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Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)

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Offline dprather

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Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
« on: February 22, 2017, 05:08:28 PM »
We checked-in at Barton Warnock on Sunday AM on Feb. 19th and hit the trail at about 11:00 A.M.

We checked-out at Barton Warnock on Tuesday (Feb. 21) after getting off the trail at about 3:30 P.M.

Due to our manic pre-planning and BBRSP's staff's excellent pre-trip support, we pretty much knew what we were getting into.  Even so, we found the RL to be quite difficult.

Regarding difficulty, and comparing the RL to trails in the National Park, we concluded that if you string together the grind of the Dodson leg and the Blue Creek wash of the OML, the Saddle climb and exposed, up-hill grind of Mesa de Anguila, and the rugged ups and downs of Marufo Vega, and then add 20% more difficulty, then you are close to grasping the RL.  The fact is that none of those trails have the boulder hopping, the pour-off climbing, or the rock-fall descent of the RL (not to mention the heart-stopping climb out of Acebushes Canyon - after which I almost stepped on a Black-Tailed Rattler).

We concluded that tough never takes a break along the RL.  Even the jeep road is tough trail.

In other words, IT WAS GREAT.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 07:30:29 PM »
Glad you made it, can't wait for the full story. 
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2017, 09:31:53 AM »
Congratulations and thank you for the trip report!
"The greatest happiness possible to man ... is to become civilized, to know the pageant of the past, to love the beautiful,... and then, retaining animal instincts and appetites, to live in the wilderness"
- J. Frank Dobie

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Re: Rancherias Loop (Feb. 19-21)
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2017, 01:20:43 PM »

Regarding difficulty, and comparing the RL to trails in the National Park, we concluded that if you string together the grind of the Dodson leg and the Blue Creek wash of the OML, the Saddle climb and exposed, up-hill grind of Mesa de Anguila, and the rugged ups and downs of Marufo Vega, and then add 20% more difficulty, then you are close to grasping the RL.  The fact is that none of those trails have the boulder hopping, the pour-off climbing, or the rock-fall descent of the RL (not to mention the heart-stopping climb out of Acebushes Canyon - after which I almost stepped on a Black-Tailed Rattler).

We concluded that tough never takes a break along the RL.  Even the jeep road is tough trail.

In other words, IT WAS GREAT.

Sounds right.

"And I alone survived" - Ishmael.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

 


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