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When the road to Dog Canyon re-opens and weather permits I'm going to explore the NW corner of the park, which is virtually unvisited. I'll trail hike the upper portion of Bush Mountain Trail that you mentioned, then a big off-trail triangle to Coyote Peak, Cutoff Mountain, Pk. 6950, and camp at Marcus. The vegetation is a lot more sparse there than some of the Type II and Type III Fun routes I've done around the high peaks. That whole Brokeoff Mts/Cutoff Ridge/PX Flat area seems really interesting, solitary, and an easier prospect for bushwhacking. If you were really wanting to be adventurous, it would be cool to search for the old trails that didn't make the cut for official NP trail status, like Old PX Trail that went up the west slope of Cutoff Ridge.
One thing I'd say about GuMo: PREPARE FOR WIND!We had three people planning to car camp at GuMo for a night on 3/15 after a few nights of backpacking in Big Bend. The wind was so strong that two of us didn't even bother to set up our tents, we just slept in the car, which shook violently all night. The third person set up a tent, tried to sleep in it, and made it a couple of hours before taking down the tent and banging on the car door begging us to let her in. We're experienced campers/backpackers, the wind in GuMo was by far the worst that I had ever tried to camp in. Maybe you're more prepared than I am, maybe your gear is better,and maybe you'll just get luckier with the weather, but I would personally not feel comfortable backpacking out there. Had we not had the car... it would have been a very unpleasant night.
How about Goat Spring? I'll bet it gets little to no visitors. Just beyond where the El Capitan Trail turns to go down Shumard Canyon, the old USGS map shows the trail used to carry on northward over to Goat Spring. Before reaching Goat Spring, the trail crosses a shallow saddle in the ridge descending from Shumard Peak, which might afford a flat spot for a bivouac, although it could be very windy.In the old reports linked earlier, the writer mentions "well-ducked trails". This puzzled me until I remembered a Sierra Club book called "Going LIght with Backpack and Burro" (1951) refers to trail ducks as "two or more stones piled on top of each other in a way nature could hardly duplicate." In other words, "cairns".
If you use Lists Of John, one of the map layers is "Hist 1915+", which shows it.
I tried the suggested website, but couldn't make it work. I never could navigate to the map.
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