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12-15th Lower Smoky Trip Report

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12-15th Lower Smoky Trip Report
« on: March 16, 2011, 04:05:59 PM »
Arrived park on 12th around noon and parked south of mule ears overlook (right before the road turns a bit to the WSW.  Hiked over the the spring that is between Mule Ears Area and Triangulation Mountain...right where the drainage comes together from mule ears/smoky spring area.  There was great flow at the spring and I bet it is just as reliable as something like Dominguez or San Jacinto year round even in dry time.  Took a day hike to Triangulation Mountain on 13th with some great views of Mexico and all around really.  14th hiked up to some high points NW of the Springs and dropped down to right below Mule Ears to check out the canyon below it was that area is really neat.  Saw about 6 bighorn 5 mule deer and many havelinas during our time in the area.  Would definetly recommend checking that area to everyone.  It has some fantastics views and neat geological formations.  I'll try to get some pics at some point  :icon_smile:

Thanks to all for providing information about that spring especially.

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Re: 12-15th Lower Smoky Trip Report
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2011, 04:42:46 PM »
Awesome, glad you made it and that Santa spring was running well.  It must collect all the waters that run under all the alluvium out of Upper Smoky creek and side drainages and force them to the surface when it narrows back down.

Look forward to some pictures.   :eusa_clap:
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Re: 12-15th Lower Smoky Trip Report
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2011, 07:03:00 PM »
I wondered if that spring was flowing with the recent dry weather. I'm glad to hear that it is. Last time we were there (couple of years back) there was a good flow of water coming from above where the two major washes joined and a small waterfall where the rock outcrop was at "the narrows".

As has been mentioned before, this is a great destination someone who want to go out for a one or two night backpack.

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I bet it is just as reliable as something like Dominguez or San Jacinto year round even in dry time
As we don't get too many reports on this spring, I would still urge some caution. It might go dry after more time without rain.

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Re: 12-15th Lower Smoky Trip Report
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2011, 10:00:02 PM »
When you say you saw "6 bighorn" do you mean North American Big Horn Sheep or Auodads?  Auodads are also called "Barbary Sheep" as I recall and are similar to native Bighorn's but darker and more muscular with more of a goat-like apparance but much larger than a goat and much faster also.   They are originally from North Africa and are not native to Texas.   As far as I know the Auodad's are present on the Mesa Anguila and in other areas on the West side of the Park but the North American Bighorns are limited in range to the Sierra Caballo Muerta and the East side of the Park.  So I am thinking you probably saw Auodad's which are probably expanding their range (much like feral hogs and fire ants).
Do you have a photo of one?   TWWG

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Re: 12-15th Lower Smoky Trip Report
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2011, 10:11:24 PM »
Also aoudad and bighorns have really different looking horns.  I've seen aoudads in Marufo Vega area of the park.

 


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