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Persimmon Gap Draw

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Offline TxGypsyGal

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Persimmon Gap Draw
« on: March 10, 2018, 02:16:35 PM »
Hey y’all...thinking of trying Persimmon Gap Draw for a quick little extra hike this year. Is it an easy trail to follow? It looks like it may be out toward the Fossil Exhibit...is that correct? Give me some thoughts! Thanks!  :dance:
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Re: Persimmon Gap Draw
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2018, 08:19:27 PM »
I’ve descended it from the top (the east) but never hiked it up from the bottom (the west). It’s dry, rocky, and thorny, with a couple of pour-offs that you can probably work around. No real “trail” to speak of. The views from the top are nice.


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Re: Persimmon Gap Draw
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 09:32:05 PM »
Hey y’all...thinking of trying Persimmon Gap Draw for a quick little extra hike this year. Is it an easy trail to follow? It looks like it may be out toward the Fossil Exhibit...is that correct? Give me some thoughts! Thanks!  :dance:
If memory serves, it's just North the the Persimmon Gap entrance station. I did a portion of it a long time back. Easy wash walking until you hit the first pour-off, then it's a rough scramble.

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Re: Persimmon Gap Draw
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2018, 07:43:22 AM »
The trailhead is directly across the road from the PG ranger station. When I was there there wasn't a sign marking it but the ranger pointed us to it. As I recall you just get in the draw across the road and follow it uphill. There is one pouroff like Richard said but its a pretty easy hike with a nice view at the end. Some of the stratigraphy while in the draw is of interest too.

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Offline Homer Wilson

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Re: Persimmon Gap Draw
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2018, 09:48:06 AM »
Are you referring to the Persimmon Gap trail or the wash that extends out from the Fossil Bone exhibit?

The persimmon gap trail is great!  It's not really marked - park at the persimmon gap ranger station and walk across the street and look for a trail.  In my opinion, this is the best easy (as in short,  side of the road trail) in the park.  It winds through a drainage below persimmon peak until it gets to the top of a saddle with great views. 

Why is it great? It's short (I like it as a quick farewell hike as I'm driving out of the park).  It has very interesting geology.  It's a great way to dip your toes into the desert if you're more used to the mountains.  It has rewarding views.  And for such a short trail, it requires a little bit of wayfinding, a little scrambling, and a little bit of sketchy trail/overland hiking at the very end.

The fossil bone wash shouldn't be too bad if you can scramble down into it.  If you take it towards grapevine hills, there might be some interesting stuff along the way, but I've never explored it.

Re: Persimmon Gap Draw
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 12:21:04 PM »
yes! This description reminds me that I have done this one. RIght across from the entrance as y'all say. I think it used to be listed in the guide literature, but maybe not so any more? I only recall the wash near the start, and view from the crest.

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Re: Persimmon Gap Draw
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 12:56:10 PM »
yes! This description reminds me that I have done this one. RIght across from the entrance as y'all say. I think it used to be listed in the guide literature, but maybe not so any more? I only recall the wash near the start, and view from the crest.

I think they may have the metal sign at the trailhead, but I remember it not being obvious.  Nothing pointing to it from the parking lot.  I just checked and it's not shown on the main online park map, but neither are some other short ones like Ward spring.

 


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