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Marufo Vega

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Offline steelfrog

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Marufo Vega
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:13:33 AM »
Quick questions about MV, which we may do Thanksgiving weekend:

1.  They have a map at the ranger station; is there one on-line?

2.  Assuming an early morning start Fri a.m., should we go south or north spur?

3.  Where should we target to camp Fri night?

Many thanks!

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Offline Hoffman

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2012, 09:55:27 AM »
Answers to your questions:

When you purchase your backcountry permit, the rangers and Panther Junction have a print-out map of Marufo Vega. Also if you have the Hiking the Big Bend, they have some good descriptions and things to think about.

I recommended taking the south fork first and going down to the Rio Grande to camp Friday night.

One thing I want to warn, the next day when you are taking the north fork around back to the trailhead, there is a canyon that you must ascend and it was one of the most difficult things I ever had to do . . don't underestimate it and consider packing light.

Marufo Vega is one of the best hiking trails I have ever experienced. No where can you get the solitude and views into the Del Carmens of Mexico than this trail. Get an early start on Friday morning and the part that connects the south and north fork of the trails that runs adjacent to the river, you will get some get photo ops.

Have a great time, pack light and pack plenty of water. Its a trail not to be underestimated.

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Offline Don H

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2012, 10:05:22 AM »
Here's a pdf
"Rugged isolation in a Jeep with the top down, doors off, sweaty, dusty, listening to your flavor of tunes, immersed in the most beautiful and beguiling desert mountains in all of the Southwest, the Sierra Quemada. Nothing short of spiritual cleansing. " D. Locke

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2012, 10:35:12 AM »
I also recommend going up the south trail.  I also second that the climb up to the north trail is very steep.

An alternative for camping could be at an excellent campsite located on the left just before that trail dives down to  the river.   You could day hike down to the river and go back out the way you came in.

 
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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2012, 10:50:52 AM »
You guys are the best!

I would be inclined to hike down to the river and then up to the N fork and camp up there unless you are saying that the N fork just sucks and isn't worth doing anyway?

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2012, 11:45:01 AM »

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2012, 12:40:37 PM »
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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http://mirrormagic.com

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Offline Lance

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2012, 12:44:08 PM »
Not to out-do badknees's maps, but here are some print ready PDFs too..

Marufo Vega Trail 8.5 x 11 (PDF)
Marufo Vega Trail 11 x 17 (PDF)
« Last Edit: December 28, 2016, 05:07:25 PM by Lance »

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2012, 12:51:27 PM »
Not to out-do badknees's maps, but here are some print ready PDFs too..

Marufo Vega Trail 8.5 x 11 (PDF)
Marufo Vega Trail 11x17 (PDF)

You have an extra / in your links.......
Not all those who wander are lost.
J.R.R. Tolkien

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http://mirrormagic.com

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Offline Homer67

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2012, 12:52:24 PM »
I agree, there is a very steep spot as one enters on the north trail! 

It is right here:
http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=29.24413,-102.91142&z=15&t=T&marker0=29.24413%2C-102.91142%2C4.5%20km%20NW%20of%20Boquillas%20Canyon%20TX

We hiked in on the south trail last time we were in MV (we have spent a lot of time in the CM --- some choice spots off-trail in the MV area) and went up the N trail a bit. We hiked back out the south trail.  There is one very cool spot as one enters the N trail, only about 1/2 mile in.  There is a neat rock formation that looks like a turtle and one that looks like a frog!  We chilled in this spot for a quick lunch and were buzzed several times by Canyon Wrens.  It was a very serene spot in the shade of the bluff behind us.


Frog and Turtle?  Along MV north trail  Mar 2012 by Superhomer670, on Flickr

I love this part of the park!  The second entrance farther north isn't as steep as the first entrance. Don't forget to hike out through the short canyon along the Strawhouse arroyo to the trail head; supposedly there are some markings.  We ran into a ranger as we neared the trailhead who asked if we had seen them --- yet another reason to head back into MV!

So I take it the MV topo is no longer sold at PJ?  I guess there is still the quadrangle!
« Last Edit: November 09, 2012, 01:01:39 PM by Homer67 »
Ah Big Bend, we will soon return to reacquaint ourselves in our ritual of blood, exhaustion and dehydration. How can we resist the temptation to strip ourselves of the maladies of civilization?

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2012, 12:53:50 PM »
Not to out-do badknees's maps, but here are some print ready PDFs too..

Marufo Vega Trail 8.5 x 11 (PDF)
Marufo Vega Trail 11 x 17 (PDF)

You have an extra / in your links.......
Fixed.  Thanks..
« Last Edit: December 28, 2016, 05:06:33 PM by Lance »

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Offline jssmith57

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2012, 02:09:51 PM »
Can anyone pinpoint the famous "Randell's Overlook" along this trail?  Thanks

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Offline steelfrog

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2012, 02:40:26 PM »
Ya, that would be great.  Thanks everyone!

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2012, 04:35:05 PM »
Quick questions about MV, which we may do Thanksgiving weekend:



SF, what happened to your OML in a day attempt at Thanksgiving?
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Offline Lance

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Re: Marufo Vega
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2012, 05:01:20 PM »
Quick questions about MV, which we may do Thanksgiving weekend:


SF, what happened to your OML in a day attempt at Thanksgiving?
Yeah, what happened to that plan?  :eusa_whistle:

 


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