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6/6/2017
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Anyone hike south of the La Rumerosa? Did some hiking in the La Milla area ( El Topo) . Theres a large granite out cropping that's really pretty cool. Some of the area is a national park. Snows in the winter . Has pine trees pretty cool area.


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ImpatientHiker
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6/7/2017
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I used to climb a feature I knew as the "Great White Throne" at the upper reaches of Canyon Tahoe between the late 80's and the mid 90's and this looks like the area behind it. I've always wanted to go back and spend more time exploring that plateau.
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6/7/2017
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Yes thats the area, one time there was a lot of campers climbing the tower. Used to camp an canyon de guadalupe, the canyon up to the tower is about a 1/2 mile or so north. Never got out of the canyon, got to the base. Easier to come in from the Rumerosa.

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6/13/2017
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i spent last weekend down there, camped south of el topo. it's a magical place virtually untouched, aside from cow dung everywhere. i loved seeing the profusion of baja fairy dusters (in bloom!) and made a nice loop out of it, returning home via the 3 and ojos negros. of course we made the obligatory stop at marcellos to feast on cheese and an amazing lunch! i highly recommend it!
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6/13/2017
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The ranches run those cows everywhere that's for sure. There's even some wild ones roaming about. I've also camped on the east side, wheeled down to Mikes ranch then off to San Felipe. It is a nice area.

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6/13/2017
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All those canyons to the east are so beautiful and remote with water, granite, and palm groves. I really miss those times and still dream of the pre-drought azure streams and deep pools that were a result of the early 70's hurricanes. I've heard that most are chocked up or shallow now. Last time I went was up Canyon Carrizo and walked right into a massive, multi-grove, pot grow. They burned my car and I haven't been down there since. As a young man, that bug took me two years to build and really meant a lot to me. Funny how material things mean less and less once you have kids and get older...
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6/14/2017
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@ImpatientHiker Sorry to hear about your bug. I also have an expensive rig that I take down and worry about it. When my dad retired from the Navy in the late 60's he got some beach property about 200 miles south of Ensenada. I used to bring him down buckets of old spark plugs for fishing weights. Fell in love with the Baja from that time. From 1990 to 2014 worked in the Baja and lived there for about 10 years.

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6/14/2017
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Thanks. I envy you the many experiences you must've had down there. Remarkable land to those of us that appreciate desert.
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6/15/2017
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Oh Baja, Used to go all over Baja back in the day 1970'- 1990's. My Wife wants nothing to do with it. Too bad, I've gone down with a few of my buddies in the last few years. Man, the stories from Baja. Probably pulled over by Mexican Federaldes over a dozen times over 20 years. Surfboards on the roof or in a van. ( There was a big drug bust back in the 70's with surf boards filled with MJ ) So all surfers were targets for a long time. Great hiking and exploring for sure. It's like going back in time when you leave the populated areas. BE CAREFUL . Lot's of private land. I've been in the Rosarita Jail, Been chased by Mexicans, Almost arrested in Mulege, Paid off the Federaldes multiple times, Had a friend walk off a cliff at night going to take a leak, Too much stuff happened down there to repeat. But I can say 99% of the time was fantastic. I loved Baja.
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6/15/2017
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Haha I've spent a little time in a Mexicali jail and Tijuana mostly because of being a gringo. But I do have a permanent residence card now. They now have to give me a ticket. But I do know a lot of folk down there. My wife is/was a Mexican national and our son is an attorney in Mexicali. So I think I got some bases covered!

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6/15/2017
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Yep, oh Baja! You guys must have great tales to tell. Britain, sounds like you're the guy to stick with. Rockhopper, your edits hint at stuff better left unwritten...haha.
I remember a two page National Geographic magazine picture years ago that showed a time-lapse pic of the earth from space that showed the lights of humanities presence and the only two dark places on the globe were Siberia and Baja.
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6/15/2017
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Some serious Baja "Glory Days" posting going on!! Sounds like a lot of amazing stories. Was in Valle de Guadalupe on my honeymoon two weeks ago and definitely have to say lots of great memories new and old down there. Even able to convince the new bride to help me find a Kumeyaay rock art site which she easily found while I was bumbling around in the brush. Can't wait to get back.

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6/16/2017
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Nice! I've been to the ones in the Rumerosa. An engineer who was working for me took us out one summer night in the Salada to show us a few in the Cucapas. All I remember of that trip was it was really hot. Nice to see someone who still braves the Baja!

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6/16/2017
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BTY here's a list of books on the Baja explore. I've read a few. My dad always was looking for stuff to explore while he was down in the Baja.

http://forums.bajanomad.com/viewthread.php?tid=24136

One that I slightly remember was " Off The Beaten Track In Baja by Erle Stanley Gardner" I may go find it again to read.

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6/16/2017
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Britain wrote:
Nice to see someone who still braves the Baja!


Haven't done too many trips down there recently but did drive to Los Cabos in 2010 and down to Bahia de Las Animas below LA Bay last fall. The roads are much improved compared to the "good 'ol days" with those legendary car eating potholes smile But those empty pristine beaches now have houses and fences everywhere. Progress?
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6/17/2017
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There are many beautiful places in Mexico, but I don't really feel safe heading down there, even though I have friends that go there all the time.
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