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No more primitive camping for scary

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Re: No more primitive camping for scary
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2017, 11:01:06 AM »
I would check out along Old Ore Road.  There are some stretches along it where you don't have to go too far to be out of sight and mind.  Do some Google Earthing.  There is a short trail just south of Ernst Tinaja that will get you into Ernst Basin.  Look for places where Tornillo Creek and its drainages are close to OOR.  The same is true near Terlingua Abajo and the Terlingua Creek drainages.

I love that area now that you mention it. The point on the  road where you see boulders just feet from the road and a wall to the west to admire is pretty awesome.....thanks


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Re: No more primitive camping for scary
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2017, 12:17:11 PM »

Out of curiosity, what were your top 10 primitive spots?

The top 10 spots were pretty much in Prim campsite close to asphalt...  I.e. KBar... Grapevine..Paint Gap..Hannold Draw.. Croton Spring 1 was available.

Well there's your problem :banghead:

You are competing with the mini-vans and other low slung cars that can make it "into the wilderness". We avoid those spots because they ARE near the pavement and, in our experience, tend to get trashed up more (TP around rocks/creosote, dish water dumped in camp). Our favorite spots are along Glenn Springs Rd or up Juniper canyon. A little more time and effort, but worth getting further off the pavement. I love the solitude at the ET site, and there's lots of day hiking in the area.

Over Thanksgiving we saw cars pulled over on Glenn Springs road on the stretch right before Pine Canyon. We assumed there were several groups over the ridge zone camping since everything was full.




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