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anutami
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3/6/2013
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Trying to decide where to go this weekend as I am predicting a rainout for T Ball. The problem is you pull out the map and I am like a deer in headlights trying to decide where to go....do I go up fish creek and hunt for camel ridge? Or do I try for the summer solstive cave up Indian Gorge? Do I take a backpack trip to cougar or sheep canyon and brave boulder alley with the rig? Should I go find the ancient shoreline of lake cahuilla near superstition? Do we hunt for petrified wood near the magical and majestic realm of carrizo mountain? Should I try another attempt at the palm grove at the east fork of carrizo gorge? Nolia wash and the probability of the most wildflowers in bloom? Do I try for Harper Flat? Rockhouse canyon? (Which one?) Inner pasture? (Can the kids make it???)arrrggghhhh...whale peak? HELP!!!!
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3/6/2013
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Fish Creek/Elephant Knees....that's my vote. Exploration on the east side of the road is full of cool concretions and the view from the top of Elephant Knees is awesome. You should get a great view of the snow covered mountains by Sat/Sun.

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3/6/2013
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Any of those would be great. Harper Flat is an interesting area and an easy hike from Pinyon Wash and a much more strenuous hike from Harper Canyon. Or go in Fish Creek like Daren suggested and go north over the ridge from near Split Rock into Harper Flat (I think I remember your truck being that far back there in a previous TR).
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3/6/2013
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Holding petrified wood in your hand imaging the entire ABDSP cover in lush forests gets my votesmile
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3/7/2013
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I kind of like Nolina Wash. There is a great sandy campsite at the mouth of the canyon and plenty of boulders to climb on smile

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3/7/2013
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I would also throw in if you haven't taken your kids to the Salton Sea mudpots yet that is pretty cool. Slab City/Salvation Mtn and Obsidian Butte are worth a visit as well.







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anutami
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3/11/2013
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Thanks everyone for the pointers, as you are probably aware from my post on getting temporarily delayed from about 3:00pm on friday to about 10:00 am on Saturday I chose to head out to fish creek smile
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Evan McGinnis
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3/14/2013
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Any suggestions for primitive areas in a non-4wd tacoma? I've been out there before, but it's been years ago and enjoyed the primitive camping. Seems you guys have some awesome knowledge of the areas worth checking out and that are the easiest to trek through. Thanks!
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3/14/2013
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Evan McGinnis wrote:
Any suggestions for primitive areas in a non-4wd tacoma? I've been out there before, but it's been years ago and enjoyed the primitive camping. Seems you guys have some awesome knowledge of the areas worth checking out and that are the easiest to trek through. Thanks!


Hi Evan, welcome!!

Indian gorge is a very cool place. It is just the right road for 2wd high clearance. You can make it all the way to the end of the south fork and hike sombrero peak.
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3/15/2013
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Blair/Little Blair is another great area for most vehicles.

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3/21/2013
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Heading out to AZSP for the first time. Pretty excited. Was aiming for Fish Creek to check out the Wind Caves. Can anyone fill me in on camping out there? Are you supposed to stay close to Split Mountain near the campground or can you venture in and camp in some of the other washes? I just want to avoid camping right next to someone.
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3/21/2013
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JoeTime wrote:
Heading out to AZSP for the first time. Pretty excited. Was aiming for Fish Creek to check out the Wind Caves. Can anyone fill me in on camping out there? Are you supposed to stay close to Split Mountain near the campground or can you venture in and camp in some of the other washes? I just want to avoid camping right next to someone.
You can car camp anywhere there is a road as long you stay within one car length from the road. All campfires must be in a metal container or approved campground fire ring. Let us know how your trip goes!

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3/21/2013
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Welcome to the forum.
That is one of the great things about Anza Borrego. You can find a solo spot to camp with noone around for miles.
Enjoy and post back smile

JoeTime wrote:
Heading out to AZSP for the first time. Pretty excited. Was aiming for Fish Creek to check out the Wind Caves. Can anyone fill me in on camping out there? Are you supposed to stay close to Split Mountain near the campground or can you venture in and camp in some of the other washes? I just want to avoid camping right next to someone.


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JoeTime
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3/21/2013
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Awesome, thanks for the replies guys.

I'll make sure to find a clear spot next to the road for sure. Got my metal firepit so no issues there.

Planning on catching the sunset from wind caves Saturday. I'll Post some pics next week.

Thanks
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anutami
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3/21/2013
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JoeTime wrote:
Awesome, thanks for the replies guys.

I'll make sure to find a clear spot next to the road for sure. Got my metal firepit so no issues there.

Planning on catching the sunset from wind caves Saturday. I'll Post some pics next week.

Thanks

Welcome!
Fish creek wash is a great first time trip!!!! You are going to LOVE driving through and won't believe your eyes.
The end of oyster shell wash is great, or lycium wash. I am not sure why anyone would use the campground near split mountain other than being concerned about flash floods during the night...i don't think anyone has posted a trip report on the wind caves yet. I have yet to check them out, as they are always packed with cars and usually groups of boyscouts.
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3/27/2013
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:
JoeTime wrote:
Awesome, thanks for the replies guys.

I'll make sure to find a clear spot next to the road for sure. Got my metal firepit so no issues there.

Planning on catching the sunset from wind caves Saturday. I'll Post some pics next week.

Thanks

Welcome!
Fish creek wash is a great first time trip!!!! You are going to LOVE driving through and won't believe your eyes.
The end of oyster shell wash is great, or lycium wash. I am not sure why anyone would use the campground near split mountain other than being concerned about flash floods during the night...i don't think anyone has posted a trip report on the wind caves yet. I have yet to check them out, as they are always packed with cars and usually groups of boyscouts.


We camp in the campground cuz I'm not good at using the wild facilities! But we're lucky enough to doit during the week. We were there for 4 nights in November all by ourselves.
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3/27/2013
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dsefcik wrote:
JoeTime wrote:
Heading out to AZSP for the first time. Pretty excited. Was aiming for Fish Creek to check out the Wind Caves. Can anyone fill me in on camping out there? Are you supposed to stay close to Split Mountain near the campground or can you venture in and camp in some of the other washes? I just want to avoid camping right next to someone.
You can car camp anywhere there is a road as long you stay within one car length from the road. All campfires must be in a metal container or approved campground fire ring. Let us know how your trip goes!



Actually, only your vehicle can be no more than 1 car length off the road! You can camp pretty much anywhere. Here's a link to e State Park magazine and it has all the backcountry camping rules!
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/anza-borrego%20desert%20state%20park%20magazine%202012.pdf
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3/30/2013
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Found there was a $10 fee up in Sheep Canyon's backcountry campground. I guess you pay it if you use an established site with table and fire ring. There's an "Iron Ranger" there to deposit your money in.
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3/31/2013
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DesertWRX wrote:
Found there was a $10 fee up in Sheep Canyon's backcountry campground. I guess you pay it if you use an established site with table and fire ring. There's an "Iron Ranger" there to deposit your money in.


I am thinking about heading out there next week for a backpack trip. Is there water in the canyon? Did you check out cougar canyon? How is boulder ally? Thanks
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3/31/2013
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There are fees in all of the established sites that have pit toilets and fire rings. Don't camp there, don't pay. Sleep on the ground, pack out your trash and enjoy the freedom the park offers, no better rules around....really...but sometimes the fees are worth it..you decide.....

DesertWRX wrote:
Found there was a $10 fee up in Sheep Canyon's backcountry campground. I guess you pay it if you use an established site with table and fire ring. There's an "Iron Ranger" there to deposit your money in.


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Borregolinda
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3/31/2013
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dsefcik wrote:
There are fees in all of the established sites that have pit toilets and fire rings. Don't camp there, don't pay. Sleep on the ground, pack out your trash and enjoy the freedom the park offers, no better rules around....really...but sometimes the fees are worth it..you decide.....

DesertWRX wrote:
Found there was a $10 fee up in Sheep Canyon's backcountry campground. I guess you pay it if you use an established site with table and fire ring. There's an &quotIron Ranger&quot there to deposit your money in.


Fish Creek campground has fire rings and toilets....no fee there. Must be the added tables at Sheep Cyn.
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4/4/2013
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Nolan (anutami) wrote:

I am thinking about heading out there next week for a backpack trip. Is there water in the canyon? Did you check out cougar canyon? How is boulder ally? Thanks


There's water in all 3 crossings. Not very deep. In the afternoon the water in First Crossing goes underground. The Bypass Rd, also know as Boulder Alley is just a steep bumpy road now days. I'm toying with the idea of trying to do it in a 2 wd vehicle. Parked at 3rd crossing was an Audi A4 the other day. Goes to show ya that a driver in a low car and some smarts can get a long way in Coyote Canyon.
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edited by DesertWRX on 4/4/2013
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4/4/2013
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DesertWRX wrote:
Nolan (anutami) wrote:

I am thinking about heading out there next week for a backpack trip. Is there water in the canyon? Did you check out cougar canyon? How is boulder ally? Thanks


There's water in all 3 crossings. Not very deep. In the afternoon the water in First Crossing goes underground. The Bypass Rd, also know as Boulder Alley is just a steep bumpy road now days. I'm toying with the idea of trying to do it in a 2 wd vehicle. Parked at 3rd crossing was an Audi A4 the other day. Goes to show ya that a driver in a low car and some smarts can get a long way in Coyote Canyon.
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Thanks for the heads up...Hoping there is water in cougar canyon, as we are planning on camping in the canyon. Was thinking about backpacking in from the 3rd crossing but weather looks to be pretty warm for the weekend. I think we are going to head through bouler alley with our 4x4 stock xterra. I will take some videos and post back.
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