May 9, 2014 · 2:30 PM
Salt Springs trailhead
A warm-up medium long, 2-nights backack in Mokelumne wilderness. 6 miles from Salt Springs dam by trail, then another 2 mi by what I still call a "trail", by most other folks don't. Hike is about 3 hours total with good pace. Make a base camp there and take a long day hike up the river next day.
The Spring has already sprung in the area, will be lots of flowers - and wild animals, too: this is a State Game Refuge AND is below the snow line, everyone unwilling to hibernate comes down there in winter!
Time posted is at the trailhead, ~4:20 drive from Bay Area. Ellis Road, off hwy 88, is paved up to the trailhead, but watch for potholes.