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3 hours ago
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Anyone still here?

rockhopper
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Still here! Enjoying the long winter/spring rains and second flower blooms before the heat turns on. I've been doing hikes by the coast between the Wife's honey do's. Getting ready for San Jacinto. Daren: Nice bike. Looks like fun playing around with the air pressure in those tires to give the ultimate ride. :-)
17 hours ago
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Buford
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That is definitely a more desert appropriate color scheme for the bike.

A couple more from last weekend.



1 days ago
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Nice bike Daren. Good to hear you're well enough to start getting back out in the wilderness.
3 days ago
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Before my back blowout, I bought a Fatbike to cruise around on....I bought the damn thing brand new and "fixed" it for the desert but never got to ride it until last weekend...looking forward to more bicycle rides in the desert.















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3 days ago
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tekewin
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Still here and checking in from time to time. One of my friends from LA might drag me to the desert over memorial day. I might regret whatever he has planned. Great macro photos, more camera envy.
edited by tekewin on 5/21/2019
3 days ago
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We're still here! smile Nice photos everyone! Good to see Daren up-and-about again.
4 days ago
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Was out in McCain Valley the last couple weekends...doc cleared me to walk and ride a bike.


Me looking up at the turbines. Photo Courtesy of Tom


Photo Courtesy of Tom

Mexican trail shrine






Same shrine but back in Jan when there was snow



Along the way



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4 days ago
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Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Reminder, anyone thinking of doing this should attend the orientation.

Some more pics from previous counts:









4 days ago
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Britain
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Trudged around Carrizo creek and the badlands nearby Saturday. nice bee capture.
edited by Britain on 5/20/2019
edited by Britain on 5/20/2019
4 days ago
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Buford
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Anyone still here?

It is always desert season.

There are still some flowers around and places to explore. From last weekend:







22 days ago
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Hike Suggestions?

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DHeuschele wrote:
For San G, I prefer the Fish Creek Route over the Vivian route and not only because the knees have gotten old with lots of miles. Fish creek may be more miles and take a bit longer but I find it to be easier and I like the route better. Not sure if the road to fish creek is open yet.

Water secret spot: the mine on a good snow year like this one is likely to have water (snow) into July or August. It is maybe 100 yards off trail.



Thanks! Road to Fish Creek is closed due to logging-guess we could have walked from the highway.

We ended up getting permits for end of May-Vivian Creek trail head with one overnight at Halfway camp. Not ideal but High Creek was full. Now the dilemma-Get to camp early and summit first day or the morning of the second day.
22 days ago
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rockhopper
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Vivian creek is harder for sure but clears of snow pack earlier in the year. There is a really neat waterfall about half way up or so on the east side of the trail. Hiking up the back side ( north side) is more fun as DHeuschele says. There are some plane wrecks on the east side of the mountain as you near the summit. The north side climb is my favorite also.
22 days ago
Topic:
The ABF 2020 ABDSP Photo Contest

rockhopper
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Outstanding photography. Way beyond my photo skills. I'm not worthy. ;-)
23 days ago
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The ABF 2020 ABDSP Photo Contest

Britain
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Some nice photography.
23 days ago
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Hike Suggestions?

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For San G, I prefer the Fish Creek Route over the Vivian route and not only because the knees have gotten old with lots of miles. Fish creek may be more miles and take a bit longer but I find it to be easier and I like the route better. Not sure if the road to fish creek is open yet.

Water secret spot: the mine on a good snow year like this one is likely to have water (snow) into July or August. It is maybe 100 yards off trail.
25 days ago
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Hike Suggestions?

Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Don't forget Coyote peak next to Clark lake. Can be made into a fun day hike. Come up the east side and loop around to the north and back. Sections of the PCT near Granite mountain are fun. Also if you don't mind waiting till the snow melt and heading north a little bit, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio are some of my favorite day hikes.



Thanks. I want to do Coyote-that seems like an interesting route.

Have you done Gorgonio? I am planning that for the next couple of months.



Yes, multiple times. From the South and the North hiking trail heads. Always wanted to do the West route up 10,000 ft ridge and on to the summit. Camped at the summit once. Lots of rock wind shelters. I would suggest the North side first. Just more interesting than the South side uphill grind. It is the highest summit around. Great views on a clear day. Best after a East wind event. Have fun!



Thanks. I am thinking from Vivian Creek. I'd like to do a day hike but the wife doesn't do good at altitude-thinking of staying one night halfway, summit ting and going back next day.
25 days ago
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Hike Suggestions?

rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Don't forget Coyote peak next to Clark lake. Can be made into a fun day hike. Come up the east side and loop around to the north and back. Sections of the PCT near Granite mountain are fun. Also if you don't mind waiting till the snow melt and heading north a little bit, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio are some of my favorite day hikes.



Thanks. I want to do Coyote-that seems like an interesting route.

Have you done Gorgonio? I am planning that for the next couple of months.



Yes, multiple times. From the South and the North hiking trail heads. Always wanted to do the West route up 10,000 ft ridge and on to the summit. Camped at the summit once. Lots of rock wind shelters. I would suggest the North side first. Just more interesting than the South side uphill grind. It is the highest summit around. Great views on a clear day. Best after a East wind event. Have fun!
25 days ago
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Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
Don't forget Coyote peak next to Clark lake. Can be made into a fun day hike. Come up the east side and loop around to the north and back. Sections of the PCT near Granite mountain are fun. Also if you don't mind waiting till the snow melt and heading north a little bit, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio are some of my favorite day hikes.



Thanks. I want to do Coyote-that seems like an interesting route.

Have you done Gorgonio? I am planning that for the next couple of months.
25 days ago
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rockhopper
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Topic: Hike Suggestions?
Don't forget Coyote peak next to Clark lake. Can be made into a fun day hike. Come up the east side and loop around to the north and back. Sections of the PCT near Granite mountain are fun. Also if you don't mind waiting till the snow melt and heading north a little bit, San Jacinto, San Gorgonio are some of my favorite day hikes.
26 days ago
Topic:
Hike Suggestions?

Rocko1
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Buford wrote:
All of the suggestions are very good. Many are much tougher then Granite, Villager, or Whale.

Bring a headlamp for some. Be careful of the reports, the type of people who dayhike these are often faster than normal.


Also add:
Palm Mesa (via Henderson Canyon, BPC, or Los Coyotes)
Rosa and Pyramid(separately or can be combined with Mile High, Villager)

Sawtooth and Red Top can be done in <12 hours from Indian Canyon Big Grin



Thanks. I won't take any of these hikes lightly.
26 days ago
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tommy750 wrote:
Isn't the legit way up Red Top via McCain Valley and Pepperwood Canyon?? smile
Only if you are Bob Burd and combine that same day hike trip with bagging a couple of other nearby peaks.
26 days ago
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Isn't the legit way up Red Top via McCain Valley and Pepperwood Canyon?? smile
26 days ago
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Buford
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dsefcik wrote:
Buford wrote:
Sawtooth and Red Top can be done in <12 hours from Indian Canyon Big Grin

Technically it's Indian "Valley"......Indian "Canyon" is in the north area of the park near Cougar/Sheep Canyon & Collins Valley....just in case folks are looking at a map for it.


slap forehead I was just looking at the topo map for Collins Valley when I typed that.

It would be a bit longer to walk than a day hike from Indian Canyon.
28 days ago
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Buford wrote:
Sawtooth and Red Top can be done in <12 hours from Indian Canyon Big Grin

Technically it's Indian "Valley"......Indian "Canyon" is in the north area of the park near Cougar/Sheep Canyon & Collins Valley....just in case folks are looking at a map for it.
28 days ago
Topic:
The ABF 2020 ABDSP Photo Contest

Buford
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Here are last years winners.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmzXErx4

My favorites are the smoke tree and the rattler with the mosquito.

Most are really good. Others dunno
28 days ago
Topic:
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Buford
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Topic: Hike Suggestions?
All of the suggestions are very good. Many are much tougher then Granite, Villager, or Whale.

Bring a headlamp for some. Be careful of the reports, the type of people who dayhike these are often faster than normal.


Also add:
Palm Mesa (via Henderson Canyon, BPC, or Los Coyotes)
Rosa and Pyramid(separately or can be combined with Mile High, Villager)

Sawtooth and Red Top can be done in <12 hours from Indian Canyon Big Grin
28 days ago
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The ABF 2020 ABDSP Photo Contest

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Topic: The ABF 2020 ABDSP Photo Contest
Anza-Borrego Foundation is proud to partner with Borrego Art Institute and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to present the 2019 Anza- Borrego Desert Photo Contest. The contest is meant to encourage desert lovers and photography enthusiasts to capture their favorite views, moments and adventures in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Since the theme of the contest is the unique and natural beauty of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all photographs must be taken within the Park boundaries. Ribbons will be awarded to First, Second, and Third place winners, as well as Best of Show. All place winners also receive a gift membership to Anza-Borrego Foundation, good for one year.

https://theabf.org/events-calendar/photocontest/
28 days ago
Topic:
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Rocko1
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These are all great ideas. Thanks everybody.
28 days ago
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tekewin wrote:
Red Top / Sawtooth Highpoint from North Indian Canyon. 12+ hours.

San Ysidro East.

Mile High Mountain.

Another vote for Indianhead.

Square Top. Not really that long, but you'll need to drag a rope up for the summit block.
What He Said great suggestions....Thumbs Up
29 days ago
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Hike Suggestions?

tekewin
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Red Top / Sawtooth Highpoint from North Indian Canyon. 12+ hours.

San Ysidro East.

Mile High Mountain.

Another vote for Indianhead.

Square Top. Not really that long, but you'll need to drag a rope up for the summit block.
29 days ago
Topic:
Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

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rockhopper wrote:
Nice hike over the desert patina. Did you see any old faint trails heading west towards the mountain canyons?



There was a partial faint trail on the plateau between Hot and Cool. It continued past Hot where I dropped back into Big Wash. On the other side of Cool was another faint trail heading further up canyon, but I lost it in a half mile. There was nothing as I headed up to High BM.
29 days ago
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Sacatone to Goat Canyon

http://www.sefcik.com/2010/04/sacatone-overlook-to-goat-canyon-hike.html

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29 days ago
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Whale Peak via Bisnaga

http://www.sefcik.com/2011/10/whale-peak-via-bisnaga-wash-abdsp.html

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edited by dsefcik on 4/26/2019
29 days ago
Topic:
Hike Suggestions?

DHeuschele
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Topic: Hike Suggestions?
My favorite: Domelands and the associated slot canyon. I think I have now done this almost as often as borrego palm canyon.

In addition to 6582/Dawn’s, Indian head peak up borrego palm canyon and down the scramble, cougar canyon, sheep canyon, rabbit, maiddnhair Falls (looks so out of place).

Day challenge: Trans Anza traverse is a day. I think I posted route info from my trip 2 years ago.

Maybe hard for a day, Indian canyon to borrego palm canyon traverse. When I did this last (3 years ago) we got whooped at the confluence (0.5 miles/hr for over 1 mile). Good thing I planned it for 2 days.

I did Coyote canyon toward Anza this year and did not like it as much as the ones listed above.
4/25/2019
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Hike Suggestions?

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Buford wrote:
caltopo.com Find an interesting starting point, destination, and end point and go.


Schad’s book

https://peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=5058

6582

All depend on time of year and how much you want to suffer.


Ha! Thanks Buford. 6582 is piquing my interest. I always forget about the peakbagger site.

Thanks.
4/25/2019
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caltopo.com Find an interesting starting point, destination, and end point and go.


Schad’s book

https://peakbagger.com/list.aspx?lid=5058

6582

All depend on time of year and how much you want to suffer.
4/25/2019
Topic:
Hike Suggestions?

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Does anyone have any suggestions for any longer day hikes? I really enjoyed Granite, Villager as well as Whale Peak and the Goat Trestle.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
Scooter wrote:
A good way to do Rabbit is spend the night on Villager and leave early in the morning for Rabbit. After you get back from Rabbit hike out to your car. The views from Villager are much better than Rabbit since it has A lot of trees and brush. We also like it leave water bottles on the trail on the way up to Villager so you don't have to carry all the water up.



I will probably attempt this at some point. I wanted to cache water on the way up but that kind of got forgotten as I was in the 'zone' grinding up hill. I consumed 5.5 liters but could have drank another liter. That's a 26lb water carry for an overnight without caching.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
Buford wrote:
Nice. Definitely a lot of elevation gain and loss with some good views.

Those rock wind breaks sure are multiplying rapidly over the last couple years.


The trail doesn't hold up to Schad's original description that said only a few people bag this peak a year. Hiking apps, the internet, his books I am sure have all led to it's increased popularity. The breaks are not LNT for sure but I can't say that in high winds if I was up there I wouldn't try to use them to shield my tent.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
Daren pretty much sums it up. Fantastic views of every where. I really am in awe of the steep escarpments dropping off down to Clark dry lake.
One of my top favorite day hikes. Thanks for posting.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

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Nice hike over the desert patina. Did you see any old faint trails heading west towards the mountain canyons?
4/24/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

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Rocko1
No problems leaving the car for multiple days at the CST trail head. Only nice people go hiking right?
4/24/2019
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Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
A good way to do Rabbit is spend the night on Villager and leave early in the morning for Rabbit. After you get back from Rabbit hike out to your car. The views from Villager are much better than Rabbit since it has A lot of trees and brush. We also like it leave water bottles on the trail on the way up to Villager so you don't have to carry all the water up.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
dsefcik wrote:
I have said in previous posts, the top of the 'Rosa's are one of my favorites, the views of the Salton Sea, Cochella Valley at night and all of ABDSP are just amazing. I fully recommend an overnight stay when possible. The sunrise over the Salton Sea is just gorgeous from that altitude. Nice TR, thanks for sharing.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

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dsefcik wrote:
Nice Balloon collection...I love the benchmark names, a couple favorites are still Shake and Quake in Earthquake valley. Shake gets little visitation.



Yeah, I love the names, too. It would have been great to get Low with High, but Low was too far away. I'll look for Shake in the fall.
4/24/2019
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Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

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Topic: Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks
Nice Balloon collection...I love the benchmark names, a couple favorites are still Shake and Quake in Earthquake valley. Shake gets little visitation.
4/24/2019
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Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
I have said in previous posts, the top of the 'Rosa's are one of my favorites, the views of the Salton Sea, Cochella Valley at night and all of ABDSP are just amazing. I fully recommend an overnight stay when possible. The sunrise over the Salton Sea is just gorgeous from that altitude. Nice TR, thanks for sharing.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

Buford
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Cool report. Too many places to explore and not enough time. I need to make it out that way at some point.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

Buford
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Cool. I think the Borrego Benchmarks Club has something to do with the San Diego Peaks Club or a predecessor to the Monday Maniacs.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

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Topic: Villager Peak
Nice. Definitely a lot of elevation gain and loss with some good views.

Those rock wind breaks sure are multiplying rapidly over the last couple years.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

Rocko1
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Nice report. Love seeing the older summit logs.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Hot, Cool, and High Benchmarks

tekewin
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My last hurrah in the desert before summer. Benchmark hunting west of Salton Sea. I was looking for two benchmarks above Big Wash (Hot and Cool), and another one somewhere in the hills below Travelers Peak (High). I planned a route from Big Wash off highway 86. I made a few mistakes that made for a longer day and I may have crossed part of a closed area. There were some signs along the jeep trail in Big Wash but I've seen those on other trails referring to a deep sand area, etc. so I didn't pay attention until the way out. More on that later.


The road into Big Wash started off in poor condition, then got better. High clearance and 4x4 recommended. I parked a few miles in then headed for the north ridge of Big Wash where Hot BM was placed.








Looking back down Big Wash from Hot

Next, I headed along the top of the ridge toward Cool, two plus miles away. Moving along the top of the ridge was easy and open and looked a lot better than navigating the wash below. The ridge was broken in one place before Cool where erosion had created a 100' drop. It wasn't too hard to get down and back up the other side. A little more ridge walking got me to Cool where another tiny register lived. The first page of the register was a pre-printed form placed by the Borrego Benchmark Club. I don't think I've seen one of these before, or didn't notice. I took a break at Cool and enjoyed the views of harsh terrain all around. The east side of Travelers Peak looked interesting.










High benchmark was less than two miles away (as the crow flies) and 1000' above Cool somewhere in the cluster of hills to the west. As I reached the right elevation, I made my second big mistake. Instead of tracking to the exact location in my GPS, I hiked up to a nearby high point and found nothing. I checked the GPS, then headed to the next nearby high point, then thee next through the intervening gullies. I ended up wasting about 30 minutes visiting every high point and ridge line in frustration. High was near a low point on one of the ridges and I finally found it by strictly going to the GPS coordinates. It was there on a flat rock with a downed wooden pole.The view back to the Salton Sea was now less hazy and quite impressive. When I started back, I took a long gully I had avoided on the way up. It had accumulated some boulders that actually made descending easier. I thought about dropping all the way into Big Wash to the return trip, but it looked more difficult than just staying above it.I picked up three mylar balloons during my trip.







Ridge break heading back



Back to the sign, it referred to a State Park order that I could not find on the Anza-Borrego web site, the CA state park web site, and even Google couldn't find it. The order closed a section of park in 2013 above Grave Wash and into parts of Big Wash. I think it was part of the Freeman land grant, but Internet searches returned vague info. So, the restriction might still be in place, not sure.



4/23/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tekewin
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Martinez looks like a fun day hike. I appreciate the high def photos. Thanks for the report.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Indianhead is an awesome hike. I did Schad's route back in 2013. I remember having to pick my way around large boulders near the top and burned trees. The views are so sweet, though. If I ever go again, I'd try the south gully.

FYI, I host my photos free on blogspot.com.
4/23/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

tekewin
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tekewin
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Topic: Villager Peak
I love the view on that ridge into Clark Valley just below Villager. Great trip!
4/23/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
Rocko1
This was my Brothers 1st time down the Cactus Spring Trail so we made it as far as the pass going down to the Agua Alta spring, the start of the Martinez mountain climb. I think this is like the 6th time I have been out here. I went up the CST up Martinez canyon to Jack Millers rock house from Hwy 86 and down the CST from Hwy 74 to the Jack Miller rock house. This trip was more about exploring areas I passed thru before. We saw a few day hikers day one. Nobody on day two, but we could faintly hear the Coachella concert ( only the bass) ha!
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Nice! Can you leave a car at the trail head multiple days?
4/23/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Villager Peak
I decided to tackle Villager Peak a couple of Sundays ago. It had been intriguing me ever since I read about it in Schad’s Afoot and Afield years ago. I figured I better do it before it gets too hot. I told my wife how hard this would be and how miserable she would feel yet somehow she was still game. Left my house at 4am and was on the trail by 6:20am a bit of a late start for me. Was about 55F. Well, they were not lying about the rocky trail-first mile is sandy wash, then the climbing starts. Loose broken rock over most of the trail with a very occasional short flat section. After a few expletives from the wife made it to the top by 11:30am.


There is a wind break and rock fireplace up top-plenty of room for multiple tents, Pinyons Pines and shade. It’s quite nice. More pleasant that Whale Peak in my opinion. At the top it was 70F with a slight breeze. Views are really incredible. I would have liked to spend more time up there but I wasn’t sure how long it would take to get back. Drank some coffee, ate some bars and decided to head back. Made it back the car at 4:30pm or so. Saw a small group of people on the way up 1.5 miles in-breaking camp and at the top we saw a couple who were just coming back from Rabbit Peak-they had spent the night. Didn’t see anyone else. Was 92F at the car. I had some left in the tank but my wife was at her limit. That’s the hardest hike she has done-San Jacinto was the toughest. Glad we did it. I will want to tackle Rabbit someday with a multi-day trip. Not looking forward to the water carry on that. Took 9L between us both-used all of it.
Looking back towards the car.

Harvestmen are strange creatures. These were all over on the lower elevations.

Still decent amount of flowers up the trail.

Small wind break

Another

View of the dry lake bed

At the peak. Wind break and fireplace.

Trip Specs. 14.32 miles, 5,017ft gain.

Couple of videos of the hike
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFetNbtsJPk&feature=youtu.be

One of the rare flat sections. This was heaven on the feet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQyty7iYrmU&feature=youtu.be

edited by Rocko1 on 4/24/2019
4/22/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
tommy750
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rockhopper wrote:
tommy750 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...



Still closed due to winter storms: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=81714[/quote]


Have you seen the new gate? It is truly Massive and closer to the Hwy than the old one. The old gate has never been closed in close to 40 years I have been going up there even in the Winter. We thought it was closed due to the Coachella concerts. Thanks for the link. You always chime in with great info. Thanks!



This site has indicated the road was closed multiple times in the past few years. But, I've never actually drove out there and checked...
4/22/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
rockhopper
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tommy750 wrote:
dsefcik wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...



Still closed due to winter storms: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=81714[/quote]


Have you seen the new gate? It is truly Massive and closer to the Hwy than the old one. The old gate has never been closed in close to 40 years I have been going up there even in the Winter. We thought it was closed due to the Coachella concerts. Thanks for the link. You always chime in with great info. Thanks!
4/22/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 457
Rocko1
This was my Brothers 1st time down the Cactus Spring Trail so we made it as far as the pass going down to the Agua Alta spring, the start of the Martinez mountain climb. I think this is like the 6th time I have been out here. I went up the CST up Martinez canyon to Jack Millers rock house from Hwy 86 and down the CST from Hwy 74 to the Jack Miller rock house. This trip was more about exploring areas I passed thru before. We saw a few day hikers day one. Nobody on day two, but we could faintly hear the Coachella concert ( only the bass) ha!
edited by rockhopper on 4/22/2019
4/22/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

Rocko1
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Awesome trip report. How far down the CST did you make it? See anyone else out there?
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

dsefcik
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Topic: Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat
tommy750 wrote:
That's good to hear. Have only been there once about three years ago. Here's the spring before Daren put his back into it...
That was a good trip...!!
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
tommy750
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rockhopper wrote:
Auga Alta spring update: We passed 3 fellow hikers that said they were out at Agua Alta and cleaned out the pipe into the spring and the water was flowing real good. I thanked them very much!




That's good to hear. Have only been there once about three years ago. Here's the spring before Daren put his back into it...

Agua Alta Spring by tomteske, on Flickr
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
tommy750
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dsefcik wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...



Still closed due to winter storms: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/sbnf/recarea/?recid=81714
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

dsefcik
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Topic: Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat
rockhopper wrote:
The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
That is interesting....hummm...
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 457
tommy750 wrote:
Looks like a nice trip. Cactus Spring dry? Here's an interesting BLM study of water sources in the Santa Rosas from a while back if you haven't already seen it:


http://www.cvmshcp.org/pdf%20files/Water%20Sources-SRSJNM%20FINAL%20REPORT-UCR.pdf[/quote]


Thanks for the link. Lots of good info on the old timers and water sources.
Cactus spring: I have never seen water flowing out of Cactus spring in many years. A old timer I saw told me it stopped flowing after an earth quake. You can dig down and wait for a seep. I always carried in water from Horse Thief creek.
Auga Alta spring update: We passed 3 fellow hikers that said they were out at Agua Alta and cleaned out the pipe into the spring and the water was flowing real good. I thanked them very much!
Also: Snow level on N. side of Santa Rosas was around the 7500' level with patches lower. The main entrance to Toro peak off the Hwy 74 was locked. :-o
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

tommy750
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Looks like a nice trip. Cactus Spring dry? Here's an interesting BLM study of water sources in the Santa Rosas from a while back if you haven't already seen it:


http://www.cvmshcp.org/pdf%20files/Water%20Sources-SRSJNM%20FINAL%20REPORT-UCR.pdf
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

Britain
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Nice pack. Thanks for sharing.
4/21/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

dsefcik
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Topic: Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat
Beautiful and great post...my back started hurting right at "we carried about 70 pounds of water". I hope to get back out soon.
4/20/2019
Topic:
Martinez Peak and Little Pinyon Flat

rockhopper
rockhopper
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Headed out for a 3 Day back pack to the Santa Rosas with my Brother and a friend. We lucked out with the weather as the wind event had just ended and the temps were in the 40's to 70's at our base camp at the 4000 ft elevation. We started at the Hwy 74 Cactus Spring trail (CST) head and headed south along the CST. Our plan was pick up our water at the Horse Thief creek crossing and base camp the first day and do a search for a back up water source. Day two and day three were day hikes and pack out day three. Leaving Horse Thief creek we carried about 70 pounds of water between the three of us. Once again I am lugging a 60lb back pack as we head for a base camp.


Base camp near the CST with Martinez peak beyond.






Spring wild flowers going up the mountain slopes.








This guy was hanging out near us enjoying the Sun.





Found these Boulder caves near the upper reaches of Horse thief creek.








Neat camp spots with pottery pieces still in place.















Spring flowers with Martinez beyond.




View climbing up Martinez peak. San Jacinto and San Gorgornio beyond.





Rabbit peak beyond





Toro peak with base camp below





Martinez peak boulder looking North. It is a easier climb up to the register on the other side. Bird in frame. Mountian sparrow? Very fast!





Big horn sheep tracks and poop every where. Good sign!





Water still flowing in the upper reaches of Horse thief in Mid April due to wet Winter. Thank God!





Fresh Cougar tracks measured more the 3" across. Here kitty, kitty. Not!









Great trip. Unlimited hiking. Great to be back to this fantastic back country.



Notes:

Mylar balloon count 8



Found a another Jack Miller corral near the creek. Jack was a rancher and prospector of the Jack Miller rock house fame. Flooded and buried and unearthed again by floods. He lived in the area for over 30+ years and was all over this place.


The flood waters rose to a height of over 10 feet Above present Horse Thief creek. Hope next Winter is as good!


Cheers!


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4/20/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 457
dsefcik wrote:
I sent in mine also...I will not be counting RS Spring this year due to my back surgery but we have a more than qualified person to fill in for me. Will be curious to see how the new count sites work out.


Looks like we will be in Colorado around the time of the BHS count. Need to make it one year. Daren: Good luck with the back. Trick worked for me: Two tennis balls on the carpet floor. Roll back and forth. One ball each side of spine. Loosens the tight muscles up. Old Chiropractor told me this trick. Lots of Tumeric and fish oil also helped. Good luck with it and you will be backpacking again.
4/20/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

rockhopper
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rockhopper
rockhopper
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Never climbed it either. Looks like a nice climb. A lot easier going up than down. ( For me) I like Schads route. Up the ridge. Also, the dreaded cats claw is really healthy this year in the canyon bottoms. ;-o
4/20/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
ziphius
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dsefcik wrote:
ziphius wrote:
Daren, glad to hear you will have recovered enough to participate. smile
Thanks Jim...not sure where just yet...maybe the pup fish pond..?? Thumbs Up


Easy sheep man! Shaded bathrooms!
4/19/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I sent my form in as well. Always a good time to see the desert in the summer.
4/19/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
ziphius wrote:
Daren, glad to hear you will have recovered enough to participate. smile
Thanks Jim...not sure where just yet...maybe the pup fish pond..?? Thumbs Up
4/19/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
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Daren, glad to hear you will have recovered enough to participate. smile
4/19/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I sent in mine also...I will not be counting RS Spring this year due to my back surgery but we have a more than qualified person to fill in for me. Will be curious to see how the new count sites work out.
4/19/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

ziphius
ziphius
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Sent my form in this morning! See ya'll at orientation.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Buford took Schads route up Borrego Palm Canyon 2.5 miles. Then turned North and went up the ridge toward the peak. I agree 6582 is probably the toughest hike out there. No brush on the entire route. The reeds in BPC were not bad.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Buford wrote:
Nice. Which route did you take? If you went up BPC, how bad was the brush?

For posting pictures on here, I use a flickr account to host them.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
I noticed the new locations. I don’t know about Sentenac, but Agua Caliente sounds cool. I have seen lots of sheep near there the last couple years.

For those interested some past count reports:
http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic123-bighorn-sheep-count-.aspx

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic578-bighorn-sheep-count-.aspx

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1074-sheep-count-.aspx

http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic1300--sheep-count-info.aspx
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Buford
Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
I’ve never done the standard route from Schad’s book although I have done Indianhead twice. Indianhead was easier than 6582 to me.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

dsefcik
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Thanks Buford....if anyone is interested, sign up and go to the orientation, there will be several new counting locations this year and there are sites available for all skill levels from park and sit to backpacking.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

dsefcik
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Never done that hike (yet) but it looks like it would make a for a long day....if you have the photos hosted somewhere just post a link to look at them externally.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Bighorn Sheep Count 2019

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Bighorn Sheep Count 2019
Summer is coming

Bighorn Sheep count 2019

Orientation June 22 (Mandatory for first time counters)
Checkin July 4th
Count dates of July 5-7th

I know a couple people on here regularly volunteer for the count. For anyone interested, see the attached signup sheet.

From a previous year:

edited by Buford on 4/19/2019
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Buford
Buford
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Buford
Buford
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Nice. Which route did you take? If you went up BPC, how bad was the brush?

For posting pictures on here, I use a flickr account to host them.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
Scooter
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Scooter
Scooter
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Topic: Indianhead mountain
Just climbed Indianhead mountain Tuesday. 4 hours up, an hour at the summit, and 4 hours down. This was a tough hike. Roberto and I have climbed 6582, villager and Rabbit and this is a tough one. My 1986 Schad book says there is a faint trail on his route. After 33 years I would think there would be more of a trail. Just cairns gooing up the ridge. If your looking for a difficult day hike this is it. Not sure how to add pictures
4/16/2019
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
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rockhopper wrote:
Your are seeing the metamorphic rock that looks darn near like petrified wood. The petrified wood in Anza Borrego is out in the flatlands.



That makes a lot of sense. We did see some faulting in the area and noticed some metamorphic rock in the general area.
4/16/2019
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

rockhopper
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Your are seeing the metamorphic rock that looks darn near like petrified wood. The petrified wood in Anza Borrego is out in the flatlands.
4/16/2019
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 457
Right! The weeds are 6ft tall near our house in the open spaces. Nice pics. Thanks for sharing.
4/15/2019
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

Buford
Buford
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Cool pictures.

There is petrified wood in Borrego. I have never seen any in that area, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
4/15/2019
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

Rocko1
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Nice! With all the rain the desert had everything is as healthy as I have ever seen it.
4/14/2019
Topic:
In the Hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge

railexplorer
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I went for a hike, last Sunday, primarily in the hills between Dos Cabezas and Carrizo Gorge. We started at Dos Cabezas headed west past Indian Hill, used the tracks for a bit and then headed into the hills by way of one of the old railroad work roads. The weather was good, there were no other hikers or mountain bikers in the area. Anytime we could see the tracks, the tracks were empty of hikers and mountain bikers.

Most of the wildflowers are past their prime bloom, although having said that there wasn't a lack of color in the desert. The cactus are in the early stages of their bloom this year.

We saw a lot shinx moths and a couple of hummingbirds.

I do have a question for the desert veterans on this site. Is there petrified wood in this part of the Anza Borrego Desert? I ask this because we were coming down this one draw/drainage canyons. and we encountered a rock that was different from just about all of the others. My friend thought it was petrified wood. It did have the look of petrified wood. My doubts about it stem from the fact that it was a pretty good sized rock, (3 feet tall, 3 feet wide and about 3-4 feet deep.) Due to the fact that we were rock hopping, so my camera was put away and I was lazy/dumb and didn't take out my camera and take a photo of it.

Here are a few photos from the day.


Anza Borrego Desert Bloom by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Desert Bloom 2019 by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Yellow rails by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Old Derailment in Carrizo Gorge by Rail explorer, on Flickr
4/12/2019
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

ziphius
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Wow, never seen them that tall!
4/12/2019
Topic:
the mother of all ajo lillies

cercidium
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with all of the amazing flower pictures circulating i thought it'd be good to share some enormous ajo lillies we found in the gran desierto (in mexico, not anza-borrego) earlier this month. we visited the dune area for a few wet and cold days, but it was the ajo lillies that were unlike anything i'd ever seen or imagined. it's worth pointing out i'm 5'11". enjoy! (*not sure why the vertical pictures are sideways—happy to edit if there's a workaround)

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4/10/2019
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
Very nice! Question-how does one tell the difference between old native trails, game trails, or just modern use trails?


Good question! I think they pretty much started as game trails. Then became Native American trails. Then modern use hiking trails.
Some trails don't look very much used by game at all, are very old and have few modern travelers. :-)




Travertine Caves beyond. 10 o'clock








Here is a early trail I followed hiking out of the Santa Rosas.


https://www.youtube.com/edit?ar=2&o=U&video_id=kmmc7U1uXYQ


Cheers
















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4/10/2019
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

rockhopper
rockhopper
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tekewin wrote:
That whole area looks nice. I still haven't seen the mud pots, thanks for the video.

Is that a chuckwalla?


I think ziphius is more a expert than me. It was pretty huge compared to a western fence lizard.
Yes the mud pots are a must see if your in the area. ( near the hot springs )
4/9/2019
Topic:
Desert snow

Rocko1
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Rocko1
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Topic: Desert snow
Donovanman wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Buford wrote:
tekewin wrote:
The snow covered desert doesn't look natural. Super photos, though. Looks like some zoom on those sheep, I'm surprised you spotted them if they were far away.


My usual method for zoomed in sheep pics: hold cell phone camera in one hand, 10x binoculars in the other hand. Line up the camera lens with the binocular eyepiece, and instant zoom lens. Binos don’t have to be in perfect focus, camera can focus. It can work surprisingly well for snapshots like this.

I heard the sheep before I saw them. Lots of rockfall. I knew they were recently in the area because of all the fresh tracks. There were at least 8 rams and 4 ewes.



You are better at this than I am! After trying this a few times and missing the shot due to animals moving I bought a used Canon SX260. 25X optical zoom. Not nice enough to worry about damaging it on hikes, but good enough to take pics vids further away.

Here is Stagecoach Trails Campground/Store from near the top of Granite Mt. 25x zoom.


Here is a non-zoom picture near where I took this for reference. https://i.imgur.com/nZ0XTyM.jpg
edited by Rocko1 on 3/1/2019



Do U use some particular binos? I'm currently considering on one to use it with my camera too) Found few options here https://opticzoo.com/best-binoculars-for-long-distance-reviews/ but still don't know which one to choose. Any thoughts on Celestron 71017 SkyMaster 25x10?



I don't bring binocs for most longer hikes. This was taken with Canon SX260 camera. 20X zoom.
4/9/2019
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

Rocko1
Rocko1
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Rocko1
Rocko1
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Topic: Lake Cahuilla roundabout
Very nice! Question-how does one tell the difference between old native trails, game trails, or just modern use trails?
4/8/2019
Topic:
Lake Cahuilla roundabout

ziphius
ziphius
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Nice trip report rockhopper. Desert iguana let you get pretty close, nice photo.




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