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Nov 28 2020
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Little Dragoons Highpoint, AZ 
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AKA Mae West Peaks also on old TOPO Lime however there is also Lime peak about 2 miles east. Some people on Peakbagger and Summitpost whined about how hard this was as to brush etc. The driving directions thru the ranch were pretty good except for mileage for me. Hiking I chose a different route from the big desert peak bagging dogs on those sites. From the parking at the second windmill took a very good cattle trail across the wash and up to mount the north ridge. Very little brush to dodge and just mostly dead or dormant grass and rocks. The top was good, there was a little scrambling over the little peak before the highpoint. The work was along the limestone cliff face working for the break to the top. I finally found a somewhat exposed but good route up had to use an small agave for a handhold. Wore my tough Jack Wolfskin pants and my goatskin gloves, musts for rough limestone IMO. The views were great but again seemed like hazy skies not bad but maybe just from general dust in the atmosphere. I signed my RedRoxx into the peak register, last entry Feb 2020. The old register had been removed I read somewhere. I hate when they do that. I returned the same way. I would give it a 3/5 for offtrail difficulty. Maybe a 2/5 on the brush scale on my route. Uneventful return to the Jeep then out disturbing a hunting party which had set up their sighting gear ON THE ROAD! HELLO!

Nice desolate area I will return to as to other photo hiking opportunity but this was a nice workout hike not to far from home.
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Nov 21 2020
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A patchwork of hikes; back in the desert where I belong.
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Nov 14 2020
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
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Nov 08 2020
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Bassett PeakTucson, AZ
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Go Now! Color is pretty good in lower to mid canyon. Did not get to Aspen as was too busy off trail and up some side drainages. Probably the best color in Southern Az right now although I cannot speak to Ramsey canyon. About 85% of my photos when I wade thru the 300+ I took are off trail. It's not the best but it is good. Got mud on the Jeep on the drive in so area seemed to get some pretty good rain last night. Some log limbo on the trail and lots of blow down in the canyon proper. Somebody parked their full size Nissan PU in a good spot. I wish I had brought a lawn chair and popcorn to see them get out of that one. I saw no one early but I wasn't on the trail, a few hikers on the way out.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Nov 07 2020
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Garden Canyon on the Fort, AZ 
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Day started off with a beautiful drive in with stormy skies and rainbows in abundance. Garden canyon is like the other southern az fall places, a few very bright trees, mostly green and really the sycamores in the lower canyon were more uniformly "turned".
Hiked the little canyon below the road, a log has fallen over and blocked one of the more scenic small waterfalls. Oh well maybe at some point some flooding will remove it. It is beautiful and all but kinda a dud as far as fall colors go. But the maples that are turned are very bright mostly oranges and pinks. Ft Huachuca is restricting access right now and I have to go back as my pass is no longer the current mode and get it updated. I will do so but not sure I will return here this year. However there is this derelict trail I noticed----
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Oct 31 2020
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South Fork of Cave Creek #243Tucson, AZ
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Early for color but since I was suffering from fall FOMO I went ahead and made the drive. IMO mid November should be good. Again, some trees are turned, mostly red and small outliers. Plenty of big green maples. Some water in the creek. I was alone on the trail except about 1 min on my return from my vehicle encountered 4 hikers. A couple of people had set up chairs and having lunch at the TH. Looks like a little more work on the rerouted trail. For some reason I felt more depressed seeing the changes in here than I had previous. Think it's just the overall year I've been having in general. Great weather tho and great to be out.
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Oct 24 2020
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Mt Graham Maple/Aspen/Ferns, AZ 
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Meh, some pockets of nice color but very uneven turn. Some maples were green, red, pinky brown, yellow brown, brown some past peak. Same with the Aspen, some green some brown and some yellow and yellow with the red tinge. Lots of brown ferns. A little water in some of the drainages. I was up early, lots of vehicles as I was coming off the mountain. Glad to get up there but don't drive up here for the maples for sure. Nice to see some patches of blue sky with cloud layer. It seems forever looking at the white haze down here. I haven't looked at my photos will work on some tomorrow.
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Oct 17 2020
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It feels good to accomplish a goal. I finished what I could of the water underground, and did it quite comfortably. I added a life vest I had for super buoyancy. I bet I looked hysterical walking in the dry desert with a boogie board and wearing a life vest. However I decided to use my initial handline rigging to lower and raise gear so I wouldn't have to drag it through the tunnel. As it turned out my second swim covered the most of the mine, just a little left. The extra lift I had made my pack scrape the ceiling in one short section. Also I brought a long sleeve shirt to don once out of the water which helped on the getting cold factor.

Newish looking forest service boundary signs up a couple of places. Glad I got this done. Clothes are going in the trash, sacrificial anyway. Not sure I'll put any pics up as more of the same but will decide once I review them. Now I will start to focus on what fall will give to southern arizona.
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Oct 10 2020
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Mine Swim 2/ Save Teddy, AZ 
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Back underground with my peace loving boogie board and more flotation for my pack. Had some user error allowing the tether line for the board that I had daisy chaining my pack, camera box and board loose and wrapping around my lower leg. Fortunately pretty far in found a spot that was shallow into a side adit that I could get it unwrapped and secure it.
Amazing how good the air was in there. I knew a shaft that would come down and the side adit it was in allowed for some walking but still in water. It was pretty gross in that it seemed in that adit there were at one time lots of bats and lots of floating bat poop or packrat poop. I have a high tolerance for gross so went on. Checked on some other side adits. At times I could float and dangle and not touch bottom or sides even with a wide frog kick that I was using to push me along. I got cold so I did not complete it, the adit turned left and I am pretty sure followed the ore body under a prominent ridge. I was under about 2 hours so I came back out. Swimming it's tricky keeping track of where you are, almost turned off the wrong way but then quickly reoriented myself. Love the dark silence, just swimming along and taking in the headlamp sights. Outside it took a short bit of time to warm up in the sun, with my skin coated in the sulfur it almost felt like an unpleasant chemical reaction in the sunlight, so washed up some at the Jeep. I had a little light headedness at the Jeep so maybe not as good on the oxygen as I thought; quickly alleviated with some deep breathing.

Next day went and picked up Teddy for relocation. The road to the water fountain tank was wack even in the Jeep, very narrow tire hanging off the edges and picked up a lot of pinstripes. Teddy looked great in the shrine. I failed poorly in my criminal attempt to access the mine tunnel at hand. Walked uphill trying to follow the ore seam. One place I tried to get in with a handline but I just could not do it. The wall was crumbly and if I messed up there was a ten foot pit right behind me I would not be able to get out of. Another shaft would require full vertical gear but would get me more where I wanted to go. Checked out some other adits, some closed for bat habitation. Hiked a small canyon I was curious about, great geology, dry, another one that would be cool in the rainy season. I ended up rock hounding some in a great quartz outcrop so that made the short hike longer on time.

Mine swim 3 might be coming up if it stays warm. I can push it if I am not doing all the early stuff. I took a guy there about a month ago and he made a big deal of just the entrance tunnel so he did not make the cut. Hate to do some of this stuff alone but I feel pretty comfortable on when to say when.
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Oct 03 2020
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Hot day, good for my mission. Ran a handline down a shaft then entered the tunnel, at the landing tied onto the handline, changed into my water shoes and had a little buoyancy in my pack, needed more. Old Pentax in a otter type box. Slid under with my pack tied onto the handline and the camera adrift in it's box also tied into pack with biner. The flooded adit had several feet of headroom on the right hand side. The silt swallowed my legs and I carefully crept along one wall using the ceiling to steady myself. Lots of action with all the hydrology with beautiful solutioning and gypsum type formation. Soon it was swimming and I reluctantly left my hand line( at this point a boat rope I had tied on so it would float and be visible.) No pics as I did not have enough flotation to operate the camera. I had hoped this would just go under and get to dry passage but this is a big mine and it was flooded as far as I could see. I got a little spooked that I had no real place to rest and swam back to the handline end. Got some pics in that area. Back to the landing and got packed up and hiked out. Parking the Jeep in the garage noted a small boogie board I had purchased to give more rigidity to my inflatable kayak floor. That would have been perfect for this! Can you say round two sometime--
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Sep 19 2020
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Day one-- fun Jeep/quad track, roller coaster. Ridgeline trek, rough and bushy, then down thru dense catclaw to a wonderland bowl of rock forms, little alcoves and leaning rock caves, cracks and crevices. A few pools of water to soak in as it got a bit on the warm side. Great views off the ridgeline but the persistent smoke/ haze dampened the photo aspect. Looking at this as a route to go elsewhere but that won't work; but it was nice on it's own merit.

Day two-- hiked middle part of this canyon BC ( before covid) and on the steep uphill out saw an idyllic looking single cottonwood by a large slickrock pool. Looked at the map and noted a spur road that would access the upper canyon. The canyon was surprising in that quite a few pools of water. Must be some seeps from the rock contact as some water in the gravel areas and since it has not rained here in a few weeks the smaller pools should be gone. Lots of flowers as well, also a little surprising. At first the geology and flora made me think I was in the wrong canyon. Then it all changed in a bend and there was my little spot complete with a chain of pools in slickrock and the big pool at the base by the cottonwood. A larger pool on down with a shy turtle so no pic. Cloud cover showed finally with a blue sky but still hazy at the base of the mountains. Very short but much nicer than anticipated.
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Sep 12 2020
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This was to be a recon sort of day and it was but I hiked an area I had not planned on and again-- it was good.
Started out at a crossroads, take the left hand road it would be an easy short hike to finish a cute little canyon I had been in some months ago. Take the right and it was the unknown route. I took the right. Jeep on a quad track, steep 4wd needed right away. According to my map went out and stopped at a tank. Visually looked like more road extension. But not on my map a steep rutted track took off down to the canyon bottom I had been interested in. Took that. Stopped midway to walk as it was looking really rough mid way. Startled to see a mountain biker walking his bike back up. He was surprised to see me and we almost simultaneously said " I never see anyone out here!".
We talked a bit and he was going to finish the route I had looked at; he told me that I would have plenty of space to turn around at the bottom.
At the bottom a nice parking area. I didn't have a map or compass or GPS or anything with me. So on went the pack and down the bushy canyon I went.
Rancher/ illegal immigrant trails made it tolerable. The brush was out of control. I soon got to an area of rock faces, undercuts, and some pools of water, some clear, some stagnant, a little bit of flow left. The canyon runs right to the border into Mexico. Not a lot of travel indications. I went about half way before I turned around. The last part on TOPO looks like it does a good amount of dropping before the cross over. I think though cooler weather for me so I can comfortably wear long pants. Lots to explore here.
The road some work going out; one switchback has a place for you to back up to get a run at the hill.
Hazy smoky wildfire skies, still warm and humid here though. This trek I took a beating so will wait till next weekend to return.
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Sep 06 2020
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Third approach possibility, the shortest but the one with the most undesirability. I drove up to the private land gate, open, multiple signs of no trespass. The road in was not very well driven, so this more of a ranch outpost. The forest service had put in a loop road outside of the property boundary for no reason I could see but maybe hunters; not even very good campsites.

Saddled up in my discreet gear and ducked into the wash. It should take me around the water tanks and outbuildings hopefully out of sight. Mostly, very lush canyon, spring marked on the map but the watercourse was dry. What buildings I could see one had solar panels and might be for driving a water pump. I quickly moved past the beautiful lush meadow. The wash was crazy with vegetation, and trees draped with grapevines. I went along the blown out edge of an earthen dam then left the little civilization behind. Illegals were making their way thru here as expected, some light trash, a pack here, a carpet bootie there. Very soon a well established trail took a high route, avoiding a small confined narrows with some low rancid pools. Big trees though. I took the high trail with good photography of the boulders and volcanic rock towers. I walked back up the small narrows for photos. Back down this canyon "T"d into the canyon I have been in now twice, this being the third small piece. I walked upstream, finally some pools of water. The area was huge and bushy and massive trees. I stirred up a group of coati's but only got a couple of really distant photos. 20-30 in the group at least. I followed the wash simply amazed when it disappeared into the rocky cleft. I was at the scenic narrows of last weekend. I went thru, the water level seemed already lower, but several pools perhaps a little deeper due to more water collecting than running through. The walk back was fast, this way is pretty short compared to the other routes I did and very easy.
Drive out amazed at how dry other areas appeared. All this water will go away soon so despite the wimpy monsoon I have been incredibly lucky to see this area flowing, and be able to traverse it.
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There are three ways into the previous weekends' hike. The way I went was complicated but worked well and wasn't difficult. I looked at the Topo contour lines and the road on this approach and went "hmmm".
I had a lot of anxiety for the road but it worked out fine although a lot of growth on it and steep, looks not driven much. Ended at a great campsite area for cooler months. Fire ring there that had been used not too long ago.
Everything green green green from last weeks rain. I got into the canyon bottom and went along, hate that clumpy long grass. I stepped into a small pool, and onto either a snake, a large lizard or a large frog squirming under my boot.

The drops started and I checked my wading level tolerance for cameras. Nice slickrock, although the canyon shallow yet. Tightening up, a dam, go round for that including a butt slide, fun in a hiking skirt, then a few more things to downclimb. Good amount of water yet. Heating up but low humidity and pools to sit in made it very tolerable. Small waterfalls. I finally came to a spot I had hiked to last weekend. I had no desire to go farther; although this approach a little shorter it was harder hiking for sure. Off trail kinda hard on this almost 63 yo gal. Back the way I went, enjoying the clear cool water, a few huge cottonwoods and the narrow parts of the canyon. Drive out needed a little throttle on the 4wd but made it with no wheel spin.
Trying to get motivated for the third approach tomorrow. The water will be lessening unless we get more rain and I want to finish this section before it does.
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Had to go back today with 80% chance of rain. Overcast, humid and 67 degrees and raining on drive out. This turned out to be a tremendous hike. I took a route to try and avoid some private posted land and it payed off in spades. Initially terrible off trail in catclaw but once to the wash bottom good walking. Pretty in the dull light with greenery and flowers aplenty. One traverse out of the bottom yielded an incredible spread of chalcedony and fire agate, some really large pieces. Someone had several small piles. I had to cross a fence then an open area with some old undriven roads in a spectacular meadow. The canyon started to have a rise of rock walls on both sides and big trees. I popped out into another canyon, the main event. WATER!!! A pretty good amount of it. I went upstream even though the crazy tuffa rock pinnacles were more downstream. The mosquitoes ate me alive and I had no bug dope. I came back and went downstream. Just gorgeous big pinnacled walls and undercuts. One place passed the religious diversity shrine---you'll have to see my photos when I get them up--- then the canyon started to get serious. Narrows, pool wading, the watercourse dropping and curving in bare stone. It was magnificent. I made it out the other side but there chose to turn around. The private land should be right around the corner so to speak.

Back the way I came, lots of PI in the canyon so lots of dodging it. The sky was terrible for photos but I took a bunch anyway. The geology was just incredible. Back at the Jeep the clouds were dropping and thunder all around. I hit the main dirt road in a pleasant driving rain, nothing too intimidating; this dirt road is serious hard pack. Out of the rain just before home. Hope it will come this way but it is motivating me for next weekend if this area gets serious hard rain.
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Actually went very well. Six vehicles including mine and about 13 people including some kids. Two short hikes, one off trail, and two stops involving some sight seeing and eating. No one fell or got hurt, no breakdowns, and not too much whining. One mine stop, short and easy tunnel. Kids loved that. All promised no identification on their chosen social media. But, of course, I didn't take them to the really really "good" stuff. It was fun and scenic and I took no photos just relaxed. Good day.
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Well, what a day and a half. Scouting conditions for a small group for next weekend; my former bosses and coworkers want a border tour repeat. Might have two full size pickups so looking at parking for some short hikes that I think are doable by everyone.
Drove with the Weekends' "Blinding Lights" on a loop for music. Once I hit dirt off with AC and music, roll windows down and mash the gas. Once my recon was done I decided to take a canyon walk. I was in the Jeep so the road nastiness not an issue. Park, pack and up the canyon I went. There was a feature on the TOPO map I wanted to see. Per the usual, got more than expected. Large rock walls appeared and an at least 50 yard long " patio" which terminated near a small silted in dam. The mine adits were not on my map at least not in this specific area. These adits showed old stuff but also heavy use by illegals. Nothing looked real recent but I was not careful and almost paid the price.
I had passed a station set up with lots of water etc for people going north. There was not a nearby road so they had to hump it in there or use animals. Why these morons always leave the gallons of water to cook in the sun I will never know. The trail in this canyon was very good and showed heavy use, better than a lot of "maintained" forest trails.
Anyway at the second to the upper most adit I stepped around a small tree looking at the entrance and not looking at where I put my feet. Snap! I tried to lift my foot to take a step and almost fell on my face. I looked down and my right foot was in what looked like a snare/ loop made of thick electrical cord. I heard rocks roll and watched the loop tighten. I sat down quickly, forced the loop open and did like some sort of yoga move as the cord tightened. The loop shut on the toe of my boot, slid off and the cord slid down partly on an almost vertical rocky face directly above the first adit I had entered. I gathered myself and looked over, the closed loop had kinked a little and was about 5-8 feet below me on the 15 foot or so face. I checked this adit and think I figured out why the trap. Checked the upper adit and needed a handline.
Looking at the trap area saw the Y branch I had stepped on that held the loop open. Below I had seen a loop of cord around a large rock and also tied to what looked like an old car battery but had not given it thought. When you stepped in and pulled it, the tension caused the car battery below to slide, which pulled out a small choke stone and caused the about 50lb boulder to roll pulling the cord on down.
Pretty smart set up. The way I went was just about the only way to approach this adit entrance. Inside I found a lot of clothing and trash, some English text books and sadly lots of small child/ baby shoes. I can't imagine dragging a child through here. If you were several women with children and maybe a man or two in this country you'd try to protect yourself if you were camping here on your way north. The cartels are brutal and would not think twice about harming anyone who gets in their way.
I studied what I would do if I had been pulled off and onto the rock face with my ankle trapped. Know what I would have tried but who knows if success. Not cutting my foot off though.

On up the canyon, saw a road sign ( no sign of a road in here for I would say 20-30 years at least) but there was a lot of brush. The canyon was dry with periodic cottonwoods. Some surface water from a spring appeared, it was developed but the spring box was dry. A crude dwelling was up on a point, at the bottom saw about 8 feet of old road fill but the rest was gone. I got up there and sat in a chair and took in the view and wondered how in the hell they got all this stuff up here.

Back to the canyon. Got to the narrows and the feature. Neat rock walls, a big pool of water. Hot, late and I turned back to the Jeep.

Returned on Sun morning. Wasn't sure of the road but was in wonderful shape. This allowed me to get the upper part of the canyon past the narrows and pool. Border patrol agent was parked and out of his car so I tarried a bit at a major mine site, another surprise though this one was marked on TOPO, then off trailed it to another mine, down the canyon with yet more surprises and got the the point I had stopped the previous day. Walked the old road back to the FJ. The border patrol vehicle was still parked with no one around. I hate hiking here when they are in the area because don't want in interrupt an op or get in the way. Drive out uneventful, more folks out in vehicles than I had seen in a while but still not anything serious.

Another GREAT border weekend !
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Aug 08 2020
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I was going to commit a crime and had the necessary tools in the Jeep but decided better of it today. Instead parked in an area normally inaccessible if we had monsoon and walked right to a neglected grave site area I had sought before. The cross made of pipe laying on it's side helped. About 6 piles of rocks on this knoll; a scenic area to sleep. From there I completed a canyon segment going upcanyon, usually it's down canyon for me. The weather site had indicated some precip in the area the day before. Some pools of water, very low in accordance to peak water line. Again, in a good monsoon this area would have running water. However lots of green grass and the oaks looked quite happy.
Weirdness in the memory files, passed a homestead I saw more than a few years ago; swear it was an adobe wall then. Now bricks exposed and seemed more to it than I remember. Another gravesite here. Up to the lakes, saw a blue heron and a duck, poor pic, then returned, to a side canyon. This major graveyard has been wonderfully attended. The old fence repaired and it was very clean, and clear margins to all the graves. I counted 19 sites, including six; maybe two infants and four children. My research of the miners' and their families indicated some may have died in the 1918 flu pandemic.
Back down the canyon to the Jeep for the 4wd twister to get out. Now to another site, right off the road. Marked by another cross, this is an old gravesite area for yet another group of miners/settlers. The cross here I recognized and is used by a group to mark more modern illegals demise. I believe it is " No more Deaths" who does this, which I don't necessarily agree with, but they do what they do. Some rock wall circular foundations here. I drove up the road a little, but very hot now and I did not want to commit when the road narrowed and climbed out of sight.
This area has great history and little tidbits all over the place if you are willing to drive/walk to find them. Better than sitting at home with YouTube and Netflix IMO. Of course I'll be back.
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Not too bad to start. Walked a degraded road that I could have driven in the Jeep but wasn't sure about the ability to turn around. Not fond of steep downhill narrow shelf road that goes out of sight. Well, what do you know the hill I wanted to get on top of right in front of me. Where the road ended at a tank I picked up an animal trail that contoured around a small canyon. From there it was a steep but not hard walk up, catclaw at first then that let up. This little summit is one of those that rolls over so as you go up it seems you are no closer. Sure enough, nice views, not very nice light. It was overcast a bit but hot and humid. A good sweatfest. I found a summit register in a jar but I could not open it. I protected it better then left on a ridgeline then followed a different animal trail thru the catclaw. Some interesting side bits. A gated tunnel with a solar charged pump running pumping clear cold water out to a tank. The tank fitted with a water drinking fountain that worked quite well, water was a little tepid but no mineral taste.
Back at the Jeep moved it a short distance to walk to another mine and check the tunnels. No shade and full blazing sun. The tunnels were flooded and one had a nice rattlesnake. It was large and maybe old, I couldn't pass it safely so encouraged it to get out of the way. It made it's way a short distance down the tunnel into a wider spot. It rattled only once or twice and never struck at me. It crawled all stretched out and I followed slowly, pausing when it did till it got out of the way. I praised it like I do my cat " you're such a good snake!" I wonder if it had recently eaten it was so docile.
One mine tunnel I would try if I had someone with me. It went into deep water but there was head room and the air seemed good.
I wet myself down for the short walk back to the Jeep. I was filthy from crawling around in the mine, but didn't bother to change on the drive home. Fun at the border patrol check point, the guy was like " uh, having fun somewhere??" It was fun but it was bloody hot. Almost all the pools there from last weekend were gone, although it is greening up down there. I hope we get rain someday soon.
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Wasn't going to log this but what the hay. My approach to the high point failed. I had hoped that once I made the ridgeline I could do it. I started too late, got too hot, topped out all scratched and scraped up. I know waa waa-- call the wambulance. The views were really nice. A bump on the ridgeline looked impassable without some hand foot scrambling; to bypass it I would have to loose all my elevation gain to go up to the true highpoint. I looked around and was over it. I'll get it done, when cooler. Near the break in the cliffs I had ascended there were some old cairns on the highpoint on this end. I bailed off another way pleased to avoid catclaw but I still sat down a few times with the steepness and loose rock. A weirdly placed rock wall, the only thing I could think was defensive or used as a blind. Finally to the dirt road and to the Jeep. About 95 degrees but with humidity.
Back to the mine with a handline. As with all good efforts the tunnel ended in a flooded adit, would mean scuba diving. However I drove the Jeep on another derelict road above this one and was rewarded. Trashed out trailers and walked an old road to a major mine area with an airstream all trashed out on a scenic ledge. I have to hand it to whoever hauled that thing in there; even if the road was majorly improved that was a feat. I was in this area before but now all the fencing was down and before I think I poked around but was turned off by not seeing anything. There was some nice ore in the area. I'll come back here for the tunnels when I can give full attention. As usual I was wandering around with a camera and an ice tea drink and no pack or light when I spotted the mining area. One shed held a score of "The encyclopedia for DIY" had gotten wet but still readable.
Clouds were building but it was hot as hades and I was out of there. At the border patrol checkpoint the Jeep had it's usual admirers'. Good weekend but I want the monsoon's full throttle ASAP!
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