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Alternative route through Sierra Quemada?

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Alternative route through Sierra Quemada?
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2014, 10:13:50 PM »
Talusman,

Robert has done more recent hikes in this area than I have, and some very interesting. Look up his trip reports.

In general, there are more reliable water sources in the Fresno-Tortuga Mtn.-Elephant Tusk area than the Smoky Creek-Fisk Canyon area. [Right, gang?] For a first foray into the desert mountains south of the Rim, the former might make a better expedition.

One of the problems now is that we do not have a lot of fall-winter 2014 spring reports -- unless I have missed something. However, there has been a lot of rain recently, so there is room for optimism. I do remember that elombre recently posted about water sources west of Smoky Creek and in its southern portion.

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Re: Alternative route through Sierra Quemada?
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2014, 06:03:30 AM »
Thanks Geezer,

I appreciate your input. I am already getting more out of this site than I'll ever be able to put back in. Everyone's experiences here are invaluable. Look forward to reading more of yours and others posts. Have a great hike soon!
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Re: Alternative route through Sierra Quemada?
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2014, 07:18:24 AM »
I have not decided on a route yet. I will be spending this year through lower and middle cattail canyon. I will also get in a Casa Grande Summit as well. If my summer opens up where I can get away a few more three day weekends, then I want to hit that area. Good Lord willing I will have next summer for sure. Would you mind recommending me what you consider the best route? One of two nights and two to three days. The more I explore this amazing BBC the more I realize I still have to cover. I get involved in a new area and can't leave it alone until I feel I have covered it all. After my last trip into cattail canyon above the falls up towards the big pour off, I can see myself spending the next 12 trips thoroughly covering that area. But I would love your suggestion to plan upon. Thanks!

Talusman, on a side note, I assume you are just spending the day in lower Cattail and not the night as it is day use only.  One of our members here got a ticket for just setting up a tent in Cattail and then showing it in a picture.  Be careful with your response here to this question.  It is a wonderful and awe inspiring place for sure!

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Re: Alternative route through Sierra Quemada?
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2014, 08:31:37 AM »
LOL! No! No nights for me in Cattail Canyon. That's were I see the biggest and most plentiful piles of bear scat in the park! As brave as I think I am, I don't want to be in there in the dark with no quick escape plan lol. I know the whole story about the fine too. I have talked to him myself. Great story though. Thanks for the reminder. I wish I had found this site years ago. Wonderful folk and information here!
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Re: Alternative route through Sierra Quemada?
« Reply #19 on: December 12, 2014, 10:59:57 AM »
The tposts along the ET trail come to an end not far N of ET itself; the spots where one can commonly lose the trail has no tposts to mark these spots.  I had seen a cairn in one of these spots, but it was not there in Mar. Also, where one turns out of the arroyo N of pt 4233 there were 2 very tall, large cairns marking where one climbs up the steep hill; they were also not there last Mar; this is a spot where the topo can be confusing.  Once one is atop the hill the trail is easy to follow.  Not far after this spot, as one hikes N, is the entrance to the Skip and Jump tinajas, a popular spot for those who hike in this area:
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