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hello. i live in san diego and am looking to do a trip this winter with my dad, maybe western arizona or something. i am very familiar with anza-borrego and we may do a short trip there. i am also familiar with southern utah, zion and the surrounding areas. we have both backpacked there many times so i'd prefer somewhere else this time. i have not backpacked in death valley before and am very interested in that. any suggestions there would be great.
we don't mind if it's cold, but he would prefer there not be snow. we are looking to stay within 5 or 6 hours of san diego if possible. my dad doesn't want to do a 5 or 6 day trip just a couple smaller 2 to 3 day trips. any help would be great.  thanks
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JTNP seems like a natural to consider, fits all your criteria.

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Ventana etc. along the coast at any rate...

that hour range extends a ways into Big Sur, Sespe etc. depending on L.A. traffic....
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thanks, was considering joshua tree. i'll look into ventana too
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Warmer than JT, less windy too when the Santa Annas kick up.
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I'd debate the "warmer" part. I was in the Ventana last week and woke up to crunchy water, heavy frost, and there were still patches of snow on the ridge from the last storm.

Still, if you are prepared to turn around and go somewhere else when you find the trail's just not there anymore, the Ventana is a nice option. (I'm not even tongue in cheek, there. We did not make it to our destination, the Double Cone, due to epic overgrowth. A friend literally fell OFF the crumbling trail into brush.)

Do your research at ventanawild.org - it's not for everyone, and it's certainly not tame by any means.


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