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11 hours ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mtn /Bitter Creek Canyon

tekewin
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Great hike! I went up a route very nearly the one you did in 2017, but you took an interesting way down. Looks steep on the map.

The honeycomb is impressive, but I wouldn't want to find one filled with bees.

You always seem to find very interesting stuff in the wild. (spelling edit)
edited by tekewin on 10/18/2019
14 hours ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

Rocko1
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deborah wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Great pics. What type of vehicle do you have? I want to do a trip up Rockhouse Canyon and would like to get as close as possible in my Ford Escape.



I have a Tacoma. The short distance that I went in a few weeks ago was bumpy for sure, but probably not surprising since I didn't bother to air down. smile I thought it was very manageable until I got to my stopping point. There were some medium-size boulders in the path I was following. I didn't spend much time looking for a way around.



Thanks. I hope one day to get a Tacoma. Really like those trucks.
1 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

deborah
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ziphius wrote:
Your butterfly is a Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus). I have never seen one in the wild. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/59128-Atlides-halesus


Oh yes, that's it. Thank you! That's quite a name, too! smile
1 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

ziphius
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Your butterfly is a Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus). I have never seen one in the wild. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/59128-Atlides-halesus
1 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

deborah
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rockhopper wrote:
Nice trip, Nice photos and Welcome! I really enjoy Rockhouse canyon, The rock houses , the whole area for solitude in the middle of Southern California. Just amazing. We were able to take a 4x4 Bronco up to about 2.5 miles from hidden spring until the boulders stopped us and then packed it in for two nites on the first trip. Started to follow an old Native American trail from the Santa Rosa Indian Ruins toward Martinez. Still need to complete that section. Tough!
edited by rockhopper on 10/17/2019


Thanks! Yes, the area really is amazing. That trail must have been a fun discovery. And towards Martinez, that definitely sounds tough. smile
1 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

rockhopper
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Nice Trip, Nice photos searching the boulders for cave shelters. Also, neat light weight tent set up you got there.
1 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

rockhopper
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Nice trip, Nice photos and Welcome! I really enjoy Rockhouse canyon, The rock houses , the whole area for solitude in the middle of Southern California. Just amazing. We were able to take a 4x4 Bronco up to about 2.5 miles from hidden spring until the boulders stopped us and then packed it in for two nites on the first trip. Started to follow an old Native American trail from the Santa Rosa Indian Ruins toward Martinez. Still need to complete that section. Tough!
edited by rockhopper on 10/17/2019
2 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

deborah
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Rocko1 wrote:
Great pics. What type of vehicle do you have? I want to do a trip up Rockhouse Canyon and would like to get as close as possible in my Ford Escape.



I have a Tacoma. The short distance that I went in a few weeks ago was bumpy for sure, but probably not surprising since I didn't bother to air down. smile I thought it was very manageable until I got to my stopping point. There were some medium-size boulders in the path I was following. I didn't spend much time looking for a way around.
2 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

deborah
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ziphius wrote:
Great photos. I cant' figure out what species of butterfly that is. It resembles a pipevine swallowtail, except some features are way different.



They are beautiful, for sure. I saw two of them during the day. I stayed with that one for a bit in case it decided to open its wings, but it didn't.

I did see quite a few dragonflies (I think) in and near the canyon as well. Their wings were clear and shimmering, and edged in a shiny, almost gold color. They were really beautiful too.
2 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

Buford
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Most SUVs and trucks should be able to get to the Butler/Rockhouse junction. The final 3 miles to the end of Rockhouse Truck Trail can be a mess. It depends on how bad the monsoons were, how armored your vehicle is, or how tolerant you are of body damage.
2 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

Rocko1
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Great pics. What type of vehicle do you have? I want to do a trip up Rockhouse Canyon and would like to get as close as possible in my Ford Escape.
2 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

ziphius
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Nice trip / photos.
2 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

ziphius
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Great photos. I cant' figure out what species of butterfly that is. It resembles a pipevine swallowtail, except some features are way different.
3 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

Rocko1
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deborah wrote:
Sounds like a fun trip! I bet the moon was amazing.



It was very bright. Not good for star viewing but it was really great to see it come over a ridge near Whale Peak.
3 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
I took my son to that same cave and area when he was about 17, lots of cool shelters around there.
So is that Dyneema camo? I bought several yards of that thin stuff and haven't made anything yet with it, kinda a tricky fabric to work with.



It really is. We were not there long but you really could spend a couple days exploring.

Yes, it's a .67oz/cubic yard dyneema composite. It's a bit thicker than their standard dyneema as the camo is laminated on. It makes it less see through than the lighter .51/oz material. The moon still shines through pretty well though.

This was taken about 8pm-moon light.


Here is inside shot.

edited by Rocko1 on 10/15/2019
4 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

dsefcik
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Topic: Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley
Great area, the Lindsay book refers that area as Mojave Valley. There is an old geocache hidden away along that drainage.
4 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

deborah
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Sounds like a fun trip! I bet the moon was amazing.
4 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

dsefcik
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Topic: Little Blair Valley Overnight
I took my son to that same cave and area when he was about 17, lots of cool shelters around there.
So is that Dyneema camo? I bought several yards of that thin stuff and haven't made anything yet with it, kinda a tricky fabric to work with.
4 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

deborah
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On this trip I parked just around the corner from the Butler Canyon / Rockhouse Canyon junction. A few weeks ago I drove in about 1.5 miles from the junction before I reached a tricky spot (for me). I'm probably on the conservative side with off road driving though. And it was at the end of my day, so I didn't spend much time trying to find a way through.
4 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

Buford
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Cool trip. Nice tent. I like my Zpacks tarp.
4 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

Buford
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Nice. I need to get back there again this year. Lots of cool stuff to see.

Did you drive to the end of Rockhouse Truck Trail? I wonder if any monsoon floods hit it this year.
4 days ago
Topic:
Little Blair Valley Overnight

Rocko1
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Did a quick overnight north of Little Blair Valley with my son. This was just a last minute trip to try out some new gear and enjoy the cooler nighttime temps. Parked at the Pictograph trail and went searching for a decent camp site. A mile or so north of the pictograph trail end there are some decent spots and lots of boulders to explore. Found some really large 'caves' and one could spend many hours bouldering and exploring this area. In the morning we came down a canyon and made the short trip back to the car. Weather was great. 80F daytime, 37F low. No wind at night and a full moon. Camo tent is a Zpacks Duplex. 21oz.





One of the many 'caves' we found.


Another much larger-this was much larger than it appears. Could fit 10+ people standing up in here.


Morteros near the camp site.







Old Folders can found in cave


Canyon we made or way down in the morning.


Was a fun quick trip.
edited by Rocko1 on 10/14/2019
edited by Rocko1 on 10/15/2019
5 days ago
Topic:
Rockhouse Canyon / Rockhouse Valley

deborah
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I was back in the Rockhouse Canyon again, this time exploring a drainage between the north end of the canyon to Dawn's Peak. Thought I'd share some pictures.




Not much to this picture but the colors. This was on the drive down Montezuma Valley road. I pulled over just long enough to poke my head out for this shot. It was chilly. smile












The picture doesn't really show it well, but that rock face is maybe a few hundred feet tall. The dry fall is only a short walk back into the canyon.














2 mylar balloons retrieved. smile

7 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mtn /Bitter Creek Canyon

deborah
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These photos are great! The honeycomb is impressive. It makes me wonder how often I pass right by something cool like this without seeing it. I really like the picture of the grasses in the canyon too. Nice trip report!
7 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek

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Topic: Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek
Been awhile since I went up Grapevine, I wonder if the register went missing like in many other places. Great photos, thanks for sharing.
9 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek

deborah
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Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice. Did you ascent route follow the PCT part of the way?



Hi Rocko1, I parked in Grapevine Canyon where it meets Bitter Creek. For my hike I basically followed Bitter Creek until I was heading south, and the wash wasn't as distinct from the surrounding terrain. Then I went cross country for just a bit to climb towards Grapevine Mountain.

So I wasn't on the PCT, but it wasn't far away at all. From that ridge I could see the trail section that winds up through the hills from Scissors Crossing. That's an interesting variation!
9 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek

Rocko1
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Very nice. Did you ascent route follow the PCT part of the way?
10 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek

deborah
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Thanks, I was curious about the skull. I saw other bones nearby and was wondering which type of animal it had been.

There were a few small areas of water including Bitter Creek Spring that the bees were enjoying.
10 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek

ziphius
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Nice photos. Have not explored that area. 3rd photo looks like a spot that might hold some water in the wet season. Skull is definitely from a mule deer, the depression in the lacrimal bone is diagnostic and allows for separation between mule deer and bighorn. Thanks for posting.
10 days ago
Topic:
Grapevine Mountain and Bitter Creek

deborah
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I went out to explore Bitter Creek and Grapevine Mountain on Sunday. My route followed Bitter Creek around to the southwest side then climbed the ridge up to the summit. Goodness, the views are amazing! I saw 3 survey markers but couldn’t find the summit register. I followed a different route on the way back, along a chute full of rock to scramble over. It seems like it would also be fun to reverse the loop and ascend that way.


I did find a mostly-buried trekking pole in the wash. It looks like it’s been there a while, but if anyone is looking for one or can make use of it, you are welcome to it. smile


Here are a few pictures from the day. I saw four deer but didn’t get any pictures. If only I could move across the terrain like that…






















Oh, and mylar balloon count 1, “regular” balloon 1.
edited by deborah on 10/8/2019
12 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

deborah
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Thanks for sharing these! When I'm lucky enough to see any it's usually just for an instant before they disappear. The lambs are cute as can be.
12 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

dsefcik
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Topic: It is always desert season
That one old BHS in the back looks pretty beat up. I absolutely love how the colors of the wildlife blend in so naturally with the landscape.
13 days ago
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I finally got some video together from the sheep count. All of it is pretty shaky since it is hand held and a long long lens.

A ewe fending off the attention of a young ram. This went on for hours. I only took a short video clip:





Here is a composite of clips showing more sheep:



->Edit to add full res link to second video.
edited by Buford on 10/5/2019
edited by Buford on 10/5/2019
edited by Buford on 10/5/2019
14 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

ziphius
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Nice pics. Looks like a banded rock lizard in one.
15 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

deborah
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Wow, these are great pictures!
15 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

Buford
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I kept waiting for the Kestrel (I think it's a Kestrel) to fly close enough to get a picture in flight, but it never did.

Here is that sheep pic in full res (sorry if you open the post with a cell phone):



Keep an eye out:



edited by Buford on 10/3/2019
edited by Buford on 10/3/2019
15 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Pinyon Ridge
Nice truck setup. Last season I enjoyed sleeping in my car and doing longer day hikes instead of backpacking.
15 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

dsefcik
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
deborah wrote:
Thank you for fixing the photos!

The weather was particularly interesting. Sunny for most of the day, and then hiking through the mist at higher elevations. It was a fun day out.

After you upload them you need to add the following code to have them show up inline




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15 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

dsefcik
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Looks like the new camera is working well for you, absolutely great photos, thank you for sharing and keep them coming! Thumbs Up
15 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

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rockhopper wrote:
Daren, Great photos. I like photo #6 the best. Something about b&w that makes it special. Also the last photo makes you wonder. I see a face in it too. Kudos to ranger Steve. Rest in peace. Hey, Car camping (Truck bed) is my preferred way to go for day hikes or combo day/ back packs. I now use a 4" foam pad. hehe. Nice trip.

btw. Glad to here your back is getting stronger.

When I purchased the truck from tommy750 he was kind enough to also include a nice 8" memory foam mattress which I had to cut down to 4" and make a little setup from scrap wood from work.

(note 25 liter SquadBak)




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edited by dsefcik on 10/3/2019
15 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

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tekewin wrote:
Sweet trip and photos. I noticed a trailcam set up in front of that guzzler. I wonder if the rangers pick up the cards since they check on the guzzlers.

Thanks for the report.
There are actually guzzler stewards that maintain the guzzlers and collect the sd cards. Steve was the person running that program.
16 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

tekewin
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Damn, your photos are so clear. Puts my point and shoot to shame. Love the bighorn photo. I might have to make that my wallpaper for a while.
16 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Welcome. Great rainbow shot. Appreciate the photos.
16 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: Pinyon Ridge
Sweet trip and photos. I noticed a trailcam set up in front of that guzzler. I wonder if the rangers pick up the cards since they check on the guzzlers.

Thanks for the report.
16 days ago
Topic:
It is always desert season

Buford
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A couple pics from a summer trip last month.













I'm looking forward to the cooler weather and longer hikes.
16 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Welcome to the form.

Looks like a fun trip. That region is always cool when the clouds roll through.
16 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Tierra Blanca High Point
I read about the pool accident a couple days ago EEK!

Cool to see pictures of the area from both @tekewin and @tommy750.
16 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Nice rainbow pic. You timed your hike perfect with the cooler weather. Cheers
Welcome to the forum!
16 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Pinyon Ridge
Daren, Great photos. I like photo #6 the best. Something about b&w that makes it special. Also the last photo makes you wonder. I see a face in it too. Kudos to ranger Steve. Rest in peace. Hey, Car camping (Truck bed) is my preferred way to go for day hikes or combo day/ back packs. I now use a 4" foam pad. hehe. Nice trip.

btw. Glad to here your back is getting stronger.
edited by rockhopper on 10/2/2019
16 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

rockhopper
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Nice day hike. Looks like desert season is upon us. Water maybe from recent Monsoon storms which rolled thru the are a few weeks ago.
Cheers
16 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

deborah
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Thanks! And I was wondering what that plant was. Thank you for mentioning that too!
17 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

ziphius
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Nice area for sure, nice pics. Looks like some native cherries on that bush, really sweet when they dry out. Welcome to the forum.
17 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

deborah
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Thank you for fixing the photos!

The weather was particularly interesting. Sunny for most of the day, and then hiking through the mist at higher elevations. It was a fun day out.
17 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

dsefcik
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Welcome and thanks for sharing, that is a great area. I updated your post to show the photos inline.
17 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

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ziphius wrote:
Nice - looking trip Daren. Great scat. Palm seeds? Something smaller?

Pinyon? Manzanita? Agave pods? All in that area.
18 days ago
Topic:
San Felipe Hills

deborah
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Topic: San Felipe Hills
Hi everyone! I've been enjoying this site for years, and finally got up the courage to post something.

Last Saturday I was in the San Felipe Hills. Starting in Grapevine Canyon, I went cross country to the PCT then headed north on the trail for a bit. I thought I'd share some pictures.

I apologize, still learning how to post images inline...
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18 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

ziphius
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Topic: Pinyon Ridge
Nice - looking trip Daren. Great scat. Palm seeds? Something smaller?
18 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

dsefcik
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Plenty of water and bees...

Here are few color shots from my phone...not the same as with the big DSLR cammera.









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18 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

tekewin
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tommy750 wrote:
Tekewin, how high up were you when you saw the water. Nice to see that out there.



The water was from a seep directly along the loop trail just south of Caliente Benchmark. Both canyons were mostly dry with a few damp spots here and there.
18 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

tommy750
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No pool expert but aren't you supposed to keep hydrochloric acid and chlorine way the heck apart?? Chlorine gas is still unhealthy, right?

No kitty prints but it rained pretty hard earlier in the week. There were a lot of fresh sheep prints crossing the canyon further down.

Tekewin, how high up were you when you saw the water. Nice to see that out there.
18 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

tekewin
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What were the odds of a chlorine spill on my first visit to Agua Caliente? Oh, well, another reason to go back.

tommy750, whoa, that looks recent. Any cat prints nearby?
19 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

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Did the guzzler have much water? Nice pics, Daren. "...in the climate change year 2015." Nice.
19 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

tommy750
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Nice trip Tekewin. Was out in the Tierra Blancas today hiking just to the west of Canebrake Canyon. Walked by 39 roasting pits. Should have tried for one more smile Did come across this poor guy. Still had a strong odor:

Sheep6 by tomteske, on Flickr

Sheep2 by tomteske, on Flickr

Sheep3 by tomteske, on Flickr
19 days ago
Topic:
Pinyon Ridge

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Finally made it out to explore Pinyon Ridge last weekend, was warm, maybe 90? Really pretty country up there.
New camera to me...OM-4 and some old retro B/W film.


https://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Pinyon-Ridge-09-21-2019/

Yaqui guzzler


Looking out towards Wilson Peak


Still car camping until my back gets strong..but it ain't bad.


Wilson Peak BM


Odd elec motor part on a rock in the middle of nowhere and nothing related around it


Yaqui Peak visitor registor


Ranger Steve sign in 2015, he used the red pencil so the b/w film had a hard time picking it up (upper dark area)


Damn...no balloons this trip..!

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19 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

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This info courtesy of tommy750

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/story/2019-09-27/chemical-spill-in-remote-agua-caliente-camp-site-sends-2-to-hospital
19 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

ziphius
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Great-looking trip! Crazy about the chlorine.
19 days ago
Topic:
Tierra Blanca High Point

tekewin
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It's officially the end of summer and though it still gets hot in some places, I made my first trip back to the desert. Started at Agua Caliente State Park, walked a half mile of the Moonlight Trail, then went up an unnamed canyon toward the Tierra Blanca Mountains High Point. With careful route finding, it can all be kept class 2. Lots of boulders in the first mile, then there are some breaks with flat spots. At the top of the gully, I went up left just below a large rock outcrop and found the summit register in a glass jar. Gorgeous view of the Inner Pasture and Sawtooth Mountains. The register went back to 1989 but only had a few dozen entries. Of course, the Monday Maniacs had been there.








Inner pasture from Tierra Blanca high point




After a short stay, I started back along the ridge line, but dropped into a parallel unnamed canyon also filled with boulders. There are a couple of dry falls that were not easy to bypass, but could be down climbed at class 3. After hours of rock hopping, I was glad to get out of the canyon. I decided to pick up Peak 1882, the bump that the loop trail goes around and Caliente Benchmark which is just off the trail. There was water running along the trail and a lot of vegetation there. Both Peak 1882 and Caliente Benchmark had flying ants that swarmed me. No register or marks on 1882, but Caliente had both.






Peak 1882


Water!


Caliente Benchmark in the middle



When I got to the truck, I smelled something unusual. My first guess was butane but I couldn't place it. I changed into swimming clothes and headed to one of the outdoor pools. I was there for one minute before a fireman came over and told me they were evacuating the park due to a chlorine problem. I guess too much of the chemical was put into the indoor pool. He escorted me to my truck and determined I didn't need decontamination before leaving. I missed out on a relaxing soak, but really enjoyed this fun but tough hike. One mylar balloon collected.


CalTopo public map of the route: https://caltopo.com/m/HCEC



26 days ago
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Sounds like a interesting adventure trek. Personally I would follow the San Felipe creek, cut across Split mountain gap and onward to Auga Caliente route to avoid the traffic along the 78. Packing water would be the main issue. Good luck. Keep us posted.



Doing water caches on that route would be difficult-that's why I chose to finish the days near a road. Thinking I might have my brother meet me at the cache/camp locations too.

Even in cooler weather I will probably need to carry 6L.



Right. The Kane spring to Auga Caliente route is over 35 miles on foot with a lot of cross country. Would probably need a water cache' at or around split mountain or carry 2 days worth. Having your brother help is a great idea.
Cheers
28 days ago
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
Sounds like a interesting adventure trek. Personally I would follow the San Felipe creek, cut across Split mountain gap and onward to Auga Caliente route to avoid the traffic along the 78. Packing water would be the main issue. Good luck. Keep us posted.



Doing water caches on that route would be difficult-that's why I chose to finish the days near a road. Thinking I might have my brother meet me at the cache/camp locations too.

Even in cooler weather I will probably need to carry 6L.
28 days ago
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

rockhopper
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Sounds like a interesting adventure trek. Personally I would follow the San Felipe creek, cut across Split mountain gap and onward to Auga Caliente route to avoid the traffic along the 78. Packing water would be the main issue. Good luck. Keep us posted.
9/18/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
I would also suggest staying out of Oriflamme if it is a holiday weekend or such as there will be 5 million jeeps on that dirt road.



Thanks. I did consider that. Hitting the PCT near Scissors Crossing would eliminate that issue but add a couple of miles.
9/18/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

dsefcik
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Topic: Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?
I would also suggest staying out of Oriflamme if it is a holiday weekend or such as there will be 5 million jeeps on that dirt road.
9/16/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
I might offer a suggestion of cutting south at earthquake valley and thru blair/box cyn and going up oriflamme instead.



I think this makes sense. Seems to cut 2.5 miles and 800ft gain off. Thanks.
edited by Rocko1 on 9/16/2019
9/16/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
If I had the extra time I would join you....looks like a great route.

That would be great.

I modified the track a bit adding cache locations/camp spots. Here is how it breaks down now.

Day 1) 28 miles 1,000ft of gain
Day 2) 14 miles 2,450ft of gain
Day 3) 22 miles 4,000ft of gain

Needs further work to lessen day 1, extend day 2.
9/16/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

Rocko1
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tommy750 wrote:
Roughly following San Felipe Creek/Old Kane Springs Rd to Fish Creek to Sandstone Canyon to Storm or Cottonwood or Oriflame Canyon would shave off 6-10 miles. Looks like a nice trek whatever route you chose.



I will look at modifying the route. Thanks for the tip.

The reason I chose a more northern route is 1) I am more familiar with that area and 2) it seemed to have easier points to do water caches and or bail out points.
9/16/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

dsefcik
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Topic: Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?
If I had the extra time I would join you....looks like a great route.
9/15/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

tommy750
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Roughly following San Felipe Creek/Old Kane Springs Rd to Fish Creek to Sandstone Canyon to Storm or Cottonwood or Oriflame Canyon would shave off 6-10 miles. Looks like a nice trek whatever route you chose.
9/15/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

dsefcik
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Topic: Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?
Here is the back of one of my old shirts from the race, it can give you some real miles along the way.


edited by dsefcik on 9/15/2019
9/15/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

dsefcik
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I might offer a suggestion of cutting south at earthquake valley and thru blair/box cyn and going up oriflamme instead.
9/14/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

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Can't do full research right now but Google Lost Boys 50 mile ultra run. I used to run that foot race and it went from pinyon wash to cuyamaca vc/school. Will take a look at route later when I get a chance.
9/14/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

ziphius
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I've had the same goal for some time now, with most of my proposed routes coming in at around 65-75 miles. Your route comes in at about 68 miles from your Caltopo link. Doing that in 3 days seems ambitious, even with water drops, but maybe you're ultra-running it or hiking through the night? If you do it during a full-moon and get lucky with the weather, you can save on water by doing some night sections, especially in the eastern half where terrain is easier.
edited by ziphius on 9/14/2019
9/13/2019
Topic:
Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake-Best Route?

Rocko1
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I am thinking about the best route of going from Salton Sea to Cuyamaca Lake. Would be 3 day trip, in winter/cooler weather, with water caches. I put this route together. Any thoughts or improvements would be appreciated. Rough draft-https://caltopo.com/m/VBL1
edited by Rocko1 on 9/13/2019
9/2/2019
Topic:
Anyone seen a Badger?

ziphius
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ziphius
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Topic: Anyone seen a Badger?
Nice trip Buford. Just returned from AB this weekend, where one of the things we were looking for were ....... badger tracks and dens. Did not find any, but they have been seen in the area I was looking. I can PM the area to you. Congrats on seeing one. I've only seen tracks and burrows thus far. We did find some sidewinder tracks, which led us to the snake itself, I'll try to post some pics later this week. - Jim
edited by ziphius on 9/2/2019
9/2/2019
Topic:
Free Admission to 1927 Silent Movie, Runaway Train

dsefcik
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Yeah, we ended up day hiking McCain Valley, about 8-9 miles I think it was, kinda looped out past Pepperwood Peak overlooking Canebrake. Was about 100 degrees, was nice to finally get out, I have been working almost every day for the last month.
9/2/2019
Topic:
Anyone seen a Badger?

Buford
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Topic: Anyone seen a Badger?
I dug up some papers on Badgers in San Diego County. Looks like they used to range from the coast to the desert. Now they are just in the mountains and desert. One recent paper here:

https://sdmmp.com/upload/SDMMP_Repository/0/kr27pzh0cn9f6wyxq518mjg4s3tvdb.pdf


Last shot is the Borrego Badlands with the Borrego buttes in the background. It is not from Mine Peak. Mine Peak at sunset is also good though.
9/2/2019
Topic:
Free Admission to 1927 Silent Movie, Runaway Train

Buford
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I debated between going to this or the desert. The desert won this time.
9/2/2019
Topic:
Anyone seen a Badger?

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: Anyone seen a Badger?
Never seen a badger, didn't even know they were in the desert.

Was the last shot from Mine Peak?
9/2/2019
Topic:
Anyone seen a Badger?

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I really like those photos, well done..!

Never seen a badger...the VC at Ocotillo Wells has trail camera photos of badgers beating off coyotes and other critters at night, they are pretty tough.
9/1/2019
Topic:
Anyone seen a Badger?

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Anyone seen a Badger?
Anyone seen a Badger in the park?

I saw one last night. No time to get out the camera. We were driving down a dirt road at night to get to a campsite. It was sitting in the middle of the road. It looked at us for a few seconds and scurried off into the underbrush.

I did get some other pics from the trip.





edited by Buford on 9/1/2019
8/28/2019
Topic:
Free Admission to 1927 Silent Movie, Runaway Train

dsefcik
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https://patch.com/california/lamesa/free-admission-1927-silent-movie-runaway-train-sat-aug-31

Free Admission to 1927 Silent Movie, Runaway Train, Sat., Aug. 31`Chasing Choo Choos,' starring Monty Banks, San Diego & Arizona Railway, Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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8/25/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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My machete is more like an oversized knife. But the clippers is a great idea.
8/25/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

tekewin
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rockhopper wrote:
No lion, just some wicked cats claw in the upper reaches of Martinez canyon. I use a folding saw for branches. Cat's claw I try to avoid at all costs but sometimes we all have to push thru. I have a machete in storage somewhere collecting dust. While traveling down in the Amazon over 20 years ago, the number one injury was machete to leg injuries. You have to be super careful about the machete deflecting off branches and I am too accident prone anyway so I put it away for good.
edited by rockhopper on 8/22/2019



I've had mixed results with a machete. It worked great on soft vegetation and brush with thin branches, but was not very useful against small trees or larger. It's long so it stuck out the top of my pack and would often get hung in thick brush if I was trying to pass through or under. I won't take it out any more unless I know it will be effective in the area. Clippers have been a better general solution for me.
8/22/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

rockhopper
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No lion, just some wicked cats claw in the upper reaches of Martinez canyon. I use a folding saw for branches. Cat's claw I try to avoid at all costs but sometimes we all have to push thru. I have a machete in storage somewhere collecting dust. While traveling down in the Amazon over 20 years ago, the number one injury was machete to leg injuries. You have to be super careful about the machete deflecting off branches and I am too accident prone anyway so I put it away for good.
edited by rockhopper on 8/22/2019
8/21/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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rockhopper wrote:
Ok, I'll come clean. I admit to using old 100% cotton dress shirts for many expeditions in the past. They usually get torn to shreds when I go "off trail" or down in the drainage gullies with the dreaded cats claw. I am surprised there is no blood showing in this photo. Anyway, I now use the appropriate long sleeve shirts. Columbia is the current protection. Looking forward to getting back to the desert when the Sun moves South again.
Cheers




edited by rockhopper on 8/20/2019



Sure you didnt get attacked by a lion or something? smile I bought a small machete for that cats claw.
8/20/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

rockhopper
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Ok, I'll come clean. I admit to using old 100% cotton dress shirts for many expeditions in the past. They usually get torn to shreds when I go "off trail" or down in the drainage gullies with the dreaded cats claw. I am surprised there is no blood showing in this photo. Anyway, I now use the appropriate long sleeve shirts. Columbia is the current protection. Looking forward to getting back to the desert when the Sun moves South again.
Cheers




edited by rockhopper on 8/20/2019
8/5/2019
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

tommy750
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Nice pics Ziphius. Your pics would fit right in on reddit.com/r/natureismetal
8/3/2019
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

ziphius
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Daren, very cool observation! Thanks for sharing the details on that and the ranger story.

dsefcik wrote:
Great stuff ziphius....!

At Agua Caliente I saw a raven/crow swoop down and pickup a baby roadrunner in front of it's mom...poor thing, the mom just kinda poked around around looking for it's baby. Ranger said the day before a roadrunner nabbed a squirrel...I guess there is always a bigger fish.
8/3/2019
Topic:
The Killer at Christmas Circle

dsefcik
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Topic: The Killer at Christmas Circle
Great stuff ziphius....!

At Agua Caliente I saw a raven/crow swoop down and pickup a baby roadrunner in front of it's mom...poor thing, the mom just kinda poked around around looking for it's baby. Ranger said the day before a roadrunner nabbed a squirrel...I guess there is always a bigger fish.
8/3/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

dsefcik
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I have also bought these, they work great also

Under Armour Men UA Tac Tech Long Sleeve Tee

for pants, I just use denim or camo pants of some sort, Pencott Badlands is my favorite pattern for sure but hard to find, A-TACS is another good pattern for the desert.

Helikon Badlands CPU Pants

Tru Spec A-TACS Pants


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8/2/2019
Topic:
Light weight long sleeve shirt

Britain
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Edit changed shits to shirts. Haha bad typing.




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