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Join us again for another Boomer Memorial Weekend Adventure. Placeholder event: All responders will be placed on the waitlist Location: Emigrant Wilderness or Trinity Alps How to get off waitlist: - Previous members in good standing (ie no prior no-show history) - Answer all the questions What to expect: - This is not a trip for beginners or those "getting back into it". - SHOULDER SEASON conditions: Below FREEZING nights, SNOW, ICE, rain/snow, COLD and waist deep or higher water crossings - Many of the usual suspects have shown interest in attending... - Be self-sufficient. - Sorry no four-legged pets. Only two-legged ones. Geckos have four legs. - Lots of funny stories. Be there to defend yourself.. We may try to do a day hike up in Marin/Pt Reyes in March/April for new members to introduce themselves and to get a feel for our pace. Ridge to Bridge in April is a great event, if anyone interested. https://ridgetrail.org/ridge-to-bridge-2019/ Further details forthcoming and any feedback/ideas welcomed. Expect more details in Feb/March.
This is a 30-mile, 3-day, 2-night Memorial Day trek on the Pacific Crest Trail from Deadfall Lakes west of Weed along the Trinity Divide to iconic, granite spired Castle Crags. The trip is one-way and it's possible we'll be able to do this without a shuttle. See below. This was a trip I wanted to do earlier this year but fires caused me to cancel. My plan is to start on the PCT at Deadfall Lakes and get to Toad or Porcupine lakes on Day 1. If the legs are still springy and it feels right, I'd try for Seven Lakes basin about 13 miles from our start. By comparison it's 8 miles to Porcupine Lake. On Day 2 I'd work on getting close to Castle Lake but not necessarily to Castle Lake since it's over a ridge and a more than a mile down. I stashed nearly 12 liters of water there on this leg with seasonal water availability. On Day 3, I exit on Dog Trail, west of Castle Crags State Park. When I planned this trek earlier I arranged a simultaneous day hike to Deadfall Lakes and Mt. Eddy. I took advantage of hikers from our group to transport backpackers from stowed vehicles at Castle Crags so the 3 day trek would not end in one of those rotten shuttles. I may try again but right now I'll just keep this simple. You'll need food and fuel for 3 days, layers for 2 cool nights and some mornings and of course the compliment of backpacking gear. This is a longish trip from the Bay Area. You could meet up at/near Castle Crags State Park where there is plenty of camping. This is where I hope to have a shuttle to the start at Deadfall, leaving vehicles for us at the exit.
Please hold the date for a late spring gathering at Wildcat Camp in Point Reyes. I scored group camp 2 for the weekend after Memorial Day. Given my recent knee replacement surgery, I may not actually be the one to lead the trip, but I am hopeful that I will be able to continue this annual tradition of the boomer backpackers. Details will follow as we get closer to the day. Following the usual approach, I have limited the number of RSVPs but have enabled a waitlist. Add your name to the waitlist if you are interested.
The Granite & Hidden Lakes Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pioneer, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate--though I found it to be fairly easy. If you are not up for an overnight, Granite Lake is also and easy, out-and-back day hike. Granite & Hidden Lakes Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pioneer, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate--though I found it to be fairly easy. If you are not up for an overnight, Granite Lake is also and easy, out-and-back day hike. SUNDAY 1:00 Silver Lake campground check out Backpackers depart from Mikalo Falls to Granite Lake. We will setup camp on the western end of Granite lake (2.1 mile hike) DISTANCE 7.1 miles ELEVATION GAIN 980 feet ROUTE TYPE Loop MONDAY Hike out via Hidden Lake (5 miles). ***************************************** THE DATES FOR SILVER LAKE PADDLING (posted on Old But Not Dead Yet) AND GRANITE LAKE BACKPACKING (posted on Old But Not Dead Yet and BABB) ARE TENTATIVE AND DEPEND UPON SNOW LEVEL AND SILVER LAKE CAMPGROUND AVAILABILITY. I HAVE SPLIT THESE ACTIVITIES INTO TWO MEETUPS HOWEVER ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN EITHER OR BOTH ACTIVITIES. Some house keeping stuff: I will arrive on Thursday to set-up camp and kayak. I will send everyone my phone number by email. That said, the cell phone reception here is poor— though some places that are better than others. I will make a point of checking my voicemail at or about 08:00, 12:00, and 16:00 on the transit days. Also,there have been issues with campground water in the past. There is water available, from totes. It is allegedly potable, but I recommend that you bring bottled water and/or a method for purifying drinking water--figure a liter per person per day. ************************************* Joining this trip is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that they, and their guest(s), are in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid. Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this trip and El Dorado National Forest.