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8/15/2012
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A hike out into Storm Canyon before the Perseid Meteor Shower. Temperatures on my truck thermometer showed a high of 110 degrees. The humidity was thick.

Big thunderstorm clouds over the south part of the canyon, you can see Monument and Garnet Peaks off in the distance. I did get rained on and saw many lightning strikes. This is a 360 degree panorama photo.

Here is a link to the virtual 3D tour https://sites.google.com/a/sefcik.com/virtual-tours/storm-canyon



Found 2 old Coke bottles. Based on some research I did I believe they are probably from the early 1970's, bottle evolution #14. On one side is the name in script and on the other is only the word Coke. They are the 6.5 ounce bottles.

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There was a nice rock shelter with a single mortero out in front


Descending an unnamed small peak I saw some morteros at the base of the ridge


I love finding bony scat, here is a great find! Probably coyote


Here is a zoomed in shot, notice what looks like an entire limb with the joint and what looks like a couple of black whiskers poking out above to the right


The question nobody seems to be able to answer every time I ask is why do animals always crap in the holes in rocks or right on rocks obviously out of the way? This scat is beginning to take on the same colors as the rock around it


Rock Art comes in a variety forms, here is an example of a very controversial form known as a Yoni. You can decide for yourself, Yoni or not


Other forms are more widely accepted, modern or pre-historic


He looked like he was painted blue at some point so I DStretched him


Something a little more authentic

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I think this a Burrowing Owl burrow but I am no expert. For size reference you could probably roll a softball down this hole


Can't go hike in the desert without finding some mylar balloons, this was a 5 balloon wreck in the cactus


Total Mylar balloons this trip - (7)

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8/16/2012
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I saw this one last time I was in that area. Is the man with the crossed legs around there?
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8/16/2012
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mrkmc wrote:

I saw this one last time I was in that area. Is the man with the crossed legs around there?

Crossed Leg Man was more up into Storm Canyon, not too far away though. That is a great area, worthy of some overnight backpack trips.

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8/16/2012
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Would be a great place for a backpack and its BLM, but I think the typical trail head is state park, and day use only. I guess you could park on the highway and walk in for an overnight trip. I got my eye on peak 3902 for this coming season. (I dont head out in triple digits like you brave souls ) smile
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8/16/2012
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mrkmc, you are correct. I had thought about that before and figured I would park in the small turn out area south of the Vallecito Stage Station on the east side of the road and hike in from there. I have car camped there several times en route to other areas of the park. The hike in from the horse trailer parking area is not bad during cooler months. Of course like you said, you could just park on the side of the highway instead and save a couple miles.

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8/18/2012
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mrkmc wrote:
Would be a great place for a backpack and its BLM, but I think the typical trail head is state park, and day use only. I guess you could park on the highway and walk in for an overnight trip. I got my eye on peak 3902 for this coming season. (I dont head out in triple digits like you brave souls ) smile


Anything special with that peak? That could make an interesting loop trip thru Storm and Potrero Canyons.

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8/19/2012
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Looks like Google Earth has it mislabeled as Troutman Mtn. Peakbagger.com has it unofficially named as Storm Canyon Mountain. Last summit was on 5-12-2012 from Peakbagger.com.

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8/21/2012
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Nothing special about that peak. When I was looking at the map last time I went to that area I noticed it had a over 900' of prominence. Then I saw it was on peakbagger.com, so I have wanted to hike up there since. I have several random, remote peaks I want to check out this winter. I will let you know, maybe we can meetup for a hike.
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8/21/2012
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Nice trip Daren. The scat is great. My girlfriend recently found one on a hike we did near Comb's Peak. We had been finding the usual berry-filled coyote scats, with an occasional gopher skull embedded in them. Then, she found a much BIGGER scat nearby. This large scat had deer hooves in it. Later that day, as the light got lower and made finding tracks easier, we encountered several mountain lion prints on the trail.

Any details on the mileage of your trip? Water / salt consumption? Looks like you did some uphill walking, judging from the panorama. - Jim

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8/22/2012
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ziphius wrote:
This large scat had deer hooves in it.
Any details on the mileage of your trip? Water / salt consumption? Looks like you did some uphill walking, judging from the panorama. - Jim


Ahhh, the 'ol scat with hooves in it...nice...
Wasn't a big trip out, only had a few hours before it got dark so it was maybe 5-6 miles of poking around the base of the mountains with some scrambling up and down small outcrops. Probably drank about a gallon of water, no food or salt, didn't work that hard. Would like to go back and explore of that area.

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10/20/2016
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I've been looking at Storm Canyon and noticed a "residence"? out there? The storm canyon jeep trail goes by there and I was wondering if that is closed of to vehicular traffic? It looks like it's a wilderness study area? So I'm wondering what that "residence" is?
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http://www.anzaborrego.net/anzaborrego/Forum/topic793-another-shot-at-storm-canyon.aspx#post5270

Impatient Hiker says he went down to the floor and was along storm creek and I wanted to go check that out.
Anyone? Bueller?
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10/20/2016
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sddarkman619 wrote:
I've been looking at Storm Canyon and noticed a "residence"? out there? The storm canyon jeep trail goes by there and I was wondering if that is closed of to vehicular traffic? It looks like it's a wilderness study area? So I'm wondering what that "residence" is?

The residence is private property and the owner is very vocal about not trespassing. The surrounding land is a mix of BLM Wilderness/ABDSP
so that means no vehicles but foot travel is fine and enjoyable. The road is gated at Troutman mtn, there is a small day use only parking area.

Use the Land Management feature of caltopo.com to see where and what land is available for use.

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10/20/2016
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ahh cool feature,I've yet to explore all of the stuff on Caltopo, but one of my favorite map sites. Damn, I wanted to go check out that water source. Do you know if it's a spring?
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10/20/2016
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and thanks for that!
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10/20/2016
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where is the day use parking?
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10/20/2016
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sddarkman619 wrote:
where is the day use parking?
If you want to hike into the region via the 'hard man' route, you can pay the day use fee at Agua Caliente County Pk and then take the east-west canyon south of 'Burro Spring' that goes by the amphitheater near the day use parking. Some folks have parked at Vallecito County Park too. Or random spots along S2.

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10/21/2016
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Looks like a great trip, Daren except maybe the temp smile That's the "Blue Buddha??" Looks more like George Washington to me...
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