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surfponto
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3/30/2010
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We will be haeding out to the Mud Caves in Arroyo Tapiado this coming Saturday. Haven't been out for about 5 years so we are really looking forward to it. If you have not been there before lets just say it involves a lot of crawiling, squeezing and climbing.

Also you cannot be claustrophobic or you will have trouble. smile


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3/30/2010
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We drove through there earlier this winter (Januray) heading up to camp along the little cut across trail that connects Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco Del Diablo. We were shocked when we went past the mud caves area because there were at least 40 rigs parked in there. But hardly any people. I stopped and asked a guy covered in dirt what was up and he said boy scouts form the OC were exploring the caves. Must have been a couple hundred people there that day.

In the afternoon we were hiking northwest on the ridge between Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco Del Diablo and we came across an old trail coming up out of the wash and then heading up toward Whale Peak. It had huge rock cairns along it. We found 3 or 4 cairns along the trail for about half a mile or so and then it kind of just petered out. If you look in this picture you can see the cairn on the left edge of the pic and to the left of the ocotillo. The trail goes to the right of the ocotillo and off toward the center of the pic. You can see my buddy (dark spot) in the middle of the pic and the trail right by him. It was very cool. The picture is taken looking southeast toward Carrizo Creek and the Impact Area with the Coyote Mountains to the right.
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Uggghh I hope it is not crowded.
last time I was there was in June 05 which tends to deter the less hardy desert hikers smile

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hikerdmb wrote:
We drove through there earlier this winter (Januray) heading up to camp along the little cut across trail that connects Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco Del Diablo. We were shocked when we went past the mud caves area because there were at least 40 rigs parked in there. But hardly any people. I stopped and asked a guy covered in dirt what was up and he said boy scouts form the OC were exploring the caves. Must have been a couple hundred people there that day.

In the afternoon we were hiking northwest on the ridge between Arroyo Tapiado and Arroyo Seco Del Diablo and we came across an old trail coming up out of the wash and then heading up toward Whale Peak. It had huge rock cairns along it. We found 3 or 4 cairns along the trail for about half a mile or so and then it kind of just petered out. If you look in this picture you can see the cairn on the left edge of the pic and to the left of the ocotillo. The trail goes to the right of the ocotillo and off toward the center of the pic. You can see my buddy (dark spot) in the middle of the pic and the trail right by him. It was very cool. The picture is taken looking southeast toward Carrizo Creek and the Impact Area with the Coyote Mountains to the right.


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4/4/2010
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The climbing pic makes my hands and feet sweat profusely just looking at it. Ugh.
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4/5/2010
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It was a great trip. As David said it was a bit busy in the main caves .
I forgot how fun this area is. Temperature differences were amazing. I would like to go back and do a mid-week trip at some point.
Bob

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