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Old 06-15-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Santiago Peak

Just got back from Santiago Peak. Had a lot of fun. I am thinking about doing Broncos peak near Lake Morena on 6/29/13. Anyone interested?

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Old 06-15-2013, 01:58 AM   #2
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Or Anza Borrego?

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Old 06-15-2013, 03:14 AM   #3
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I may be up for Bronco's peak. I will know this week if I need to work that day.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:49 AM   #4
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Broncos peak will be fun
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New to the whole jeep world and really wanting to learn is there any easy trails to start on near here in San Diego really wanna jump in and don't know many jeep owners
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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Hi and welcome, we are very fortunate to live here in San Diego. San Diego has a lot of trails for OHV. A very good and easy trail to start is the one by Descanso. What part of town do you live?
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I live in Serra Mesa right up from the stadium was wanting to do some light trails tomorrow maybe
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I think the Trail off of Descanso is a light scenery trail. You will see a lot Tree sisters fall, Cedar Falls. What time were you thinking of going? Also, is it okay if I come a long?
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Dunno what time would be good to go around I was thinking like 10 and would love the company gonna bring the family with me
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:27 PM   #10
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10 is good just make sure to take a lot of water especially if you got little ones because the sun is really hot between 11 and 2pm. You guys will have a lot of fun and its very close. I will get you the directions later today. I am occupied till 2pm. I would love to join you guy after? Also, I am planning a trip on the weekend of 6-29 and 6-30. Let me know if you are interested?
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New to the whole jeep world and really wanting to learn is there any easy trails to start on near here in San Diego really wanna jump in and don't know many jeep owners
Christy, I live in North County but was a newbie in 2011; now I feel like an expert. There's hope for you! Depending on how far you want to drive here's some suggestions:

North County: 1) Nate Harrison Grade up to Palomar Mountain. Easy, fun, just rough enough to make it interesting. You'll beat the heat up there on a Saturday. 2) Pamo Valley, north of Ramona -- I think this is the best kept secret in the county. Beautiful canyon, incredible views, and the drive to the top of Black Mtn will be fun but still OK for a newb driving alone. My blog has lots of info but you won't find more in the forums.

East County: 1) McCain Valley, north of I-8, lots of info on forums and books. 2) Otay Mesa Truck Trail, near the border. Never done it myself but I hear it's a maintained trail. The Border Patrol will be cool.

Anza Borrego: 1) Canyon Sin Nombre - Arroyo Tapiado - Arroyo Del Diablo loop. You can have a great time with the family exploring the Mud Caves as well, and can camp. You'll have to use sat maps to scout out the route carefully but they're all labeled on Google Maps.

Good luck!
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I would recommend you stay out of the Anza Borrego area for now until late October. It is 100+ F out there right now and if you get stuck there is literally no one out there. Not even the rangers get out to the mud caves very often because it is too dangerous for them.
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Thanks Tom H going to look in to those going to try and go out on Sunday
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Thanks Tom H going to look in to those going to try and go out on Sunday
Christy, good luck and let me know how it comes out.

As for the other fellow's caution about Anza Borrego ... he's right to an extent. The desert is gorgeous in the early morning and if you're an early riser you can take the top off the jeep and have a delightful 4-6 hours of wheeling. This time of year I have my bikini top on and the desert is delightful with the bikini top even into the mid-90s because your head is shaded. You want to avoid an overheated engine of course. But doing some wheeling this time of year before noon ought to be just fine.

There's the other caution of course, about letting others know where you are. If you are driving an older model rig, which could lose a water pump or other kind of mechanical failure, you need to have a plan for getting out and someone needs to know your route, especially if it's in the desert in summertime. Don't recall if you were the lady with the Navy background, but each time you go out into remote areas have contingencies. Whenever I go out I require all passengers, as well as myself, to have hiking boots, some extra snacks, a backpack, and a sweatshirt. All in case we have a breakdown 10 miles from the highway and have to walk out. I also let my wife have a detailed map of my intended route, along with the contact info of the authorities (BLM, Border Patrol, State Park Agencies, etc.), and I give her an approximate check-in time.

I posted elsewhere on this forum the true story from last summer about a fellow who went out alone (no passengers, no second vehicle). He didn't come home after dark and his wife called authorities, but they didn't know where to look. He had gone out to Lake Sutherland (20 miles from his home in Rancho Penasquitos) and rolled his jeep off a shelf road into a brushy canyon. Two weeks later someone saw an upturned vehicle and they found him. It's entirely possible that he died not from the impact but from exposure, loss of blood, etc., and that he spent 24-48 hours alive, strapped into his vehicle with broken ribs, hoping for help that could not possibly find him. Kinda breaks your heart to think about it.
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:08 PM   #15
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Is anyone going out this weekend? Let me know; I'd be interested in trying out my new mods!
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I want to go but its going to be hot as hell
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Yes, I just checked the forecast for Anza Borrego: 117-118 Degrees! Ouch.
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Anza Borrego isn't anywhere near Santiago peak. From my understanding Anza Borrego for obvious reasons isn't well traveled this time of year and if you get in trouble you could be coyote bait.

Santiago peak won be that hot but its still going to be well over 100 up there this weekend. I think most wheeling is on hold down here for a few weeks haha. Pismo anyone?
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:31 PM   #19
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Was thinking to go out on sunday if anyone is interested
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:39 PM   #20
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I'd be up for something on Sunday. The only caveat is that my daughter has a recital at 9am, so I'd start from Encinitas after that finishes up, probably around 10:30am. As long as the trail isn't too far away, that should work. I've done Santa Ysabel Creek before; maybe Black Mountain Summit?
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I am totally up for whatever I will be bringing my 2 girls they love going
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Sounds great! My brother will likely join me and maybe one or more our kids. Will confirm tomorrow.
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Ok cool look forward to some funtimes.
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I will see how my sunday plays out but I may join you guys. It will be hot as hell but up high maybe not too bad. You going from the 74 side or Holy Jim side? Never been to the top.
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I will see how my sunday plays out but I may join you guys. It will be hot as hell but up high maybe not too bad. You going from the 74 side or Holy Jim side? Never been to the top.
Mike I don't think they are talking about Santiago peak in the OC or are they?
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Hi all, I was thinking something a little further south than OC: black mountain trail which is near Ramona. That said, the more, the merrier!
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I was thinking something like that also I live near Qualcomm stadium and dont wanna make a long drive after lol
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I was thinking something like that also I live near Qualcomm stadium and dont wanna make a long drive after lol
Cristy, where did you get to last Sunday?

BTW, Black Mountain trail in the Pamo Valley is one of my favorites and is a great trail for newbies. Rough and steep but not especially technical.

I'm doing an advanced intermediate trail tomorrow called Sawmill Truck Trail, in the San Jacinto Mountains. Wouldn't recommend it to you.
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I didn't get to goout forgot I promised my daughter I would take her to see monsters university. But going to be going out this sunday and brining the hubby with me
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Tom, thanks for the feedback re: black mountain trail! Cristy (and, of course, anyone else who would like to join), how about we meet tomorrow (Sunday) at noon at the Starbucks on Poway Road (12202 Poway Rd.). We can then head to Ramona from there. I'll send you a PM with my cell phone. If anyone else is interested, please reply to this message, and I'll coordinate with you.

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