markv wrote:This is a quick follow-up to my Williamson question. I'm thinking of parking at either Onion Valley or Symmes Creek (Shepherd's Pass) trailhead, and then making a loop hike of it. Does anyone have any info on what it would be like to walk the mile or so that connects those two roads? I've been to the area once, and i remember it being basically grassland, but i have no idea if it's private land, fenced off, rampant rattlesnakes, or whatever. I'd hope to hitchhike the Onion Valley road to the trailhead, but if i couldn't, i could at least drop pack and make an easy-ish walk of it.
markv wrote:Sorry i wasn't especially clear. The walk would go something like this:
Drive to Symmes Creek / Shepherd's Pass trailhead and park.
Walk CROSSCOUNTRY back to the Onion Valley road. This looks like about a mile, as opposed to walking the many miles down to the junction.
markv wrote:I see the connecting road now on Google maps. I wonder if that road went down after the Trails Illustrated map was printed.
Anyway, i'm set now. It seems the most logical route would be to bring bicycles, stash them somewhere at Onion Valley, hike up from Symmes Creek and end the hike at Onion Valley, and then bike back to the car.
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