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1 hours ago
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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:
1 hours ago
Topic:
Photography

deborah
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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
2 hours 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!
6 hours 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!
7 hours ago
Topic:
Photography

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

tekewin
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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.
7 hours 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.
7 hours ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

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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.
7 hours ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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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:
8 hours 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.
8 hours 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.
11 hours 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?
13 hours 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
13 hours ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

Rocko1
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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.
14 hours 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.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

rockhopper
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Nice boulder climbing. I like your Iron Man hiking gloves. Cheers.
14 hours 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.
14 hours 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
14 hours ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

ziphius
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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.
14 hours ago
Topic:
Photography

davidwyby
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davidwyby
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Wow.
14 hours 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
14 hours ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
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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.
15 hours 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".
15 hours ago
Topic:
Photography

dsefcik
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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
1 days ago
Topic:
Whale Peak overnight

ziphius
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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 scat. The left-hind track 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
1 days ago
Topic:
Thimble from Cherry Canyon

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

tekewin
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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
1 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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

Britain
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Britain
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Topic: Photography
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!
3 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Buford
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Topic: Photography
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:
3 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Rocko1
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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.
3 days ago
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Photography

dsefcik
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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?
7 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Topic: Photography
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:


7 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.
11 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:
11 days ago
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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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11 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

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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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12 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Topic: Photography
dsefcik wrote:

...

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.
12 days ago
Topic:
Another Death Valley Trip

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Topic: Another Death Valley Trip
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.
12 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.
12 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.
12 days ago
Topic:
Photography

dsefcik
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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



13 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
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Same bird outside the park:


More from in the park.

Stereotypical badlands shot:


Slot:


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

Buford
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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.
13 days ago
Topic:
Show us your Cholla bomb photos

tekewin
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Here are two from last month...





edited by tekewin on 2/4/2020
13 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.
13 days ago
Topic:
Photography

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



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

Buford
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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.
14 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

Britain
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Topic: Gert Wash
Cool find. Love that area!
14 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!
14 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.
14 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

Rocko1
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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?
14 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

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Topic: Gert Wash
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
14 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Scooter
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Beautiful really captures the desert twilight
14 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.
14 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
14 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.
14 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.
14 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
14 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Rocko1
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Great report. This looks like a good add-on trip while doing Diablo Benchmark via June.
14 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..
14 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
Topic: Photography
Some really stellar stuff! Do you edit/process these on a PC or a Mac?
14 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
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
15 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
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.
15 days ago
Topic:
Show us your Cholla bomb photos

Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
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:
15 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
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.
15 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Welcome.

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

Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Topic: Photography
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:
15 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 866
Nice trip report, Brian. Visiting that guzzler and maybe an eastern ascent of Whale Pk is on my to do list. Thanks.
15 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 866
tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 866
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.
15 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 506
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing trip report.
16 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
Thanks Britain.
16 days ago
Topic:
Gert Wash

Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
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.
16 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
Welcome. Nice photos and write up. Thanks for sharing.
16 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
Thanks ziphius.
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

ziphius
ziphius
Posts: 803
Welcome Brian, nice trip report. Nice find on the ram horns. Interesting area for sure.
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
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.
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
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
17 days ago
Topic:
Photography

deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
Topic: Photography
Beautiful pictures. The bird photo is unreal...
17 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
Great photos and trip report! I really enjoyed the video too.
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
Scooter wrote:
Welcome to the forum Brian, great trip report.


Thanks!
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Scooter
Scooter
Posts: 48
Welcome to the forum Brian, great trip report.
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
Looking down toward the upper reaches of June Wash, with Agua Caliente in the distance





View toward Hapaha Flat and Fish Creek drainage from the hill just S of the saddle

17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
More pics of the guzzler.


edited by Brian on 1/31/2020
17 days ago
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Brian
Brian
Posts: 10
Hello, I'm new here. I've enjoyed reading trip reports and finally have something to contribute of my own.

I used to do a lot of trips to June Wash. It was a way for me to get to Sandstone Canyon back when I didn't have a car that could get there from the other side. At one point I was looking online for info about June Wash and found an article that Frank Colver wrote on DesertUSA (it looks like it's since been removed). He talked about hiking up to the head of June Wash and how there was a saddle between that and Hapaha flat that had a sheep guzzler. He also mentioned that it would be a challenge to get to the saddle from the June side because of a dry fall. I hiked to that point one day and found the fall. I think I could have climbed it, but I didn't want to take the risk since I was alone.

Now it's 4 years later and I finally hiked to the guzzler from the other side. It's a 17.5 mile drive from the pavement of Split Mountain Road to the area of Hapaha Flat where a wash heads SW toward the saddle (the guzzler can be seen on Google Earth). It was only a 2 mile hike and was a nice change of pace from hikes I've done that had a lot of obstacles. On this one, every time it looked like the canyon was about to become choked with brush, it would suddenly clear out to an easy path. The one dry fall had an easy and obvious bypass on the right side. It ended up with great views for minimal effort.


edited by Brian on 1/31/2020
18 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
Topic: Photography
Wow nice captures!
18 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
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.
18 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

rockhopper
rockhopper
Posts: 506
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
19 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
tommy750 wrote:
Glad to hear Salt Creek is flowing well. Went down that road into Cottonwood a few years ago and didn't enjoy that washed out segment either! Nice TR. Cottonwood is definitely worth a 2-3 day trip.

Thanks. Salt Creek had 3 drainages feeding it and converged where the road crosses the creek. Based on this flow I would assume Oriflame is flowing as well-I may go check that out this weekend.
20 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

tommy750
tommy750
Posts: 866
Glad to hear Salt Creek is flowing well. Went down that road into Cottonwood a few years ago and didn't enjoy that washed out segment either! Nice TR. Cottonwood is definitely worth a 2-3 day trip.
20 days ago
Topic:
Another Death Valley Trip

MellowCat
MellowCat
Posts: 1
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?
20 days ago
Topic:
Salt Creek/Cottonwood Canyon

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
Decided to check out Cottonwood Canyon/Salt Creek area on Saturday. Parked of the S1 at the Lucky 5 Ranch entrance again. My attempt at a sunrise picture.

Followed the jeep trail down towards Oriflame Mountain. There is an old road that continues down to the desert floor and parallels Salt Creek. The road is in decent shape as you crest the saddle


but quickly becomes so eroded and overgrown it’s unusable in sections, even for a hiker. At the steep sections-1,150ft/Mile gain/loss-the ruts are so bad it’s just a 6’+ V shaped overgrown rut. I took game trails where the road is unusable.
There is heavy game usage going towards the creek. Mostly bobcat and coyote tracks. There are also a lot of ticks! I stopped counting after 25 ticks. The slightest brush up against chaparral or other bush would result in a tick. Last month I had 10+ in a 1 mile section in Cuyamaca-this far surpassed that. 25+ in 1.5 miles-both deer and dog ticks.


At about 2.8 miles I heard water gurgling over rocks. This is where the trail passes over salt creek. I was surprised at how much water is still flowing. Water disappears from the creek at 1.5miles past this section.



Video of creek flow. https://youtu.be/BrMjCJECuaw



The road continues east along the creek for a while.
Morteros

Yoni?

Concrete trough

Old farming equipment

Abandoned ranch house?



View of valley

Another trough.


A large boulder with more morteros than I have ever seen. Love the color on this one.




Not sure what this was used for


Potsherds


Whale


Looking back towards the ‘road’ and Oriflame Mountain


After I circled the hills in the valley I decided to head back up. This area needs at least 2 days to fully explore. There are lots of great polished boulders in the drainages that would be fun to check out.
Stats
10.65 miles, 3,100ft/gain and loss. Most of the loss is in 2 mile section dropping off the saddle. Coming up this was tough.


Link to album https://imgur.com/a/6kyB5on
edited by Rocko1 on 1/28/2020
21 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
deborah wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Cool sign! I want to check out Grapevine Canyon. Do you know if the first mile or so is passable in a 2wd SUV?



From the south end there are a few jeep trails off the 78 that lead to Grapevine Canyon. The jeep trail closest to Tamarisk Grove Campground has a few spots of soft sand. I don't remember the other options being that bad. Once you get past those it's usually easy travel all the way to Angelina Spring. At that point the jeep trail climbs a rocky hill above the spring, then drops back down. That section is probably a bit much for a 2WD.

I was thinking I might head out to that area this weekend. I could check out the conditions and let you know?



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.
21 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

Britain
Britain
Posts: 454
Nice great pictures to boot. Been meaning to do some of that section.
21 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
Rocko1 wrote:
Cool sign! I want to check out Grapevine Canyon. Do you know if the first mile or so is passable in a 2wd SUV?



From the south end there are a few jeep trails off the 78 that lead to Grapevine Canyon. The jeep trail closest to Tamarisk Grove Campground has a few spots of soft sand. I don't remember the other options being that bad. Once you get past those it's usually easy travel all the way to Angelina Spring. At that point the jeep trail climbs a rocky hill above the spring, then drops back down. That section is probably a bit much for a 2WD.

I was thinking I might head out to that area this weekend. I could check out the conditions and let you know?
21 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

Rocko1
Rocko1
Posts: 257
deborah wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
Grapevine Mtn looked a lot easier peak to grab on the maps as opposed to once your on the trail. I'd like to do that someday as well.
edited by Rocko1 on 1/16/2020



I went out on Saturday to check out accessing the PCT from S2. It starts off on an old jeep trail that disappears at an old water tank and bathtub. I didn't find any real trail from there so I decided to go up the south side of the wash. It was kinda steep, but the footing was solid. The challenge with the south side though (as I found out) is that it leads to a maze of dense vegetation. I could see the trail, but getting there would have been really tricky. As it was, I got a healthy dose of desert pin striping. smile I backtracked a bit and dropped down into the wash to cross over to the north side. Once I climbed that ridge it was straightforward to get to the trail. There's a little wooden sign pointing back towards S2.

I put a few miles on the trail and checked out the water cache further up for thru-hikers. It's impressive, very generous for someone to support the hikers like that. I wanted to follow that dirt road out to see where it met up with Grapevine Canyon, but I was concerned that it was on private property so I turned around. On my return I followed the north ridge all the way back to the old jeep trail.

It was fun to go see a new area, but I think I still prefer accessing that section from Grapevine Canyon. It's away from the road, and just such a cool area.




Cool sign! I want to check out Grapevine Canyon. Do you know if the first mile or so is passable in a 2wd SUV?
22 days ago
Topic:
Photography

Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Topic: Photography
I figured I would start this thread since some people have asked about it. Current setup is a Sony a6400 and a couple lenses. Most used are the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary and the Sony 18-135.

I use Darktable or Lightroom to process the raw files. Any weird processing artifacts are due to my mistakes learning to use the programs. I am definitely making lots of mistakes and learning as I go.

I'll use this thread to post random photos for anyone interested. Most will be from Anza-Borrego, a few might be from elsewhere. Any feedback or tips are welcome.


The crazy sunrise on MLK day turned more orange after the red burned off:



After the crazy MLK sunrise, first light on the mountains:



Outside the park:
22 days ago
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

deborah
deborah
Posts: 79
Rocko1 wrote:
Grapevine Mtn looked a lot easier peak to grab on the maps as opposed to once your on the trail. I'd like to do that someday as well.
edited by Rocko1 on 1/16/2020



I went out on Saturday to check out accessing the PCT from S2. It starts off on an old jeep trail that disappears at an old water tank and bathtub. I didn't find any real trail from there so I decided to go up the south side of the wash. It was kinda steep, but the footing was solid. The challenge with the south side though (as I found out) is that it leads to a maze of dense vegetation. I could see the trail, but getting there would have been really tricky. As it was, I got a healthy dose of desert pin striping. smile I backtracked a bit and dropped down into the wash to cross over to the north side. Once I climbed that ridge it was straightforward to get to the trail. There's a little wooden sign pointing back towards S2.

I put a few miles on the trail and checked out the water cache further up for thru-hikers. It's impressive, very generous for someone to support the hikers like that. I wanted to follow that dirt road out to see where it met up with Grapevine Canyon, but I was concerned that it was on private property so I turned around. On my return I followed the north ridge all the way back to the old jeep trail.

It was fun to go see a new area, but I think I still prefer accessing that section from Grapevine Canyon. It's away from the road, and just such a cool area.



23 days ago
Topic:
Sunrise in Jojoba Wash

Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Topic: Sunrise in Jojoba Wash
Rocko1 wrote:
What cameras/lens are you guys using for these pictures?


I’ll start a thread in the photography section sometime to not derail surfponto’s thread further.
23 days ago
Topic:
Other forums/fb groups?

Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Buford
Buford
Posts: 285
Topic: Other forums/fb groups?
I second ziphius as well.

There are people on here who know a lot about ABDSP. I have met a few in person and all are willing to share knowledge.

I would never join Facebook or meetup hiking or camping group.




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