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Seven Summits of San Ysidro East

 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 5:15 pm    Post subject: Seven Summits of San Ysidro East  Reply with quote

Sean, Dima, and I spent yesterday on a long cross country loop in Anza-Borrego. The high point of the day was San Ysidro Mountain East at 5386'. Six of the seven summits are on the Sierra Club San Diego peak list:

1. Ode BM ( SDC #93 )
2. Kay BM ( SDC #59 )
3. The Sirens ( SDC #43 )
4. San Ysidro East ( SDC #21 )
5. Tuck BM
6. Webo BM ( SDC #48 )
7. Ted BM ( SDC #84 )

The loop starts at a turn out on Montezuma Valley Road (S22), goes up one ridge and descends another. I brought pliers to remove cholla needles and had to break them out less than an hour into the hike. Ah, the desert. Ode came and went quickly, then we slogged up about 2000' to hit Kay. On the way, we spotted a group of bighorns that weren't afraid of anything. One was clearly tagged. After a short rest on Kay, we tackled The Sirens, the highest of several large piles of giant boulders. Dima zoomed ahead and found the best class 3 route to the top. Sean and I caught up after climbing the wrong boulder pile next door.


Sean on the way to Ode BM


Three bighorns on the ridge to Kay BM


Scrambling up to Sirens


Descending from our false summit, heading to Sirens


View from Sirens

Next up was San Ysidro East. Sean decided to skip Ysidro, and went over to Tuck, then up to wait for us on Webo. Dima and I dropped down and aimed up the most obvious gully, which turned out to be a treasure trove of deer parts. We found many antlers, 2 complete spines, and a couple of piles of various limbs, some with fur, some without. I stopped before the top of the gully to eat lunch, feeling drained and lethargic...and managed to lose my 2nd GPS in the same number of years. I guess it's a cost of doing business for me. Energized after eating, I caught up with Dima on Ysidro East to enjoy the buffet of views. We descended to Hellhole Flat, found the Tuck reference mark (but no benchmark), then made our final climb to Webo. Sean had inventoried the place and laid out the register, a geocache, and a water cache for us. The final destination was Ted, a flat spot on the descent ridge. We got there just before dark. We spent the last hour and a half dodging spiky things in the dark down the ridge and back to the car.


Ysidro East


Pile of deer parts


On the Ysidro East summit


Register


Heading toward Webo from Hellhole Flat


Sirens from Webo


Dima descending at dusk
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:46 pm    Post subject: Seven Summits Reply with quote

Really nice pictures! Thanks for posting.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing outing boys. Looks like a good time. Unsurprisingly, the view from my windowless office that day just wasn't quite as good.   Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! Love the sheep. If you spot any tradeish canyons, you will let me know correct Laughing ?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you spot any tradeish canyons, you will let me know correct


AW, I'm not sure what "tradeish" means.

Sean got very close to the bighorns, maybe as close as 20' at one point before they took off.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tekewin wrote:

AW, I'm not sure what "tradeish" means.


Good question Embarassed The best I can offer is "easier/easiest to adapt to". High scenic value like waterfalls, clear rock watercourses, slot canyons.
In this era, it would probably be not distinguishable in Google Earth.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AW,

Hellhole Canyon is just south of the ridge we descended. About 2.5 miles from the parking area is Maidenhair Falls. There is a palm oasis along the way. Many of the canyons in this area have palm stands.

http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/h...enhair-falls-anza-borrego-desert/

The more popular Palm Canyon is a couple of miles north. A full traverse of that would be a full day.
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