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post #16 of 25 Old 11-28-2011, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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I walked upper sections of a real tricky hillclimb that must be negotiated. Once again, my fear of tire slippage encouraged me to get out of the Jeep and walk up the entire hill to examine road conditions.:!:


Our group made it up the hill and now, we are dropping into a tricky section of trail which is well worn and requires careful attention to tire placement.




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post #17 of 25 Old 11-28-2011, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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After crossing the 0.6mi. Arroyo Grande, our group traveled toward Hwy 5. We arrived to the pavement at 4:30 pm and all ended well with Huitzi/Agustin traveling north to Highland, CA and Joe/Greg traveling south to San Felipe.


The lonely Laguna Salada
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The road to Caņon del Diablo

Benny and Avi are a pair of new amigos that we met on the JustRuns.com 4WD Club. Their vehicle is a 1990s Toyota Land Cruiser that is in PRISTINE CONDITION. For that reason, they DID NOT DARE take this vehicle on the POLE LINE ROAD.

Leidys looked at the PEARL WHITE running boards and told me, "This vehicle would be deteriorated after traveling on THE ROAD with us, yesterday."

Here is our vehicle as they saw it parked in front of Motel Diamante, north of San Felipe.


Our destination lie to the right of this photo where a large inlet provides an easy hike into the Caņon del Diablo.


The Junction leading towards the Laguna del Diablo.


Traveling West towards our destination.


The road becomes a track across sand dunes which can become problematic for 2WD vehicles.




Behind this peak is the massive Picacho del Diablo.

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As we arrived near our destination, we needed to check our location against the Baja California Almanac.


Back on track, we saw wildlife up close - just like if we were in a nature preserve.



Ascending the escarpment of Caņon del Diablo, the vegetation became more green in color as if watered more frequently.

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The hiking area contains a nice staging area where we parked our vehicles and loaded up on water before making the hike. Here is Benny and Avi's Toyota Land Cruiser parking in the wide staging space.


Parked, and on our way up!
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Hiking the Caņon del Diablo



Leidys kept up well!



Benny struggling up the massive canyon with a smile on his face.


Avi followed Leidys up most of the canyon.


Stopping for a nice family photo.:bounce:



She was the first to comment on this old tree that was bearing leaves and a sturdy bark.


Benny and Avi standing next to the same tree.


Now, it was my turn for a photo!


One more of Benny and Avi.


Getting carried away with photos!:lol:
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We could not proceed because the water caused there to be only water where I had previously was able to walk up sandy inclines.



Passing this series of boulders would be difficult. There were very few options, so we decided to proceed no further.


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After a brief look at the nature in this canyon, we decided to return to our vehicles at the staging area and travel the mud-covered Laguna Diablo.



Back at the staging area, we're ready for the long road to Ensenada.

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The high banks of the Laguna Diablo trail.



Here comes Avi and Benny!


The mud-hardened Laguna del Diablo.



My shock absorber had lost its' hardware. Before airing up the tires, I reinstalled everything by the light of the sun (thankfully).



Looking back at the Laguna del Diablo and the Caņon del Diablo.


Airing up the tires.


A roadside shrine.


Benny and Avi watching me air up the tires before we said our, "Goodbye's".
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Later that night, we reached Ensenada!
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