epolomsk

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11/14/2011
Topic:
fire last summer in Anza B?

epolomsk
epolomsk
Hi Folks,

I'm a frequent backpacker in Anza B (backpacked there over 20 times)

I just recently read about the fires in July
The article speculated that Palm Mesa burned
and maybe parts of Sheep, Cougar and Salavador canyons


Have any of the readers here been up those canyons recently?
Can they comment on whther the fire hit them or not?

I'm planning 2 trips to those regions in the next couple months
and am curious what happened.

p.s. I was hking in the Salvador canyon area last January.
I had heard that there is water up there somewhere
and an old Cahuilla village site. I went up a couple miles (starting from the jeep trail),
about to where Yucca valley comes in on the right, but didnt see a drop of water.

Anyone have an idea just how far up the canyon the water is?
Thanks,
epolomsk
<em>edited by epolomsk on 11/14/2011</em>
11/28/2011
Topic:
Alma Wash

epolomsk
epolomsk
Lovely pix,
You might enjoy these links about the stars:

http://earthsky.org/tonight/summer-triangle-in-fall-and-winter-sky
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance
http://www.skymaps.com/downloads.html

I'm looking forward to a trip out there in almost exactly a month!

-Elisha, Desert Rat and Astronomy Professor at U. Wisconsin
12/8/2011
Topic:
From the Unpublished Series

epolomsk
epolomsk
Stelllarium is terrific!
I use it to teach some of my astronomy classes.

Some other HIGHLY reccommended resources:
Astronomy Picture of the Day (Theres a rather nice one there today)
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

earthsky.org/tonight

I love the following web site: gives aurora forecasts and impending asteroids orbits
spaceweather.com
12/23/2011
Topic:
Starry Nights in Indian Valley

epolomsk
epolomsk
Cool pix! I'll be out there in about 7 days---yippee!
Neat thing to look for: 5 planets will be visible simultaneously the day after Xmas:
http://earthsky.org/tonight/moon-and-venus-night-after-christmas-all-five-planets-visible

Neat thing we cannot see :-(
Theres a SPECTACULAR comet visible from the southern hemisphere
http://earthsky.org/space/images-of-comet-lovejoy-now-visible-from-southern-hemisphere

-elisha
12/27/2011
Topic:
Wildlife in INdian Valley

epolomsk
epolomsk
I believe thats one of the "velvet ant" species
They are actually wingless wasps.
Also known as Mutillids
They sting.
Nice link on wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutillidae

BTW: fun book to browse on desert critters: Desert Wildlife by Jaeger
Find it at a used bookstore
All his books are terrific!
1/9/2012
Topic:
fire last summer in Anza B?

epolomsk
epolomsk
I was just up borrego palm 2 days ago:
Sad to see all the palms burned. Basically there were fires all the way from south fork
to middle fork.

BTW: I hike to middle from borrego palm campgrnd.
Always wondered how others get past the waterfall just before middle.
I've been doing a very dangerous traverse up the rocks.
UP a steep white rock, careful negotation over some exposed granite, then down past an acacia.

Is there another way?

Also was at the Paroli homestead in Culp valley yesterday and there was a fire there-
it severely impacted the frog pools: all the vegetation surrounding them is gone--
AND the rd to paroli is actually CLOSED (with a sign not explaining why)

-elisha
1/2/2015
Topic:
Plane Wrecks

epolomsk
epolomsk
Did you folks ever find this plane?
http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/Aircraft-Crash-Sites/A/11558268_JnGUE#818002961_s9gHV

I hiked to it last week--its near Agua Cailente.
3/21/2021
Topic:
Coyote Canyon

epolomsk
epolomsk
I also encountered ppl with guns at upper willows: about 5 yrs ago, they were, I think, target shooting.
But the bullets were flying over our heads where we had set up tent. We yelled alot, they eventually stopped and we packed up and moved and camped elswhere. Told rangers, but they are unlikely to be able to do anything. Just getting ahold of a ranger was pretty difficult.

About lower willows: that trail is normally maintained by san diego backcountry horsemen
(very nice ppl)
I contacted them , and they told me that they basically were not allowed to do it anymore and were negotiating with the new park superintendant about it. that was a year ago. Thanks to covid I doubt anything has been done.
4/3/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
Thursday april 1, completed 3rd crossing,box canyon,hidden spring,santa rosa, nicholias loop.
Went down nicholias.
Done this loop twice before.
Driest i have ever seen it.
Siphoned waterfrom a fist sized puddle atbox!

Shocked to see 2 backpacks at Stifferino spring
Near the martinez canyon trail.
Have never encountered anyone there on previoys trips.

Is this route advertized somewhere?

Becz, also encountered 2 ppl heading up box to hidden.
Very nice,butVERY unprepared.
4pm, and they had mistaken boulder alley at 3rd crossing for box canyon and thot they wete gonna get to hidden that day!
Later met them at the saddle above box on the old indian trail; they had again hotten turned around and thot they were looming at rockhouse canyon,vut were actually viewing santa catarina from afar.

They thought they were only 1 hr from Hidden (with backpacks)
And had no idea how little water there was there.

Seemingly no maps..yikes. fortunately they turned around from this life threatening plan.

Nicholias cottonwoods lovely and leafing out,
The route down nicholias was sadly very overgrown with tumbled cairns (fixed a few)

Hard, but great trip.
Zero wildowers except very few in box canyon.
4/3/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
Meant to say siphoned water at hidden, NOT box canyob
4/3/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
Yes, we started at 3rd crossing.
Retraced thru box.
Box is so lovely i never mind walking thru twice:-)
It even had a few blooming lupine!

Ijust doubled checked schad's book and he says 5 hard hrs each way to hidden. I seriously doubt the two backpackers i met read thst account, so really unsure how they thought they could get there when starting at 4pm from box. Yikes, they could have died.
4/3/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
Btw, there is an old indian trail from playas to hidden. Its faint, and sometimes disappears,BUT the way down into Butler is very well worn and very well cairned.
4/3/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
I enhanced that cairn in butler a bit with some big boulders, its quite fun to follow the old indian trail from there:-)

Too bad we didnt meet the folks at stifferino, would be interesting to know their route. From there we followed an old indian trail to santa rosa village and a well ducked trail up to nicholias; it even had switchbacks. Quite a pleasant route.
4/7/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
Hi Daren et al.
I'll post a map and more info in a couple days, Im a professor and got 100 tests to grade this week :-)

BTW: Its a *VERY hard route. not possible to get to stifferino in 1 day from 3rd crossing.
Schad mentions it in his book.
He says, IF you follow the faint, eroded indian trail, its 5 hrs to Hidden from 3rd crossing.
It took us 7 cuz we lost the trail, but was faster on the return.

Daren: we skipped the dry waterfall in Nicholias, theres a use trail around it.


Hidden spring: I agree not reliable, but even this year, we were able to siphon several gallons, after digging it out a tiny bit.
We dug where the bees were drinking.
Lovely docile bees, picked some up in my fingers, no problem!

Other BTW: wonderful close up encounters with poorwhills at Hidden Spring!
4/7/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
quick video of siphoning water at Hidden Spring
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UxLnfsf937nROnSDV1UHt7jqWWWbuWOd/view?usp=sharing
4/8/2021
Topic:
Box canyon to nicholias loop

epolomsk
epolomsk
Its quite tasty water,better than stifferino imho :-)
But not as good as nicholias.
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