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deborah
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10/13/2019
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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

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Buford
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10/14/2019
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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.
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deborah
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10/14/2019
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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.
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10/14/2019
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Great area, the Lindsay book refers that area as Mojave Valley. There is an old geocache hidden away along that drainage.

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ziphius
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10/16/2019
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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.

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Rocko1
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10/16/2019
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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.
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10/16/2019
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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.
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10/16/2019
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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.
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10/16/2019
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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.
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10/17/2019
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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!
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deborah
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10/17/2019
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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!
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Thanks! Yes, the area really is amazing. That trail must have been a fun discovery. And towards Martinez, that definitely sounds tough. smile
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ziphius
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10/17/2019
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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

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deborah
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10/17/2019
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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
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10/18/2019
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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.
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10/21/2019
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Buford wrote:
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.


Very tolerant....this was from back in 2013, just didn't see that boulder...


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27 days ago
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dsefcik wrote:
Buford wrote:
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.


Very tolerant....this was from back in 2013, just didn't see that boulder...


Ouch. When I drove to the end in the dark last year, Gary and I didn’t see a big boulder straight in front of us because we were watching the sides to get through a squeeze. My skid plate found it just fine.
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27 days ago
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Rocker guards are needed here.

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Rocko1
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21 days ago
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dsefcik wrote:
Buford wrote:
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.


Very tolerant....this was from back in 2013, just didn't see that boulder...



Ouch. I nice amount of desert pin stripping also I see.
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20 days ago
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dsefcik wrote:
Buford wrote:
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.


Very tolerant....this was from back in 2013, just didn't see that boulder...


Excuse me but aren’t you the guy blowing me sh*t for the rocker panel microscratch on the Tundra you bought from me that I got while jammed up in Hueso wash??
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19 days ago
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dsefcik wrote:
Buford wrote:
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.


Very tolerant....this was from back in 2013, just didn't see that boulder...



Happened to us too. Did the exact same thing back in the 1970's. ( Sorry no pics.) We were climbing up a drainage in the Panamints and slid down a slick rock really did some ugly body art to my friends rig. We should have parked it long before and hiked in but we went onward and failed! .Your desert tattoo makes for nice conversation.
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tommy750 wrote:

Excuse me but aren’t you the guy blowing me sh*t for the rocker panel microscratch on the Tundra you bought from me that I got while jammed up in Hueso wash??

Which microscratch you referring to..?

The passenger side one


or the drivers side??


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16 days ago
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My brother got tired of the scratches as well and painted his entire Explorer in bed liner. Problem solved.







If it wasn't for the transmission going out I would have bought it from him. Good desert rig.
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Rocko1 wrote:
My brother got tired of the scratches as well and painted his entire Explorer in bed liner. Problem solved.


OMG...Desert Tan bed liner no less...I know what I am doing this 3 day weekend..!!!



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dsefcik wrote:
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My brother got tired of the scratches as well and painted his entire Explorer in bed liner. Problem solved.


OMG...Desert Tan bed liner no less...I know what I am doing this 3 day weekend..!!!




That's the stuff. He used 10 cans for the Explorer.
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