Scotty "C" and I headed out to hike down the length of Carrizo Gorge from the DeAnza Springs Resort to Egg mountain. We have been down in the Gorge several times before and knew what to expect, catclaw, reeds, water and plenty of solitude. We hiked about 2 miles on the tracks from DeAnza and then dived down into the thick of the catclaw where there were old remains of railway cars. There were about 4 sets of wheels and axles, a small car chassis and other debris. Along the way we also found two encampments with more debris. It was about 12 miles thru the Gorge to get to the end of the jeep road and then about another 7 miles on sandy jeep road to egg mountain. We got to the jeep road just before dusk and hiked the remaining 7 miles to the truck in the dark under an almost full moon. It was a perfect night for hiking without lights and we managed to pull this trip off in 12 hours.
Photos from the trip can be seen here
Scott knows there is catclaw down in the Gorge so he prepared his pack with anti catclaw plastic wrap
This is where we decided to drop down into the Gorge, about 2 miles from DeAnza
Some old railway debris on the side of the Gorge
Down in the Gorge Scotty "C" straps on the catclaw armor
Nice water pond area
Busting thru some carrizo
Old mining debris
Cholla and cactus forest
Down in the Gorge near Goat Canyon, two years ago this was flowing with water
Looking up at the train trestles and the two old railway cars that have fallen over the side. You can't actually see the big famous trestle from down in the Gorge, you need to climb up to see it.
A 98 second exposure of the jeep road as we hiked out at night under an almost full moon
Some pictographs I have not seen before
Mandatory scat photo
GPS Track Log from Google Earth
Total mylar balloons for this trip - 1
This was a great trip and a tough 19 miles in about 12 hours, more photos from the trip can be seen here
Would like to do this hike some time with you.ReplyDelete
Killer hike (as Daren's hikes always are!) fun stuff to see and a feeling of doing something big! Don't bother with "hedge trimmers" all you need is a pull saw when the going gets tough. I've got a couple sheets of red plastic left if anyone needs some! ;-)ReplyDelete
Awesome pictures and great place to explore. I love getting out into Carrizo Gorge. I haven't been there in ages but this makes me want to change that.ReplyDelete
By the way, where did you guys get that red plastic (armor) for your packs?
Thanks! I believe my friend got the plastic at Ridout Plastics in Kearney Mesa, it was pretty cheap and worked perfect!