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Trekking the river front?

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Offline juanff2006

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Trekking the river front?
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:22:12 PM »
Has anybody trekked/hiked/walked the whole the river front of BBNP from one end to another? Or is it even possible to do. This is probably in the wrong topic area but still wanted to ask.


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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2019, 08:18:41 AM »
Do you mean right along the river?  I don't know anyone who has done that, you could use river water though.  The big problem with the whole southern section of the park is there are no water sources except the river unless you cache water along the river road.  Do you have a route in mind?
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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 09:02:30 AM »
I hope you are aware there are three major canyons and several minor ones. Following the river front would involve either getting wet or bypassing canyons on trails and/or by bushwhacking...

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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 10:22:44 AM »
Has anybody trekked/hiked/walked the whole the river front of BBNP from one end to another? Or is it even possible to do. This is probably in the wrong topic area but still wanted to ask.

I considered it for several years. As mentioned, you have some serious canyons to contend with along your route. What I didn't realize, until I floated the park end-to-end in 2017, was that outside the canyons, the river bank is completely choked with an almost impenetrable 20-40 foot deep forest of Giant River Cane.  You won't see much of the river, and you'll have to fight hard to get down to it for water.
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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 01:31:43 PM »
Has anybody trekked/hiked/walked the whole the river front of BBNP from one end to another? Or is it even possible to do. This is probably in the wrong topic area but still wanted to ask.

I considered it for several years. As mentioned, you have some serious canyons to contend with along your route. What I didn't realize, until I floated the park end-to-end in 2017, was that outside the canyons, the river bank is completely choked with an almost impenetrable 20-40 foot deep forest of Giant River Cane.  You won't see much of the river, and you'll have to fight hard to get down to it for water.
If you venture into the cane sometimes you can stumble onto these 3ft high tunnels the Mexicans cut out. Even at 6'2 it was better than having to force through it.

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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2019, 01:40:04 PM »
Hahahahaha! That IS the ONLY way to get through it! Where did you take those photos? That looks exactly like the tunnel I had to cut in order to force my way inland at the end of my 2017 float from one end of the park to the other.


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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2019, 04:36:59 PM »
Hahahahaha! That IS the ONLY way to get through it! Where did you take those photos? That looks exactly like the tunnel I had to cut in order to force my way inland at the end of my 2017 float from one end of the park to the other.


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That's where the Mexicans come in from Ojo Caliente. They ride the horses across the river, tie them up and scurry through the tunnels with their jerry cans on a stick. They can almost stay out of sight all the way to the gas station in the Rio Village campground.
They have some generators in the pueblito for electricity...or so I've been told.

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Re: Trekking the river front?
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2019, 06:17:43 PM »
Hahahahaha! That IS the ONLY way to get through it! Where did you take those photos? That looks exactly like the tunnel I had to cut in order to force my way inland at the end of my 2017 float from one end of the park to the other.


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That's where the Mexicans come in from Ojo Caliente. They ride the horses across the river, tie them up and scurry through the tunnels with their jerry cans on a stick. They can almost stay out of sight all the way to the gas station in the Rio Village campground.
They have some generators in the pueblito for electricity...or so I've been told.

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