|2nd rattle snake I found, he rattled around 100 decibels
|1st rattle snake I saw, about 4' or more
|Our Trip Outlined in Google Earth - Green was the planned route, yellow was the actual route we traveled
|Scott is ready to go witha the machete and all
|Small wind blown caves near Balance Rock
|This is the alluvial fan we descended. You can see Carrizo Gorge at the bottom left, we followed that once we were down
|Cool rocks on the alluvial fan going down into Carrizo Gorge
|Small wind blown caves going down the alluvial fan from Peak 3679
|Scott whacking a path thru the thorny brush
|Check out how the flat piece to the left of Scott fits right up into the large mass of rock
We stopped at the water flow and ate some lunch. There was a nice small water fall with a big flat area to lounge. We really saw no sign of human usage of the canyon or mountain areas until we were close to Carrizo Gorge rd.
|Having some lunch near the water fall area
|This small water fall is in quad 31 of the Jacumba topo
|Me near some water flow in the creek, at the bottom of Groan peak (Does that hat make me look fat??)
|These "jumping" cactus balls where everywhere and I got them twice, I had to use a machete and rock to pry it off my leg
On our way back we kept stopping to look at more rocks and half way up the alluvial fan I almost stepped on our 2'nd Diamondback of the day and even with the wind blowing so hard that I had to hold my hat I could hear the unmistakable sudden and loud rattle of the snake just a couple of feet away. I ran...fast. Scott went back and took a picture. I decided it was getting late and we needed to move faster so we just started hoofing it back. It was way,way,way windy, like the windy when you can't hear your own voice when you are talking. We got to the bottom of Cry Baby Hill and started the cllimb, the truck awaited us at the top.
Ten hours after we started in the morning, 5900' of elevation gain and 10 miles later we were back at the truck...damn that was a long hike. Good times for sure. Thanks for hanging out with me again Scott.
|Full elevation map of the hike