EXOTIC BAJA CANYONS WITH JIDE (APRIL '04)

El Parral, El Berrendo, El Carrizo, Agua Caliente, El Cajon

Three days (Easter weekend) in April, 2004 Baja Internet amigo Gerald Jide and I visited five desert canyons on the east side of the Sierra San Pedro Martir (southwest from San Felipe) and found palms, running water, hot springs, and more! Another Internet amigo (Baja Lou) and his friends explored with us in Parral and Berrendo canyons.

Jide and Picacho del Diablo

We entered Valle Chico from the north, using Hwy. 3 for 100 miles from Ensenada then turning south to Diablo Dry Lake and into Valle Chico. Jide points to Baja's highest (10,154') mountain.

David K at 30°47.03', 115°09.95' (NAD27)

At the junction of east and west Valle Chico routes is a Baja sign: Agua Caliente,El Carrizo (left) and Algodon (straight).

TEAM MISION SAN PEDRO MARTIR

Following their four days backpacing to Baja's most remote mission, with Jack Swords, is (L to R) Baja Taco, Huddo, Mexitron, and Pappy who met us at Parral's entrance gate.

BAJA LOU

Also at the Parral gate was the gang from El Dorado Ranch, led by Baja Lou. The San Pedro Martir group headed down to Matomi Canyon to camp and the rest of us went up to the big corral, 3.0 miles from the gate at 30°30.64', 115°06.48'.

EL BERRENDO CANYON

After we set up camp in the Parral canyon, we went to the next canyon north as far as one can drive, then hiked on. Trail head: 30°32.59', 115°07.91' (NAD 27), elev. 2,260'.


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