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Author: Subject: TRIP #3 (MAR 2017) Mexicali-San Felipe; SPM Eastside Canyons; Chapala to San Quintin.
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[*] posted on 1-8-2018 at 03:30 AM


Yes, that is the canyon entrance. If you drove in on that road you would soon pass the water tank and come to a gate. At the gate, look to the south wall of the canyon to see petroglyphs. Open the gate (and close behind you) to continue on. The hot spring is about at 30° 38.877'N, 115° 12.490'W. I have posted the exact GPS when I was there in my Trip Report from 2004, and in this webpage, I made: http://vivabaja.com/404/

The canyon (all canyons) have gone through some major changes with the dramatic increase in the wetter weather of the past few years. At one time 4x4s could get all the way to the spring but when I went in 2000 and 2004, a walk of about a mile was required from a point where the road was no longer there (boulders and brush in the way). Last year, the major washout of the road was as I reported above, but a track was forged through to the left... I was solo and could not afford to be risky with an almost stock 4x4, to see how far I could get.




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[*] posted on 1-8-2018 at 10:25 AM


Its been a long long time since I have been up there. Time to add to my to do list. David's coords are accurate and I found the puddle of warm water to be smaller many years earlier. An attempt was made to continue up the so called road , but the trucks were to big and the track was very overgrown. Any bike should go much further. Now I use a Jeep so progress may be better? Off and on there have been reports of closure by the owner. No reports recently. I will ask around and report back
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[*] posted on 1-8-2018 at 12:22 PM


Cool. If I can schedule it right i'd have a second vehicle, but I might have to go solo. Either way I'd like to see how far I can get and maybe hike in the last bit.

I'll be out that way mid-January.




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In 2004, the hot spring was huge... in the volume of super-hot water it flowed out... at a reported 140°F.

The hot spring alone created a hot water stream (steaming) that flowed for a couple hundred feet in the canyon floor before it merged with the year-round, cool mountain stream in the center of the arroyo floor... Hot and Cold running water in Baja!

It is just over 3 miles from the canyon entrance to the hot spring. In 2004, we could drive in 2 miles and walked the last mile.

The spring (there was more than one, but the main one) was up on the bench a few feet higher than the arroyo floor, on the right-hand side of the canyon (when walking in). The hot water flowed for a few feet, then dropped down to the main arroyo level. There was a rock-lined bathing pool at that point, but the water was WAY TOO HOT to use it. If there was a way to divert the cool stream... about 50 feet away, then that would have been perfect.

I followed the hot stream back down to a point where the water felt to be under 105°F for soaking and made a shallow pool. Rocks prevented from going too deep.

Here is the page with my 2004 photos plus one sent to me from BajaLou taken from an airplane looking down and east, downstream. I drew in the road end, hot spring location, and where the marijuana was going to be planted (on the 2000 trip it was being prepared with irrigation lines and fertilizer bags, brought in by mule or burro).>>> http://vivabaja.com/404/page6.html

Two pages with photos on the hot spring trip in 2000 begin here: http://www.vivabaja.com/baja_2001/page2.html




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