by Sean
13 Feb 2018, 19:30
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Cottonwood Benchmark & Peak 4425
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Cottonwood Benchmark & Peak 4425

That's interesting. I see bits of wood and wire near benchmarks often, but I never knew why. This answers that question. After researching this some more, I think the structure is called a signal. A signal basically consists of a pole supported by a frame and wire. It is used to locate the station ...
by Sean
12 Feb 2018, 01:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EisPiraten's Group Hike - February
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: EisPiraten's Group Hike - February

Okay, let's do the Upper Eaton Canyon loop on February 25 (Sunday) and meet at Eaton Saddle by 8am. Again, this hike will involve about two miles of off-trail scrambling inside a canyon. The group will stick together while off-trail. So let me know if you plan to come. Otherwise we won't know to wai...
by Sean
11 Feb 2018, 19:49
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Cottonwood Benchmark & Peak 4425
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Re: Cottonwood Benchmark & Peak 4425

tekewin wrote:I was there for Monument Peak three years ago.
I told Cecelia that you did Monument, and she was wondering if there are lots of cool cacti on that ridge? We saw a good variety en route to Cottonwood.
by Sean
11 Feb 2018, 18:29
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Flora of the Desert Divide
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Flora of the Desert Divide

According to a free map at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, the boundary between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts runs right through the Cottonwood Mountains. So I guess these plants were found generally along that divide. Feel free to correct me if I misidentify any of them. DSC03515.JPG Mojave Yucca...
by Sean
11 Feb 2018, 16:27
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Cottonwood Benchmark & Peak 4425
Replies: 6
Views: 183

Cottonwood Benchmark & Peak 4425

Cecelia and I wanted to explore the desert yesterday, so we packed up the SUV and made the long drive to Joshua Tree National Park. It was her first time hiking in the area. DSC03438.JPG We stopped at the Cottonwood Visitor Center and bought little tourist items. I spoke with a ranger to get some in...
by Sean
10 Feb 2018, 01:14
Forum: News & Conditions
Topic: Gabrielino Trail (Santa Anita - West Fork - Arroyo Seco)
Replies: 88
Views: 12.0K

Re: Gabrielino Trail (Santa Anita - West Fork - Arroyo Seco)

The Forest Service posted this on FB: Screenshot_20180209-170329.png Then people started questioning whether the Switzer to Oakwilde segment was still closed. An hour later the FS replied: Screenshot_20180209-171536.png Screenshot_20180209-172115.png Is it legal for the FS to permanently close a tra...
by Sean
07 Feb 2018, 07:04
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: WEBSITES - Post links to useful websites!
Replies: 102
Views: 20.0K

Re: WEBSITES - Post links to useful websites!


jeko1034 wrote:Here is a website which shows the "heatmap" for routes taken by people using the Strava App.
Neat. This area looks super popular...

by Sean
06 Feb 2018, 19:18
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Baldora, Gold Dollar, San Antonio Ridge
Replies: 11
Views: 394

Re: Baldora, Gold Dollar, San Antonio Ridge

You sure packed a lot into that trip. Thanks for the fascinating report. Anybody know how to trim back yucca quickly? Grab a clump of blades and cut them with a Rambo knife, or try a small folding saw. That's how I do it now. Loppers were slow and unreliable for such work. Is this the forest service...
by Sean
04 Feb 2018, 15:18
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitney lotto
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Whitney lotto

What if everyone in the group enters the lottery with everyone's name included, but you each try for different dates? I don't think that should count as cheating.
by Sean
04 Feb 2018, 07:57
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: My Discovery along the North Ridge of Iron
Replies: 16
Views: 574

Re: My Discovery along the North Ridge of Iron

If you were where I think you were, based on the topography in your photos, then it's most likely the remains of a miner's shelter from the old gold rush days. The site appears on an old map from 1903. That should be enough info for serious folk to find it. Email or PM me for details. This location ...
by Sean
04 Feb 2018, 06:26
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Pikes Peak Drive & Hike - Colorado
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Pikes Peak Drive & Hike - Colorado


JeffH wrote:I think I see a little resemblance in the last two photos.
That probably explains why everyone in Colorado Springs was staring at me with their mouths open.
by Sean
03 Feb 2018, 18:38
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EisPiraten's Group Hike - February
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: EisPiraten's Group Hike - February

To get the conversation started about hike options, I'll throw out Eaton Saddle-->Upper Eaton Canyon-->Idlehour Trail-->East Mt. Lowe Trail-->Eaton Saddle. By my calculations this option would be about 8.5 miles (around 2 of which are XC) with 2800' of gain. (That includes a secret side trip.) It s...
by Sean
02 Feb 2018, 06:29
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Whitney lotto
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: Whitney lotto

Am I missing something? They make you provide the names of everyone in your party for the lottery?
by Sean
01 Feb 2018, 08:13
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Alpine Canyon Exploration (CA-39)
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Alpine Canyon Exploration (CA-39)

Here is an even closer look at the landslide area. IMG_20180130_153147990.jpg It appears that there was so much debris that it spread across the entire width of the canyon and piled over the floor maybe 150 feet high. Since then water and gravity have shifted much of the material further downstream.
by Sean
01 Feb 2018, 06:25
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Alpine Canyon Exploration (CA-39)
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Re: Alpine Canyon Exploration (CA-39)

I forgot to mention perhaps the most interesting aspect of this canyon. It contains one of the largest and oldest landslide features in the Gabes. You've probably noticed it while driving up the 39, but here is a closer look. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180201/fb2ce64fc351706824f45a9b35f02c00...
by Sean
31 Jan 2018, 23:55
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: Tapatalk/My Free Forum database migration
Replies: 23
Views: 861

Re: Tapatalk/My Free Forum database migration

Until further notice do not try to edit your posts in the Tapatalk app. Your photo attachments might disappear. They are working on fixing the issue. Thanks.
by Sean
31 Jan 2018, 22:39
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Alpine Canyon Exploration (CA-39)
Replies: 4
Views: 133

Alpine Canyon Exploration (CA-39)

I drove up the North Fork of San Gabriel Canyon along Hwy 39, looking for something new to do. Alpine Canyon fit the bill. It runs below Pigeon Ridge, between Maple and Cloudburst, two other canyons that still need exploring. There is a turnout where the road crosses Alpine. The start of this XC adv...
by Sean
31 Jan 2018, 19:05
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EisPiraten's Group Hike - February
Replies: 11
Views: 479

EisPiraten's Group Hike - February

We've done this a couple times before, so let's do it again! Members and their friends are invited to join the EisPiraten group hike. Let me know if you prefer February 24 or 25, and throw down some trip ideas for consideration and debate! Let's keep it to around ten miles with 2-3k gain. Also, we'v...
by Sean
29 Jan 2018, 18:08
Forum: The Pub
Topic: The San Gabriel Pet Section
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: The San Gabriel Pet Section

I have a Pomeranian name Denver. Looks like a nice pet. I don't have a dog named Denver, but I have a picture of a statue of John Denver holding his pet bird. DSC02779.JPG Bonus points if you know where that statue is located. Your wife might know since she is from Denver. I'm a cat person myself. ...
by Sean
29 Jan 2018, 01:41
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: Tapatalk/My Free Forum database migration
Replies: 23
Views: 861

Re: Tapatalk/My Free Forum database migration

Should my same login info work or do I need to set up a completely new Tapatalk login? If you're trying to use the Tapatalk app, I think you set up a Tapatalk ID and then look up EisPiraten and log in via the app. The app then stores your login info. If you're not on the app, but only the mobile pl...
by Sean
28 Jan 2018, 20:36
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Exploring the Station Ridge Trail
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: Exploring the Station Ridge Trail

Very cool. Do you think the trail predated the highway?
by Sean
28 Jan 2018, 06:22
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Islip Canyon To Silver Mountain
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Islip Canyon To Silver Mountain

Very cool, did you just find a random pull out along the 39 near the canyon? There is a nice turnout at the canyon entrance. It's on the west (left) side about a half-mile before the road that goes down to the San Gabriel Dam. What would you say the ratio was of stuff you could stay in the canyon f...
by Sean
27 Jan 2018, 11:48
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Purple Nightshade
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Purple Nightshade

Blooming in Islip Canyon.

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by Sean
27 Jan 2018, 09:26
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Islip Canyon To Silver Mountain
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Islip Canyon To Silver Mountain

Taco goes down these things , and I try to go up them. DSC03223.JPG Yeah, yeah, danger zone, blah, blah... DSC03225_stitch.jpg Looks like smooth sailing. DSC03230.JPG Doh! Water alert. Maybe not so smooth sailing. DSC03246_stitch.jpg What the... DSC03259.JPG Hey, look, a waterfall that I can't climb...
by Sean
25 Jan 2018, 16:08
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: San Gabriel Dam Trail
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: San Gabriel Dam Trail

tekewin wrote: Nice find. It looks like you could walk right out onto the dam.
It seems you could, but I can't say for certain. I didn't snoop around the tank, where the trail hits a paved road. There were a couple workers down there about a hundred feet away.
by Sean
25 Jan 2018, 06:40
Forum: The Pub
Topic: The Humor Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: The Humor Thread

WilliamCross wrote:The midget strip club down the street is hiring..

They must be short staffed.
IRS agents are investigating the club. They suspect that employees are being paid under the table.

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by Sean
25 Jan 2018, 05:27
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: San Gabriel Dam Trail
Replies: 7
Views: 244

Re: San Gabriel Dam Trail

Did you come across any large benchmarks cemented in corrugated pipe? No, but I wasn't looking for benchmarks. There are none listed on my maps. The 1940 topo shows a spot elevation along the ridge at 1758', but all the BMs near the reservoir are along the San Gabriel Canyon Road. Also, the firebre...
by Sean
24 Jan 2018, 20:04
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: San Gabriel Dam Trail
Replies: 7
Views: 244

San Gabriel Dam Trail

I can't find any write-ups about this trail, which is a bit odd, because it's clearly visible from San Gabriel Canyon Road. The lack of interest in it, however, could be due to its steepness, obscure trailhead, or also the fact that it dead-ends at the San Gabriel Dam, so that after dropping 1650' i...
by Sean
24 Jan 2018, 18:17
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Bizarre Death In Glacier National Park
Replies: 20
Views: 437

Re: Bizarre Death In Glacier National Park

Lack of verifiable sources. "photos taken by a brother of a friend of an OutdoorLife editor " Anonymous sources are not uncommon in the media. Maybe the photographer doesn't want to be identified. So it boils down to the reputation of OutdoorLife. Do they post a lot of fake news? If someone staged ...
by Sean
24 Jan 2018, 17:37
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Where Am I?
Replies: 9
Views: 208

Re: Where Am I?

Were you on the trail just below Tom Sloane Saddle?
by Sean
22 Jan 2018, 17:48
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Orchard Camp via headlamps!
Replies: 16
Views: 375

Re: Orchard Camp via headlamps!

Welcome back and thanks for the report! Fog hikes are neat and can result in some cool photos, like that last one. I haven't been on the old trail in ages. I'm glad they put up that sign for the connector to Jones. Maybe it'll stop people from using that junction as a bathroom.
by Sean
22 Jan 2018, 17:31
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Red Rocks & Lookout Mtn Colorado Christmas Vacation Day 3
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Red Rocks & Lookout Mtn Colorado Christmas Vacation Day 3

After Red Rocks and Lookout, we drove higher into the Rockies to a mountain town called Georgetown. They have an old narrow gauge railroad attraction which took us through the snow-covered wilderness to an old mine site and station house. DSC02893.JPG Parking at the train station. DSC02932_stitch.jp...
by Sean
21 Jan 2018, 20:45
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Smith Mountain 5111'
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Smith Mountain 5111'

"The USGS summit marker reads Headlee, the name the peak went by in the 1930s." Excuse me but I got this info from Hikes Peak. https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/smith-mountain/ Unfortunately Hikespeak provides no reference for their claim. The Sierra Club, however, claims that Smith Mountain appears...
by Sean
21 Jan 2018, 17:47
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PHOTOS - Post or link to pictures!
Replies: 317
Views: 50.1K

Re: PHOTOS - Post or link to pictures!

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Cecelia summons the courage to walk across frozen Lake George in Colorado.
by Sean
21 Jan 2018, 03:30
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Little Jimmy & Mt Islip
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Re: Little Jimmy & Mt Islip

I feel cold from just reading your report. Reminds me of the time my car wouldn't start in the freezing cold at Ice House Canyon. I coasted downhill in neutral and got a jump-start at Baldy Lodge. Now I feel bad for not buying the dude a hot chocolate.

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by Sean
21 Jan 2018, 02:32
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Smith Mountain 5111'
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Smith Mountain 5111'

Any idea where this resort was? La Cienega is marked on this 1941 map in the North Fork. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180121/cbdb8f79e2e05beb6845b71317b3da08.jpg I'm not sure if the current, existing cabins at this location were part of Headlee's resort or not. But there are also ruins of old...
by Sean
20 Jan 2018, 21:06
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Orchard Camp, Old Mt Wilson trail
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: Orchard Camp, Old Mt Wilson trail

Someone should try to count the growth rings to see how old it was.
by Sean
18 Jan 2018, 18:15
Forum: The Pub
Topic: The Humor Thread
Replies: 9
Views: 166

Re: The Humor Thread

Last week I was hiking through the Narrows of the San Gabriel River. It was after a big rain, so the water level was higher than usual. I turned a corner and started wading through the river. At the midway point I looked up and noticed a woman squatting over a patch of sand on the bank. She had drop...
by Sean
15 Jan 2018, 02:08
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: turning off "trending" emails?
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: turning off "trending" emails?


bcrowell wrote:Hmm....I tried the unsubscribe link, but it didn't seem to do anything.
Perhaps try again. When I hit the unsubscribe link on a trending email, I got this message just now...



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by Sean
13 Jan 2018, 23:33
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: turning off "trending" emails?
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: turning off "trending" emails?

So it looks like a generic blast to registered members rather than new post announcements. Hopefully unsubscribing will stop them, but let us know if that doesn't work.

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by Sean
13 Jan 2018, 21:44
Forum: Admin & Tech Support
Topic: turning off "trending" emails?
Replies: 7
Views: 159

Re: turning off "trending" emails?

Can you take a snapshot of the disclaimer/unsubscribe info in the footer and post here or PM me? Block out or trim your email address if you don't want it shown. I think that you can unsubscribe without losing other announcements. The trending emails are something else.
by Sean
13 Jan 2018, 17:50
Forum: Flora & Fauna & Fungi
Topic: Wildlife in Colorado
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Wildlife in Colorado

Birds at Red Rock Amphitheatre

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Sheep at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

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Deer at Rocky Mountain National Park

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by Sean
12 Jan 2018, 16:44
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Pikes Peak Drive & Hike - Colorado
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Pikes Peak Drive & Hike - Colorado

On the last day of our holiday vacation, Cecelia wanted to visit Pikes Peak in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The famous Pikes Peak Highway hosts an annual auto race from the base (7400') to the summit (14115'). Crazy speed demons can cover the 19-mile route in under ten minutes. But we s...
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 20:37
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Above Bear Creek
Replies: 25
Views: 720

Re: Above Bear Creek

dima wrote: I feel like nobody should do anything doubtful on April 1st. Raises all sorts of questions.
The unsatisfactory report and lack of pictures also didn't help, but the guy either did it or lied straight to my face. He seemed honest to me.
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 20:31
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Mt. Markham and San Gabriel Peak
Replies: 15
Views: 360

Re: Mt. Markham and San Gabriel Peak

Ukelele bros eating burritos on Markham. Soiled skivvies hanging on San Gabriel.

Hrm...
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 19:21
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Russian Hiking
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Russian Hiking

That's awesome. Lizards don't need much water either.
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 19:07
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Potato Christmas
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Re: Potato Christmas

Yeah, not so secret, but it is the fun way.
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 19:01
Forum: San Gabriels
Topic: Iron Mt via Stanley-Miller mine
Replies: 9
Views: 520

Re: Iron Mt via Stanley-Miller mine

At 5000ft of elevation, the pipe ends unceremoniously in some concrete... Does anybody know if this is anything more than an end of open pipe fixed to the ground? To get water do you need to do anything other than just dig a hole and put a pipe in? Did you follow that pipe for 1000' of elevation ga...
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 17:43
Forum: Los Padres
Topic: Santa Ynez HP and Divide Peak
Replies: 20
Views: 3.1K

Re: Santa Ynez HP and Divide Peak

David R wrote: My wife thinks I'm evil...
That's called being a normal dude.

When I saw the Montecito mudslides, I thought, "Wow, that's cool!" Then there was a body count and destroyed houses.

I feel bad for the victims, but, man, mudslides are still cool.
by Sean
11 Jan 2018, 17:09
Forum: Other Ranges
Topic: Guadalupe Peak, TX
Replies: 14
Views: 183

Re: Guadalupe Peak, TX

Thanks for the report. That's one of the stranger summit markers.