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Postby QITNL » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:44 am

Exiting TM campground yesterday around noon. Spooky quiet.

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Came back to find a new-look Supertaco with a photo upload feature.
Testing here to see if you can crosslink. Answer: you can.
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Postby peninsula » Wed Sep 30, 2009 6:52 pm

Fall color is looking good! I'm looking forward to 20 days in the eastern Sierra. A good article on Sierra Fall colors: http://www.sacbee.com/1232/rich_media/2179852.html
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Postby butitsadryheat » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:22 am

Where ya goin this time peninsula?
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Postby EManBevHills » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:09 am

Great link, Peninsula.

Thanks for posting it and have a fab trip!
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Postby sierra4mee » Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:36 pm

wingding wrote:The fall colors were pretty along the Horton Creek Trail yesterday, but my bright idea of trying to get up to Basin Mountain with a bad cold failed. I got to 10,900' and called it a day, but that gave me more time to enjoy the leaves before heading home.

Fall Colors along the Horton Creek Trail yesterday:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California-Hiking-Scrambling/Sierra-Nevada-Hiking/Horton-Creek-Trail-92609/9771456_cmmz2#662459882_cNwrm


I was thinking of going up to shoot the Sunboy Mine and fall colors. How did the aspens look there? Close to peak? thanks for the info!
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Postby KathyW » Thu Oct 01, 2009 5:14 pm

Above 9,000' feet the aspens were starting to peak, but below that there was a lot of green still.

I'll bet it will be beautiful this weekend.
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Postby KathyW » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:42 pm

Horton Lake is really nice. Be warned - the road is rough as you get close to the locked gate, but do-able with a truck - I only hit bottom once in a stock 4WD Toyota Tacoma and I probably could have avoided that by being more careful.
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Postby sierra4mee » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:39 am

thanks wingding! I may go up there this weekend to avoid the crowds in the canyon!
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Postby KathyW » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:58 am

For those of us way down here in the southern end of California, the Aspen Grove in the San Bernardino National Forest was really pretty today:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California-Hiking-Scrambling/Southern-California-Mountains/Aspen-Grove-10309/9842107_nfkr5#P-1-15
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Postby MCGusto » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:54 pm

wingding wrote:For those of us way down here in the southern end of California, the Aspen Grove in the San Bernardino National Forest was really pretty today:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/California-Hiking-Scrambling/Southern-California-Mountains/Aspen-Grove-10309/9842107_nfkr5#P-1-15


Hey Kathy,

Where is this Aspen Grove found?

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Postby KathyW » Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:28 am

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Directions to the parking area: Turn right (south) off Highway 38 about 6 miles past the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Forest Service Road 1N02. Follow 1N02 until it forks right to 1N05. Go right up 1N05 (this is a rough unmaintained road but passenger cars can slowly get to the parking area) to the signed Aspen Grove Trail parking (7,400'), 2.6 miles in from Highway 38.

The best part of the grove is found by heading right after you cross the creek the first time (if you go left you'll head toward the Fish Creek Trail). Just keep following the trails that run on either side of the creek and you'll run into a really nice section about 1/2 mile or so from the first creek crossing. There are some old beaver dams in that area too.

There's supposed to be another aspen grove in the Broom Flat area of the San Bernardino National Forest. Sometime I'm going to go look for that second aspen grove. Here's some info on it:

http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/rna/gtr_chapters_pdf/broom_flat_rna.pdf
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Postby MCGusto » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:19 am

wingding wrote:Image

Directions to the parking area: Turn right (south) off Highway 38 about 6 miles past the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Forest Service Road 1N02. Follow 1N02 until it forks right to 1N05. Go right up 1N05 (this is a rough unmaintained road but passenger cars can slowly get to the parking area) to the signed Aspen Grove Trail parking (7,400'), 2.6 miles in from Highway 38.

The best part of the grove is found by heading right after you cross the creek the first time (if you go left you'll head toward the Fish Creek Trail). Just keep following the trails that run on either side of the creek and you'll run into a really nice section about 1/2 mile or so from the first creek crossing. There are some old beaver dams in that area too.

There's supposed to be another aspen grove in the Broom Flat area of the San Bernardino National Forest. Sometime I'm going to go look for that second aspen grove. Here's some info on it:

http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/programs/rna/gtr_chapters_pdf/broom_flat_rna.pdf


Thanks for the details! I'll definitely check that out this season!

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Muted and disappointing color in South Fork Drainage

Postby EManBevHills » Mon Oct 05, 2009 6:17 pm

Mark and I dayhiked Agassiz on Saturday in blustery but clear conditions.
We had a great time in spite of the nasty wind chill.

We also got to meet Richard Piorowski and Sun Nymph @ the Portal Store Sunday morning.
Richard had just completed a double climb of the Mountaineer's Route in a day!
Guess he was looking for an encore after doing 4x on Baldy a while back......
Quite a feat.

Always nice to meet crazy SP'ers in the hills!

Here's a link to a few pix:

http://picasaweb.google.com/EManBevHill ... directlink
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Postby Say yes to crack » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:28 am

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