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Rocko1
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1/14/2019
Rocko1
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I somehow convinced my better half to give primitive backpacking a go. Anyone have any recommendations for a (2-5 mile hike) spot for an overnight trip? Some wind protection would be a plus. My car is decent clearance 2wd smaller SUV. Any help would be appreciated.

Edit: Dry camp is fine-carrying water.
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Buford
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1/14/2019
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Do you need a water source or is a dry camp ok? Looking to stay above freezing at night? All trail miles or is cross country hiking ok? I assume for an introductory backpack your looking for relatively easy miles? Desired scenery?

Too many options available.
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Rocko1
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1/14/2019
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Buford wrote:
Do you need a water source or is a dry camp ok? Looking to stay above freezing at night? All trail miles or is cross country hiking ok? I assume for an introductory backpack your looking for relatively easy miles? Desired scenery?

Too many options available.


Sorry, should have been more specific. Dry is fine. Above freezing preferable. A bit of cross country is no an issue as long as no bush whacking. Easier miles would be preferable. Scenery not that important.
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1/14/2019
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Here are 6 ideas....I think Blue Spring or Moonlight Cyn would be good. Don't know your skill level so really hard to recommend, you could just hike in to Little Blair and stop wherever feels comfortable and hangout. Moonlight is a tough hill climb.

https://caltopo.com/m/HLDK

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Added a Bow Willow loop top the map...

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Buford
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1/14/2019
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I was going to suggest plan #6 on dsefcik’s link. An easy walk and if desired you could explore further.

Another suggestion is Coyote Canyon and Collins Valley. Drive in as far as comfortable in a 2wd and start walking. It might be a road walk, but you can camp away from people by walking away from the roads.

Be prepared for colder than expected overnight temps at any of the locations.
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1/15/2019
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Added an 8th option, Rainbow Cyn / Box Cyn

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Rocko1
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1/15/2019
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dsefcik wrote:
Here are 6 ideas....I think Blue Spring or Moonlight Cyn would be good. Don't know your skill level so really hard to recommend, you could just hike in to Little Blair and stop wherever feels comfortable and hangout. Moonlight is a tough hill climb.

https://caltopo.com/m/HLDK


I really appreciate the suggestions! I go many times with my brother and I have been known to 'death march' sometimes as I get so excited about exploring-this will help me make a more reasonable trip for a newcomer.
For this trip going up washes, up and over hills and some cross country would be fine. I don't want to burn her out on too much rock scrambling as I know some really don't like that. My wife is in shape-we hike most weekends-2,500 ft gains and 10 miles are doable for her-but first time out with a pack so I don't want to make it miserable either.

Track 1 and 2 look like great choices. What are your thoughts on terrain for these?
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dsefcik
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1/15/2019
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Rocko1 wrote:

Track 1 and 2 look like great choices. What are your thoughts on terrain for these?

Track 1 is a good choice and you can check out the wildlife guzzler.
Here is a post from when I went with Hikerdmb http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic61-backpacking-in-bighorn-canyon.aspx
and my own blog post http://www.sefcik.com/2011/01/bighorn-canyon-nolina-wash-abdsp.html

Track 2 would probably be easier terrain wise and you have the option of exploring anywhere up in Hapaha Flat

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Rocko1
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1/15/2019
Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:

Track 1 and 2 look like great choices. What are your thoughts on terrain for these?

Track 1 is a good choice and you can check out the wildlife guzzler.
Here is a post from when I went with Hikerdmb http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic61-backpacking-in-bighorn-canyon.aspx
and my own blog post http://www.sefcik.com/2011/01/bighorn-canyon-nolina-wash-abdsp.html

Track 2 would probably be easier terrain wise and you have the option of exploring anywhere up in Hapaha Flat



Track 1 sounds perfect. Thanks again.
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1/22/2019
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Trip was a success. Report here http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1415-bighornnolina-canyon-loop.aspx
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