic incentive to keep fishing, no matter what the consequences are for vaquita. So conservation groups being targeted is not a surprise. This article tells more of the story: https://qz.com/468358/how-chinas-fish-bladder-investment-craze-is-wiping-out-species-on-the-other-side-of-the-planet/
9/22/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
dsefcik wrote:
Nice TR tommy750..!!

I like the pics, good eye spotting the BHS....Thumbs Up

Daren, if you ever find any free time in your extremely busy schedule, let me know and let's plan on a Baja adventure!
9/22/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Rocko1 wrote:
Any worry of pirates down there?

Was thinking of the Gulf of Mexico where there's lots of piracy but just saw this: https://maritime-executive.com/article/sea-shepherd-vessel-attacked-again-in-gulf-of-california
Kinda disappointing. Ziphius, you have any info on these attacks?
9/22/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
rockhopper wrote:
Neat Baja trip. Is that Isla angel de la Guardia in the back ground on pic 1 ? Reminds me of trips down to Bay of LA and Mulege'. Never had the bee problem. It's been years. brings back great memories of Baja. Baja is longer than the boot of Italy!


Believe you're correct. Had a hard time figuring what islands were offshore till the stars came out and I realized my orientation was way off. The sky was so dark you could actually see Andromeda with the naked eye.
9/21/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 599
Neat Baja trip. Is that Isla angel de la Guardia in the back ground on pic 1 ? Reminds me of trips down to Bay of LA and Mulege'. Never had the bee problem. It's been years. brings back great memories of Baja. Baja is longer than the boot of Italy!
9/21/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
tekewin wrote:
What a wild trip! Assaulted by all kinds of wild life on the beach. Love the truck BTW. It looks loaded and ready for anything.

Took a stock Tundra and added KO2s, rock sliders, gas tank skid plate, a low bed rack for the lightweight RTT that's nearly below the roofline and a lightweight awning with adjustable height to keep it low while driving. No lifts, no racks on the cab or heavy stuff up high---all that makes me nervous driving on winding narrow roads. Saw lots of top heaving vehicles that looked roll over ready.
9/21/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
Any worry of pirates down there?
9/21/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
What a wild trip! Assaulted by all kinds of wild life on the beach. Love the truck BTW. It looks loaded and ready for anything.
9/21/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

dsefcik
dsefcik
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dsefcik
dsefcik
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Posts: 2518
Topic: Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes
Nice TR tommy750..!!

I like the pics, good eye spotting the BHS....Thumbs Up
9/19/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 890
Tommy, yes I was an observer on the 1997 survey. I think estimated population size that year was ~ 500 vaquita. A 2016 survey resulted in an estimate of around thirty vaquita. Colleagues have been back since and have seen live animals, but it's likely there are fewer today.
9/19/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
ziphius wrote:
Great trip report Tommy. Love the coyote tracks, and even the coyotes! Spent a lot of time in 1997 in the northern Gulf on research vessels, surveying for the elusive vaquita porpoise. Saw a few too. The sheep know where the tinajas are...

So, you were involved in the first survey of the vaquitas in 1997? Are there any still alive?? Outlook seems quite desperate.
9/18/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 890
Great trip report Tommy. Love the coyote tracks, and even the coyotes! Spent a lot of time in 1997 in the northern Gulf on research vessels, surveying for the elusive vaquita porpoise. Saw a few too. The sheep know where the tinajas are...
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
tommy750 wrote:
Buford wrote:
Nice trip report. The only thing missing for a full Baja beach experience is noseeums.

Buford, you're a truly experienced Baja Traveler! My wife took a nap on the beach and got obliterated by noseeums or sand fleas or whatever they are. We were searching farmacias on the way back for creams etc. Read her your post and she started laughing.



Guilty. Sorry you guys found noseeums. They are far worse than mosquitos. I found out about noseeums the same way your wife did.

The sea of Cortez is not so tranquil when the chubascos hit in the summer or the northerlies come down in the winter/spring. Hay mucho viento.

Haven’t been for the last couple years and never was lucky enough to see BHS. I miss going with all the crazy experiences and sights, thanks for sharing the report.
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Buford wrote:
Nice trip report. The only thing missing for a full Baja beach experience is noseeums.

Buford, you're a truly experienced Baja Traveler! My wife took a nap on the beach and got obliterated by noseeums or sand fleas or whatever they are. We were searching farmacias on the way back for creams etc. Read her your post and she started laughing.
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Britain wrote:
Thanks for sharing. Love the Baja. I like taking the dirt roads south at the Rumerosa. Lots of good camping hiking areas. Head on down to Mikes Sky ranch and then either go down the pacific side or the gulf side. Travel Baja use to sell gps maps. I have an older version but at that time it did a good job showing dirt roads and places to get gas.

The classic Baja California Almanac and Nat Geo maps are pretty dated but there's a new Baja atlas here: https://smile.amazon.com/Baja-California-Recreation-Atlas-Benchmark/dp/1734315059/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3GBS8PJRUUJ3P&dchild=1&keywords=baja+california+atlas+2021&qid=1631936640&sprefix=baja+california+atlas%2Caps%2C210&sr=8-3

There's an app called Map E32 with a decent topos of Baja but in order to be useful you have to get the pro edition for $60 and then download tiles for wherever you're going. Mexico has great free topos of all of Baja but the only place I could find them stitched together was surprisingly caltopo.com---for free.

Need to check out the roads south of La Rumorosa.
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Brian wrote:
I remember when the beach at Cabo looked like that and I remember thinking "it won't be like this for long."

Nice rig!

Did a number of trips to Baja in the late 70s and early 80s and when I first returned in 2011 I couldn't believe how all the pristine beaches were covered with houses or fenced in with a guy wanting $5 for the day. The one exception was Bahia de Las Animas south of LA Bay and maybe the beach we just stayed at. Both, a little off the beaten path.
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Rocko1 wrote:
Fantastic! Now that is a trip! It's so ironic to have that much beautiful water and not be able to drink it. I imagine there are no fresh water sources for many many miles?
edited by Rocko1 on 9/17/2021

Other than the back of my pickup? Probably not smile
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Nice trip report. The only thing missing for a full Baja beach experience is noseeums.
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Britain
Britain
Posts: 519
Thanks for sharing. Love the Baja. I like taking the dirt roads south at the Rumerosa. Lots of good camping hiking areas. Head on down to Mikes Sky ranch and then either go down the pacific side or the gulf side. Travel Baja use to sell gps maps. I have an older version but at that time it did a good job showing dirt roads and places to get gas.
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Brian
Brian
Posts: 97
I remember when the beach at Cabo looked like that and I remember thinking "it won't be like this for long."

Nice rig!
9/17/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
Fantastic! Now that is a trip! It's so ironic to have that much beautiful water and not be able to drink it. I imagine there are no fresh water sources for many many miles?
edited by Rocko1 on 9/17/2021
9/16/2021
Topic:
Chubascos, Bees and Coyotes

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Not exactly The Park but kinda the same idea. My wife and I decided to head down to Baja last week for a break. Found a nice beach on GE we'd never visited and figured what the heck. Took about eight hours driving and arrived at the end of a 30 mile dirt road to this scene. Never would have guessed there would be five sailboats anchored off shore. Most of the sailors showed up on shore for a bonfire that night. There were retirees and two younger couples who had been sailing the Gulf for the past 1-2 years. Was a rather stark contrast to the standard rat race (guilty) and felt more than a twinge of envy regarding their circumstances. Before we left to set up camp, they mentioned Chubascos, bees and coyotes and we would find out exactly what they meant.

IMG_7065 by tomteske, on Flickr

The next morning, we awakened to a beepocalypse. Hundreds of bees swarmed the water container on the tailgate and any stray moisture that may have leaked during the trip. Being a bit rusty regarding bee mitigation strategies and no internet, I was unable to make any inroads before my wife crawled out the tent and was promptly stung (ended up being three times total). With a concerted effort to relocate all our water jugs away from camp, immediately bury any spilled liquids and judicious use of DEET, we were able to make some inroads but our camp coordinates were firmly imprinted on too many bees to not have an ongoing problem. The pics don't capture even a slight percentage of the swarm.

IMG_7075 by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_7072 by tomteske, on Flickr

We were able to improve the mood a bit with a few beverages and a dip in the 85 degree water. My wife is trying to finish some continuing education requirements.

IMG_7080 by tomteske, on Flickr

Definitely were coyotes all over the beach which is rather common down there. Did notice both my water jugs got chewed up quite a bit.

IMG_7070 by tomteske, on Flickr

Low Tide Coyotes by tomteske, on Flickr

Lone Coyote by tomteske, on Flickr

IMG_7118 by tomteske, on Flickr

Oh yeah, the Chubascos. The first night there was lots of lightening to the south and some wind but nothing major. The third night we awakened to strong gusts but regrettably delayed securing camp till things got dramatic. By the time we got serious, our "well secured" staked and guylined awning was flailing in the wind and bashing the truck. Fortunately, there was no significant damage. While blasted by blowing sand, we furiously threw every loose item into the truck bed, collapsed the roof top tent and jumped into the truck for the subsequent hour long deluge. By the next morning, the wife was pretty much over our relaxing stay on a deserted beach and we broke camp. The place is obviously quite beautiful but just not ideal in mid-September. Was also a speck on the warm side...

IMG_7071 by tomteske, on Flickr

Playa by tomteske, on Flickr

Camp by tomteske, on Flickr

Pelican by tomteske, on Flickr

Bird by tomteske, on Flickr

Beach Gull by tomteske, on Flickr

Leaving camp.

IMG_7092 by tomteske, on Flickr

On the way out, spotted what I think were a ewe and lamb. They were rather shy.

BHS Pair by tomteske, on Flickr

Bighorn Sheep Pair by tomteske, on Flickr

Lots of elephant trees.

IMG_7097 by tomteske, on Flickr

Few other critters.

Raptor by tomteske, on Flickr

Horned Toad by tomteske, on Flickr

Almost back to pavement. Was a very memorable trip with a "few" hiccups( forgot to mention the truck battery dying running the wife's shower setup---was able to luckily get it started using a Li battery jump start. Yeah, that was a rookie mistake) Definitely will be back. Enjoy! Tom

IMG_7099 by tomteske, on Flickr
9/15/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 599
ziphius wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Looks like our desert getting some much need rain. Regarding haboob winds. Saw a fellow campers dome tent ( no people in it but full of gear) take off and go rolling across the desert.


Wow rockhopper, was that recently / local?



No, Years ago. We each had to sleep in our own trucks. Didn't sleep at all. The truck was moving due the strong winds. The smelly sneakers I put out on the ground at night before trying to go to sleep were blown away at night.wink Yes it was in ABDSP of course!
edited by rockhopper on 9/15/2021
9/14/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 890
@Rocko1 that last photo includes a pair of coyote tracks, a front and a hind. Good reference for distinguishing feline vs canine tracks: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/53994-canine-vs-feline-tracks-how-to-tell-them-apart
edited by ziphius on 9/14/2021
9/14/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
Nice report. Last print almost looks like bobcat no?
9/12/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 890
rockhopper wrote:
Looks like our desert getting some much need rain. Regarding haboob winds. Saw a fellow campers dome tent ( no people in it but full of gear) take off and go rolling across the desert.


Wow rockhopper, was that recently / local?
9/12/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 599
Looks like our desert getting some much need rain. Regarding haboob winds. Saw a fellow campers dome tent ( no people in it but full of gear) take off and go rolling across the desert.
9/11/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
Those are great animal print captures. I like the sidewinder tracks, too. Never seen one in the wild, though I think they are hard to spot.

Now I need research "moisture capture" for hot days. I wanted to visit AB last weekend but it was still too hot for me.
9/10/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 984
Very nice TR, Ziphius. My wife and I just found out the hard way what "Chubasco" meant a few nights ago down in Baja camping in a tent.
9/10/2021
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

JBHogan
JBHogan
Posts: 4
Riches may still be yours... There are more arriving each day, I suppose.

I usually bring a strong plastic bag so they don't come apart in the truck. For the purposes of the project, the decaying specimens are just as interesting as those still intact.

I wish I could have seen that float; I'd have offered to take it apart for them, and remove the debris for free!
9/10/2021
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

dsefcik
dsefcik
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dsefcik
dsefcik
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Topic: Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted
I would be rich by now had I known....I remember someone also collecting them for use on a float in an annual borrego springs parade of some sort.
9/9/2021
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Man, I could’ve been paid $100 on a single hike a couple different times.

I think someone here found 30 in one bundle once.

Usually they are all flaking apart and leave glitter like fragments over everything being packed out.
9/9/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Nice. It is always worth a summer trip out there, especially if the monsoon is active.
9/9/2021
Topic:
Unusual request: mylar balloons...wanted

JBHogan
JBHogan
Posts: 4
Dear forum members,

This is not a request you'll receive every day, but I'm looking for as many "captured in the wild" mylar balloons as I can get.

I'm an artist employing them as components in mixed-media assemblages, and I'm running out of specimens I've been able to gather myself over the years.


I'll pay $5 apiece for them if you'd like to be compensated for your efforts. I live in central San Diego and can pick them up in person, or would be happy to pay additional for postage if a meetup can't work. I can pay via cash, and by all the usual electronic means.

The condition of the balloons does not matter- they can be a day old or crumbling pieces from a decade in the sun. Ribbon tethers are part of my designs, so having those included would be nice, if they are present.


Ideally, I'd like to have a rough location of where they were dicovered, whenever possible.

I am serious about this. Feel free to contact me here via PM.

Apologies if this is not the proper sub-forum for this topic; if so, please move to a more appropriate location.

Respectfully, ~J
9/7/2021
Topic:
Haboob in Borrego Springs

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 890
https://www.jimcarretta.com/post/a-summer-haboob-in-borrego-springs
edited by ziphius on 9/8/2021
8/27/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
rockhopper wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--



Thanks. I will check that area out. I went out Sat. from Pedro Fages monument to Middle Peak via the Ca riding and hiking trail. One thing is whatever satellite photos are currently on GE, it's way more choked now in the hills just south of the monument . I planned on just walking up some drainages to explore the hills but there was too much growth. Have to come back with pants. I did go up a dry fall and may have found a quasi-seasonal seep though-very wet mud near the top and lots of green-with plenty of game trails converging there.


Ditto on the pants. I only wear shorts above 10,000 feet and below 1000 feet in the desert when traveling cross country. Too many battle scarswink
Cheers



Yeah, should have kept a pair in my pack. Would have been able to explore quite a bit more.
8/27/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 599
Rocko1 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--



Thanks. I will check that area out. I went out Sat. from Pedro Fages monument to Middle Peak via the Ca riding and hiking trail. One thing is whatever satellite photos are currently on GE, it's way more choked now in the hills just south of the monument . I planned on just walking up some drainages to explore the hills but there was too much growth. Have to come back with pants. I did go up a dry fall and may have found a quasi-seasonal seep though-very wet mud near the top and lots of green-with plenty of game trails converging there.


Ditto on the pants. I only wear shorts above 10,000 feet and below 1000 feet in the desert when traveling cross country. Too many battle scarswink
Cheers
8/23/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
dsefcik wrote:
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--



Thanks. I will check that area out. I went out Sat. from Pedro Fages monument to Middle Peak via the Ca riding and hiking trail. One thing is whatever satellite photos are currently on GE, it's way more choked now in the hills just south of the monument . I planned on just walking up some drainages to explore the hills but there was too much growth. Have to come back with pants. I did go up a dry fall and may have found a quasi-seasonal seep though-very wet mud near the top and lots of green-with plenty of game trails converging there.
8/23/2021
Topic:
2021

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
Topic: 2021
Nice! Haze was probably smoke from all the fires. We were in Tahoe and Mammoth in July and smoke was bad everywhere.
8/22/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Topic: 2021
tekewin wrote:
Is the last set from White Mountain or somewhere else? The B&W image is sweet.


Correct on the location. Did a couple days up there hiking. Sure was hazy at times.

Most of the recent B&W images are 850 infrared. It cuts through the haze and makes harsh light look good.

8/21/2021
Topic:
2021

tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
tekewin
tekewin
Posts: 289
Topic: 2021
Is the last set from White Mountain or somewhere else? The B&W image is sweet.
8/19/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

dsefcik
dsefcik
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dsefcik
dsefcik
Administrator
Posts: 2518
Topic: Anything West of Sunrise Highway?
Not west but pretty close...Thing Valley Rd / Morris Ranch Rd / Kitchen Creek / Cibbets area, this is the Descanso district.

You will need to obtain a free permit online from the forest service to be legal.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins

You could hike anywhere during the day and camp in the CNF.

--
8/17/2021
Topic:
2021

Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Buford
Buford
Posts: 370
Topic: 2021
Thanks @Scooter, all. I try and capture the desert as I experience it.

For the warmer months: go early, go high, go north or a combination of all of those.

Since everyone seems to like the ridge:










Only brought the cell phone up real high. Bighorn sheep high up (cell phone shot):


Click the image for a quick video of bighorn in the hail, sleet and snow. Good ewe/lamb ratio, every ewe had a lamb and I wanted to count them and write down collar and ear tag info for some reason:

edited by Buford on 8/17/2021
8/17/2021
Topic:
Anything West of Sunrise Highway?

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
Looking to do an overnight at higher ground, does anyone have any spots or experience west of Sunrise Hwy or nearby that area? Seems to be some hills NW of the Sunrise Trailhead parking lot towards Cuyamaca lake that in are the park could have some potential.
8/9/2021
Topic:
2021

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 448
Topic: 2021
dsefcik wrote:
Nice pic rocko1...gonna heat up again this week out there.

Yeah, August is slim pickings for hikes. I try to be off trail by 9ish most of the time. Saw a couple of large groups of turkeys near the lake last trip.
https://i.imgur.com/rnsIUdu.mp4
8/9/2021
Topic:
2021

dsefcik
dsefcik
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dsefcik
dsefcik
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Posts: 2518
Topic: 2021
Nice pic rocko1...gonna heat up again this week out there.




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