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It's a warm hike this time of year but once you make it to the shut in it will be shady and relatively cool especially if the spring is flowing down the shut in. My preferred route is from Roys Peak Campsite but this requires driving ~1 hour on a rocky high-clearance road from the North or even longer and rougher from the South.A shorter route is Estufa Canyon and you are on-trail and it's well cairned but not as pretty or scenic as the longer route from Roy's Peak. You can always keep going upstream from the Shut in and enjoy some of the spectacular geology if you come in from the Estufa Route.If you (or anyone else) makes it to Banta Shut In please report back on the water situation. Also note that ~15 years ago I found and removed some illegal alien trash from the shut in area (like big cans of Salmon with Mexican Packaging Labels and clothing items etc). If you see anything like this please pack it out. TWWG
Seems like a logical route for an illegal to possibly sneak through from the Big River and eventually catch their ride along the Old Ore road.
The NPS should consider designating it a "cultural heritage migration wilderness area"
QuoteSeems like a logical route for an illegal to possibly sneak through from the Big River and eventually catch their ride along the Old Ore road.The NPS should consider designating it a "cultural heritage migration wilderness area"
Was there no water running or trickling down from above the black rock?
What was the water situation in/around the Shut-In?
They don’t call him “Flash” for nothing.
Quite a hike ! Any pictures ? Any "artifacts" ?
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