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tekewin
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9/27/2020
tekewin
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Back in January, I made an attempt on Lookout Knob, a 100' rock spire in Hellhole Flat. I didn't find a way up then so went back for another try.


While there is no easy way to Hellhole Flat, I took Buford's advice to approach from the west. I started on Cherry Canyon Road and went over the saddle south of the Thimble. From there, it was downhill cross country to the base of Lookout Knob. The terrain was not too brushy, but was rippled with a few dry stream crossings. I brought some climbing gear, but found a much better scramble route this time from the northwest and ended up not needing it. There were a couple of exposed class 3 moves and two ledge traverses to reach the top. I placed a register below the summit block in a plastic sandwich box. It was a really nice day, but did get warm on the way back which was mostly uphill. It was 55F in the morning, but about 90F when I got back. Felt great to get back in the desert. 9.3 miles, 7 hours, ~2850' gain. Full report.



Coming down from the saddle below the Thimble


Almost to the base of Lookout Knob


Entrance to northwest scramble route


This was the crux move with a ledge you can't see going left above it


Summit block


Placed a register below the summit block




Heading back




Got a little sloppy on the way back with some unnecessary ridge climbing
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Brian
Brian
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9/27/2020
Brian
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Nice pics. I don't like exposed climbs so this one isn't going on my todo list. But I can appreciate it vicariously.
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Rocko1
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9/29/2020
Rocko1
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Great trip. I have really been jonesing to get back to AB. Hard part is deciding my first spot.
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rockhopper
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9/29/2020
rockhopper
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Nice trip report and photos. Ditto what Rocko1 said. The hardest moves and most fear is going down with no rope.
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ziphius
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9/30/2020
ziphius
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Great trip report. I still need to explore the Thimble area.

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tekewin
tekewin
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9/30/2020
tekewin
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rockhopper wrote:
Nice trip report and photos. Ditto what Rocko1 said. The hardest moves and most fear is going down with no rope.



This one is not really that bad. No worse than the Thimble as long as you find the best route. The rock is better on the Thimble, though.
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tekewin
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9/30/2020
tekewin
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ziphius wrote:
Great trip report. I still need to explore the Thimble area.



Yes! It's an amazing area. I still have the Hob benchmark to climb near there and I want to spend half a day just exploring Hellhole Flat when it cools off a little. I'm psyched about winter and desert season.
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Scooter
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10/4/2020
Scooter
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tekewin wrote:
ziphius wrote:
Great trip report. I still need to explore the Thimble area.



Yes! It's an amazing area. I still have the Hob benchmark to climb near there and I want to spend half a day just exploring Hellhole Flat when it cools off a little. I'm psyched about winter and desert season.
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Scooter
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10/4/2020
Scooter
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Does anyone know if Anza Borregos dirt roads are open ? Thinking of going up to Whale and takin Pinyon Mtn road. Thanks in advance Scooter
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tekewin
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10/4/2020
tekewin
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Scooter wrote:
Does anyone know if Anza Borregos dirt roads are open ? Thinking of going up to Whale and takin Pinyon Mtn road. Thanks in advance Scooter


Yes, they are open. This is from the official web site updated September 20:
What is open now?
The following is open at this park:
  • Backcountry Unpaved Roads
  • Hell Hole Day-use Area: for day-use activities only from sunrise to sunset.
  • Sunrise Trail Head Parking / Day-use Areas
  • Camping (developed and primitive)
  • Dispersed Backcountry Camping
  • Coyote Canyon Above 3rd Crossing
  • North Coyote Canyon / Turkey Track Access Gate
  • Peg Leg Primitive Camping Area
  • Culp Valley Primitive Camping Area
  • Borrego Palm Canyon Full Hookup Campsites
  • Borrego Palm Canyon Day-use (Borrego Palm Canyon Trail Map)
  • Tamarisk Grove Campground Campgrounds
  • Arroyo Salado Primitive Camp
  • Blair Valley Primitive Camp
  • Yaqui Pass Primitive Camp
  • Yaqui Well Primitive Camp
  • Bow Willow Primitive Camp
  • Mt. Palm Springs Primitive Camp
  • Fish Creek Primitive Camp
  • Very limited parking is now available to the public.
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Scooter
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10/4/2020
Scooter
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Thank you I knew some in this group would know.
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Rocko1
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10/5/2020
Rocko1
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Scooter wrote:
Thank you I knew some in this group would know.

If you go please report on the road condition. I am curious how it's held up.
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deborah
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10/26/2020
deborah
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Nice!!! I love that area.
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