Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Island - Inko BM

Headed back out to The Island yesterday to try and find the Inko Benchmark. It is one of several that are not marked on most maps but can be found as peak 2222 on the USGS topo maps. It was another hot day out, probably 100+ again. I parked where some shooting debris was and headed up into the boulders eventually picking up an old indian trail that had several roasting pits along the way. Some great views and this was another seldom visited BM as the register was only 2 small pages with a few sign ins....Monday Manics strike again.

Most of the route was straight thru SDG&E power lines, this is some rugged terrain.

Here is one of the hadnful of roasting pits I found with the powerline tower in the background

Great views up on the Inko peak, here is looking at the windfarm in Ocotillo

Highway 8 west and Devil BM peak

Here is looking south at Myer Valley and Slant Peak

There was one mine pit near the peak, there is supposed to be another but I did not see it.

Pottery, slicks, mortars, metates, etc all checked in this trip as well

Wildlife noted were a variety of birds, lizards, antelope squirrels, the rest had the good sense to hide in the shade for the day.

Total Mylar balloons this trip - 0 (we must be making a dent in them!)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Island

When you drive the 8 highway between Ocotillo and Jacumba you can see "The Island" between the East & West bound lanes of the highway. There is one exit on the The Island named Mountain Springs. There is a lot of rugged terrain to explore from that exit, Devils Canyon, In-Ko-Pah Gorge, Myer Creek to name just a few places. This trip I decided to go try and find the Devil benchmark located on a peak just east of the Devils Canyon #2 bridge. It was a pretty warm day, maybe 100 degrees or so, not too bad. This is a relatively easy BM to get to, my total mileage hiking was about 2.5 miles and elevation gain/loss was about 800'. Most maps will not have this named as Devil BM but it is marked as peak 2532. There are several other BM's in the area to find as well.

There are some great views from the peak, or at least there all you see are wind turbines

The migrants coming from Mexico have used this peak as route north as evidenced by the abandoned backpacks and water bottles everywhere. I am still amazed at some of the remote and rugged areas of the desert I find their discards, they are some tough and determined folks.

Looks like the BM register was established in 1998

Last entry was 2010 so I guess not a very popular destination.
BTW, is there ANYWHERE the Monday Maniacs don't go???

Looking off towards the west you can see the Mountain Springs area, lots of SDG&E power line towers and the infamous Desert View Tower

All of the usual desert suspects were around
Mortars, slicks, pottery and such

Kit Kat Scat

Highway vehicle debris

And of course our BFF of the desert, mylar balloons

Total Mylar Balloons this trip: 2 (1 per mile)