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Old 04-05-2015   #1
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San Juan: side hikes up comb ridge

I am floating from Sand Island to Mexican Hat with my kids. Has anyone ever done a side hike up the comb ridge where it connects to the river? We want to see more ruins than just those obvious ones marked on the river map.

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Old 04-05-2015   #2
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Did it last week.

And probably a half-dozen times before. Not much in the way of artifacts there outside of the old Emigrant Road. There is absolutely a ton of stuff on Comb the other side of the road worth looking at.

Should point out that at less than a 1000 CFS, the Comb Ridge campsite is inaccessible from the river. It's filled in a lot the last 2-3 years plus it seems to have an increase in ATV/OVR usage although it's always been visited via the wash. If hiking the wash or ridge, it's usually the best access point.

Have quite a bit of upper canyon information at my web site from previous trips, but this TR might be in line with what you are looking to do:

San Juan River - April 24, 2006 - Sand Island to Mexican Hat

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