Mount Orizaba Additions and Corrections
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|Bob Burd||island geology|
|According to Sunset magazine, "Catalina ... is a geographic anomaly. Unlike California's other seven Channel Islands, it didn't break away from the mainland, but was formed by the upward heave of tectonic plates."|
According to the NPS brochure, none of the eight islands were ever connected to the mainland.
Also, there is a gated fence along the road between Black Jack and Orizaba at approximately the halfway point. Beyond this, one is trespassing (but unlikely to be cited since it's pretty remote).
Helpful page, btw, thanks!
|Posted Nov 29, 2011 8:31 pm|
|Eleutheros||Re: island geology|
|Thanks for this Bob!|
|Posted Dec 17, 2011 1:58 pm|
|mtbaxter||Hiking permits and possible trespassing|
|Rather than pick up the hiking permit at the sites listed, I suggest you just print one at home. It can be obtained in advance from the Conservancy's website at www.catalinaconservancy.org|
In regard to Bob Burd's note, there are actually two fence/gates you must cross. On neither, however, is there any sign regarding trespassing. The first gate just past the campground has a worn sign that only requests the gate be shut as it is used to isolate species for conservation. (The gate is locked, so this is a non-issue for the hiker). The second gate at the summit only has a sign stating it is illegal to have a gun within, on the federal property. It FEELS like it should be illegal, but it is not posted as such, and the 3 foot high fence is very easily surmounted. Photos submitted
|Posted Sep 14, 2013 4:22 pm|
|gimpilator||New Bike Fee|
|Yesterday I was charged $70 by the conservancy company for "bike permits" for the two of us. From what we can tell, this is not a true conservancy but rather a profitable business. There are no visible land or habitat restoration efforts, however there is plenty of evidence that they are raising a fortune in the tourist industry.|
|Posted Mar 11, 2015 9:48 am|
|Eleutheros||Re: New Bike Fee|
|Thank you for mentioning this. Yes, they are definitely a business... sad to hear this.|
|Posted Mar 17, 2015 9:16 pm|
|Jens Midthun||Keep Right at Water Tower|
|After the turnoff for Black Jack Campground, there is another fork in the road near a rusty old Water Tower. You must go right at this fork to get to Orizaba.|
|Posted Sep 2, 2015 4:53 pm|