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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/10/2011 22:33:15 MDT Print View

UPDATED 11/17/2011

October 20-23 2011

--Bring your unneeded gear for an impromptu swap meet--

--EAR PLUGS, JUST SAYING--

--Trail info--Some facts.

Zoom out and you'll see HWY 3 and HWY 299 for driving directions.

http://www.hillmap.com/m/agtzbG9wZW1hcHBlcnIQCxIIU2F2ZWRNYXAYuoIHDA

29 mile round trip, out and back to Sapphire Lake. About 7 miles in to base camp at

Morris Meadow.

When you cross the second footbridge you are nearly at the meadow.

Elevation change 4240 feet, average 292 feet per mile. It's not hard.

Elevation at trailhead about 3000 feet. Elevation at Sapphire just over 6000 feet.

--Weather-- Expect temps between near freezing at night to around 70 during the day.

http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/hdfForecast?query=96091

No talk of rain.

Lots of granite up at the lakes so watch out for sunburn.

Camp at Bridge Camp Thurs. night. Let everyone get there.

Hike in on Friday morning to Morris Meadow.

Saturday up to the lakes. Enjoy some of the nicest time of year up here!

OK so a bunch of you are coming, so here is the run down...

Each carload is expected to pick up their own permit in Weaverville at the

Forest Service Office.

Weaverville is the last chance for food, gas.

Coming from I-5 this means you will go past the intersection with the 3 and

continue towards the west edge of town

(this is just a few blocks) to the FS office on your left hand side.

You can self register at the kiosk out front.

Pick up a campfire permit at the same time. They are in the box with the permits.

Now go back east on 299 and turn left by the library at the junction with the 3.

North on the 3.

Continue north on the 3 until you pass a boat ramp on your right immediately followed

by crossing a fairly large bridge.

Just at the end of the bridge, turn left at the intersection with Trinity Alps Road.

This should be obvious even in the pitch black of night.

The junction with the 3 in town is easier to miss.

Continue on Trinity Alps Rd. through the resort.

The pavement ends and you continue on to Bridge Camp right before

the trailhead parking.

This is a fee required campground.

I would suggest doubling up in camp and parking the cars at the trailhead

lot to save some cash.

We'll have a little blow out Thurs. night as we assemble.

Friday morning brings a batch of more guests. A nice slow start.

Hit the trail around 9-9:30.

A seven mile, not arduous trip take us to the edge of Morris Meadow,

where we will base camp.

Plenty of water along the trail, so pack beer instead!

People streaming in all day to camp as we soak it all in and explore the meadow edges.

After a pleasant day and restful night, those interested will head up to

the head of the canyon to see Emerald and Sapphire Lakes.

The adventurous can climb up to Mirror Lake, past

Sapphire, with plenty of boulders between.

Another great evening in camp. Sad departures, with plans of future trips on Sunday.

Can't wait to meet everyone. For me this trip seems more like a family reunion than

a meeting of strangers.

Any help needed with any of the above? Please PM me and we'll get you dialed in.

Edited by kthompson on 10/17/2011 22:38:13 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/10/2011 22:34:10 MDT Print View

What airport would I fly into?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/10/2011 22:49:53 MDT Print View

Doug. At this rate you should just move west. OK Oakland.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/10/2011 22:52:41 MDT Print View

"At this rate you should just move west."

Hey, I'm working on it! I'm already on west coast time (I should really be in bed right now.....)!

Eric Eichelberger
(blatargh) - F

Locale: Northcoast
RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 18:36:07 MDT Print View

Is this trip available for new faces at BPL ( like me )?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 19:30:24 MDT Print View

as we discussed Ken, I am in the throws of my busy season at work and cannot take time off M-F....have a great trip

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 19:49:56 MDT Print View

"Is this trip available for new faces at BPL ( like me )?"

No, only really , really old faces, sorry. Unless you bring some really good food to share with us.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 19:58:06 MDT Print View

"Unless you bring some really good food to share with us."

Screw the food. Unless you bring some really good scotch to share with us......

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Re: RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 20:03:33 MDT Print View

I know that Ken. That's why I did not ask you ;)

I could have said members only.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 20:04:55 MDT Print View

I might be able to do this one Ken. I would probably drive up on Thus. and take the following Mon. off to drive home. Just need a place to crash for Thus. and Sun night. Yeah, I'd like to see what all the talk is about up your way. "SHOW ME THE MOUNTAINS"

Jack

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 20:11:47 MDT Print View

Jack There is a campground on the way to the trailhead called Bridge. Nice. Weaverville would have all the "regular" accommodations.

Edited by kthompson on 09/17/2011 23:04:03 MDT.

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
RE: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 20:14:14 MDT Print View

I'll put it on my calendar

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/11/2011 20:23:43 MDT Print View

A teaser

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Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Alps on 08/11/2011 20:53:56 MDT Print View

"TEAM SNOW, THAT'S A GO!" Looks great Ken.
A litle inside joke for those that know me, and Marc. If we come it will snow!

Edited by jumpbackjack on 08/11/2011 20:55:48 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: RE Alps on 08/12/2011 07:13:27 MDT Print View

Great shots, looks a lot like the Sierras....I wanna gooooooooooooooooo darn!

Tyler Fisher
(qtrlbrwchs)

Locale: northern california
the alps on 08/12/2011 21:48:23 MDT Print View

I would like to come along, and as my initiation (first bpl outing), I volunteer to pack any "beverages" for the group.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Alps on 08/12/2011 23:04:05 MDT Print View

That's a brave move Tyler, I don't think you relize how much some of these guy's like there beverage.

Tyler Fisher
(qtrlbrwchs)

Locale: northern california
the alps on 08/12/2011 23:46:05 MDT Print View

I believe I can accomadate everyone as long as you are all truly uler's and not heavyweights.

Matthew Black
(mtblack)
Re: Trinity Alps, Morris Meadow Octoberfest on 08/14/2011 23:07:58 MDT Print View

October 21st is the revised End-of-the-World! Now I have to come!

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Trinity Trip on 08/15/2011 12:44:51 MDT Print View

Just came back from the Trinities, my first BPL trip was in the Trinities two years ago, and I am definitely in for this trip too. Absolutely beautiful up there!