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August High Chisos

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Offline dprather

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August High Chisos
« on: June 08, 2016, 12:07:30 PM »
I'm at the front end of planning for an August foray into the High Chisos. 

We're looking at three days/two nights.

Suggestions?
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 06:51:29 PM »
Suggestions?

No, sounds great!  Wait, yes, one:  Spend some time laying in the shade watching the clouds and listening to the hummingbirds buzz by.   :icon_smile:

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Offline Jalco

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 07:51:18 PM »
Suggestions?

No, sounds great!  Wait, yes, one:  Spend some time laying in the shade watching the clouds and listening to the hummingbirds buzz by.   :icon_smile:

Ditto

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 08:10:09 PM »
Have you ever done the Colima trail? Or have you been to upper cattail canyon out to the damn?

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Offline Imre

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 08:51:51 PM »
Bring some rain gear. Just in case.  :banghead:
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Offline Flash

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 09:19:41 PM »
Bring some rain gear. Just in case.  :banghead:
Agreed. Aim to have your tent pitched before the afternoon thundershowers roll in!  :great:

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 10:52:31 PM »

Suggestions?

No, sounds great!  Wait, yes, one:  Spend some time laying in the shade watching the clouds and listening to the hummingbirds buzz by.   :icon_smile:

Oh yes!


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Offline dprather

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2016, 05:51:52 AM »
Our general plan was to hump up Laguna Meadows with three gallons and spend the first night at one of the LM sights.  That would naturally get us close to Cattail (great suggestion about Cattail - we've never done that).

Question: what about water in the High Chisos that time of year?

Our previous trips up top had come at times when the SE Rim was closed.  We'd like to take that in.

We do not have aggressive plans.  We'd like to smell the roses and hear the hummingbirds. 

Thanks for the head's up about the afternoon storms.

Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline Jalco

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2016, 08:22:30 AM »
Our general plan was to hump up Laguna Meadows with three gallons and spend the first night at one of the LM sights.  That would naturally get us close to Cattail (great suggestion about Cattail - we've never done that).

Question: what about water in the High Chisos that time of year?

Many moons ago, we camped at one of the LM sites.  We found plenty of water in one of the streams behind the site.  Of course, it's all dependent on rainfall.  That would definitely be a neat area to explore.

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Offline Imre

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2016, 08:38:28 AM »
With some exceptions, during my August visits there have been unappetizing pools of water along the Boot Canyon trail south of the Juniper Canyon trail junction.  :icon_eek: Others can advise you on a good filter or purification tablets; I have never had the courage to try.
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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2016, 10:36:45 AM »
I have found a fair amount of water at and just above the Cattail Falls dam.
Wake me when it's time to go.

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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2016, 11:05:11 AM »
If you do go into upper cattail, you can go past the damn, there should be a nice sized tinaja that you could soak in. I think its only half a mile from the damn, but i will check later and get you the distance

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2016, 12:02:24 PM »
South Rim is a great place to watch the isolated clouds/thunderstorms move slowly across the desert. Not as good if one of those gets stuck above the part of the rim where you're hanging out.

If you see an isolated storm think about where the rain is falling and where the drainages go from that area - you may be able to intercept one of them and see a flash flood...

Some years ago I was there in August when a group of rain-bearing clouds got stuck above the hills just SW of the basin road turnoff. Looking at the map I saw that a drainage from these hills went west then under the main E-W road. We drove to that bridge and waited - a few minutes later the otherwise dry drainage flashed, bringing a slurry of water, rock, mud and cactus.

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Offline Imre

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2016, 01:13:15 PM »
Do not rule out the possibility that it can start to hail during the afternoon thunderstorm that Flash referred to.  :icon_eek: It has happened to me more than once.
For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong.
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Offline The Scorpion

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Re: August High Chisos
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2016, 11:27:38 PM »
From the damn in upper cattail to the large tinaja/pool is only about 1/4 a mile
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