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OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1

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OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« on: December 06, 2014, 10:32:36 PM »
making the second trip this year, first one was back in May, this one would be a version of The OML backpacking trip for the first week of November. Yes, this was the week the park had a lot of rain and for the most part bad weather.  However, we absolutely loved this trip, as the perfect blue sky views were non existent, but the feel and scenery was spectacular in the park that week. the low clouds, mist and fog, was such a rare sight, and we took it all in on our 30 mile adventure.

The plan: cache water at homer Wilson, head out from Dodson/juniper TH. Hit the Dodson, explore around ET, up Blue Creek, head into the Chisos, enjoy the rim, then head down juniper. we figured around 30-36 miles. we had 4-5 days, so we could do moderate hikes every day, no rush, no concerns.

to be continued..


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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2014, 10:38:13 PM »
Sounds great! Don't forget to give us some Photos.

Geezer

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2014, 08:02:14 PM »
After leaving water cache at Homer Wilson, we obtained backcountry permits and headed to the Juniper/Dodson trail head. The Glen Springs/Juniper roads were in good condition, we did meet a vehicle coming out. Short hike on the Dodson today, expecting a rainy day tomorrow, as we head towards ET.

As expected the rain came that night, actually, it was around 3:00 am. It was light, but steady ALL DAY LONG. Other than the rain, it was a decent temperature and not much wind. The

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2014, 08:07:00 PM »
The Dodson trail was great. The cloud cover made for not so good views, but the low clouds and fog were pretty majestic over the desert, and the mountains looked like they were on fire.   finding water was no issue as water was everywhere!.   Due to the weather, we changed our plans of exploring around ET as much as we would have liked.  we set camp, and prepared for a wet night, as the rain was not going to let up

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2014, 08:22:10 PM »
Rough night, we made it and began to head towards Homer Wilson to pick up our water, which we really did not need, but we were looking forward to taking some cover for a while as it was still raining, and dry out some of our gear.  We made it to the ranch and had our first contact with other people. no backpackers, just folks coming down from the road to see the ranch house.  we stayed put and spent most of the day there.  it was nice to re organize our gear and really just take a nice break. and just reflect on the trip so far.  The Dodson homestead was really cool, and all the water, was just a rare site.  some water was so clean it seemed like we didn't even need to filter. WE did though.  and I did bring my BearVault 450 to see how user friendly it would be- it was great. I don't pack much, and we cook no food, so packing it was not that big of an issue.  When we were checking in, the ranger did say that when it becomes policy they would rent them out, and I think she said December- don't hold me to that, but who knows.  and my buddy and I were able to make cell calls up by the road at the Wilson ranch, as my wife was thankful after the two days of rough weather.  we broke from the ranch and hiked up the blue creek as we made our way up to the Chisos...

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2014, 08:33:48 PM »
Nice report & pics -- cool shot of Red Rocks there.

Glad you had a good time.
John & Tess

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2014, 09:04:48 PM »
The hike up blue creek was amazing, no rain, but the dense fog was like a fine mist. as we gained elevation the temperature was dropping as we expected, but all was well. we pressed on to our campsite on the south rim. we were really anxious for tomorrow to hike the rim and head into boot canyon and down the juniper for our last leg of our trip. this would be the coldest night, as I recall that night and the next morning it was dense fog and around 36 degrees

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2014, 09:09:28 PM »
pic 1128 is a great shot.  Love it

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2014, 09:17:51 PM »
as we expected no clear views from the rim. the NE rim trail was in bad shape, and throughout the day we would see more trail damage as a result of the very wet weather the past 3 days. many trees fallen over trail









making our way down through the boot canyon, the sound of rushing water was beautiful. The canyon was such a sight, with the fall colors and the water flowing, we felt very special to be there at this particular time.

we pressed on towards the juniper trail




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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2014, 09:34:19 PM »
The juniper trail was fantastic, dense fog ,and the views were just stunning with the rolling fog.  just not the usual Bend blue sky views. many fallen trees on this trail. coming down towards the TH, it was such a wonderful experience, it was like we did not want it to be over. at the TH, there was a Sierra Club group getting ready to hit the Dodson, heading towards Mule Ear. we chatted a while about the all the rain. and they headed on.  We had Twisted Shoe for the last night, but we decided to head out and get a jump on getting home. We did decide to go check out the Hot Springs before leaving the park, just to see what it was like with all the rain, as we approached the Hot Springs Road it was closed.

This trip was better than our first one in May, we were glad to be in the park during all the wet weather, it just adds to the overall experience.  Lord willing we will be back in the winter maybe in February.  hope you all enjoy the report, and the rare pics of all the fog!

jake

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2014, 09:46:03 PM »
Wow, those fog shots make the place look so mysterious...  :icon_cool:

Thanks for sharing!  :icon_smile:

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2014, 11:02:00 PM »
Very nice.  The videos gave with the blowing fog provided a good perspective.  Kudos for the positive attitude for what most would have cursed.  It would have been nice to have sunshine at least the last day though!
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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2014, 12:09:58 AM »
pics 1170, 1188, 1190 & 1201...sweet!   :great:

And yeah, great attitude about all the rain...
John & Tess

"...and I'll face each day with a smile, for the time that I've been given's such a little while..." - Arthur Lee

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2014, 07:56:02 AM »
thanks for the comments guys.  sure the weather could have been better, but its good to be out in all conditions, it adds to our experience, its easy to backpack in "perfect weather", add some adverse conditions into the mix and see what your made of.  every day is a gift rain or shine hot or cold.  time is too short to complain...

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Re: OML: Dodson,Blue Creek,SouthRim,Boot,Juniper Canyon; part 1
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2014, 08:18:46 AM »
Awesome. Looks like y'all had a unique experience. I love the photos of the low clouds below the mountains!

 


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