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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby iHartMK » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:52 am

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?
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby sparky » Mon Sep 08, 2014 5:46 pm

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.
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby iHartMK » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:18 am

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.
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby sparky » Tue Sep 09, 2014 5:14 pm

Not to scare people away exactly....voodoo.

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!
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby iHartMK » Wed Sep 10, 2014 12:28 pm

That's is trippy.. to say the least.

Oh ok, well maybe we need to get a group together this fall and do it. It seems like it would be a cool adventure.
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby DMQ » Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:15 pm

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
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby maverick » Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:20 pm

Hi Darin,

Welcome to HST! Really enjoyed your kayaking adventures on your website. Hopefully you will find time to post some in our "Other Wicked Sierra Nevada Sports" section. :nod:
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Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby DMQ » Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:02 pm

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.
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby iHartMK » Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:06 pm

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.
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby DMQ » Thu Nov 05, 2015 3:32 pm

Hey Will,

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 :)
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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby limpingcrab » Tue Nov 10, 2015 12:16 am

Thanks for the share, Darin! I must say I sure would like to see some pictures of that steep granite section of the South Fork as I've been considering a low water swim/hike down from Hockett Lakes.

Didn't realize you live in Three Rivers, I'm in Visalia but I may have to stop by sometime to pick your brain about kayaking/fishing a few spots around here :)

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Re: South Fork Kaweah River Canyon to Hockett

Postby iHartMK » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:50 am

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.
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