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Given the uncertainty associated with the shutdown, I could not in good conscience encourage you to wait. With said, we are orders of magnitude more busy than previous years. Believe it or not but we don't have a good mechanism to track actual visitation numbers over the short term, but based on cash revenues alone we are close to seven times as busy as this time in 2018. I also think that you are right about Rancherias Springs and Ojo de leon potentially being a little crowded. With that said, there should still be room but you almost certainly will see other people. I'd be happy to help you figure out an alternate route for a two to three hike elsewhere in the park. When were you thinking of coming down?
Bring it, along with a handheld GPS. Without the prominent visual landmarks of the National park, you can get lost out there.
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