Wednesday, February 18, 2015
After breakfast this morning, Yuma and I headed about 10 miles east on S22 to the Calcite Mine Trail. I walked this trail last year and said I would never do it again, and this year I say for sure I will never hike it again. I am sitting here at the table with my feet in cold water. I think tomorrow will be strictly jeep travel.
You can walk the very rough jeep trail up to the mine area which is about 2 miles or you can take the longer route and go through the ravine and then up and around to the mines. We, of course, took this longer route.
The badlands is full of these ravines made by the rain run off going through these mud mountains. One could easily get lost in the spider web of ravines in this area.
I’m going to let my photos of the hike do the talking.
The light reddish area to the right of the X is about 2 miles away. That is our goal for the day.
However, we are going down to the first ravine and turn left and follow the ravine that goes around to the side of that area. At first the ravine is fairly wide. However, about 3/4 mile down, the ravine narrows. An arch announces that we are entering the narrows.
There are large boulders everywhere. In some places you crawl over and in other places you crawl under.
We finally reach the top of the ravines and are walking along a trail that has ravines on both sides. I am now looking back to the west towards Borrego Springs at those mountains in the background.
Remember that red X in the first photo, well there it is, just a few ravines over. From the top of that I will be able to see all around.
Found it!. There is the rough jeep road that goes up to the calcite mine area. If I was smart, I would go right and back to the jeep; but not me and Yuma. We love torture, so we follow the road left upwards.
The normal 4 wheel jeep like mine could never make it up this road. It would take one with independent axles like the rock climber jeeps have.
I better stop now. This blog is getting over the top with my photos. Of course, I have many more, but ….
See you later.