Central California

July 24, 2010

Some exciting stream crossings between Pine Creek and Silver Pass, especially at Bear Creek and the north fork of Mono Creek. At Mono, we went downstream a short distance and made three short crossings instead of one hair-raising one. Bring your DEET, mosquitoes everywhere.

May 26, 2010

I backpacked from Walker Pass Campground to Chimney Peak Campground on the weekend of 5/15 through 5/16/2010. I would like to report the trail concitions here.

From Walker Pass Campground to Owen’s Peak Saddle, there were perfect trail conditions. However, after the Owen’s Peak Saddle, the trail needs major pick-axe work. It almost seemed like side-hilling since the trail was almost erased by slides.

Although, when I got to Cow Canyon the conditions were almost identical. There is water flowing through a pipe at Joshua Tree Springs. BLM has a sign posted at this point which states that the water is unsafe for drinking, so I would recommend filtering any water obtained from this source (or the use of chlorine tablets).

Spanish Needles Canyon also needs pick-axe work done; however, in addition to the slides, there are also many trees downed due to high winds earlier this year. The Spanish Needles Creek is flowing and is a good water source.

Over the Spanish Needles Saddle on the north side, the trail was in fair to good condition all the way to Chimney Creek Campground. I am interested in helping to maintain this section of trail. I can be reached by email at [email protected] if you desire my help. There is no water at the Chimney Creek Campground since BLM has shut the well off. There were BLM officials working there. When I asked them about the well, they stated that they were attempting to repair the well to working order.