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dsefcik
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4/13/2011
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Another great trip down into the gorge.

Read the official trip report on my blog http://www.sefcik.com/2011/04/sacatone-overlook-carrizo-gorge.html
and more pictures here http://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park
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Scotty "C" and I headed out to Carrizo Gorge for our now annual Sacatone Overlook / Carrizo Gorge hike.

You can read about our trip last year here http://www.sefcik.com/2010/04/sacatone-overlook-to-goat-canyon-hike.html

This year we decided to go south in the bottom of Carrizo Gorge and see if we could find any remains of the old train encampment. The weather this year was much nicer than last year but the terrain and amount of elevation gain/loss still makes this a pretty difficult hike thru some of the least visited and remote areas of Anza Borrego. When hiking in this area of the park we usually do not even see any signs of illegal crossing routes, no dumped backpacks or discarded tuna cans. Scott and I both agree that if the illegals can make it thru this part of the backcountry than they probably have earned a spot here.

April brings Spring weather and also many wildflowers and snakes. We saw four snakes this trip but no rattlesnakes. Wildflowers and especially the cactus blooms seem more abundant in this area of the park. We covered about 9.5 miles total and about 5,000' of elevation gain/loss in about 9 hours. We made really good time compared to last year, mostly due to Scott's recent intense Jillian Michaels regiment...way to go Scott!!

Here a few pictures from the trip

GPS track of the route


Scott and I before we head down Cry Baby Hill


A metate and some pottery and other stone tool fragments

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Scott asking if that is the way to the "trail"


A Gopher snake Scott almost stepped on, it was hard to see thru all the brush and branches


Balance Rock, we use this as a navigation marker


Yucca Bloom


This picture shows the canyon and train I hiked to a few months back. You can read that report here http://www.sefcik.com/2011/02/carrizo-gorge-old-railway-train-parts.html


A desert beetle in a cactus bloom


Down in Carrizo Gorge looking south


The largest looking remains of the old train camp


A Horned Toad Lizard hiding in a Cholla Cactus



All of the pictures from the trip can be seen here http://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park

Daren
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Mr moderator, I cannot get the url links to post correctly for my picture gallery, can you explain how to get around having the forum break it apart and add those other url parameters?

thanks!

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I always forget to post the panorama shots...here are two from the trip

You can always see the full size images here
http://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Panoramas/16201833_YA53r

This is the carrizo gorge tratin track area (click image to see larger size)


This is a huge chunk of the west side of the gorge that has sunk in maybe 20-30', you cann see better in google earth (click image to see larger size)


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Love the Horned Lizard shot.
That hike looks long on the GE picture.

Looks like the long URLs contian some weird characters that are messing up the links.
Try running them thru www.tinyurl.com first possibly.

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Daren,
Another great trip for you! That sunken hillside is very cool. Did you cross that? I was wondering if it was something fairly recent or not. Thanks for sharing.
David
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hikerdmb wrote:
Daren,
Another great trip for you! That sunken hillside is very cool. Did you cross that? I was wondering if it was something fairly recent or not. Thanks for sharing.
David


We did not cross it, we were north of it. Here is a google earth shot from the train track side and you can see our route in red to the right. This imagery is dated 2/29/2008


I originally saw this mass on another website, he has a similar photo. He wrote a great TR about his mountain bike trip down the tracks, it is here:

http://www.billcaid.com/2010/CarrizoGorge20100103/CarrizoGorge20100103.htm

You should check out his home page, you might like his new 4x4 http://www.billcaid.com

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