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tekewin
tekewin
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9/29/2019
tekewin
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



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Buford
Buford
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10/2/2019
Buford
Buford
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I read about the pool accident a couple days ago EEK!

Cool to see pictures of the area from both @tekewin and @tommy750.
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