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I'm wondering what maps of these trails I should have...and of course where can I get them?
They use the UTM grid system, which I know is foreign to some folks on here
How difficult is the access to the Juniper Creek/Dodson trail junction for the purpose of caching a resupply of water and food?
Presidio, which direction did you follow on your hike, and how many days & nights?
Also, would it be suicidal to attempt either of these in the hot months....May thru October?
Long before the 24k maps were published for the park, I hiked the OML using the only map available at the time....a 1:130,000 topo. It really was useless for navigation at the trail level and while we carried it on the hike I can recall looking at it only once the second morning. We repeatedly lost the trail but it was obvious where we needed to go and we never got very far off track. It wasn't much hiked in the early 70s and parts were very indistinct.
Quote from: "jeffblaylock"They use the UTM grid system, which I know is foreign to some folks on hereBut a very easy system to use since it deals in whole numbers and not the arcane 60 seconds and 60 minutes of a degree.In descending order of ease-of-use after UTM are decimal degrees, then degrees and decimal minutes, followed by DMS in last place.Nautical and aeronautical folks still use DMS and probably always will, despite the more intuitive UTM.
I still use a lat-long grid and decimal degree coordinates in my weather because it is more intuitive when the extent spans nearly pole-to-pole, and also for specifying a location on the globe.
As you crest the final saddle before dropping down to Blue Ck, and see Carousel Mtn, St Elena, Chimneys, Mesa Anguila, etc ahead of you...well, the view is just freakin' ridiculous!
And you get to slowly descend & see variants for an hour or so...
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