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Britain
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12/8/2020
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The wife and I did our TG hike into the Carrizo Creek area. She wants to visit the Fox burial site and get in some mile. Our plan was at the old stage ruins was to cut across the creek area to the south. Well, that was more difficult than GE showed. We ended up about a mile west before getting across it. Once in the creek, you roam through the stuff that's been knocked over by the floods then into gullies that are around 20 feet deep, lots of them. Then the creek and out. Hike ended up 9 miles.


Graves site background McCain tractor


Fox site. We placed some flowers and covered the stone back up. There was a lot of wheeling traffic we could hear to the west. A ton of off-roaders from Painted gorge around the Stage ruins


Through the area that got plowed over from floods and just before the gullies, a large timber. Looks like the stuff on the bottom of the Goat Cayon trestle. We also found a pile of 4 X 6's McCains shack?


Ah the mighty Carrizo...creek


Once we crossed the creek area we were a mile or so to the west. We climbed a hill to get bearings and found a bulldozed area with a lot of air to surface rocket parts. It's clear we were too far in the twilight zone. There was also a ton of 50 cal bullet casings everywhere. I told the wife don't touch anything and we quickly headed west.



We headed to some hills on the south side of the creek. The game plan was to follow the north side along the creek. Nope, we ended following an old jeep trail between a saddleback. The trail ended and the swamp began. Dirt on the hillside was like the soft mud cave dirt where you sink in about 6 inches dry until the swamp arrived. We Trodded through this for about a mile.



A bit further west we cleared the swamp and climbed out unto an alkaline wasteland. More of the soft dirt but dry. Finally on a small hill just east of the Leckie benchmark hill. Another mile or so. We crossed the creek heading north at the base of Leckie finishing the hike,


Sunday took an old hiking friend so that he could tag the Lost benchmark. He's 72. I've been hiking with him since 1957. He's lost a lot of balance took a few spills but got Lost. We climbed down on the south side. I had to close my eyes until he made it down....haha.


Think I'm done with the middle section of the creek. Found 4 ways to get up to south mesa. There's some exploring to be done up there in and around Gert wash. Will also spend some time on the south side of the creek next to the Coyote mountainside.
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Rocko1
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Very nice! I have yet to explore this area. Looks pretty interesting. I assume the water would not be good to drink even filtered?
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Nice trip report. I visited the old stage station for the first time last year (didn't seem like any of it is original - and I think I read somewhere that it isn't). I've also camped at the bottom of Canyon Sin Nombre. Nice area but I've learned to expect a ton of condensation in the tent.
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Brian wrote:
Nice trip report. I visited the old stage station for the first time last year (didn't seem like any of it is original - and I think I read somewhere that it isn't). I've also camped at the bottom of Canyon Sin Nombre. Nice area but I've learned to expect a ton of condensation in the tent.

Park did a dig and reconstructed the site. What was left of the adobe ruin was plowed over by the McCain tractor.

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Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice! I have yet to explore this area. Looks pretty interesting. I assume the water would not be good to drink even filtered?


Early reports from the oil well diggers from 1900 said water was usable. A few years back I ran into a Chines lady who was packing about. She took a bath in it. She was tough as nails.

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12/8/2020
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Thank you for taking your friend back out hiking. It is so nice to repay our mentors!!
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12/10/2020
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Very motivating to get out and hike. A hiking buddy since 1957. There should be an award for that. I hope I am still putting my hiking boots on at 72 and 82!
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