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Tikaboo Peak Hike Google Earth KMZ file

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posted on Jul, 5 2008 @ 03:35 AM
This hike goes from the parking area to the peak. It is from a Tikaboo excursion on June 29th.

Tikaboo Peak Hike kmz file for google earth

posted on Jul, 6 2008 @ 06:03 PM
Thanks for posting. When I was up at Rachel I got one of the maps for 33 cents detailing which way to get to Area 51. It shows Tikaboo, but doesn't show it as hard to get to on foot.
I'm planning a day next year to go up there. Bringing lots of water,and a decent telescope, which I'm still shopping for.

Of course this is still day dreaming to be honest....

posted on Jul, 7 2008 @ 12:10 AM
reply to post by kthulu

It is a pretty nasty hike. I've had some requests to write up how to do it plus supply the track from my GPS. I will get around to it and tack it on this thread.

More important that the directions to do the hike are the instructions on how to prepare for the hike. You need about two gallons of water in the summer, maybe 1.5 gallons in May or September. [I did a hike in November and the condensation from my breathing soaked the inside of the tent.] Two gallons of water is 15 lbs. Throw in 4 lbs for the tent, 3 lbs for the sleeping bag, and pretty soon you have quite a load on your back. I carry a telescope, tripod, gear head and camera. I can barely lift my feet with the weight of the pack!

Nearly everything else around Groom Lake can be seen with a car. A few place need a SUV. Certainly the front gate, back gate, and cedar gate can be done by car. Bald Mountain needs a SUV if you go back to the gate. Road Block Canyon for sure needs a SUV.

The drive to the Tikaboo staging area was doable at one time by car, but the road has deteriorated greatly in the last year or so. One spot is bad enough that just one more bad storm will bring it to the point where a pick and shovel will be required to repair the road. The good news is the locals like to er um well acquire firewood from this area, so they do repair the road slightly, but just enough for a crazy off-roading Nevadan to handle.

I was at the TTR lately and that road looks pretty good. It could probably be done with a car if driven sanely. The trouble with using a car is it usually has passenger tires and sometime not even a full size spare. Trucks and SUVs have beefier tires that can handle driving on rocks.

I've been using
on my trips lately. Thus far, it has managed to report my position when I requested it to do so. Not cheap, but compared to a satellite phone or a 26 mile hike (if you are stranded), the SPOT is a bargain. I've meet two other people in the range using the SPOT as well.

I also carry a Tane flasher:

If you have Verizon, the cell coverage is fair. You will get coverage all up 93. I don't think it lasts much once you are on the ET Highway until you reach Rachel. GSM (AT&T) is nonexistent along route 93 and the ET Highway. You don't get reception until you are near Tonopah. There is GSM all along route 95 down to Vegas.

posted on Jul, 10 2008 @ 11:44 PM
Has anyone seen these guys out there doing tours? Actually out in the field?

Odyssey Star Productions

Was just wondering.......there is no way I would ever pay $619.00 for someone to take me up to Tikaboo Peak. If you look closely at their packages, you will see that they do not even spell it correctly, kinda makes you wonder...

posted on Jul, 12 2008 @ 12:06 AM
reply to post by desertdreamer

Yeah, it is certainly crass commercialism. The trail used to be pretty hard to follow, but over the years people tied caution tape and flagging tape to trees along the way and spray painted rocks. (Of course, I can neither confirm nor deny doing any of this trail marking.) With waypoints, you can find the peak by yourself. I'd suggest getting a SPOT.
Ignore the ranter on DLR regarding this device. I never thought it would work well in tracking mode, and don't use mine in that manner. I just send an OK signal when I camp for the night. It worked fine at my Tikaboo camp site (i.e. where I park the car, not the peak). That is the worse case since the area is full of trees and in a valley.

Send me a U2U if you are heading out an need the GPS track. Rather than spend some money on a tour guide, just show up to the range during Red Flag. Most of the regulars have been to all the tourist border points and will give you a tour. Though I;m not looking forward to being in the area in August, I do plan on heading out to see the Indian Air Force fly their Russian aircraft. August is about the worse time of the year for lighting in the range.
real time lighting

posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 09:31 PM
I would love to go there, unfortunately I live in Texas and will not be getting that way anytime soon. I do plan on trying to go sometime next year though, thanks for the info!

posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 04:13 PM

Originally posted by desertdreamer
I would love to go there, unfortunately I live in Texas and will not be getting that way anytime soon. I do plan on trying to go sometime next year though, thanks for the info!

I live in Texas as well, Dallas. I went to Vegas earlier this year to get married.
I have a wife, that I met playing video Games, had Star Wars music played at my wedding, and had my honeymoon at Area 51. how lucky am I?
Gariac always offers some sound advice, and be sure to grab one of those 33 cent Area 51 guides that they sell in Rachel. It was very helpful to me.

Also when I went up there, it was a matter of time till we saw someone taking pictures of the mailbox, or whatever, they may have a bit of information for you as well, and in most cases, they are always glad to see you a like mind. I ran into at least 3 or 4 in Rachel.

Go Stars! (next year, baby!)

posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 04:18 PM
This gives me pause for Ticaboo is the name od a tiny weenie town in the desert of Utah where there is one largish motel and a gas station, it is at a junction where you turn into the Bullfrog Marina of Lake Powell.

I always wondered where they got such a goofy name....I wonder if you can see this Ticaboo peak from Ticaboo? I kinda doubt it as its just to dang far away and so many mnt peaks between

posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 08:31 PM
Wow kthulu, what a stroke of luck for you! Sounds like a great trip! When I do go, I will be prepared!

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