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Guadalupe Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Guadalupe “Trail” is a cross-country route following an old Indian path through the heart of the Santa Rosa Mountains from the desert to the pines. The first part follows the Boo Hoff Trail, but the middle travels up a faint Indian footpath past Devil Canyon and Guadalupe Creek before rejoining the Cactus Spring Trail on the west side of Martinez Mtn. The Guadalupe Trail is strenuous and demands advanced route-finding skills, but also offers tremendous rewards to experienced hikers who undertake its challenge. Many desert plant species, ranging from ocotillo and cactus, to agave and yucca, to pinyon pine are represented. Each of these species favors a specific band of elevation. The route passes an old cowboy camp and sharp-eyed hikers may note old Indian artifacts along the way. Please leave what you find for the enjoyment of future hikers. It is helpful to wear gaiters to protect yourself from occasional brush and to carry pliers in case of an unfortunate encounter with a cholla cactus. The best way to do this hike is with a friend or group who knows the way; failing that, a GPS or exceptional map reading skills are necessary."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
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