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Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8

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Re: Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8
« Reply #30 on: March 17, 2017, 09:54:37 AM »
Shorty, you explored a lot of hidden nooks and crannies of the park that I've never seen, and did it with style. You are a Bender, for sure. This report was a delight to read (and look at!) from start to finish. Really, really well done.  Can't wait for your MDA tale.
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Re: Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8
« Reply #31 on: March 17, 2017, 08:34:23 PM »
Final thoughts:

This was a great trip. Every day had multiple highlights. In fact, every day was mostly or entirely highlights.  There are a few brief stretches where the terrain is tough, e.g. Jack's Pass and Dominguez Mountain, but otherwise the hiking is very comfortable, and the scenery is always outstanding. It was a great intro to the Sierra Quemada, and I'm already mapping out other routes through this area for a future trip. I would have liked to have had longer to hang out in a few areas, but overall I have no regrets, as I packed a lot into a four-day period.

Someday I would like to just base camp in the Mule Ears/Smokey Spring areas and spend a few days exploring the various washes. If the OML is too crowded, and you can use a map and compass, just head down to Mule Ears and you won't be disappointed.

Most valuable piece of gear: a good pair of tweezers. And it wasn't because of large cactus spines. I got a few of those, but they pulled out pretty easily with my fingers. The bigger issue was that somewhere on the climb down from Jack's Pass, I must've come in contact with a particular plant that left tons of tiny little splinter-like needles on my clothing and hiking gloves. I was literally stopping every five or 10 minutes over the next three hours to pull one of these out of my hands.

Before this trip, I was concerned about whether my low-cut, mesh trail runners would provide my feet and ankles with enough protection. It turned out to be a nonissue. What I needed was a good pair of shin guards  ;).

Breakdown of my 36.5 miles (estimated):

Day 1: 1.5
Day 2: 9.5
Day 3: 7 (Dominguez Mountain day)
Day 4: 11.5
Day 5: 7

I'll have more comments on gear and the week as a whole at the end of my MDA trip report.
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Re: Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2017, 08:59:50 PM »
Those tiny little splinter like needles we nicknamed "satan's spurs",  If we are talking about the same thing, they are in the creek beds and are on some tall grass at elbow height.  They have the unique property of breaking off in your skin if not pulled out the right direction and stick quite nicely to synthetic clothes. 

"If it was easy, everybody would be out there"      Good Times! 

The Quemadas  never disappoint, and thanks for the pictures.
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Re: Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8
« Reply #33 on: September 18, 2017, 07:12:44 PM »
Wow.  :eusa_clap:  What a great trip report. Personally, I've only made it as far as Mule Ears Spring (in July) so I really enjoyed seeing the areas that you hiked in. And I'm only 6 months late  :eusa_dance:

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Re: Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8
« Reply #34 on: September 18, 2017, 09:28:58 PM »
Wow.  :eusa_clap:  What a great trip report. Personally, I've only made it as far as Mule Ears Spring (in July) so I really enjoyed seeing the areas that you hiked in. And I'm only 6 months late  :eusa_dance:
Thanks!
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Re: Sierra Quemada/Mule Ears Figure 8
« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2017, 09:44:04 PM »
Thanks for resurrecting this thread.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

 


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