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dsefcik
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2/2/2011
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A friend of mine and I headed out to the Jacumba mountains area to hike down to Carrizo Gorge and explore some of the old train parts abandoned when the Carrizo Gorge railway was built. Turned out after my slow, sissy 4WD driving skills in my big Dodge crew cab truck were done we had spent most of the day stopping and exploring the surrounding area of the Jacumba Mountains and never made it down into the gorge. There were some interesting things to see along the way but I still want to go back and hike down into the gorge to find the old train parts and the abandoned railway camp.

The "full" TR is on my website http://www.sefcik.com/2011/02/jacumba-mountains.html

I am feeling pretty lazy so here are just a few pics

A wildlife guzzler


A possible old hunting blind. This whole area is near Table mtn and Sqaw Tit so it is Shaman's land


Brilliant bright yellow moss on the boulders


Pottery pieces found near the morteros


My sissy 4WD skills stopped me here


The Lindsay book describes an "Ornate stone cabin with a tin roof", here it is


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2/2/2011
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Daren,
That looks like an interesting area with lots of native artifacts. I checked out the other pics on your site. The rock work on the possible hunting blind looks cool. You seem to find these features pretty regularly. What makes you say it was in Shaman's land? Good place to park the truck. That looks rough in the photo so it must look really rough in person. Sometimes the long wheel base is a bad thing.
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2/3/2011
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hikerdmb wrote:
Daren,
That looks like an interesting area with lots of native artifacts. I checked out the other pics on your site. The rock work on the possible hunting blind looks cool. You seem to find these features pretty regularly. What makes you say it was in Shaman's land? Good place to park the truck. That looks rough in the photo so it must look really rough in person. Sometimes the long wheel base is a bad thing.
David


Table mtn is referenced as a sacred area in many publications, including the Lindsay book. A couple of resources can be read here:

http://www.kumeyaaymapping.com/placenames-map.html

Lindsay Book at Google

http://www.copswiki.com/w/pub/Common/AnthropologyOfPotreroSite/Kuuchamaa-The_Kumeyaay_Sacred_Mountain.pdf

The rocky section of the trail was steep and narrow, my truck was certain to sustain some type of damage if I had tried to go down it. Since we were only about 1/2 mile away from where were gonna park anyway I decided not to chance it. Given no choice I am sure we could have gone down but back up may have been a problem.

I have an old post of a hike up Table mtn here: http://www.sefcik.com/2010/03/squaw-tit-to-table-mtn.html

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2/4/2011
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Great pics Daren,
I would like to explore some of the old railroad artifacts at some point.

I think your truck would have made it down those rocks by the way smile

What's the story on that rock cabin?

Bob
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surfponto wrote:
Great pics Daren,
I would like to explore some of the old railroad artifacts at some point.

I think your truck would have made it down those rocks by the way smile

What's the story on that rock cabin?

Bob


I don't know much about the cabin, it was a brief mention in the Lindsay book and to be honest it was kinda hidden, we almost missed it..well I did, Scott my friend found it. It was right near the quarry so my guess is old miners built and used it. There were numerous artifacts like an old gas stove so it was not too old, maybe early to mid 1900.

I am certain that my truck could have navigated the road in skilled hands. I am just not there yet, I am still testing the waters with the truck and my own skills. It was steep and narrow, you can see all of the tire rub marks on the rocks and the whole center was piled up with rocks from people trying to get down it.

Enough about my trip out, how was Carrizo??

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2/5/2011
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Cool thanks. Pretty cool there is a stove etc.
As far as my trip I will write up a quick trip report but suffice to say I got lost in the marsh and ended up bushwhacking through way to much carrizo and cat claw
Legs are so scratched up :-(

dsefcik wrote:
surfponto wrote:
Great pics Daren,
I would like to explore some of the old railroad artifacts at some point.

I think your truck would have made it down those rocks by the way smile

What's the story on that rock cabin?

Bob


I don't know much about the cabin, it was a brief mention in the Lindsay book and to be honest it was kinda hidden, we almost missed it..well I did, Scott my friend found it. It was right near the quarry so my guess is old miners built and used it. There were numerous artifacts like an old gas stove so it was not too old, maybe early to mid 1900.

I am certain that my truck could have navigated the road in skilled hands. I am just not there yet, I am still testing the waters with the truck and my own skills. It was steep and narrow, you can see all of the tire rub marks on the rocks and the whole center was piled up with rocks from people trying to get down it.

Enough about my trip out, how was Carrizo??

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