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Ore Terminal cross country route questions

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Offline SergeantFunk

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Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« on: December 23, 2017, 08:56:37 AM »
Greetings All,

Questions concerning the Ore Terminal route from the south: Parent's guide shows an alternate cross country route that joins the official OT trail near its end (OT_CC1 pic).  Quick, rough calc on Google Earth looks to be about a mile shorter (OT_CC2 pic). But of course I expect the same vertical gain and all the fruits (thorns) of the raw desert come to bear. 

Anyone have experience accessing the terminal with this route?  Serious bushwhack?
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Offline SergeantFunk

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Re: Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2017, 09:02:00 AM »
Doing some additional calcs, I determined that the CC route is probably only 0.5 - 0.75 mi shorter.  But I enjoy off trail routes and still am interested in your opinions.  Thanks in advance.
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Offline Robert

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Re: Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2017, 10:02:43 AM »
We hiked the Ore Terminal trail as a part of our trip back in February. You have a good view of the cc trail as the Terminal Trail is high above it on a ridge looking down into the canyon.  Of course even the trails in that area are difficult with all the rock and lechugilla. So I can't imagine that it is too much harder except the climb out of the canyon would be pretty steep with loose rock.  Navigation looks fairly straightforward as you are in the wash for the most part. We could see the trail where it climbs up so at least that section is recognizable. I'd only do this as a winter hike.

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Offline SergeantFunk

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Re: Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2017, 10:07:12 AM »
Winter it will be...headed for the park early Jan.  Thank you Robert.
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Offline badknees

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Re: Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2017, 10:36:12 AM »
Greetings All,

Questions concerning the Ore Terminal route from the south: Parent's guide shows an alternate cross country route that joins the official OT trail near its end (OT_CC1 pic).  Quick, rough calc on Google Earth looks to be about a mile shorter (OT_CC2 pic). But of course I expect the same vertical gain and all the fruits (thorns) of the raw desert come to bear. 

Anyone have experience accessing the terminal with this route?  Serious bushwhack?

Haven't been there by the cross country route, but suspect a very thorny, rocky transit through the northern part of the proposed route. What you gain in distance you'll probably lose in blood. But heck...it might be an adventure!
Not all those who wander are lost.
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Offline GaryF

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Re: Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2017, 10:40:23 AM »
I did that route in Feb this year, recommended.  Its not hard to follow, but watch for cairns for the best route through most of the rough sections. Id say I was on a faint trail about 75% of the time, it tended to appear and disappear. Wear long pants, have a hiking stick or pole to push through the shrub, and be prepared to shed a little blood to the vegetation anyway, but nothing too awful.  As you get higher you will have to scramble a little through some boulders, but its nothing even remotely technical. 

The only navigational challenge is at the top, where you lose the cairns and the trail, but with a compass, just make a beeline toward the Ore Terminal trail and you will be good.

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Re: Ore Terminal cross country route questions
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2017, 10:19:35 PM »
What you gain in distance you'll probably lose in blood.
My favorite quote for this year. :ranger:

 


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