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A new map and a request for information.

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2007, 10:32:43 PM »
Third time's a charm!  Nope, that section only applies to TPWD employees who work in food service.  I confused an "and" with an "or".  So, you can tip for food or beverage, but not for greas'n a dude to move your truck for you.  Oh well.

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2007, 10:58:45 AM »
Hello,

I thought I'd share what I found over the weekend at the BBRSP website.

Also, I'm requesting information about a good 4-5 day backpack route.  I'm currently looking at the Masada Ridge Wilderness area for my exploits.

Anybody know anything about this area?  All I know is what I read from the TP&W magazine article in the April edition from this year.  It sounds like an interesting area.

The trip is on!  However, I will not be exploring the Masada Ridge Wilderness this trip.  Instead, I will be starting at Sauceda Ranch and hiking southwesterly, 6 point something miles towards the Las Burras campsites.  The first part of this route should be easy, because I will be walking toward Oso Mountain, which seems to be very prominent when virtual hiking in Google Earth.  The rest of the route will be through drainage to Tapado Canyon.  I will set up camp on the eastern edge of the canyon between Las Burras and Oso Spring. 

Day two I will be hiking south from Las Burras towards the Guale 2 campsite.  This will involve hiking back down into and then through Tapado Canyon to a spring and then back up to the Eastern edge of the canyon near Guale 2.   This is a 4 point something mile hike.

Day three is a hike East from Guale 2 to the Javelin campsite.  This hike will integrate the northern section of the Rancherias Loop hike.  This should be the first trail I set foot on.  My water source on this segment will be the Rancherias Spring.  I think this is about a 5 mile route.

Day four will be hiking from Javelin towards the Rincon Campsites.  My route will be easterly through Arroyo Segundo, which will lead me to Fresno Creek and Rincon Mountain.  Water appears to be prevalent along through Arroyo Segundo.  It should be about a 5-6 mile hike.

Day five I will hike back northwesterly to Sauceda Ranch.  I plan on checking out the Madrid Ranch and Madrid Falls along the way where I will also get water.

Parts of the hike are subject to change.  Iíve not run the details through management yet.  Iím sure the guys at the park will help me fine tune this. 

I might stay another night carcamping at a place near the Solitario...dunno yet.

I will take lots of picture and mark plenty of waypoints to share when I get back.

The route looks something like this.


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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2007, 12:13:11 PM »
Sounds like a great trip you've got in store for yourself! I hope the cross-country hiking isn't too overgrown and the water sources are at least as abundant as you're expecting.
Jeff Blaylock
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splendor and the complicated grandeur of Big Bend will still be here. Waiting for us."--Ed Abbey

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2007, 02:19:40 PM »
Sounds like a great trip you've got in store for yourself! I hope the cross-country hiking isn't too overgrown and the water sources are at least as abundant as you're expecting.
Thank you, sir!  It should be good.  I've run this route by the park superintendant and he says it's a go. 

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2007, 06:33:01 PM »
I've hiked to where I believe the Guale 2 site is. It's on an old road that goes south from just east of Oso Peak. Oso Spring is about 2 miles off this road and it looked to be a pretty tough bushwhack. Tapado Canyon is 1000' deep from the top of Upper Guale Mesa. The old road forks on the Upper Guale and the east fork goes down to the lower Guale (west fork dead ends). Getting to Rancharias Spring from the Upper Guale requires either following the road to the lower Guale and back on the Rancherias Loop, or a bushwhack off the east side of the Upper Guale, where you'll run into the Rancherias Loop if you are lucky - it's really faint in this area.

Make sure you know where the old roads are if the bushwhacking gets too gnarly. When are you planning to do this?

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2007, 11:02:59 AM »
Toejam,

Thanks for the heads-up.  The route I described is my interpretation of a route that was suggested to me by park personnel.  You're right; picking my way through these canyons will be tricky.  But, I will be spending some "quality" time with the gentleman who proposed this route to me.  The route will be fine tuned before I set off, and I will be armed with topos, compass and gps.

I plan on setting foot in the park on Christmas night (probably late) and setting foot to trail on the 26th.

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #36 on: December 23, 2007, 11:23:16 AM »
I'll be on the north stretch of the Rancherias Loop on the 29th, so I'll prolly miss you by a day. I'll climb Oso Peak one of these days but have to figure out the logistics. It would be nice if Oso Springs is easy to get to, but I'm doubting it. There are bound to be some tinajas up there.

Looking forward to your report!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #37 on: January 05, 2008, 08:39:28 AM »
Ay Chi,

I like your new avatar. I think I saw that. How was the trip?

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #38 on: January 05, 2008, 10:42:18 AM »
Ay Chi,

I like your new avatar. I think I saw that. How was the trip?
Hey just dropped you a note on your trip report.  The trip was great!  So good, in fact, that I'm still pick'n out needles.  My goal is to have pics and report put together this weekend.

Yeah, you should have seen the trail marker that is now my avatar.  It was along your route.

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #39 on: January 06, 2008, 06:22:02 AM »
I'm guessing that particular marker was on the fence just south and west from Rancherias Springs. That spot was significant to me because last year I followed the fence from where I camped downstream to the spot where the map shows the trail crossing, which is further up hill. I walked right over the trail without seeing it (didn't have the bright shiny marker) and had to bushwhack down into the canyon to catch the trail.

When we saw one of those markers in Acebuches Canyon I said, "Look, they have a picture of Glen on there." Glen said, "It looks like he's walking a lot faster than me and his pack is much smaller."

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #40 on: January 06, 2008, 02:54:40 PM »
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I'm guessing that particular marker was on the fence just south and west from Rancherias Springs.

You guess correct, sir.

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #41 on: January 06, 2008, 04:48:37 PM »
Ay Chi,

I like your new avatar. I think I saw that. How was the trip?

That new avatar looks like something that might make a great belt buckle.   :offtopic:

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #42 on: January 06, 2008, 05:05:18 PM »
Ay Chi,

I like your new avatar. I think I saw that. How was the trip?

That new avatar looks like something that might make a great belt buckle.   :offtopic:
Or a dip can top.

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #43 on: January 06, 2008, 10:18:53 PM »
Ay Chi,

I like your new avatar. I think I saw that. How was the trip?

That new avatar looks like something that might make a great belt buckle.   :offtopic:
Or a dip can top.

Or a new beer-for-hikers bottle top.
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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Offline Ay Chihuahua!

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Re: A new map and a request for information.
« Reply #44 on: January 06, 2008, 10:48:09 PM »
Ay Chi,

I like your new avatar. I think I saw that. How was the trip?

That new avatar looks like something that might make a great belt buckle.   :offtopic:
Or a dip can top.

Or a new beer-for-hikers bottle top.
:kaos-cactus06:
I like your application best.

 


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