The Hungry Packer wrote:Last November a friend and I made our way past Whiskey Log Camp and camped along the South Fork Kaweah. Once we passed Ladybug Falls we didn't see anyone else the entire time we were in the canyon. There are some nice campsites on the north side of the river maybe 1 mile past Whiskey Log. After a night of camping, we followed a faint trail along the north side of the river up the canyon. We made it well into the South Fork Grove, where there are some awesome sequoias, including a huge one that has fallen and you can walk on top of.
As I recall, the trail continued up the canyon along the north side of the river. There were remnants of camping gear and shredded clothing in the area...don't really know what that was about.
Interesting note: we camped along a large, open granite slab close to the river. We laid out there until about midnight to look at the stars...didn't see or hear anyone else. The next morning when we left camp to hike up to South Fork Grove, we found twig objects/figures lashed together with natural twine at the site where we had been stargazing.
I don't know who would have put twigs together like that in the middle of the night. That area gave me the willies.
I have spent a lot of nights up in the south fork canyon. I have also found shredded clothes/gear and even a tent once. Not on the trail, but in a side canyon. I always assumed it was people that were too lazy to pack out their gear..then the bears find it. But as you guy higher and further up the canyon it definitely gets weirder. I always get the willies up there too. Not to sound too weird, but I have always thought that if Sasquatch was real, it would live up there. So who do you honestly think made those twig things you found?
sparky wrote:Superstitious marijuana growers made them.
I have been quite a ways beyond south fork grove trying to get to hockett lakes. I dont mind bushwacking but it was nasty and steep.
Really? You think that's who made them?? Trying to scare people away?
So how far did you get before you turned back? I got pretty far on a dayhike from Whiskey Log once and it looked like it started to open up, but I was alone and it started getting creepy back in there.
I dont remember, this was many years ago. I just remember bushwacking, scrambling, bushwacking I was getting worked. I too was alone but I wasn't getting spooked. Now if I had found some weird voodoo dolls I probably would have been a little worried!
There is a million ways to be human, all are worthwhile.
True happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. -Chuang Tzu.
Reviving an old thread here, I'm an on and off long time reader here but have never had much to say. I did the South Kaweah Canyon to Hockett Meadow loop a couple weeks ago. It was mostly fun with half a day of hellish bushwhacking, yet nowhere near as bad as what the North Kaweah has to offer as far as bushwhacking goes... http://darinmcquoid.com/southkaweah.html
Thanks Maverick, hopefully I'll have time too Also if any of you HST guys have missions in the area just give me a shout as we're right in Three Rivers with a nice shower to wash off the poison oak or want to get a good nights sleep.
Great trip report! I am so jealous. You Darin, are my hero! We will be backpacking & exploring up on south fork Kaweah this weekend, but unfortunately won't be doing this. Hopefully someday I will though. If you ever feel like doing it again, I would be more than happy to accompany you. Is that metal camp sign new? For some reason I don't remember ever seeing that sign.. Thanks again for the trip report and cool pictures. William Hart
We are just starting our third year here and the signs have been there since we got here. The Cahoon Mdw - S. Kaweah sign looks like the tree used to obscure most of it. I'd guess those were put up some time in the '70s? - Correction, the Trails End Camp sign is certainly from a different era, bolts instead of nails and it has rounded edges.
Have fun up there, I'd imagine you'll see some snow if you go too high up
I recognize the Cahoon sign, it looks like it's been there for many years, I just don't remember ever seeing the Trails End Camp sign. But then again it's been a few years since I have been that far back. Did you happen to see the homemade camp sign back there? I think it says David's Camp? It's made out of wood.. It's about a mile past the end of the trail. We had a great time up there, didn't see any snow. But we did run into 3 plainclothes undercover Park rangers looking for a grow site. As always, S.Fork Kaweah never is boring.
Hey Daniel, you and Darin and I should get together someday and do a trip. I also live in Visalia.