Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The Group W Bench
Pinyon Mt., Blair Valley overnight run, May 16-18, 2008
We're ready for another overnight trip. Next up is Little Blair Valley in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Blair Valley is off the S-2, a few miles south of the 78 or about 30 miles north of the I-8, easy to to get to from either direction. Easiest way to get there is through Julian, down the hill, turn right at Scissors Crossing at the S-2.
I will be at Blair Valley Friday afternoon and set up a site and plan to break camp late Sunday afternoon. I'll be putting a sign up at the entrance to Blair Valley with a glow-stick after dark for anyone coming late and I'll have a blue flashing light on the top of the RV for a locater.
This is remote, dry camping, no services are available, although there are "permanent" restrooms near-by. Access is relatively easy, larger RV's can get back in quite a ways. If you're bring an RV let me know and I'll set up closer to the road and find a spot with a level RV spot. Ground fires are not allowed so bring a metal, above-ground container if you want a campfire.
We will be close to Stagecoach campground (full hook-ups, pool and grocery store) and Aqua Caliente campground (full hook-ups, spa, store) if you want to bring an RV, you can also get a day pass for Aqua Caliente campground where there are showers and a hot springs spa.
Trails runs planned are Pinyon Mt (The Squeeze and Heart Attack hill), usually rated a 3. The "3" portion is actually a short run, maybe a mile or two, but it's a lot of fun. Some minor body damage is possible, especially to anything larger than a Wrangler, new JK's will scrape flares at the Squeeze. We will do lunch on the trail and then run down Fish Creek, up Diablo Dropoff, try to run up Sandstone Canyon if time permits.
If Vallecito Creek isn't too smelly we can play in the mud and visit the old stage stop and try to take a side-trip to the mud caves at Arroyo Seco Del Diablo and Arroyo Tapiado on Sunday. We may also try to get in a short night run down Mortero Wash and Pipkorn Slot on Saturday night.
It's gonna be fun, let me know if you can make the overnight or just the run.