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Old Ore Road Condition

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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Old Ore Road Condition
« on: February 05, 2019, 10:18:27 PM »
How bad is the Old Ore Road road from the north down to the McKinney Springs campsite?  Should I consider trying to take my teardrop?  I've taken it as far as the Fresno site by Marsical Mine.  I'm going to hike out to Banta Shut In and would prefer to start from Roy's Peak campsite instead of K-bar.


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Re: Old Ore Road Condition
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 02:56:17 AM »
I don't know but hope to find out in a week of so.  Worst case, unhitch, turn around, rehitch and go back  . . .

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Re: Old Ore Road Condition
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 01:16:29 PM »
I bikepacked down to the McKinney Springs site in October and saw a couple Jeeps with offroad trailers cruise past me. There are a few spots and rock ledges where you'll need to slow down and pick lines carefully. I did the hike to Banta from McKinney Springs. I went down the drainage from McKinney Springs to Tornillo Creek and up the drainage to Roy's Peak on the way back, and I think the Roy's Peak drainage is prettier for sure. I cut across a saddle on my way back to Old Ore Road, so I can't speak to whether the Roy's Peak campsite is prettier.  McKinney Springs campsite is nice because you're maybe 1/4 mile past the wonderful pullout/overlook, and you can see the Chisos from the campsite. However, you can also see the lights from PJ and cars on the main park roads way off in the distance. Terrestrial stars, you might say. Since you have a vehicle, you can pack water, so it's not necessary that you're near McKinney Springs, though I did enjoy exploring around the Springs. There's plenty of space to turn around with the trailer at the McK S site.

 

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Old Ore Road Condition
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 02:54:42 PM »

I bikepacked down to the McKinney Springs site in October...     



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Offline TexasAggieHiker

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Re: Old Ore Road Condition
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 07:37:15 PM »
Sounds like an awesome site. Exactly what I wanted. Well see if the armadillo can make it there this weekend, if its not already taken.

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Re: Old Ore Road Condition
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 05:03:59 PM »

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