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But I do really, really want to get out and explore this area.
(4) Consider spending a night or two at Talley. There's probably not enough daylight to drive there from the Basin, do your hike, and drive back.If you spend 2 nights at Talley, you can explore the Mariscal Rim to your heart's content, and even get some distance on the Cross Canyon Trail, before returning to an already established campsite.
I have heard that finding the trail from Talley side is quite difficult after the flood. Some of the Talley campsites don't even exist anymore.
i can see this being a major problem. it wasn't the easiest thing to find when there was a trail. but this should discourage you. if you get a topo map of the area, it shouldn't be hard to head in the right direction.
i did this hike alone in december of 06. i didn't park at the designated parking area, i parked a few hundred yards back up the road in a wash, so the house across the river couldn't see my car sitting there.
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