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BorregoWrangler
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2/28/2015
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I've been wanting to explore the depths of Carrizo Gorge for some time now. My treks out to Goat Canyon trestle would always afford me expansive views of the gorge from high above and the boulder-strewn, vegetation-chocked, twisting course has beckoned to my sense of adventure and exploration. So when I found myself with some time available on a weekend to try out some of my new overnight backpacking gear, I made plans to head out and camp somewhere within the gorge. The State Park and California Conservation Corps have been involved in a tamarisk removal project there, clearing out the invasive trees and making it much easier to traverse the canyon.





There's not a whole lot of information out there about a hiking route down the length of Carrizo Gorge. An earlier edition of Afoot & Afield In San Diego County describes this hike as a long, rugged, difficult, and memorable one, with bushwhacking, boulderhopping, and mud-stomping in abundance. However, most people who head into this area come to hike or bike along the old San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railway, built in the early 1900's.





Click here to see more of my adventure into this remarkable part of the beautiful Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: http://johnandautumnsadventures.blogspot.com/2015/02/carrizo-gorge-overnight-backpack-abdsp.html
edited by BorregoWrangler on 2/28/2015

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ziphius
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Nice trip and photos Wrangler. Solo trips are one of my favorite things. Hey, where about along your 6-mile route did you come across that pool? (I'm trying to map potential water sources for a future BIG trip in the area.) - Jim

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dsefcik
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3/1/2015
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Glad you finally made it out there John..that boulder has had many a camper I am sure, we always pass by it and I remember one trip it was full of campfire wood and undocumented remnants. In the past with the Tamarisk getting that far from the north end was nearly impossible unless the creek bed was totally dry. You can find some of my previous posts showing lots of flowing water.

@Ziphius: There are usually pockets of water the further south you go into the gorge past goat cyn but I would not put anything on a map for a trip unless it was noted in a recent visit or a very wet year. There are currently pockets of water in the gorge from de anza all the way to goat cyn but they are far apart, not too deep or in deep thickets of tamarisk and ticks. Definitly usable for water sources though if needed.

Daren

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BorregoWrangler
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3/1/2015
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dsefcik wrote:
Glad you finally made it out there John..that boulder has had many a camper I am sure, we always pass by it and I remember one trip it was full of campfire wood and undocumented remnants. In the past with the Tamarisk getting that far from the north end was nearly impossible unless the creek bed was totally dry. You can find some of my previous posts showing lots of flowing water.

@Ziphius: There are usually pockets of water the further south you go into the gorge past goat cyn but I would not put anything on a map for a trip unless it was noted in a recent visit or a very wet year. There are currently pockets of water in the gorge from de anza all the way to goat cyn but they are far apart, not too deep or in deep thickets of tamarisk and ticks. Definitly usable for water sources though if needed.

Daren

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Thanks, Daren. I was sure to check out all your trips into the gorge before I headed out. It would certainly make things interesting with more water flowing along the creek there. I'm definitely gonna head out there again to explore more.

@Ziphius: Yeah, what Daren said. The pool I came across was a little ways north of the Goat Canyon junction.

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3/1/2015
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Thanks John and Daren regarding thoughts on water sources in the Gorge. Plenty of water today on El Cajon Mtn. smile

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