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dsefcik
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3/29/2018
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Gary and I did a 4 day backpack loop trip from McCain Valley down to Canebrake and back up Pepperwood trail. To keep my herniated L3/4/5 discs happy over the last few years I don't carry my DSLR anymore so photos are usually from my phone. Damn wind turbines are now visible from anywhere near Sombrero. We camped the first night a few miles S/W of Sombrero and saw nothing but blinking red lights all night long.

McCain Valley is special....period.

Nights were pretty windy and cold, 38 every night. 3rd night on Pepperwood we had a handful of undocumented travelers pass our camp looking to do the same, once I told them Gary snores pretty bad they decided to move on..haha....I am the one who snores.

There are some cool old State Park signs still around


I bought some Pencott Badlands fabric and made my own gear...maybe I went too far?


Looking down towards Bow Willow from McCain Valley


Me in the early morning with Sombrero Peak in the background


Found a Radiosonde




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3/31/2018
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Sounds like a neat loop trip. How much water did you guys pack in? Did you find a water source? I need to do some camping in McCain valley sometime. I think you have found a few of those radiosondes. That one looks like is fairly new.
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rockhopper wrote:
Sounds like a neat loop trip. How much water did you guys pack in? Did you find a water source? I need to do some camping in McCain valley sometime. I think you have found a few of those radiosondes. That one looks like is fairly new.
5 liters each but there are a couple of water sources out there but it is pretty dry right now, we had to dig one spring out and wait until morning to get water.

I have found a few radiosondes but this was the nicest. It was complete with about 50' of string, parachute, balloon and glow stick. My understanding is that two of these get launched every day from Kearny Mesa and are supposed to make it out to Arizona. If you find one in the desert then something probably went wrong with it's flight.

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Total Mylar balloons this trip - 8 (no picture sorry)

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4/1/2018
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Nice trip. Where did you guys start your hike? Cottonwood or farther south? You all camoed out and Gary wearing teal. Nice smile
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4/1/2018
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Been wanting to do the Pepperwood. The wind turbines sort of ruined the area. So do you think this is where McCain drove his cattle through to the desert?

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4/2/2018
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tommy750 wrote:
Nice trip. Where did you guys start your hike? Cottonwood or farther south? You all camoed out and Gary wearing teal. Nice smile
Cottonwood campground...hate the walk back from Pepperwood...too long. Yeah, teal is a good look on Gary, matches his purple beaning.

@Britain....I think they drove the cattle straight up and down the mountain sides wherever they wanted, you can find cattle dung everywhere still...even in the most remote areas.

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