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RobMay
RobMay
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1/29/2018
RobMay
RobMay
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Saturday I was talking to a ranger at the reservation and he told me that the only hiking allowed on the reservation is to Hot Springs Mountain. I had gone there to hike Cody, Pike, and Palm Mesa HP. I explained that I was following gps tracks and that people have been doing it for years. He said that they must have lied about what they were doing when they entered the park. I doubt this since there is rarely anyone at the entrance and the park map that they have hanging in the office window shows hiking/4x4 trails all over the park. Currently all 4x4 trails are closed to vehicles but he said I couldn't even hike there from the campgrounds. Did anyone else know about this? Did I ask too many questions? I was just trying to make sure I wasn't trespassing.

To hike up to those peaks from Palm canyon looks like a brutal day hike. I'm thinking about a 2 day backpacking trip. Has anyone done this before?
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MarkG
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1/29/2018
MarkG
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I know it has said in the FAQ on their website for some time that the only designated trail is to Hot Springs Mountain

http://www.loscoyotestribe.com/faq/
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RobMay
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1/30/2018
RobMay
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From what I've learned, they have changed their rules often over the years. The ranger mentioned that they'd probably reopen the 4x4 roads in the near future because that was their money maker.

MarkG wrote:
I know it has said in the FAQ on their website for some time that the only designated trail is to Hot Springs Mountain

http://www.loscoyotestribe.com/faq/
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tekewin
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2/4/2018
tekewin
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I've hiked to Cody, Norte, Pike, Palm Mesa HP, and Square Top from there. Different 4x4 parking spots. Every time I've gone, usually early in the morning, but once late morning, there was nobody at the guard station. I think there is day hike fee, so I left money taped to the door in an envelope. I've read conflicting things about restrictions and maybe they have changed policies. I'd go early, be honest if stopped at the guard station, but otherwise go about your business.
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RobMay
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2/5/2018
RobMay
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tekewin wrote:
I've hiked to Cody, Norte, Pike, Palm Mesa HP, and Square Top from there. Different 4x4 parking spots. Every time I've gone, usually early in the morning, but once late morning, there was nobody at the guard station. I think there is day hike fee, so I left money taped to the door in an envelope. I've read conflicting things about restrictions and maybe they have changed policies. I'd go early, be honest if stopped at the guard station, but otherwise go about your business.


I don't feel comfortable going against the rules now that I know what they are. It's all go though, I've got my plan B in the works. I'm going to hike up Indian Creek and bag Pike & Cody and work my way East to bag Palm Mesa HP. Not sure if I'm going to turn it into a peakbagging frenzy along the ridge or just follow Borrego Palm Canyon out from middle fork. I'm playing it by ear. If its really windy or I'm low on water I'll drop down to middle fork for sure. Either way it's going to be a nice thru hike.
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