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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Re: "Trinity Alps Septemberfest" on 07/29/2012 11:00:51 MDT Print View

Full Moon. Night hike in!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Map for Septemberfest on 07/29/2012 13:10:10 MDT Print View

Here is a map of our general area. PM me your e mail and I will send you a file copy. It is setup for legal size paper 8.5x14"


Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Re: "Trinity Alps Septemberfest" on 07/31/2012 18:11:01 MDT Print View

I would arrive around 9-ish as well. Are we all going to meet and then hike or hike in whenever we arrive?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: "Trinity Alps Septemberfest" on 07/31/2012 18:13:07 MDT Print View

Get there and hike in. Will have the turn to the meadow marked.

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/01/2012 20:42:21 MDT Print View

Anybody driving up from the Bay area? I'm probably going to fly into Redding but might use SFO since there are not many good flights out of there.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/01/2012 20:49:09 MDT Print View

There is a good amount coming from the Bay. I'm sure a solution will present itself. Let me know what you need here that you can't fly with. Fuel, swords. etc...

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/01/2012 22:59:01 MDT Print View

Ok, flight is booked. Dang....not cheap these days(at least I had a $100 credit from their screwup last time). I'll be flying straight into Redding so I'll probably be sticking out my Internet thumb looking for a ride. Luckily the airport is close to the interstate.

I actually booked extra early to allow the airline to screw up again(apparently 8 hours wasn't enough last time). I'll be getting into Redding on Wed so if anybody has suggestions on cool things to do, I'll probably be roaming around taking in the sites making a vacation of it(probably rent a car wed and thurs).

Thanks for the offer Ken. I know I'll need fuel and a stove thanks to the airline nazi. I just boil water so I'm pretty flexable.

A sword....good idea, I see myself standing on one leg at sunrise on a rock at one of the lakes;->

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/01/2012 23:14:26 MDT Print View

If you rent a car, go check out Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen if you haven't before. Redding is on the way to the location (unless you are coming from the west), so people should be able to pick you up, me included.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/10/2012 08:50:33 MDT Print View

Hi Jim. I remember your fiasco last year. Fingers crossed for you this time around, looking forward to seeing you at Septemberfest!

Regarding Redding area - I would also head towards Shasta. If you're up for a short but awesome hike, check out Castle Crags. It's a spectacular rock formation which is the highest geographical feature in the immediate area. Great views of Mt. Shasta along the hike, especially from the top.

This is about 45 mins north of Redding. Start at the PCT trailhead (towards Canada) at Soda Creek and follow it until the junction of the Crags Trail. It's 4 miles to "end of trail" maybe a quarter mile of rock scrambling to see the amazing view. There is also a short detour to Indian Springs along the way which cascades down the rock face and worth stopping at. The hike is all uphill, then all downhill.

My wife and I just hiked it a couple weeks ago. It had been 7 or 8 years since we were last up there. We went up and stayed to watch the sun set on Shasta, then came down after dark. Definitely worthwhile.

Castle Crags state park was closed due to our state budget, but it's now temporarily open (not sure what the situation will be in Sept). If the park does happen to be open and you want a shorter hike then you can cut 1.5 miles off each way by catching the Crags Trail from within the park.

Edited by JacobD on 08/10/2012 08:52:38 MDT.

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/10/2012 12:04:40 MDT Print View

Awesome, Thanks Jacob, just was I was looking for. Now I have something else to look forward to.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/11/2012 13:30:41 MDT Print View

Weekend Bump. I'll be asking for a head count here shortly.

Sept. 28-30th

This year, I have kept the hike in a little shorter. Those of you who drive 4+ hours to get here should not get a nine mile hike in the fist night right away as a reward.

I have chosen Bowerman Meadow as our base camp location. 3.5 miles from the trailhead. This will give us a chance for two different hikes from there. The Four Lakes Loop is accessible from Long Canyon Trail.

From the meadow there is a challenging cross country route to three remote lakes, Lake Anna, Billy Be Damn Lake, and Echo Lake.

This trip promises lakes, granite, mountains, views, good times.

How to get there...

Find yourself on Hwy 299 in Weaverville, CA. and the junction with Hwy 3. Go north on Hwy 3 for 22.5 miles. You should spot a sign that says Long Canyon Trail 3, Mule Creek 7 turn left here onto County Road 115. This junction is shortly beyond Guy Covington Drive on the right and immediately after a bridge over the East Fork of the Stuart Fork.

Travel along paved road passing numerous turnoffs to private houses until you reach a right hand turn onto Forest Rd. 35N10 at 2.6 miles, which should be signed for Long Canyon Trail. Follow this gravel road for 0.3 mile to another signed intersection, where you turn left into the ample parking area near the trailhead.

Like last year it is best if each carload gets their own backcountry permit. They are free. You can register in Weaverville at the Forestry office west of your intersection with Hwy 3.

Hope this sits well with all of you.

See you there!

Feel free to PM or ask me any questions or comments.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/11/2012 14:13:14 MDT Print View

Can you self register at the Weaverville office late at night?

Chris C
(cvcass) - MLife

Locale: State of Jefferson
self register on 08/11/2012 18:52:30 MDT Print View

Yes you can, the permits are in a small information kiosk outside the office. You just fill out your permit and drop half into a box a keep the other half.

martin fusek
(martyfuse) - F

Locale: PNW
Sounds fun on 08/14/2012 15:50:05 MDT Print View

I live in Arcata and though I'm pretty new to this forum it would be fun to meet some of you more experienced backpackers. I absolutely love the Trinities, perhaps I will be there to meet you all if I can get away from work...

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/15/2012 14:24:42 MDT Print View

Martin, check your junk mail for your PMs.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/19/2012 00:00:36 MDT Print View

Moved the discussion to Group Trip Announcements here

Or use Marc's link below. Thanks Marc.

Edited by kthompson on 08/19/2012 07:55:33 MDT.

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest on 08/19/2012 02:52:10 MDT Print View

HERE is the link to the Group Trip Announcements.