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10 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

Brian
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
rockhopper, thanks for the info. I've camped by Horsethief creek, it's a nice area. I wish there was another water source further along the trail, but having reliable info on the state of the springs is half the battle.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

rockhopper
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
Brian wrote:
rockhopper, is the reliable water source Agua Alta? I did a day hike to Cactus Spring a few years ago and didn't find water there. I wasn't looking very hard though as I had plenty with me.


Brian, The Agua Alta water source is iffy at best even in the winter. The area used to be a seasonal native American village in the distant past but the deserts have moved 100 miles North in the past 100 years and the springs are drying up. I've always had to carry water to Agua Alta. The spring is in the green zone.





Cactus spring is another story. An old timer told me it was a old walk in well dug by the Native Americans and they would fill it in as "strangers" headed into the area. Also that it flowed and stopped flowing with the constant earth quake activity. I never bothered to dig it out as I was "on the go".
The only reliable source for water is Horse thief creek. It has always had good flowing water Winter / Spring / Fall in 30 years of hiking thru the area. Happy trails.
edited by rockhopper on 2/27/2020
15 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

Brian
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
rockhopper, is the reliable water source Agua Alta? I did a day hike to Cactus Spring a few years ago and didn't find water there. I wasn't looking very hard though as I had plenty with me.
15 hours ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

rockhopper
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
tekewin wrote:
Is the photo from the east or west? I remember the main trail being from the east and very, very, long. Haven't been out there yet but would like to.



tekewin . That is the North face of Martinez. The trail from the east starts off hwy 86 and is a long hike to hwy 74. Been both ways. I like going from the top down as you get to a reliable water source in a few hours to "tank up"
1 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

tekewin
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
Is the photo from the east or west? I remember the main trail being from the east and very, very, long. Haven't been out there yet but would like to.
1 days ago
Topic:
Can anyone ID this location?

tekewin
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Not sure, but I would guess that is Split Mountain in the background with the Vallecito Mountains continuing to the right.
1 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

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dsefcik wrote:
I think that is the way Gary and I went once but we never summited the last rock scramble...nice work!



Thanks! For me, Thimble is one of the icons in AB. It is one of the very few mountains I've climbed more than once. Looking forward to number 3.
2 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Nice TR, Ziphius. That's pretty much the same route I remember taking on my first trip up Whale about 15 yrs ago. Was straight out of Schad's book but back then it started in the Blair parking lot, crossed over Foot and Walker to that dirt road. The rest was the same but after crossing Little Blair, you climbed the saddle on that ridge between Little Blair and Blair.

Probably the most serene moment I can recall hiking in the desert was walking through that little meadow between the ascending canyon and Smuggler while it snowed, everything dusted with white and utter silence. Nice memories.
2 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Buford wrote:
For all the Bobcat signs around it's amazing how little of them are actually seen.

They are around..








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2 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

dsefcik
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Whale Peak is always nice (except in the snow). The Smugglers side can be tough.

Here is another route for those thinking of something different

http://anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/forum/topic155-whale-peak--inner-pasture--goat-cyn-trestle.aspx

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2 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

dsefcik
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Topic: Thimble from Cherry Canyon
I think that is the way Gary and I went once but we never summited the last rock scramble...nice work!
2 days ago
Topic:
Photography

dsefcik
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Buford, very nice recent additions.
2 days ago
Topic:
Can anyone ID this location?

Rocko1
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This is an old picture of my dad and brother from the late 70's. I was told this was somewhere in AB. Do any of the hills look familiar?


edited by Rocko1 on 2/25/2020
3 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

rockhopper
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
Rocko1 wrote:
I have never hiked out here. Any recommendations?


Top picture is Martinez mtn. with little pinyon flat in the fore ground, home of the "Cactus Spring Trail". Highly recommended. Continual use for the past several thousand years. One of the few "Long trails" still in existence. Worn chest high (deep) in places. The whole area is unlimited hiking and exploring. I try to make it out there every other year.
cheers
3 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Photography
A couple new ones:




3 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

Rocko1
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
I have never hiked out here. Any recommendations?
5 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

ziphius
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
Nice view rockhopper!
5 days ago
Topic:
Martinez Mtn. Snow

rockhopper
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Topic: Martinez Mtn. Snow
Mid February I took a quick trip out to the old Hacienda hot springs in Desert hot springs. Hit the storm on our return up Hwy 74. Drove by the trail head. Reminder to hike it again!

Random picture from local hike near our place.



Cheers.
8 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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More images. I'll just keep dumping photos from the park here.

Same ram and spot as a prior image posted, slightly different pose:



Another shot of the ramp on a hazier day than others posted:



I've been fascinated by how the Desert Trumpet looks at first light, maybe it is just me:
9 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Scooter
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Beautiful unbelievable photos thank you for Sharing.
9 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

ziphius
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I want to own one of the sketchy houses in that area. wink
9 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

Rocko1
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tekewin wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Nice boulder climbing. I like your Iron Man hiking gloves. Cheers.



When my wife and I did Half Dome cables in 2017, I bought a 12-pack of these rubber palmed gloves for about $8. This is the 7th pair. I like to use them on rougher rock. not that Thimble is terrible.



I use similar gloves when there is scrambling involved. I cut the thumb out of the right hand so I can use my phone. Great gloves, light and durable.
10 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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deborah wrote:
Maybe a type of Threadplant? These are so cool. I've seen a lot of them in the hills just to the north of Clark Lake.


dsefcik wrote:
I know this little itty bitty plant but can't find the name for it!

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edited by dsefcik on 2/17/2020




Found it online. "Desert Trumpet" is the common name.

One more new picture:
10 days ago
Topic:
Photography

deborah
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Maybe a type of Threadplant? These are so cool. I've seen a lot of them in the hills just to the north of Clark Lake.


dsefcik wrote:
I know this little itty bitty plant but can't find the name for it!

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Buford wrote:


Interesting native, I think, plant:

edited by dsefcik on 2/17/2020
10 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

deborah
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Nice report! Thanks for the info. I've never been out there. The rocks look like fun!
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

ziphius
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
@tekewin yeah, I was wondering initially if the shadow was caused by Cuyamaca Peak. But then the next morning, we had an equally-shaped shadow in the opposite direction. I need to observe this a little more from the Whale Peak summit for verification! [ edit: it makes sense that the shadow would be sharper than the mountain itself, especially the farthest point you can see. Just like looking down a set of railroad tracks. Although they are parallel, in the distance, all railroad tracks appear to converge.] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanishing_point
edited by ziphius on 2/18/2020
10 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Rocko1
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Do the neck collars expand as the sheep grow?
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

tekewin
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Great trip! I've done Whale from the easy side. Seems like a good habitat for lions, clearly good for bobcats. That is a quality scrape. I don't think I would have identified what it was, but I'll have an idea now if I see something like that. Great shot of the shadow, too. Surprising that such a long flat mountain casts a sharp shadow.
10 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

tekewin
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Buford wrote:
Nice. I have used the same trailhead as well. The only thing I didn't like was leaving a car there. Seemed sketchy.



Yeah, the houses in the area are a little sketch, probably worth the risk to cut miles out of the round trip. The Thimble was only 1.25 miles as the crow flies.
10 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

tekewin
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rockhopper wrote:
Nice boulder climbing. I like your Iron Man hiking gloves. Cheers.



When my wife and I did Half Dome cables in 2017, I bought a 12-pack of these rubber palmed gloves for about $8. This is the 7th pair. I like to use them on rougher rock. not that Thimble is terrible.
10 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Topic: Photography
Another variation on one already posted:


This is a crop from a larger panorama:


This one is from last night. I've been enjoying the badlands colors:


More lambs. None were great photos because they were so far away. I haven't been able to find the lambs again despite looking. Only saw them one day this season so these are from a couple weeks ago now:


Nursing:




Jumping (already posted):


Bouncing from rock to rock:
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Looks like a fun loop. For all the Bobcat signs around it's amazing how little of them are actually seen.
10 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

Buford
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Nice. I have used the same trailhead as well. The only thing I didn't like was leaving a car there. Seemed sketchy.
10 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
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rockhopper wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Nice trip report. Thank full for the heavy rains last 2 years to keep the creeks flowing ( Less carrying water ) in the back country. My brother and I climbed up the back side of Palomar mtn. through heavy coastal oak brush and were covered in ticks. Got em' off thankfully. Had to check every 5 minutes. Not so lucky on the PCT section near hwy 74. :-0 Bush wacking does have it's rewards though :-)
edited by rockhopper on 1/30/2020



I do love to see water flow in these seasonal creeks.

Were you doing Eagle Crag? Also do you treat your clothes? I have been spraying mine with Sawyer Permethrin. On this hike it was 3 weeks out of the 6 week claimed lifespan. I watched a tick crawl about 18" before it started getting a bit funny and then a slight shake knocked him off. I would touch up spray all my stuff before each hike knowing how thick the ticks are now.


We hiked the Agua Seca creek trail off hwy 79 to the ridge line of Palomar Mtn. Followed the old over grown fire road along the ridge and then retraced back the car. The deer ticks were everywhere on the tips of the leaves right at belt height.

I have been hearing about ticks in this area for a couple of years now. You treat your clothes?
10 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
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ziphius wrote:
I ran into a couple collecting ticks for research near Pine Valley a few weeks ago. They said that the deer tick that carries Lyme disease, Ixodes pacificus, is rare in San Diego County, but I see plenty of records on iNaturalist. They did say that where western fence lizard and Ixodes overlap, that Lyme is rare. This is because the blood of western fence lizard kills off the Lyme bacterium. https://news.sfsu.edu/news-story/biologists-sf-state-dig-ticks-and-lyme-disease
edited by ziphius on 2/17/2020


I have heard this and it may have been the case a few years ago, but the ticks I have seen recently it's about a 50/50 western black legged tick and dog tick and trending towards more western.

edited by Rocko1 on 2/17/2020
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

Rocko1
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
ziphius wrote:
Rocko1 the canyon going up was very interesting, with lots of stands of dead or dying pinyon pine that apparently have succumbed in the last 5 years. Lots of potential camp areas in various flats well before the summit if someone wanted. The Smuggler Canyon down route is pretty cool too, there is a lot of boulder-negotiating in that drainage, much more so than the up-canyon route shown. We were the only campers at the summit. Gorgeous views all around. I don't know what took me so long to get up there, maybe it looked intimidating all these years.



Awesome thanks. I have day hiked it via Smugglers Canyon and it was fun but slow going with the boulders. I will give this route a shot.
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

rockhopper
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rockhopper
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Whale peak is a wonderful place. Nice loop variation to the expedition. Perfect Jan/ Feb climb to gather snow for water. It is a very dry place. Views are fantastic as you said. I looked back in my photos and first climbed almost 29 years ago. On the list to climb again. cheers.
10 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

rockhopper
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Nice boulder climbing. I like your Iron Man hiking gloves. Cheers.
10 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

rockhopper
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Rocko1 wrote:
rockhopper wrote:
Nice trip report. Thank full for the heavy rains last 2 years to keep the creeks flowing ( Less carrying water ) in the back country. My brother and I climbed up the back side of Palomar mtn. through heavy coastal oak brush and were covered in ticks. Got em' off thankfully. Had to check every 5 minutes. Not so lucky on the PCT section near hwy 74. :-0 Bush wacking does have it's rewards though :-)
edited by rockhopper on 1/30/2020



I do love to see water flow in these seasonal creeks.

Were you doing Eagle Crag? Also do you treat your clothes? I have been spraying mine with Sawyer Permethrin. On this hike it was 3 weeks out of the 6 week claimed lifespan. I watched a tick crawl about 18" before it started getting a bit funny and then a slight shake knocked him off. I would touch up spray all my stuff before each hike knowing how thick the ticks are now.


We hiked the Agua Seca creek trail off hwy 79 to the ridge line of Palomar Mtn. Followed the old over grown fire road along the ridge and then retraced back the car. The deer ticks were everywhere on the tips of the leaves right at belt height.
10 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

ziphius
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I ran into a couple collecting ticks for research near Pine Valley a few weeks ago. They said that the deer tick that carries Lyme disease, Ixodes pacificus, is rare in San Diego County, but I see plenty of records on iNaturalist. They did say that where western fence lizard and Ixodes overlap, that Lyme is rare. This is because the blood of western fence lizard kills off the Lyme bacterium. https://news.sfsu.edu/news-story/biologists-sf-state-dig-ticks-and-lyme-disease
edited by ziphius on 2/17/2020
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

ziphius
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
Rocko1 the canyon going up was very interesting, with lots of stands of dead or dying pinyon pine that apparently have succumbed in the last 5 years. Lots of potential camp areas in various flats well before the summit if someone wanted. The Smuggler Canyon down route is pretty cool too, there is a lot of boulder-negotiating in that drainage, much more so than the up-canyon route shown. We were the only campers at the summit. Gorgeous views all around. I don't know what took me so long to get up there, maybe it looked intimidating all these years.
10 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Wow.
10 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

Rocko1
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
That is awesome! I just listened to Scott on the Backpacker Radio podcast. How did the two canyons going/coming compare?
Also, anyone else up there camping?
edited by Rocko1 on 2/17/2020
10 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

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ziphius wrote:
Great trip report from an area I need to explore more! Still thinking about designing a t-shirt with a giant tick that says "TICK MAGNET".



Ha! I wouldn't want to anger the tick gods-they seem pretty riled up now. wink

Was out near Chariot Mtn on the PCT on Saturday and had a deer tick take a short ride. I had just sprayed my pants the night before. He made a few confused circles before I flicked him off. Most of the time they make a bee line straight up the pants.
10 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

ziphius
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Great trip report from an area I need to explore more! Still thinking about designing a t-shirt with a giant tick that says "TICK MAGNET".
10 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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I know this little itty bitty plant but can't find the name for it!

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Buford wrote:


Interesting native, I think, plant:

edited by dsefcik on 2/17/2020
11 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

ziphius
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Topic: Whale Peak overnight
1st time for me and my better 1/2. We accompanied Scott Turner, co-author of Afoot and Afield in San Diego, who showed us a variation of the usual route up and down. About 15 miles total, clockwise loop starting at Foot & Walker Pass. Overnight lows at summit in the 40s. Small patches of snow remained at the summit, in addition to several boulder 'bird baths' in the canyons. Lost track of how many bobcat scrapes, scats, and tracks we saw.

View towards Harper Flat.



Shadow of Whale Peak projecting east near sunset.


Alex at sunset.


Mule deer leg



Bobcat scrape, track, and what I think is a gray fox scat, where the fox 'overmarked' the bobcat scrape. The scat does not look like a typical bobcat scat. Lots of sign of both gray fox and bobcat along this wash. The left-hind track of the bobcat is clearly seen next to the ruler.


Santa Rosa Range and Salton Sea


View to Cuyamaca Peak during descent.


Sunrise

edited by ziphius on 2/16/2020
edited by ziphius on 2/18/2020
11 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

ziphius
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Looks like a fun and alternative route! Thanks for posting.
11 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

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I recently discovered the Cherry Canyon trailhead on BLM land east of San Ysidro. It's a much easier approach to the Thimble and other nearby mountains. I drove in on Via Oak Grove from S22, turned left at the end, then right on Lease road, then right again on the public road that heads into Cherry Canyon. There's sort of a fuzzy patchwork of private land, BLM land, and state park land in this area. I saw 3 other hikers on the road coming back from San Ysidro so it's not a secret. The Thimble is on my favorite mountains and always a fun scramble. This was my second summit. The first time I went up a 20' chimney that required some stemming. This time, I looked around and found a 15' class 3 crack right of the chimney (also right of the gully). It was easier and led to a nice slab and the top. New register was placed on 2/1.


Start on Cherry Canyon Road (unsigned)




Thimble from the east


New crack route, just below that plant. Fairly easy class 3.




San Ysidro from the top






Down the same way
edited by tekewin on 2/16/2020
11 days ago
Topic:
Photography

tekewin
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That lamb, wow!
11 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Sony camera line up has some great reviews. Your pictures back this up. If I wasn't so in debt with Canon lenses I would probably give a Sony a go. Keep up the top notch photography!
13 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Correct on the ramp. The ramp is easy compared to the alternatives. It has a trail all the way up. In the full resolution image you can see the switchbacks at the bottom.

Sheep are from a different area. Didn't haul the long lens up with all the water supply. We didn't see any live sheep in the Santa Rosa range this trip anyway.

Interesting native, I think, plant:
13 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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dsefcik wrote:
Nice photos again....you got a nice cholla ball shot and that ram with scar on the RH shoulder area, keep an eye for him later on.

That looks like the Villager/Rabbit ramp?



Funny how 'easy' that ramp looks in this picture.
13 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Nice photos again....you got a nice cholla ball shot and that ram with scar on the RH shoulder area, keep an eye for him later on.

That looks like the Villager/Rabbit ramp?
17 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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The pictures in this post are from the last couple weeks.

I just can't help but run into these guys. When I do, I have to take pictures:














Ewes with lambs were very cautious and kept their distance. I did not approach them at all. This same ewe before she had a lamb this season would close the distance to people herself:


Should have used a tripod, but was in a hurry to get moving:




-> Edit to fix a broken image link
edited by Buford on 2/25/2020
edited by Buford on 2/25/2020
edited by Buford on 2/25/2020
17 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
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dsefcik wrote:
That's a chin up bar, even the old timers had to get their fitness time in......

I really like that area and it deserves more exploring. Damn ticks..seem really bad this year, I am gonna try that Permethrin stuff.

The Sawyer brand is the least offensive-can't smell it really. You can also get a more concentrated-cheaper-version that you dillute yourself-this has a bit of paint smell to is. You can spray it on everything-shoes, backpacks, etc.
21 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Hadn't processed this one yet. Same night and view as one previously posted above, just a different focal length.


An alternate closer crop of one probably already posted:


Hawk on a pole:
21 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Where you see this look a lot is with sun rise/set types of photos.

Here is the sunrise over the Coyote mtns



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21 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

dsefcik
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Topic: June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle
Great TR, thanks for sharing that. There are about 11 guzzlers I believe in the area, that one I have not visited yet. There are a couple more near Dave McCain. As far as an east ascent of Whale, you could do it going up an alluvial from Split Rock, we did a descent that way.

http://www.sefcik.com/2013/11/little-blair-to-alma-wash-backpack-trip.html

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22 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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dsefcik wrote:

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I am becoming more a fan of using zoom lenses to capture closer images and get that "compressed" looked, kinda like these recent photos from Death Valley...


Nice. I like the black and white of the first one. The compression effect makes the background still look significant.


Definitely agree about longer lenses. I like the compressed look. After using a cell phone forever, the ability to zoom and compress is novel.

I thought I would like wide angle lenses more, but they make mountains look small and far away. For my tastes wide angle lenses are less useful than I thought they would be.

Another compressed shot where the mountains are miles away. Not exactly what I wanted as a whole, but I like the compression affect.
22 days ago
Topic:
Another Death Valley Trip

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MellowCat wrote:
Found your site today, some great photography and trip reports! I'm in Cincinnati Ohio, but typically come out to SW Desert a few times per year to escape the bugs and rain! I'm guessing the ampules are laudanum?

Laudanum is as good a guess as any, it was about 75% full and clear liquid inside. I still have not found any images online that match the ones I found. You just never know what you will find out in the desert.
22 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

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Topic: Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon
That's a chin up bar, even the old timers had to get their fitness time in......

I really like that area and it deserves more exploring. Damn ticks..seem really bad this year, I am gonna try that Permethrin stuff.
22 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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Topic: PCT North of Scissors Crossing
Thanks for the road report deborah. I drove the road in from Ranchita years ago and remember a couple bad spots but your recent report going in from the 78 seems accurate.
22 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Very nice Anna's shot..!

I am becoming more a fan of using zoom lenses to capture closer images and get that "compressed" looked, kinda like these recent photos from Death Valley



23 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Topic: Photography
Same bird outside the park:


More from in the park.

Stereotypical badlands shot:


Slot:


Another in the sheep scat collection:
23 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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@Rocko1 Almost all processed on a Mac. Some earlier pictures might be pc. It doesn’t matter since most programs work on both.

Any decent camera can probably make just as nice an image. I just happened to pick a Sony. The camera does not go on boulder hopping bushwhacking hikes. I don’t want to haul it up too much gain either.

The first hummingbird picture was almost at minimum focus distance with a sandy background in the distance. The tail looks like a processing artifact the way it separates from the background, but the raw file had that to start.
23 days ago
Topic:
Show us your Cholla bomb photos

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Here are two from last month...





edited by tekewin on 2/4/2020
23 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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You make a strong case for the Sony camera. I just know I'd crack it on my first hike, then hate myself. Haha.
23 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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deborah wrote:
Beautiful pictures. The bird photo is unreal...



Seriously, it looks CGI. Wow.
24 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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A couple more.







I came face to face with this guy. Hiked over a ridge and smelled sheep. A couple seconds later he appeared right in front of me. By the time I got the camera out he had wandered off a ways.
24 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

Britain
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Topic: Gert Wash
Cool find. Love that area!
24 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Rocko1 wrote:

edited by Rocko1 on 2/3/2020


Thanks Tommy. I thought it was close to the hay road but what threw me was how well worn and narrow the path is now in that section. I assume from big horn sheep use maybe?


I think the road is much easier to see on GE than on foot. To the left of the drainage and heading to the west, you're right, it's mainly a game trail. The section from that ridge to the truck trail is really difficult to find since fire breaks and newer roads/trails have popped up but it's still visible on GE images from the 1990s and comparing them to old topo maps. Was hoping to find some historical stuff along the route but didn't see anything. James Lassater was an interesting guy running the Vallecito Stage station and supplying it with hay from his Green Valley ranch in the Lagunas. Supposedly his stone house is somewhere in the Green Valley Campground but not sure if it's still there.

This is a view from the road toward where it crosses the drainage. There's a similar pic in a 1970's San Diego Union newspaper article about some guy who spent 30 years trying to find the hay road through Oriflame. He found this section but misidentified the steep descent placing it about a mile or so to the east.

P1050816 by tomteske, on Flickr

This is the steep descent to the truck trail. You can see a faint white line in the center of the pic. Like I said, much easier to find on GE.

P1050844 by tomteske, on Flickr

Sorry for ripping off your post, Britain!
24 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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Scooter wrote:
1979 drove an Opal Cadet from Hwy 78 south on Chariot Canyon and came out Oriflame to S2 !!! Probably should be a new thread.

Wow. Now that is crazy. My brother drove a 84' Chevy Caprice deep into AB for years. I would laugh during each outing when I asked 'ever take the Caprice back here?'. 'Yep', was always the answer.
24 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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tommy750 wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Nice find. I love looking for well worn trails that are not from modern use. This one on the south east side of Chariot has intrigued me.

edited by Rocko1 on 2/3/2020



That's the Lassater Hay Road. Also spotted that on GE and went out there a while back and hiked the entire section. Reportedly Lassater would take the wheels off the fully loaded wagons and slide them down the steep slope till they got to the bottom of Oriflame. Then the wheels were replaced and the wagons continued to the Vallecito Stage station. There's historical accounts indicating this one section was really sketchy even to the 19th Century crowd.

Lassater Hay Road by tomteske, on Flickr



Thanks Tommy. I thought it was close to the hay road but what threw me was how well worn and narrow the path is now in that section. I assume from big horn sheep use maybe?
24 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Rocko1 wrote:
Nice find. I love looking for well worn trails that are not from modern use. This one on the south east side of Chariot has intrigued me.

edited by Rocko1 on 2/3/2020



That's the Lassater Hay Road. Also spotted that on GE and went out there a while back and hiked the entire section. Reportedly Lassater would take the wheels off the fully loaded wagons and slide them down the steep slope till they got to the bottom of Oriflame. Then the wheels were replaced and the wagons continued to the Vallecito Stage station. There's historical accounts indicating this one section was really sketchy even to the 19th Century crowd.

Lassater Hay Road by tomteske, on Flickr
24 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Beautiful really captures the desert twilight
24 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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1979 drove an Opal Cadet from Hwy 78 south on Chariot Canyon and came out Oriflame to S2 !!! Probably should be a new thread.
24 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

Britain
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Topic: Gert Wash
GE just gets me into trouble. Need to know what that is. Haha
24 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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I used to explore the desert in a Nissan Sentra and took it all sorts of places it had no business going. One thing I always took was an air pump so if I needed to air down to get unstuck, I would have a way to bring it back up before driving on pavement. I took a hand operated floor pump like you would use for a bicycle. It was time consuming to bring up 4 aired down car tires with it, but it does work. The point being that you don't need anything fancy. Just don't go below 10 psi or the bead might separate from the wheel.
24 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Rocko1, yes I think so. Even without the short/technical final climb to the guzzler (which I haven't done from that side) it's worth seeing the upper part of June wash where the walls pinch in, almost like a slot canyon.
24 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Topic: Gert Wash
Nice find. I love looking for well worn trails that are not from modern use. This one on the south east side of Chariot has intrigued me.

edited by Rocko1 on 2/3/2020
24 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Great report. This looks like a good add-on trip while doing Diablo Benchmark via June.
24 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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deborah wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
If you are already going it would be great to know! Here is where I was planning on going. https://i.imgur.com/ZUqVpw9.png Thank you.


I checked out the jeeps trails at the south end of Grapevine Canyon on Saturday. I drove each of the sections out and back with my truck in 2WD with no problem. On the route that you outlined, the only spot that might be a little tricky is where it crosses the drainage, about a third of a mile in from the 78. It's very shallow, but a little sandy. I could see the sand being an issue at different times during the year, depending on weather and how much traffic it's seen since the last rains. If you go that route, keep up steady momentum as you go through.

The short section just to the east is similar. The section from the S3 was probably the most straightforward, some rollers on the way in but no soft sand when I was there.

I wouldn't think that clearance would be an issue either, but please take a look and see what you think. Getting stuck out there is no fun...



edited by deborah on 2/3/2020



Thank you so much! This is great information. I think I could make this section in my Escape. I really need a truck though..
24 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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Some really stellar stuff! Do you edit/process these on a PC or a Mac?
24 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

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Rocko1 wrote:
If you are already going it would be great to know! Here is where I was planning on going. https://i.imgur.com/ZUqVpw9.png Thank you.


I checked out the jeeps trails at the south end of Grapevine Canyon on Saturday. I drove each of the sections out and back with my truck in 2WD with no problem. On the route that you outlined, the only spot that might be a little tricky is where it crosses the drainage, about a third of a mile in from the 78. It's very shallow, but a little sandy. I could see the sand being an issue at different times during the year, depending on weather and how much traffic it's seen since the last rains. If you go that route, keep up steady momentum as you go through.

The short section just to the east is similar. The section from the S3 was probably the most straightforward, some rollers on the way in but no soft sand when I was there.

I wouldn't think that clearance would be an issue either, but please take a look and see what you think. Getting stuck out there is no fun...



edited by deborah on 2/3/2020
25 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Thanks rockhopper, tommy750 and Buford.

tommy750: an ascent of Whale from that side sounds interesting. I've had it in the back of my mind for a long time that it would be interesting to do a trip that makes the connection from June to Hapaha. The Lindsay book mentions that Native Americans who lived on the edge of the Laguna mountains would gather in Hapaha Flat each spring. I wonder if this is the route they took.
25 days ago
Topic:
Show us your Cholla bomb photos

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I thought I would resurrect this thread. Here are a few new entries.

Ewe with a big cholla bomb in her throat:


This ewe had a cholla bomb on her front leg:


Hard to see, but this lamb had a cholla bomb its face. The lamb might have given it to the ewe above. She seemed reluctant to let the lamb nurse for obvious reasons:



Myself awhile ago. Hiking in the dark and had one stick to my shoe then embedded in the opposite calf really bad:


A week later:
25 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Topic: Gert Wash
tommy750 wrote:
I walked on that trail ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic1344-carrizo-creek-bm-lost-and-south-mesa.aspx ) and it certainly could be a native trail. Found a large cairn and rock circle on it and looks like it may continue NW on the other side of the wash through South Mesa. Could also have been an access trail to the rock square which appears to be along a chain of 7-8 squares on a NS line. Assuming the squares were some sort guidance for bombing runs but who knows.


Cool. I got the square, I'll hit That trail I a day or so. On the other side of Gert, on the mesa theres another trai that goes ne for a while. I'll see if I can get that one also.

Seen your post on the square needed. To get it.
25 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Welcome.

I like the shot of the sheep bones.
25 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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The two sunrise pictures above were taken with the Sony 10-18 lens.

Some more:

I need to get some noise reduction software. Taken on a cloudy day with a high shutter speed to try and catch this one in flight, Sigma 150-600C:


Not the type of creature I was trying to capture in flight, Sigma 150-600C:


It works for more than just animals, Sigma 150-600C:


More badlands, Sony 18-135


"Final" edit of one already posted, Sony 18-135:
25 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Nice trip report, Brian. Visiting that guzzler and maybe an eastern ascent of Whale Pk is on my to do list. Thanks.
25 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Topic: Gert Wash
I walked on that trail ( http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic1344-carrizo-creek-bm-lost-and-south-mesa.aspx ) and it certainly could be a native trail. Found a large cairn and rock circle on it and looks like it may continue NW on the other side of the wash through South Mesa. Could also have been an access trail to the rock square which appears to be along a chain of 7-8 squares on a NS line. Assuming the squares were some sort guidance for bombing runs but who knows.
25 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing trip report.
26 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Thanks Britain.
26 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Topic: Gert Wash
While hiking out of Gert I notice a trail going up the western wall. On the eastern wall on top of the mesa another trail seen by satellite. I didn't take a picture of the trail but reviewed the one on the western wall by satellite. I don't think there are any mines in the area so perhaps a Native American trail? It's a 6-mile oneway trip to get there. I'll hit it next week.
26 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Welcome. Nice photos and write up. Thanks for sharing.
26 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Thanks ziphius.
27 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Welcome Brian, nice trip report. Nice find on the ram horns. Interesting area for sure.
27 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Thanks for the welcome Deborah. Sunday was the day I did my hike too. I drove to Hapaha flat on Saturday and spent the night near Dave McCain spring, then did the hike in the morning.
27 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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Welcome Brian! Nice photos and report. Thanks for sharing!

I was in June Wash just last Sunday for a run. There was a group of bighorn sheep out there, 9 total. Maybe they were headed for the guzzler. smile




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