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Also, a question for those who've gone north up Fisk Canyon. What's the route like up the canyon? Is it bouldery, like at the start from Dominguez Spring? or does it level out and make for easy hiking?
All of a sudden a rock about the size of my head landed in between us. My first thought was, how did he throw that? Then I realized it had come off the cliff next to us. YIKES! That could have been a quick end to our trip. Maybe it was from all the rain the day before. I definitely moved over to the other side of the wash.
The last time I was there it was pretty good most of the way, but there was a lot of water in a few places an it was a bit soggy. Boulders are not a problem, but the grass burrs are awful if you get into them.
picacho, if I understand what you're describing you would have left the Smokey Creek drainage close to where the trail should go on as shown on the topo. This is just upstream from an area with springs - as I recall the wash gets tight but not impassable there and then passes between pts 4230 & 4620. When I say it's passable I mean for you & me, but not for a horse and this was probably a horse trail before it was hiking trail. Given that the current trail route makes more sense.
A few years ago we headed down Smokey Creek to do a climb of Pt. 5500 in the northern Puntas. Just looking at a topo trying to find a route over to that wash you were talking about (one that runs east/west to the north of Pt. 5500 in the Puntas) with the small pouroffs, we took a left at a place that we thought would be a good place to make our way over there as we were heading south on the Smokey Creek Trail. Lo and behold we found a trail that took us over a pass and back down to that wash. On that side there was a sign, but on the side we left from there wasn't. Was that trail we found the Smokey Creek trail? I can see someone missing it completely and continuing down the wash. Is there a big pouroff that would block your progress towards Mule Ears?
There is a sign on along the Smoky Creek trail at N29.17288 W103.35164. The Smokey Creek Trail turns NW here and crosses a ridge to hit the Smokey Creek drainage. There is no sign on the NW intesection. The trail can be missed in 2 place when hiking upstream (ie from Mule Ears.) The first place is at the "Lone Cottonwood Pouroff (N29.17782 W103.37174) and also at the "crossover trail" (N29.17754 W103.35580). Both are cairned, but they can be missed.I think this is what you were asking?
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