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FishPOET

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Posted: 11/04/09 01:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tracy had wanted to do a Nightmare Gulch run on Halloween last year but things just didn't work out. We made it happen this year.

Tracy and I left La Habra at 1pm on Friday October 30. We met up with Stephan & Sonia and headed for Red Rock Canyon State Park. RRCSP We stopped in Jawbone Station at 4:30pm to inquire about dispersed camping in RRCSP. Jawbone Canyon We were informed the only camping in RRCSP is in Ricardo Campground. We decided to try to find a quite spot in Jawbone Canyon. We found our spot near the water pipeline on the southern edge of Jawbone Canyon.

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We had some neighbors a hundred yards away but they did not bother us and we did not bother them. It turned out to be a fine campsite.

We had a campfire Friday night for a short while and called it an evening around 8pm.

Saturday morning found us at the Nightmare Gulch trailhead at 9:30am. We decorated the Black Pearl for Halloween and of course I was a pirate and Tracy was a wench.

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Nightmare Gulch has a very limited window of opportunity. It is completely closed from February 1 through June 30. From July 1 to January 31 it is open the 1st half of each month to pedestrians and equestrians. The 2nd half of each month it is open to motorized travel.

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Tracy was passing out candy to everyone along the trail
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This was my first time on Nightmare Gulch and it is an amazing trail. It has challenging terrain, fabulous geology, and all-around awesome scenery.

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More photos can be seen here and here

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The Nightmare Gulch trail ends in last Chance Canyon. We had lunch in Last Chance Canyon. After lunch we found a fun hill climb.

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We headed North to Bickel Camp.

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Walt Bickel's Cabin
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Bickel Camp was very interesting. We left Bickel Camp and headed South through Last Chance Canyon. The V Notch was fun.

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We finished up last Chance Canyon around 3pm and then it was back to camp for some Halloween cheer around the campfire.

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Posted: 11/04/09 04:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice report - great 4x4 shots. Think you could get a full-sized hard sided TC up that little gully? [emoticon] Just kidding!

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Love the shots in the V..."Have jeep, will travel" Thanks for posting [emoticon]


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Sunday morning 11/1 found us back on the trail in Black Rock Canyon. Black Rock Canyon sits just outside the now closed section of RRCSP.

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After Black Rock Canyon we headed for Opal Canyon and the Barrett Opal Mine.

We found a few very small Opals.
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We were back at camp at 1pm. Home at 5pm. The weather was warm and sunny during the day, windy and chilly at night. It was a fabulous weekend in the desert.

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Posted: 11/04/09 01:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice pics! Dont know why its called Nighmare Gulch, gota wonder but it is just an amazing-inspiringly beautiful lil canyon.


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Posted: 11/04/09 07:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found the treasure and got some Captain Morgan in you.

Thanks for the Nightmare views.


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Posted: 11/04/09 05:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very cool - I've never heard of Nightmare Gulch, but it looks like a great ORV area. Nice costumes, especially your ride. Boo!


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Posted: 11/04/09 05:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Somebody knows how to scare up some fun, and maybe some spirits were seen around the campfire...in a glass. Great off-road shots in the Killer Jeep from Outerspace you folks really did Halloween proud.

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