Bear Wallow Trail

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Bear Wallow Camping Area

Located along north side of the Kings River on a large sandy flat area. Take a day hike on the Bear Wallow trail located just west of the campground. Great place for camping in spring and fall. Very hot during summer months. Please pack out all garbage. No cell phone coverage in the area. Pay phone is available at Balch Camp.

At a Glance

Reservations: No reservations: First-come, first-serve
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Fees No fee
Open Season: Open all year
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Maximum stay = 14 days
Maximum vehicle length = 25 foot
Maximum group size = 50 per site When fire restrictions are in place, (usually during summer months) no campfires or charcoal fires are permitted. Camp stoves are permitted.
Water: No
Restroom: Vault

General Information

Directions: Take Belmont Avenue east from Fresno. Follow Belmont Avenue until it turns into Trimmer Springs Road. Continue on Trimmer Springs Road past the community of Piedra and around Pine Flat Reservoir. Travel past Kirch Flat campground, crossing over the Kings River. Continue another mile until the pavement ends at the Bailey Bridge. Cross over the bridge and make right turn up the Garnet Dike Road. Campground is about 2.5 miles from the bridge. Driving time from Fresno is 2 hours.

Amenities

Camping trailer Maximum vehicle length = 25′
Toilets Vault, toilet is handicap accessible
Picnic tables
Tent camping Total sites = 1 (group)

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 11.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 392548N
  • Compass Longitude: 1224232W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.429882
  • Numeric Longitude: -122.7088822
  • Elevation in Meters: 1393
  • Elevation in Feet: 4570

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Crooked Lakes Trail

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The Crooked Lakes trail is 2 1/4 miles long. It extends north from Island lake, past Penner lake, and up to Upper Rock lake.

Note: The trail does not have a drive up trailhead, it is only accessible from other hiking trails. (Round Lake trail, Bowman Mountain trail, and Lindsey Lake trail via the Grouse Ridge trail)

Directions:

Trail Access: Crooked Lakes Trail is accessed at its northern end by Lindsey Lakes Trail and at its southern end by Round Lake Trail.
Parking:

Trail description: This trail extends from Island Lake to Upper Rock Lake.  The trail is maintained from Island Lake to Penner Lake, of the most scenic of the Grouse Lakes, with good fishing and a number of good campsites.

Keep a clean camp-do not attract animals to your site.  Pack all your trash home with you when you leave.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 2.25 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 392415N
  • Compass Longitude: 1203708W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.4040675
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.6188237
  • Elevation in Meters: 2087
  • Elevation in Feet: 6847

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Owl Creek Trail

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Owl Creek Trail takes one along the eastern slopes of the Warner Mountains within the South Warner Wilderness.

From the north, begin at Pepperdine Trailhead on the northern most edge of the South Warner Wilderness.  From the south, access is via the Summit Trail out of Patterson Campground or the South Emerson Trail out of Emerson Campground just south of Eagleville, CA and Surprise Valley.  The Owl Creek trail is rugged with many changes in elevation and is not recommended for horses.

Backpacking

Owl Creek Trail is 15.23 miles. Rugged broken topography intersects the trail. Much up and down terrain. Plenty of water. Trail goes from basin to basin. Trail runs down over the east side of the rim, so most views are eastward. Linderman Lake, Owl Creek Basin, Raider Basin and Eagle Basin are points of interest. Access from Emerson, Summit or Squaw Peak Trails.

Horse Riding

The Owl Creek Trail is NOT recommended for horses and pack stock.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 15.23 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 412344N
  • Compass Longitude: 1201233W
  • Numeric Latitude: 41.3954503
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.2091112
  • Elevation in Meters: 2363
  • Elevation in Feet: 7753

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Santa Cruz/Aliso Trail

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The Santa Cruz/Aliso Trail is a trail located in California.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 12.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 34.5568°N
  • Compass Longitude: 119.7708°W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.5568
  • Numeric Longitude: -119.7729887
  • Elevation in Meters:
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Whitney Portal Trail

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Length 22 mi (35 km)
Location Inyo National Forest, Inyo County, California, USA
Trailheads Whitney Portal
Use Hiking
Elevation
Elevation change 6,145 ft (1,873 m)
Highest point Mount Whitney, 14,505 ft (4,421 m)
Lowest point Whitney Portal, 8,360 ft (2,550 m)
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Strenuous
Months Peak season is May to November

The Mount Whitney Trail is a trail that climbs Mount Whitney. It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California. The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October.

History

The original pack trail from Lone Pine to the summit of Mount Whitney was designed by local engineer Gustave Marsh. This original trail, opened on July 22, 1904, was the basis for most of today’s Mount Whitney Trail.

Route

The Mount Whitney Trail starts at Whitney Portal. Almost anyone in good physical shape with a desire to succeed has a good chance of hiking to the summit. The trail does not head up the direct route to the summit by the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, as this is a very steep route used by mountaineers. Instead, it follows the gentler main branch of Lone Pine Creek to its source, and then climbs by 97 switchbacks to the Sierra crest about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of the summit. The trail then travels very close to the crest of the range until reaching the summit plateau. This longer “dogleg” route makes possible a standard hiking trail. During peak season the trail is well-maintained and easy to follow. Once the mountain clears of snow and ice, usually in early to mid summer, it requires no mountaineering or winter gear. Beyond Trail Crest pass the trail loses a small amount of elevation that is gained on the return. In this final stretch of the trail, on the west side of Whitney’s needle-like south ridge, some sections of the trail must be rebuilt after each winter. The views here of the interior High Sierra can be extraordinary, due in part to the precipitous exposure. The crowning views are had on the summit of Whitney, where the trail ends at the Smithsonian Institution Shelter.

A single day hike of the trail usually starts between 2 and 4 AM. Most day hikers will complete the trip in between 10 and 20 hours. Because of the length, distance and high altitude of the trail, hiking it in a single day requires some fitness and endurance.

Management

The Mount Whitney Trail, from above Lone Pine Lake to Trail Crest, lies within the special Mount Whitney Zone of the Inyo National Forest. Due to the high volume of trail users, the Forest Service enforces special regulations here to preserve Whitney’s wild character. Wilderness permits are always required to use the trail, and between May 1 and November 1, a quota permits only 60 overnight users and 100 day users per day.

Beginning in 2012, the Mt. Whitney permit lottery switched over from mail-in applications to an online format.

Camping

Camping is allowed along most of the trail, more than 100 ft (30 m) from water, but level ground that meets that description is extremely limited, so most backpackers congregate in two camps. Outpost Camp, the lower of the two camps, is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) by trail from Whitney Portal, at 10,365 ft (3,159 m). It is sheltered by trees, near a waterfall and Bighorn Meadow. Trail Camp is 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from the trail head at 12,000 ft (3,700 m), in a rocky, often windy, alpine basin. This is also the last place where there is a reliable water source. The lake at the trail camp has algae from the human waste deposits and is usually purified before drinking. A water pump or purifying and neutralizing tablets work well. Depending on conditions, clean water may be found in springs on the switchbacks. Most overnight backpackers will take between 2 and 4 days to complete this trip.

Human waste

Human waste management was a major problem at Mount Whitney, and in 2006 the Inyo National Forest instituted a mandatory “pack it out” program. The Forest Service removed the solar latrines at Outpost Camp and Trail Camp, and instead began issuing “WAG Bags” (Waste Alleviation and Gelling) to trail users for human waste.

Bear canisters

From May 25 to October 31, backpackers are required to carry a bear-resistant canister; these can be rented at the Interagency Visitors Center south of Lone Pine or the Whitney Portal Store for a nominal fee. Black bears are common along the Mount Whitney Trail. Night sightings of these bears are not unusual. When traveling at night, hikers are advised to wield a bright headlight and a shrill whistle; making many strange, loud noises will alert the bears to human presence. If possible, hikers should travel in a larger group as bears are much less likely to approach a group than a single person.

Weather

The High Sierra, including Mount Whitney, has unpredictable weather patterns. Thunderstorms and lightning are a frequent occurrence at the peak on summer afternoons.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 22 Miles Round Trip
  • Compass Latitude: 36° 33′ 56″ N
  • Compass Longitude: 118° 15′ 59″ W
  • Numeric Latitude: 36.565556
  • Numeric Longitude: -118.266389
  • Elevation in Meters: 1873
  • Elevation in Feet: 6145

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Beyers Lake Trail

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The Beyers Lake trail is 6 1/4 miles long. It begins at Grouse Ridge Trail and ends at Forest Road 0843-018 At Mine.

At a Glance

Fees No fees
Permit Info: There are no special permits required to hike this trail. If you choose to camp and have a fire, a California Campfire Permit is required. Depending on the time of year and current conditions, the Tahoe National Forest may be under Fire Restrictions, limiting the types of fires or stoves allowed in the backcountry. Be sure to visit the Alerts and Warnings area of this website or check in with the ranger station when planning your trip.
Usage: Medium

General Information

Directions:

Trail Access:  From Highway 89 North take Jackson Meadow Road (Forest  Road 07) west to Forest Road 86.  Turn south on Road 86 to Meadow Lake.

From Interstate 80 take Eagle Lakes turn off.  Parking is at the Indian Springs OHV Trailhead.  With a 4WD vehicle, it is a 1 1/2 mile drive to Eagle Lakes where Grouse Ridge Trail begins.  Take Grouse Ridge Trail 1 1/2 miles to Beyers Lakes Trail.
General Notes:

Topo Maps: Cisco Grove, English Mt

Trail description: From Meadow Lake, a four-wheel-drive trail proceeds west towards Baltimore Lake.  At a point one and one-half mile west of Meadow Lake the four-wheel-drive trail ends, with a good view of French Lake to the north.  A foot trail descends across a rocky hillside toward Baltimore Lake, which lies in a heavily timbered basin. There are a number of good campsites and fishing is generally good.

The trail leaves Baltimore Lake and climbs over a saddle for a gentle descent into the Beyers lakes area, a group of four lakes in a rocky landscape with a border of fir trees.  From this point the trail continues west to its junction with the Grouse Ridge Trail.

Keep a clean camp. Do not attract animals to your site.  Pack all your trash home with you when you leave.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6.25 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°21'59.7"N
  • Compass Longitude: 120°35'17.5"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.3665917
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.5881883
  • Elevation in Meters: 2030
  • Elevation in Feet: 6660

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Cutca Trail

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In the Agua Tibia Wilderness; best time of year Spring to Fall. The first .5 mile is downhill through switchbacks. The trail then climbs back out of the small valley following the bottom of a small drainage. The trail continues west across a number of meadows and then climbs again into the Cutca Valley. After wandering north down the valley for about .5 mile, the trail turns west again and climbs into the SE corner of the Agua Tibia Wilderness. The trail climbs up the bottom of a drainage for about 1 mile and then starts a steep climb up a ridge toward Eagle Crag. The climb ends at the 4730′ elevation and begins a contour west across the face of the peak to a ridge which runs northwest. The trail then descends this ridge to Crosley Saddle and its terminus with the Wildhorse Peak and Palomar-Magee Trails. The trail traverses a wide variety of landscapes including chaparral, oak woodlands, big cone douglas fir, and coulter pine stands. Animals include lizards, snakes, deer, mountain lions and much in between. Water sources are scarce. The meadow areas provide good camping

Directions: From the LA Basin take I-15 south to Highway 79 near Temecula. Take Hwy 79 south toward Warner Springs. About .25 mile past the junction with Highway 371 take Forest road 8S05 west (on right). This is the same turnoff used to reach Rancho California RV Resort. At about 5 miles the trailhead sign will be found on the right side of the road. Parking is in the wide area along the road. (Vehicles must display a Forest Adventure Pass.) From San Diego take I-15 north to Highway 79 near Temecula.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 10.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 332339N
  • Compass Longitude: 1165150W
  • Numeric Latitude: 33.3941998
  • Numeric Longitude: -116.8639128
  • Elevation in Meters: 1030
  • Elevation in Feet: 3379

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Painted Rock Trail

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The Painted Rock trail is 3.7 miles long. It begins at Soda Springs, Section 9 and ends at 2000 Pacific Crest Trail, Section 23. The trail is open for the following uses: Horseback Riding

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 391407N
  • Compass Longitude: 1201804W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.2351835
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.3010318
  • Elevation in Meters: 1984
  • Elevation in Feet: 6509

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Seven Oaks Trail

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The Seven Oaks trail is accessed from Forest Road 2N10.   From just west of the Big Bear Lake village area, take Mill Creek Road near Aspen Glen Picnic Area –   Mill Creek Road turns in to 2N10.  Go approximately 4 miles on 2N10,  and the trailhead sign will be on your right hand side. This trail can also be accessed from Forest Road 2N06,  about 1 mile north of Converse station.

The Boulder Group Campground provides access to a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails, including the Seven Oaks Trail, which is west of Big Bear Lake Village. The 30-year-old trail is overgrown in some areas, but leads to spectacular views of San Gorgonio Peak, the highest point in Southern California.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 341237N
  • Compass Longitude: 1165440W
  • Numeric Latitude: 34.2102862
  • Numeric Longitude: -116.9111423
  • Elevation in Meters: 2130
  • Elevation in Feet: 6988

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Woodcamp Creek Interpretive Trail

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Woodcamp Creek Interpretive Trail A self guide nature trail is located east of the Forest Service work center on the southwest corner of the Jackson Meadow Reservoir. This trail is about one-half mile in length and explains some of the natural features found in the area. Elevation: 6100 feet

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 392852N
  • Compass Longitude: 1203321W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.4810124
  • Numeric Longitude: -120.5557674
  • Elevation in Meters: 1902
  • Elevation in Feet: 6240

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