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Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards

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Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« on: November 02, 2016, 03:14:16 PM »
A Basin - Homer Wilson - Smoky Creek - Mule Ears backpack is on my bucket list. 

It seems that the critical point is where to leave the Smoky Creek drainage and head west toward Mule Ears.

Does anyone have a map?

Does anyone have a tip?
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 03:48:22 PM »
A Basin - Homer Wilson - Smoky Creek - Mule Ears backpack is on my bucket list. 

It seems that the critical point is where to leave the Smoky Creek drainage and head west toward Mule Ears.

Does anyone have a map?

Does anyone have a tip?


The below picture was taken at the escarpment looking WSW to the Smoky drainage. If you are coming down Smoky Creek you would be travelling from left to right in the drainage. When you see that "shark fin" looking rock (in the center of this photo) on what would be your left front quarter, you need to turn right (east) and look for the slot in the cliff. If you get parallel to Mule Ears, you've gone too far. There is probably a cairn in the drainage. The last 1/4 mile up onto the escarpment is steep. (Hint: Right click and open the first image in a new tab....it is a big pano)



The picture below is taken from below the escarpment looking up in the direction you want to go



Here is a map (open it in a new tab too)
« Last Edit: November 02, 2016, 04:12:06 PM by badknees »
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 03:54:37 PM »
BINGO! I needed that one. Thanks, badknees. And dprather. You are trail angels.  :engel016:
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 03:55:05 PM »
Way, way, way too nice of you BadKnees
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2016, 04:02:39 PM »
A Basin - Homer Wilson - Smoky Creek - Mule Ears backpack is on my bucket list. 

It seems that the critical point is where to leave the Smoky Creek drainage and head west toward Mule Ears.

Does anyone have a map?

Does anyone have a tip?


he below picture was taken at the escarpment looking WSW to the Smoky drainage. If you are coming down Smoky Creek you would be travelling from left to right in the drainage. When you see that "shark fin" looking rock (in the center of this photo) on what would be your left front quarter, you need to turn right (east) and look for the slot in the cliff. If you get parallel to Mule Ears, you've gone too far. There is probably a cairn in the drainage. The last 1/4 mile up onto the escarpment is steep. (Hint: Right click and open the first image in a new tab....it is a big pano)



The picture below is taken from below the escarpment looking up in the direction you want to go



I'm guessing that you follow slightly left up the draw before the highest point?
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2016, 04:08:21 PM »
Yeah, you thread through a gap. There is a trail, so once you get out of the drainage it's easy to follow.
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2016, 04:16:12 PM »
I added a map to the original post
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2016, 04:30:11 PM »
Sweet!

So...just as the Smoky Creek drainage really begins to open up (flow out of the canyon and merge into flatter lands)  the trail to Mule ears heads west.
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2016, 04:31:14 PM »
I ate at SUBWAY for lunch - they have a BMT.  Shall we christen the Basin to Mule Ears trail the BMT?
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2016, 04:34:12 PM »
Sweet!

So...just as the Smoky Creek drainage really begins to open up (flow out of the canyon and merge into flatter lands)  the trail to Mule ears heads west.

Yes..The wash becomes braided with multiple channels so just keep to the west. Like I said there should be cairns. It's not that hard to find.
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2016, 04:40:17 PM »
Pressing my luck here - does anyone know how far it would be from the Basin to Mule Ears parking area?
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2016, 04:43:41 PM »
Thanks for the map, badknees. It's a very good one. If I may slightly hijack dprather's thread, I have a question about this route for Mule ears, one that's probably easiest answered here. Mule ears, when you hiked Lajitas to the Basin in 2008, you spent a night camped on a shelf near Mule Ears which you said was one of your finest camps ever. Where on badknees map was that camp located? Close to the mapped route, or closer to the Mule Ears?
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2016, 04:44:46 PM »
There is no Hijack
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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2016, 04:46:06 PM »
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Re: Smoky Creek Map help - from you electronic wizards
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2016, 04:50:16 PM »
Thanks, dprather. Then I'll press MY luck, too, and ask badknees another question. I'm having trouble opening the map in a separate window so I can't quite make out the name of that spring in the Smoky Creek drainage, below Mule Ears, just southwest of where the trail ascends westward out of the drainage and on toward Mule Ears Spring. Which spring is that? What's it like? Does it typically flow?
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