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Route idea tell me what you think

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Offline Humrnv

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Route idea tell me what you think
« on: January 25, 2019, 03:27:06 PM »
Stashing water at HW
Day 1
Start at Basin wok my way down Pinnacle
Boot Canyon
South Rim

Day 2
East Rim
Boot Canyon
Juniper Canyon
Camping near Dodson trail junction

Day 3
Dodson trail
Possible detour down elephant tusk to see Tortuga Mt
Then camp near HW and obtain cashed water

Day 4
Up blue creek
Laguna meadow
Finishing back at Basin

Possible day 4 up blue creek to south rim and stay the night adding a Day 5 to go up laguna and finish at basin

Let me know what you think


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Re: Route idea tell me what you think
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2019, 10:22:28 PM »
If it were me:

I'd skip Colima Trail on Day 1 and just explore the South Rim from Boot Canyon, then camp on the East Rim.

That would get you to the Dodson/Juniper junction earlier on Day 2, which might get you to one of the washes that crosses the Dodson Trail, where you may find water near one of the springs.

That would give you more time to explore Elephant Tusk Trail on Day 3, pick up your cache at HW and hike to the Red Rocks section of Blue Creek Canyon for the night.

The Blue Creek Trail is steep and harder than it appears, so that's a long Day 4 to go all the way up and then all the way back to the Basin. Camp on the SW rim instead, then give yourself a chip-shot hike down Laguna Meadow to finish on Day 5.
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Re: Route idea tell me what you think
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2019, 06:44:26 AM »
Kind of similar to Jeff's recommendations but with some water nuances.

First off it will definitely be up the Pinnacles trail   :icon_smile:

Like Jeff, go up Boot Canyon, getting water then turn left and camp on the SE or NE rim then next day on around the NE rim and back to Boot Canyon for more water before heading down Juniper canyon and part way across the Dodson, it would be a long day to get to water though.  If you can make it all the way to Adler spring (which is south of the Dodson before the Dodson Ranch) you could head south there for water and camp near Tortuga Mtn.  or walk all the way to theFresno creek crossing (don't camp right near the trail crossing).  This would be a 12-13 mile day to either water source from the NE/SE rim.

One note: the SE rim is closed Feb.1st-May 31st for peregrine falcon nesting so that would change any plans for that.

Instead of going down the ET trail just walk down the Fresno creek wash (or back up it if you go down the Adler wash the day before).  The ET trail on it's north end is almost impossible to follow.

Either way on the 3rd day, like Jeff said, all the way to your water at Homer Wilson then on to the Red Rocks, Cedar Spring area or further to get close to the base of the big climb up Blue Creek.

4th day, with fresh legs and in the cool of the morning (Blue Creek can be an oven to climb in the afternoon) do the climb, then cross over Colima to get more water in Boot Canyon then camp on the SW rim at SW4 or SW3 then as Jeff said, the chip shot back down Laguna Meadows the last day.

This way you get two different views off the rim and hit all the trails in the Chisos without carrying crazy amounts of water.

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« Last Edit: January 26, 2019, 07:44:15 AM by mule ears »
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
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Re: Route idea tell me what you think
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2019, 09:13:38 AM »
This is an excellent pace and route.  We did it the opposite way with our 9 yo girl the first time for her to do the OML proper.

First night was SW4 with water from Boot.  Second night was past Homer with water from Bear Box.  Third night was near Adler Spring with water from Fresno during the day, and Adler Spring water at night.  4th night was below the big climb up Juniper with water from Dodson Bear Boxes.  ( If you can't drop water in the Dodson/Juniper Bear Box, walk up to Upper Juniper Spring for night time water.  Then backtrack a little to get back into the zone camping area).  5th night was at SE4 with water from Boot again. 

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Re: Route idea tell me what you think
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2019, 10:39:13 AM »
All the above are great Itineraries. They also all recommend the Fresno Creek drainage(s) over the Elephant Tusk trail. I completely agree: itís prettier, more interesting, and easier to follow. Plus, itís almost guaranteed to have many pools of water, unlike most of the ET trail (a few springs only, and those are often hard to find.) Good luck!!!

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