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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots

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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2007, 09:09:00 AM »
Thanks betteroutside.

About how far is the hike to the spring, what is the terrain like, etc.?
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Several good choices...
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2007, 10:50:28 AM »
If I were to rank my top picks in order... (your boundaries have subtended quite a large area...)   I would say...

1. Dominguez Trailhead site...  the hike to the spring is perhaps seven miles.  The spring is at roughly 3,410' the trailhead is about 2,180' for a 1,230' elevation gain.  It is an easy almost level route slowly gaining elevation to the spring.  the drainage between Dominguez Mountain and the Punta de la Sierra is one of the most beautiful in the park.  If you stay in the main drainage and continue north the west wall of the gorge is fantastic, (and there are some challenging peaks if you want to spend a night out is really bad conditions!)   :)

2. Fresno... everybody has posted enough about this area.  Beautiful site, Mariscal... mines/ghost town/mountain.... great area

3. Solis.... have to put this one in there... forget about lions tigers and ghosts oh my!  The routes from Solis to the Mariscal summit, Cross Canyon Trail, Mariscal Rim are absolutely amazing.  The best canyon rim view in the park is at Mariscal Canyon (accessible from Solis or Talley.)  There also are some phenomenal sites/sights on the east flank of Mariscal Mountain.  PM me if you want more info.  

4. Buenos Aires or Black Dike... the trail past Triangulation Station Mountain, up Smokey Creek to the Mule Ears area or upper Smokey drainage is a great dayhike.  The trailhead is midway between these sites.  These and the Solis site have the issue of border transients... and while this is a real issue, the most hazardous thing any of us do is get in our cars and drive to the park.  We simply judge that to be an acceptable risk.  I have had my car broken into on several occasions, but never at BIBE.
Funny... I have a story about that...

Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2007, 02:11:39 PM »
McTullis, thanks for your repsonse. That further piques my interest in Fresno.

OK.  I have to ask.  What in the world is a Cucuy?

Is it kin to a chupacapbra? Or is it more of a garden variety ghostly spirit?  Or something completely different?

As long as they don't bite, sting, attack, "cliff me out," or otherwise physically mess with me, I suppose I can handle it.  But  I really do not need a new wild story to accompany my return from  this trip. :)

I'm figuring that if they/it can be photgraphed, you would have a fantastic photo of a Cucuy.  Any photos?
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2007, 02:26:29 PM »
Okiehiker, I'll pm you for more info on Mariscal Canyon and Mountain.

Since--after 5 years of exclusive solo treks, because I could find no friends that wanted to backpack (their idea of roughing it was a 4 star hotel, instead of a 5 star hotel)--I've finally recruited a buddy of mine to accompany me.

Thus, I guess I best postpone the "night on a challenging peak" for a future trip, or there will be no way any of my friends will even consider tagging along with me.  :lol:

Thanks for the info on Dominguez, and your perspective on Solis.
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2007, 05:13:13 PM »
Quote from: "Boot Canyon 1 Cougar"
McTullis, thanks for your repsonse. That further piques my interest in Fresno.

OK.  I have to ask.  What in the world is a Cucuy?

Is it kin to a chupacapbra? Or is it more of a garden variety ghostly spirit?  Or something completely different?

As long as they don't bite, sting, attack, "cliff me out," or otherwise physically mess with me, I suppose I can handle it.  But  I really do not need a new wild story to accompany my return from  this trip. :)

I'm figuring that if they/it can be photgraphed, you would have a fantastic photo of a Cucuy.  Any photos?


lol... :twisted: Cucuy is the Mexican boogeyman :twisted: ...I figure being that close to the border...eh...drunk en deductive reasoning. It may have been the rum, but my girlfriend also experienced the weird stuff too. Good times.

It was haunting under the moonlight, but not in too much of a negative way. I love isolation and Fresno is at the exact opposite spectrum of say...waking up in RGV to kids screaming about gatorade and pop tarts

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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2007, 05:37:38 PM »
A friend who goes frequently highly recommends 'loop camp' as a place to stay.  Claims having the river between you and the chisos is great.  I however have never been to 'loop camp'.

Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2007, 08:57:02 AM »
Thanks WL2,

I didn't figure out what you meant about having the Rio Grande between the campsite and the Chisos until I looked this camp up on the NPS site.

We'll at least have to go look at this, if nothing else but for the uniqueness of the location--although the NPS warning about theft, etc., makes me a bit uncomfortable camping there.

Back in January, you posted a photo from the Mariscal Rim.  What a view!  

Did you hike from Solis, or Talley?  Any suggestions on that hike?
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Black Gap-Glenn Springs-River Road-Etc/--Your Favorite Spots
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2007, 10:27:14 AM »
We hiked from Talley.  The map says it is 3.3 miles but you need to go at least 3.8 miles to get to some really impressive views.  It is a great hike, I highly recommend it.  Did not have any problems at the trail head.  I did have a GMRS radio on and there was a lot of spanish being spoken.  The signal was strong so they were close by.  Wish I knew what they were saying. :?

 


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