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Offline mountain pax

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« on: February 02, 2016, 02:33:56 PM »
Howdy y'all! A group of friends and I are planning a trip down to the BBRSP area, and would love some info on the Rancherias Loop. I've done a fair amount of research on it, especially on this forum, but have had some trouble getting some route info. Would love any sort of help anyone could provide, even if its just a story or two!




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Re: RANCHERIAS LOOP! Help needed
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 03:21:00 PM »
I've done the Rancherias a few times now and can probably provide you with some details. What are you trying to find out in particular? You can always call over and chat us up at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center at 432-424-3327, but I'd like to help you out on the forum so that we can all benefit from your questions.
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Offline catz

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Re: RANCHERIAS LOOP! Help needed
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2016, 03:41:09 PM »
The mot common way of doing it is over three days (two nights) counter clockwise.  Unlikely you will see anybody else.  The first day is the hardest, by far. 

There are two reliable water sources spaced equally apart so you can spend each night near one.   The trail is mostly pretty straightforward but it is a bit difficult to follow in a few spots, particularly the second day.   Don't leave one cairn until you've spotted the next one.  If necessary, send out one person as a scout while the other remains at the cairn.

You should do this hike no later than mid-March and no sooner than mid-November as it is 95% exposed to the sun.
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