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Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?

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Offline travii99

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Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« on: March 13, 2008, 10:58:15 AM »
We're getting geared up for a trip in April.  We used to be big backpackers but are bringing the kids (new addition since the days of backpacking) now, so we are looking to do the things we never did before, like checking out this Tinaja.  Has anyone ever been to it?  Its just east of Maverick Road, south of the west ranger station. 



Just curious what anyone might know about it (photos, cool/uncool, etc..).  Seems between all the folks on here, most all of BIBE has been explored by now!

Thanx!!!

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2008, 11:33:22 AM »
Never been there, but if I recognize the area on the map, you'd have a tough scramble getting in and out of Alamo Creek;  steep, high banks made of loose aggregate soil.

Is it just west of Tule Mountain?

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Offline travii99

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2008, 11:41:56 AM »
Yes, just west of Tule Mt.  The topo maps don't really show any serious drop offs in the area of Alamo Creek where I was thinking of entering.  Looking at Google earth it looks the same.  My approach would be from Maverick Road, hiking southeast to the creek junction that is SW of the Tinaja (nice smooth slope into creek) and then NE up the drainage to the Tinaja.  It looks like this is a relatively easy way into the creek.

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 11:45:50 AM »

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008, 12:03:44 PM »
I haven't been there, but Okiehiker has & refers to it as Tinaja Latte, due, I believe, to the milky nature of the water.
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Offline Roy

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008, 12:16:54 PM »
This photo shows the west face of Tule Mountain from the bluff just west of the word "Creek" on your map.  The bank I'm standing on is similar to the one on the other side of the wash;  30(?) feet or so high.  The creekbed is that narrow strip of connected dark areas.  I've thought about going down in there but never done it.

If Okiehiker checks in, he'd have better info.

« Last Edit: March 13, 2008, 12:18:40 PM by Roy »

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008, 12:21:02 PM »
Thanks for the info, much help!  Is this bank downclimbable by chance?  If not, it appears less steep a bit further south.. 

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2008, 12:27:29 PM »
Is this bank downclimbable by chance?  If not, it appears less steep a bit further south.. 

In the desert you can ALWAYS find a way into an arroyo, some are longer hikes than others. In Big Bend they tend to not be very far before you find an access point.
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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2008, 12:41:30 PM »
I agree with Presidio.  That bank is made up of loose soil/gravel, there's got to be a better way in (and out).
You can see the same kind of formation from the bottom in the badlands just west of the Maverick entrance station.  There's a couple of areas to park on the east of the road after it descends.  I've hiked back in that area a couple of times.

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2008, 01:02:37 PM »
I haven't been there, but Okiehiker has & refers to it as Tinaja Latte, due, I believe, to the milky nature of the water.

Not quite a picture of the tinaja, but at least it shows the terrain:
Scrambling around "tinaja latte" Alamo Creek Drainage


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Offline Roy

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008, 01:16:05 PM »
Nice find, Richard.
travii99, I think that may be down in the creekbed itself.  Looks a lot more stable than the stuff I'm talking about

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2008, 02:36:01 PM »
This is why I call it Tinaja Latte...



I have never taken water from it, though I suppose it would save your life in a pinch.

There is a great deal of loose material in the area, but I have never had any trouble x-c hiking in and around Alamo Creek.
Funny... I have a story about that...

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2008, 03:11:18 PM »
Ahh, great!  Thanks for the pic.  It doesn't look as cool as others that are in solid rock (or at least not covered in debris).  Might still need to hike it at some point though!  Appreciate the help!

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2009, 11:38:32 AM »
This photo shows the west face of Tule Mountain from the bluff just west of the word "Creek" on your map.&nbsp; The bank I'm standing on is similar to the one on the other side of the wash;&nbsp; 30(?) feet or so high.&nbsp; The creekbed is that narrow strip of connected dark areas.&nbsp; I've thought about going down in there but never done it.

If Okiehiker checks in, he'd have better info.



Wow... I know exactly where that is... I've been there more than once. Cool...

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Re: Anyone here been to this Tinaja before?
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2009, 12:34:09 PM »
This photo shows the west face of Tule Mountain from the bluff just west of the word "Creek" on your map. &nbsp;The bank I'm standing on is similar to the one on the other side of the wash; &nbsp;30(?) feet or so high. &nbsp;The creekbed is that narrow strip of connected dark areas. &nbsp;I've thought about going down in there but never done it.

If Okiehiker checks in, he'd have better info.



Wow... I know exactly where that is... I've been there more than once. Cool...

Anyone ever noticed Casper the ghost in the form of a talus slope on the side of Tule Mountain?
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