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South Rim newbie question

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Offline ReDiscovering

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South Rim newbie question
« on: January 14, 2007, 11:01:27 AM »
Which route is the most direct or easiest to the South Rim?   Laguna Meadow or Pinnacles/Boot Canyon?     My plan is to get there and camp the first night and take the rest of the weekend easy.   I'd prefer going home the harder route (if there is one) while im carrying less water.

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Offline bdann

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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2007, 11:33:29 AM »
Some recent discussion in this thread on that very topic:
http://www.bigbendchat.com/viewtopic.php?t=2769

Last time I hiked to the Rim, we went up Laguna and back down the same way.  

If you want to do the whole loop though, I'd go up Pinnacles, down Laguna.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2007, 02:15:33 PM »
Just about all of the various advantages/disadvantages of South Rim routes have been discussed at length here as well as a few other places.  The Pinnacles is definitely tougher, both going up and coming down.  I'd say go up Laguna Meadows as it gives you a better experience of seeing the South Rim for the first time.  Camp at SW4 if it's available (SE1 is a good second choice) so you'll be just a short stroll from good vantage points for both sunrise and sunset.  Don't forget to check out the view under moon/starlight as well.  If you're spending two nights up there, make the second night at NE4 and see if you can find David's Nirvana Point.  If you have the time and energy on the way back, drop your pack at the Emory Peak trail junction and head up to the peak.

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Offline ReDiscovering

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2007, 06:49:58 PM »
Thanks for the links guys.  Very interesting.   I think I like the idea of the "OMG" factor of LM up.   plus, I can save a possible Emory Peak for the end if I have the juice left, not blowing out on the first morning.   I plan to take this nice and easy and totally just go with what comes up.

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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2007, 08:17:50 PM »
Hi Rediscovering,
I'm a newbie too and hope to visit BIBE in March and am interested in any information on the South Rim too. This has been a great thread everyone...thanks for all the input. It helps us newbies out alot. :)

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2007, 02:51:43 PM »
Quote from: "RichardM"
If you have the time and energy on the way back, drop your pack at the Emory Peak trail junction and head up to the peak.

Richard, I was going to ask about this. I was thinking of bagging Emory when my girlfriend and I do the South Rim, and wasn't sure about whether there was a good place to store our packs. I couldn't remember if there was a bear box at the junction or not? What exactly is the recommended course of action as far as " dropping your pack the the Emory Peak Trail Junction"?
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2007, 04:23:36 PM »
There's a bear box at Emory Peak camp site where the trails meet.  I think there's also some restrooms near there;  don't know if I'd want to leave my stuff in a hot Port-a-Potty for too long.

Welcome to the board; read your post on the Intro thread.

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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2007, 12:08:13 AM »
I find the Colima Pass trail to be one of the nicest hikes in the park.  If you are in the Chisos to do the South Rim take the time to do this trail.
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2007, 07:28:02 AM »
Quote from: "Roy"
There's a bear box at Emory Peak camp site where the trails meet.  I think there's also some restrooms near there;  don't know if I'd want to leave my stuff in a hot Port-a-Potty for too long.

Welcome to the board; read your post on the Intro thread.


There are two rather large bear boxes at the Emory Peak Trail junction of Pinnacles/Boot Canyon trail, not the junction for the campsite.  The restroom is located at the top of Pinnacles as you crest the rim directly across from the Toll Mountain Campsite (freakin' sweet site).

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Re: South Rim newbie question
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007, 12:39:54 PM »
Where is the Colima Pass Trail located and what is David's Nirvana Point?

thanks!

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Re: South Rim newbie question
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2007, 01:04:40 PM »
Colima is a short-cut between Laguna Meadow and Boot Spring. It's a little under a mile, has few views, and crosses a (relatively) low shoulder of Emory Peak. Here's a view of Emory from one of the few open spots in the foliage:



The Nirvana Point has very special meaning to some of us here. It is a reasonably obvious place, but you'll have to search for it on your own (Probably by typing nirvana into the search box -- ah, the Internet makes vision quests so much easier than they used to be.). There has been at least one fairly recent discussion of it regarding choice of campsites and another in the photography section.
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Re: South Rim newbie question
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2007, 02:22:02 PM »
The Nirvana Point has very special meaning to some of us here. It is a reasonably obvious place, but you'll have to search for it on your own (Probably by typing nirvana into the search box -- ah, the Internet makes vision quests so much easier than they used to be.). There has been at least one fairly recent discussion of it regarding choice of campsites and another in the photography section.

Is it related to one of the POY pictures? thanks for the info about Colima Pass

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