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Ridge hike off of South Rim Trail

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Offline Niko

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Ridge hike off of South Rim Trail
« on: January 13, 2019, 08:05:34 PM »
Has anyone hiked the ridge that comes off the southwestern most tip of the South Rim Trail? Looks like you could take it most of the way to the Homer Wilson Blue Creek Ranch.

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Offline Lance

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Re: Ridge hike off of South Rim Trail
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 03:18:05 PM »
I haven't done it, but I've thought about it. It looks possible, but probably a very rugged hike. I've been told by others that you can scramble down the SW rim (not at the tip) and get access to that ridge and on out to Pt 6728.  I'm pretty sure you can get down off the Rim around (29.227569, -103.306310), which is not far from the tip.

I took this panorama of the ridge from the other side of Blue Creek Canyon near Pt 7140. You can see most of the ridge down to Blue Creek Ranch. You can also see what looks like the way off the ridge.


Panorama looking south over Blue Creek Canyon from Pt 7140

If you do it, make sure to post some pictures and trip report.

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Offline twystoflemon

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Re: Ridge hike off of South Rim Trail
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2019, 09:13:48 PM »
One tricky part is probably accessing the ~6200 ft saddle between the ridge and the Rim. While it's possible to head South down from the Rim via a drainage southwest of SW4, that is... gnarly and steep with some talus and texas-style boulder+cactus fields. Fun!  I'm curious about getting to that saddle by heading west off the Rim, but that territory also looks pretty steep as well, especially looking at Lance's photo from across Blue Creek. I've done a little hiking on climber trails in the Weminuche Wilderness of Colorado, and parts of the South descent from the Rim gave me similar feelings of "What The Heck Am I Doing!?! This is Somewhat Questionable..." Route is probably Class 2-plus, though I have only minimal information for that basis.

FWIW, I attached a few photos of the territory just below the Rim that may give you a feel for the terrain. The boulder field shown is a drainage that is east of SW4.

Safe travels!

 


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