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This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites

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This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« on: September 03, 2012, 09:25:23 AM »
Hi everybody! Got a short trip to BiBe in Oct. Our long 8-9 hr drive to the Chisos Basin will get us there about 3pm, only 3 nights at the park. Looks like that late arrival will leave us at the Chisos Basin CG the first night, unless any of you have a suggestion for getting a backcountry site close enough to set up camp and have time to cook and relax before sunset. Maybe Juniper Flat or Boulder Meadow? I love to be "tucked away" and secluded at my campsites. Don't necessarily need to camp on the rim. My friend has an assignment due our last day and would like the last night at the lodge to send it in via internet, clean up before the ride home.
Here's my ideas:
1st night at Chisos Basin CG or hike into Juniper Flat or Boulder Meadow.
Day 2 - Hike to Colima area site or site you all recommend for seclusion, day hike S Rim trails, Boot Canyon, Emory peak.....
Day 3 - day hike the area some more. Then hike out Pinnacles trail for a finally night at the lodge.
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir -

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 05:37:04 PM »
I haven't stayed at the Boulder Meadow or Pinnacles sites but imagine they are generally secluded and unoccupied. From what I've heard, BM4 and PI1 are the most private. The Colima sites are all tucked off the trail. CO3 is my favorite of those.

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012, 07:43:57 PM »
This NPS document/PDF file has a lot of info on sites.

I recommend BM3 as an interesting site with large boulders, lots of shade, and even a two story house sized boulder.


Fort Worth

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012, 09:53:02 PM »
Thanks Jeff and Farty. (Lol, love that name Marty) That's really helpful. Looking at the Trails Illustrated map, it looks like it's only about 1.5 miles to Boulder Meadow, so I think we could get there in time for setup and dinner before dusk if we arrive to the TH by 3pm. That sound realisticn Oct?
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir -

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2012, 10:54:28 PM »
BM would only take about an hour of hiking to get to.  The Pinnacles sites only take about 2 hours to hike to.  And you can make it to Toll Mountain in 3-3.5 hours.  SW4 is a great site for your second night.  The SE sites are great too, though 3 & 4 are on top of each other.  All the NE sights are good as well.

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2012, 11:02:21 PM »
Sounds like there are too many good choices. Love me a good sunrise, therefore I was thinking NE might be a great sunrise camp area. Any thoughts?
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir -

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2012, 11:11:30 PM »
Brownmouse,

This is a little presumptous, but do you have a plan about water?

Geezer

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2012, 11:14:20 PM »
Go out into the Sierra Quemada and zone camp around Elephant Tusk or maybe Dominguez Springs.  Don't get a whole lot more secluded than that.

Oh, and take your machete....just in case.

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2012, 09:56:36 AM »
1st night at Chisos Basin CG or hike into Juniper Flat or Boulder Meadow.

I would hike up to Boulder Meadow your first night, or at least to Juniper Flat.  The basin campground is a noisy place.
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2012, 09:57:10 AM »
Sounds like there are too many good choices. Love me a good sunrise, therefore I was thinking NE might be a great sunrise camp area. Any thoughts?


NE4 is the best site to watch the sunrise from.  Just a short walk from the campsite is a rock outcrop with phenomenal views. 
There's nothing like a good quest to get you intimate with a place. - Tom Clynes

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2012, 10:38:33 AM »
Steel agrees with both of these rendell.

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2012, 10:52:06 AM »
Brownmouse,

This is a little presumptous, but do you have a plan about water?

Geezer

You should plan on four quarts per day.  That's a lot of weight to haul up.  Chances are good, however, that Juniper Springs will have water flowing or at least pools.   If that sounds like something you might want to do, check this site a few days before you leave and see if anyone has a recent water report.
Wake me when it's time to go.

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 11:06:41 AM »

NE4 is the best site to watch the sunrise from.  Just a short walk from the campsite is a rock outcrop with phenomenal views.

Here are  acouple of young ladies near this spot just after sunrise on December 5, 2011; you can see Raven's Ridge blow...


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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2012, 11:12:58 AM »
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to send it in via internet

Might want to rethink that plan as you are watching Dancing with the Stars on the TV.

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Re: This Brownmouse is looking for seclusion/hidden sites
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2012, 03:03:40 PM »
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to send it in via internet

Might want to rethink that plan as you are watching Dancing with the Stars on the TV.

Shoot Shanea. I'm gonna be Dancing with the Stars right there in BiBe!!!!!!!! :dance:  It's gonna me a nearly new moon when we are there and there should be plenty of stars to choose from!!
I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. - John Muir -

 


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