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    NSR TR: Exploring Anza borrego

    Figured this would be more general interest than sprockets since the ride was mostly about checking out the views

    Took my bike for a pedal around Anza Borrego state park east of San Diego a couple weekends ago. I'd ridden part of this route before but wanted to check out some side canyons off Arroyo Tapadio. The route was Canyon Sin Nombre to Seco del Diablo to Arroyo Tapadio to South Carrizo Creek with a couple miles on pavement to close the loop. Anza Borrego is desert and badlands, with numerous washes that you can bike, moto or 4x4 through. Very cool scenery and lots of stuff to explore on foot as well.


    Pedaled the highway first as a warmup and to get it out of the way




    Canyon Sin Nombre starts with a fast sandy descent into the canyon before mellowing out




    Scenery is best at the top, after that it just winds through some generic canyons until you get dumped out in a flat wash area.




    The climb up Seco del Diablo is similar. It's a mellow 1-3% grade for about 9 miles up a meandering canyon. Kinda cool but not spectacular. Pic below is from the flat land at the head of the canyon, about to drop into Arroyo Tapadio




    Looking north over Arroyo Tapadio toward the Vallecito Mtns




    I dropped into Arroyo Tapadio and headed south. Didn't take long to come to the first side canyon.




    This one wasn't very long but I rode the bike up til I hit a blockage and then continued on foot




    Time to get off




    Lots of small blockages to climb over or under, but very cool.




    It kept getting narrower and narrower til it eventually got to a spot where I'd have to climb up 5-6 feet and squeeze around a tight corner to continue. So I retraced steps and continued on.




    The next side canyon started off wider and was much longer, close to 2/3 mi where I turned around


















    This one was never as narrow as the first but still very cool. This was where I had ditched the bike, the wash continued up the narrow cave and around a sharp corner.






    The Arroyo eventually dumped me back out into a flat wash area a couple miles from the bottom of Seco del Diablo






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    Ended the ride back to beers with a short pedal up/down South Carrizo Creek which was more of a double track than a wash. Lots of greenery with the recent rains. Its going to be a great wildflower season.




    Plenty of miles to explore out there as I get time. This one was 35mi. I might take the moto next time to allow more time for exploring side canyons and other points of interest.

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    Wow, cool geographic features there. Thanks for the pics!

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    NSR TR: Exploring Anza borrego

    Cool place.
    Well maybe I'm the faggot America
    I'm not a part of a redneck agenda

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    Thinking about hitting A-B over kids' spring break. Potentially too late for peak bloom, but should be cool either way.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    Sweet. I haven't been there in 30 years, amazing place.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
    iscariot

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    Quote Originally Posted by LightRanger View Post
    Thinking about hitting A-B over kids' spring break. Potentially too late for peak bloom, but should be cool either way.
    You never know as it depends when it actually peaks. But people are already hyping this year as another super bloom so you might want to avoid peak just for that reason.

    A couple years ago they had thousands of morons stuck in hours long traffic jams most of whom hadn't researched ahead of time where to actually go. And then they all got outraged when restaurants in Borrego Springs ran out of food due to the large crowds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evdog View Post
    You never know as it depends when it actually peaks. But people are already hyping this year as another super bloom so you might want to avoid peak just for that reason.

    A couple years ago they had thousands of morons stuck in hours long traffic jams most of whom hadn't researched ahead of time where to actually go. And then they all got outraged when restaurants in Borrego Springs ran out of food due to the large crowds.
    Heh. Good call. Would rather not deal with a shitshow.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest_Hemingway View Post
    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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