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Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by ddgrunning » Mar 31 2019 9:03 pm

Looking for suggestions for a good hike that’s not too far off the route to San Diego. Anywhere along the way is fine (whether in CA or AZ). Something that could be done in 3-4 hours, at most. As an alternative, a good spot for rappelling/rock climbing. Or, perhaps, both. Timing would be end of May.
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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by chumley » Mar 31 2019 9:18 pm

If you haven't seen the Goat Canyon Trestle, it's a very worthy destination. I think this description takes you over the top after climbing out of Mortero Palms (also a neat area) but I got turned around when I tried that and did a different route to the railroad (check my triplogs and gps routes in the area) Cool history.
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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by azbackpackr » Apr 01 2019 8:25 am

[ Garnet Peak Trail ] near Mount Laguna. PCT also, through the Laguna Mountain area. Much cooler up there than desert.
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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by GrottoGirl » Apr 02 2019 6:44 am

Sears point if you are into Petroglyphs.

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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by joebartels » Apr 02 2019 7:20 am

@GrottoGirl
Along the Gila, west of Gila Bend?
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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by GrottoGirl » Apr 02 2019 7:30 am

@joebartels Yes! It’s amazing!

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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by ddgrunning » Apr 02 2019 1:16 pm

@chumley
The trestle sounds very interesting, but it also sounds like going over the top is a bit of a hairy adventure--I'm not used to reading triplogs where you were doubting your ability to get over and back (only to then go on to tackle the trip via an 11.6 mile alternate). I'm assuming this would be a pretty toasty adventure at the end of May when I'd be passing through.

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Re: Hikes en route to San Diego from Phx

Post by chumley » Apr 02 2019 1:42 pm

@ddgrunning
Yes, it's warm and there's no shade. The route I ended up going doesn't have the scrambling, elevation gain, or route finding issues that coming over from the palms does. But I don't think I'd enjoy either on a sunny day over 80.
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