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Henry Coe On Presidents Day Weekend
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John Coyle

Locale: NorCal
Henry Coe On Presidents Day Weekend on 02/01/2012 13:36:25 MST Print View

Wasn't some one planning to do this? My friend and I are planning a trip for Feb 20th and 21st. My first time there. I hear there are a lot of PUDS (pointless up and downs) We are looking for a backpack out of the headquarters area for one night(maybe two)--10 miles or so per day. Any suggestions. We are fairly strong hikers in the lightweight category.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Henry Coe On Presidents Day Weekend on 02/01/2012 17:13:23 MST Print View

John, we are having our annual BPL GGG there on that date....we're expecting 70+ participants at Manzanita Point. If you guys would like to hang out with a whole bunch of gear geeks, the offer is open

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Re: Henry Coe On Presidents Day Weekend on 02/01/2012 17:48:33 MST Print View

BPL GGG is Feb. 17-19

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Henry Coe On Presidents Day Weekend on 02/01/2012 17:59:48 MST Print View

Man. I thought I was bumping that thread pretty hard :(

Manfred Kopisch
(Orienteering) - F
Coit Lake and Kelly Lake on 02/01/2012 18:14:25 MST Print View

Good timing :) You can first join the 4th Annual GGG meeting at Manzanita Point on Saturday and Sunday and then go on your hike on Monday and Tuesday. For a 20 mile loop from headquarter (or Manzanita Point) I would suggest to go down to China Hole, climb back up on the other side on The Narrows to Willow Ridge Trail and take that all the way to Coit Lake. From Coit Lake you can take Coit Rd to Kelly Lake. There would be your camp after roughly 10 miles. From Kelly Lake you can take Kelly Lake Trail until it joins with Coit Rd and continue to Mahoney Meadows Rd until it meets China Hole Trail which you take back to Manzanita Point.

The first 5 miles on the first day will have the most elevation change (roughly 1,100 ft down to China Hole and then roughly 1,300 ft up on the Willow Ridge Trail. The opposite (down over a longer stretch) is true for you second day. With all the little ups and downs inbetween you will most likely have some 5,000 ft of up and some 5,000 ft of down on those twenty miles. During last year's GGG meet in February we were not able to cross Coyote Creek at China Hole. It had become a raging river. This year we didn't get a lot of rain yet and right now I don't forsee any issues with crossing.

Have fun out there,