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Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/07/2012 06:51:35 MDT Print View

Had some info in the pre trip planning forum and thought I should move it here.

Please join me and fellow BPLrs in the Trinity Alps Sept. 28-30 2012

We had a great time last year on Morris Meadow.


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 bed 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.


We are shooting for a large camping area about 3-3.5 miles from the trailhead above the end of the meadow. "The well defined trail leads towards a grove of alders, across a seasonal stream,and over to a large camping area.", says the guidebook. That sounds good for us.

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(signed Long Canyon Drive.). 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.

Edited by kthompson on 09/25/2012 20:37:37 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/18/2012 23:58:20 MDT Print View

Bump.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/19/2012 00:56:00 MDT Print View

I am trying to find this on Google Earth....any hints Ken?

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/19/2012 02:38:27 MDT Print View

Kat
Search for 40.92098, -122.85982 in google earth and that will give you the position of Bowerman Meadows. Billy-Be-Damn Lake and Lake Anna are west and slightly north . Long Canyon is the drainage north of Bowerman Meadows which leads to the four lake loop with Siligo Peak in the middle of the loop. Hope this helps.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/24/2012 19:30:35 MDT Print View

Five week bump.

Carpool if you can.

Chris C
(cvcass) - MLife

Locale: State of Jefferson
woohooo on 08/24/2012 20:48:16 MDT Print View

I'm looking forward to this trip, last year was great!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30TH on 08/24/2012 22:01:41 MDT Print View

Looking forward to it Ken is there still room on the list? It will be nice to go some where new in the Alps.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30TH on 08/24/2012 22:03:45 MDT Print View

Always room for you Jay!

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/25/2012 01:21:52 MDT Print View

I am still interested as well, I haven't met anyone from this forum yet. Would you mind if I brought my main hiking buddy along? (hes not a member on this forum yet)
The cross country routes to those lakes sounds like fun. Is echo lake the famously remote lake that is really hard to get to and involves climbing up waterfalls? The name sounds really familiar.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/29/2012 20:48:40 MDT Print View

Do you know if bears are much of an issue?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/29/2012 20:55:45 MDT Print View

Bears are around. I have not heard of them being much of a problem, No canisters required if that's any indicator. I will not be testing my food bag as a pillow though.

James McDaniel
(BigEarth) - F
Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/30/2012 20:41:28 MDT Print View

Anybody camping Thursday night?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/30/2012 20:46:25 MDT Print View

I was thinking of crashing at the trailhead on Thurs. Anyone else?

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 08/30/2012 22:14:57 MDT Print View

I'm pretty sure I'm in, but not sure if I be in on Thursday or Friday. Ken, can you email me your topo map? Thanks!

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Thursday on 08/31/2012 09:29:11 MDT Print View

Ken, I might be able to make Thurs. Sandra isn't sure if she's going... so if not I might pull a fast one and dodge out a day early... would be late though. What time did you have in mind?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Thursday on 08/31/2012 14:06:46 MDT Print View

Most likely after 7 PM Jacob.

Chris C
(cvcass) - MLife

Locale: State of Jefferson
thursday night on 09/01/2012 20:07:39 MDT Print View

I am considering crashing at the trailhead thurs night as well, I've never been up this trail though is it just a turn out with an info sign or does it have more.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: thursday night on 09/01/2012 20:21:13 MDT Print View

First time for me as well. Could be full of surprises.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 09/06/2012 22:53:12 MDT Print View

Three weeks everyone. Get your carpool on.

So who is coming?

Matthew Black
(mtblack)
Re: Re: Trinity Alps Septemberfest 28-30th on 09/07/2012 07:11:33 MDT Print View

Ken,

I am. I'm still hoping to work out carpooling with Kat or others from the Bay Area.

Edited by mtblack on 09/07/2012 07:31:32 MDT.