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Wheeler Peak or Wheeler Peak?

Kennedy Meadows or Kennedy Meadows?

Red Rock Canyon or Red Rock Canyon?

White Mountains or White Mountains?

The Southwest forum covers six states, each of which covers a whole lot of terrritory in its own right. People who are intimately familiar with their own area probably don't know a lot of the other areas all that well.  And as we see from the examples above, a lot of geographical names are used in a lot of different places (don't even get me started on "Granite Lake").  

So my suggestion is this: unless you're asking about someplace instantly recognizable (Grand Canyon, Yosemite, e.g.), try to include a state and/or area identification in your title or description (e.g., "White Mountains (CA)" or "White Mountains (AZ)"; "Kennedy Meadows (CA)", "Domelands" or "Sonora Pass" in description).  This will make it more helpful to other users, and make it more likely that you'll get the information you're looking for (if you're requesting info).  Plus, you'll (probably) avoid all those pesky questions like "which Grouse Lake are you talking about?"  :;):

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I agree.  I have my own seemingly endless list of redundant place names, most of them being duplicated within a state and some even within the same district of a National Forest.  My favorite indeterminate place name is "Rock Creek".
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I have 3 Blue Lakes within an hour drive.  :-)
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Oregon has a Bear Creek in just about every county.  This place must've had more than a few bears back then.  

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Oregon has a Bear Creek in just about every county.  

Bear anything is popular all over:  Bear Spring, Bear Swamp, Bear Mountain  ...
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Good luck. I've been preaching about this for 13 years.

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Good luck. I've been preaching about this for 13 years.

You never know when a good idea is finally going to catch on.   :)
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California should have its own forum - it's not the same as the rest of the southwest and that would clear up most of the problems. People who know there are two Wheeler Peaks aren't asking the questions.
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Yep, I agree, CA should have its own forum - not that I don't enjoy reading about other SW states

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Good luck. I've been preaching about this for 13 years.

You never know when a good idea is finally going to catch on.   :)

Also, people come and go.  I figure there are enough here who haven't seen dd's sermons on the topic (I have, and obviously agree) to make it worth reiterating.

And yes, California should probably have its own forum...but until that point, and even after, more clarity is always better.


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Oregon has a Bear Creek in just about every county.  This place must've had more than a few bears back then.  

I lived on Bear Creek Rd. but they changed the name to Black Bear Way when they eliminated redundancy in my county. The other Bear Creek Rd must have had more influential residents.  :angry:

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There is a post in the Trailhead Register about mileage at Pictured Rocks. I was tempted to respond with information about Picture Rocks, outside of Tucson. But, I was a good boy and held my tongue.

I agree either California should have its own page or it should be split. Southern California can be in the Southwest forum and northern California could be in the Pacific northwest forum.

Texas should be in the mid-west forum, not the southwest forum.


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Twin Lakes
Rock Creek
Muir Pass
Mt. Morgan
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!@#$ Kahliphonia. Get rid of it, its taking up space.

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!@#$ Kahliphonia. Get rid of it, its taking up space.

Hey! Without California there's nothing to keep flyover country from dropping into the Pacific. Not that there'd be anything wrong with that....
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Excellent point.  Now could you give me some information on hiking in the Rock Creek area?

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Excellent point.  Now could you give me some information on hiking in the Rock Creek area?

Make sure to wear boots at the fords: the gold nuggets littering the bottom hurt your feet otherwise.
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Excellent point.  Now could you give me some information on hiking in the Rock Creek area?

No problem there. Rock Creek is dry.

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Excellent point.  Now could you give me some information on hiking in the Rock Creek area?

The one near Bear Creek, or the one near Granite Lake?

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Maybe the one near Bald Mountain or Mirror Lake.
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If I was a betting person ...

How are we going to convince people to be more specific when most are afraid to write in complete sentences.  And in the case when someone does write complete sentences and a complete description of what they are referencing, many people will only skim read it which is evident from reading replies.

My guess is dd will still be preaching this 13 years from now.

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