Chorro Grande Dash: 4/23-24/2016

I’m trying to hit some of the trails that I have not done before so for this Dash trip I found myself in the upper reaches of highway 33 climbing almost 3,000 feet to Chorro Springs Camp. The first part of the trail goes up, over and through a sandy wash, where the effects of the 2006 Day fire can still be seen.

love all the different colors.

love all the different colors.

The wash was rich with wildflowers

The wash was rich with wildflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

waiting trees

waiting trees

black sticks, red rocks, blue sky

black sticks, red rocks, blue sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It was a windy day and the higher I climbed the windier it became. And, I hate the wind. Especially this wind that pushed me left and then right and then forward and then backward. BUT wind keeps bugs away and as much as I hate the wind I think I hate little black flies buzzing around my head more. So rather than curse the wind I tried to become one with the wind….AND soon I forgot all about the wind as the rock formations became more interesting, the flowers more intense and the views more expansive.

Fields of gold

Fields of gold

 

great rock formations

great rock formations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This area hasn't burned in years.

This area hasn’t burned in years.

I followed an old trail until it ended in a tangled mess of poison oak.

I followed an old trail until it ended in a tangled mess of poison oak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 6,000 feet the air smells like the Sierra and the Pines begin to show themselves.

At 6,000 feet the air smells like the Sierra and the Pines begin to show themselves.

 

Looking down into the Sespe drainage.

Looking down into the Sespe drainage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we are talking! In the trees!

Now we are talking! In the trees!

 

Camp! A great place for a fire with lots of wood....but too much wind. I don't want to burn the forest down.

Camp! A great place for a fire with lots of wood….but too much wind. I don’t want to burn the forest down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spring was hardly flowing. Usually is gushes out between the two big boulders.

The spring was hardly flowing. Usually is gushes out between the two big boulders.

Lots of silt in the water, so filtering was slow. Water was cold and delicious!

Lots of silt in the water, so filtering was slow. Water was cold and delicious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On this trip I field tested yet another tent! This tent weighs just under 2 pounds and uses a traditional pole system rather than my trekking poles. It is also double walled with a detachable rain fly. But my favorite feature is the side entry door….it is so much easier maneuvering and getting in and out of a tent from the side rather than the front. Not sure if I’m going to keep it…still need to do some more testing.

Nemo Hornet Tent

Nemo Hornet Tent

I tucked in behind a boulder to get out of the wind.

I tucked in behind a boulder to get out of the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green tent, green sleeping bag, I felt like I was in a pea pod.

Green tent, green sleeping bag, I felt like I was in a pea pod.

After I set up camp I hiked the last mile up to Pine Mountain Car Camp, still closed for the winter. The wind at the top was crazy blowing in every direction.  I was happy to get back to my camp where the wind was only blowing in two directions and only swirled every now and again. I explored around camp and found some great boulders to climb. This dash trip was a great workout for the Sierra and even better I felt like I was in the Sierra nestled under the pines. Once in my Pea Pod I  listened to the wind howl and bang like some unwanted guest trying to get inside.

Happy Trails!

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