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Mesa de Anguila - making sure

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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2014, 04:56:03 PM »
lance you are the man  :notworthy:, I started to do same for dprather but just didn't have the time.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2014, 08:26:15 AM »
Ya'll are ALL the man (the men?) for providing so much help - many thanks.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2014, 10:25:46 AM »
Are there any areas of archeological interest on MDA?
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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2015, 01:59:01 PM »
DPrather,
I'm planning on hiking Anguila next week. Did you happen to find any archeological sites while on the mesa?
Thanks!
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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2015, 07:48:23 PM »
MAN - the MDA beat us down.  It was great, but we really didn't have anything left for casual exploration.   That, and the weather was terrible - rain, rain, rain.

I was told (by a very good source that must remain nameless) that by following the very distinct washes down toward the Rio Grande and by looking for "come see me" overhangs and ledges you might find some things of interest.

Good luck.  The MDA is marvelous.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2015, 08:11:06 AM »
Hello everyone!  I'm new to the group. I was planning a hike on Nov 13-15 to Bruja Canyon thinking there might be a way up it to access MDA. I had visited several times with a park volunteer at Castolon visitor center about getting up to MDA. He recommended bigbendchat.com as a source of information. I have really enjoyed the discussions about Big Bend that are posted here. This group has been an valuable source of information for me. Much thanks to all of you and your various reports in Big Bend.

In response to an earlier question in this thread about hiking off of MDA down Bruja Canyon to Terelingua Abajo, all I can say is bring lots of rope. My daughter and I hiked to the mouth of Bruja thinking we could climb up the right hand side of the canyon and not try going up the canyon itself. This was not possible for us. I've read of some people doing it, but they must of had ropes. It was too steep and there were too many open, exposed areas to make the climb safely.

We decided to camp at the mouth of the canyon and explore the area. It ended up being a great experience. The sunrise over the Chisos from our campsite was incredible! 

Hiking over to the top of Santa Elena Canyon and looking down into the canyon is a top bucket list item for me. I guess I will have to do it the conventional way and start at Lajitas.



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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2015, 08:14:16 AM »
MAN - the MDA beat us down.  It was great, but we really didn't have anything left for casual exploration.   That, and the weather was terrible - rain, rain, rain.

I was told (by a very good source that must remain nameless) that by following the very distinct washes down toward the Rio Grande and by looking for "come see me" overhangs and ledges you might find some things of interest.

Good luck.  The MDA is marvelous.


Hello everyone!  I'm new to the group. I was planning a hike on Nov 13-15 to Bruja Canyon thinking there might be a way up it to access MDA. I had visited several times with a park volunteer at Castolon visitor center about getting up to MDA. He recommended bigbendchat.com as a source of information. I have really enjoyed the discussions about Big Bend that are posted here. This group has been an valuable source of information for me. Much thanks to all of you and your various reports in Big Bend.

In response to an earlier question in this thread about hiking off of MDA down Bruja Canyon to Terelingua Abajo, all I can say is bring lots of rope. My daughter and I hiked to the mouth of Bruja thinking we could climb up the right hand side of the canyon and not try going up the canyon itself. This was not possible for us. I've read of some people doing it, but they must of had ropes. It was too steep and there were too many open, exposed areas to make the climb safely.

We decided to camp at the mouth of the canyon and explore the area. It ended up being a great experience. The sunrise over the Chisos from out campsite was incredible! 

Hiking over to the top of Santa Elena Canyon and looking down into the canyon is a top bucket list item for me. I guess I will have to do it the conventional way and start at Lajitas.



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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2015, 08:49:13 AM »
Hello everyone!  I'm new to the group. I was planning a hike on Nov 13-15 to Bruja Canyon thinking there might be a way up it to access MDA. I had visited several times with a park volunteer at Castolon visitor center about getting up to MDA. He recommended bigbendchat.com as a source of information. I have really enjoyed the discussions about Big Bend that are posted here. This group has been an valuable source of information for me. Much thanks to all of you and your various reports in Big Bend.

In response to an earlier question in this thread about hiking off of MDA down Bruja Canyon to Terelingua Abajo, all I can say is bring lots of rope. My daughter and I hiked to the mouth of Bruja thinking we could climb up the right hand side of the canyon and not try going up the canyon itself. This was not possible for us. I've read of some people doing it, but they must of had ropes. It was too steep and there were too many open, exposed areas to make the climb safely.

We decided to camp at the mouth of the canyon and explore the area. It ended up being a great experience. The sunrise over the Chisos from our campsite was incredible! 

Hiking over to the top of Santa Elena Canyon and looking down into the canyon is a top bucket list item for me. I guess I will have to do it the conventional way and start at Lajitas.



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You can do it from Terlingua Abajo but you have to go further north up the face to the old trail that climbs up to Dam tinaja and then all the way across to the point over SE.  It is probably faster to just come in from Lajitas.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2019, 10:28:49 PM »
I returned to this thread because (thankfully) my oldest son wants to go out to the Bend with me over his Spring Break (I know, I know - it will be crowded but I hope to avoid the worst of the crowds by taking on MdA).  He is well-conditioned, but he is a rookie at backpacking.  I am thinking about taking him out to The Point. 

QUESTION: from Canyon Flag camp to The Point, is it true that one should keep bearing to the left (NE) to avoid the more deeply cut washes that deepen as they go toward  the Rio Grande?

QUESTION: what is the water situation up on the Mesa?

Thanks.
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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2019, 11:15:31 PM »
First question:  maybe. Not a whole lot of difference frankly. If you want to lessen the ups and downs then link together some washes. Ultimately it isnít that hard. We made it from the trailhead to the point with full packs and camped on the point, in 7 hours and we werenít hurrying.   Iím fat and old

A few weeks ago there was plenty of water in multiple washes, and plenty in Blance which is right on the trail just past Mariposa

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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2019, 06:26:39 AM »
The route of least resistance is to follow the loose and indistinct divide between the washes that flow north towards Bruja canyon and the ones that flow south towards the Rio Grande towards point 3645 then walk the rim out to the point.  There is one canyon you will have to work down and across between there and the point but it is not too bad, otherwise you are mostly walking on big limestone slabs.  From Canyon Flag and the 3 Sisters there is a vague trail with cairns that disappears as you get closer to the rim.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
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no shade, no water
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Re: Mesa de Anguila - making sure
« Reply #26 on: February 04, 2019, 12:45:14 PM »
QUESTION: what is the water situation up on the Mesa?
I was up there a couple weeks ago and there was water seemingly everywhere, even in the tiny tinajas (tinajaitas? lol) right on the trail in many places.

 


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