Coyote Ridge

(Imperial Dam CA)
Located just outside of the Imperial Dam LTVA, and beyond Coyote Ridge toward the Little Picacho Wilderness to the west, was a free dispersed camping area. It was far enough away to feel secluded.

Mountains, trees

Coyote Ridge with distant Little Picacho Wilderness

There were supposed to be wild burros in the area. So, I ventured out trying to locate them; but, found only some old scat. Went as far as the foothills, around and over them the trail went, and finally back to the rig.

Hill with flag and ocotillo

Hill with flag at the top

Another day’s hike went in a different direction; across the ridge and down into a wash. That time I found some more recent scat, and tracks; but, no burros again. Decided to go beyond the wash for a look-see with no luck, and then circled around returning to camp.

Tree with distant mountains

Palo Verde tree in a dry wash

My friend Ted, from Life with Kurumi, visited and we hiked yet a different trail. This time going more easterly than my first attempt and found success. There they were on a distant ridge. We approached slowly, looping around to their flank. They sure were keeping an eye on us.

Three burros in the desert

Wild burros watching us

Two burros with ocotillo

Vigilant burros

After getting several zoom shots, we headed away to find the rusted out hulk of a car. It was used for target practice so was in really bad shape. Then, we took a trail going west that made a wide loop back to the wash and to Tardis.

Hulk of car in the mountains

Rusted target car

Motorhome on ridge with palo verde tree

Tardis at Coyote Ridge camp

Spent a few days peacefully camped by myself near the end of the road overlooking a wash. There was a good internet signal, not much activity, and the weather was superb. Having seen the wild burros it was time to move on to another adventure.

Camp: Imperial Dam BLM – Coyote Ridge boondock
Scene: Mountains, trails, wild burros

4 Responses to Coyote Ridge

  1. Ted February 7, 2015 at 3:12 pm #

    Glad we got to visit and especially that we found some wild burros before you left.

    • Pleinguy February 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm #

      It was nice seeing you again. And, I appreciated you helping me locate the wild burros.

  2. Bud February 11, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Nice entry! Beautiful area/scenery. Believe Coyote Ridge will be one of our first stops next Spring, upon entry into the state.

    • Pleinguy February 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      I suspect you would enjoy it. Keep in mind that location was outside the LTVA and thus free for 14 days. Have fun!

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