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Quick weekend trip to Rancheria Falls

Postby cbert » Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:53 pm

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Hetch Hetchy
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Hetch Hetchy

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weather was fantastic
no mosquitoes
signs of bears being active, but no encounters at camp
finally tried eating manzanita blossoms & i found them to be pretty good eating
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still outta shape
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Re: Quick weekend trip to Rancheria Falls

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:18 pm

Were the flowers starting to show on the trail towards Rancheria yet?
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Re: Quick weekend trip to Rancheria Falls - flora

Postby cbert » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:13 pm

i think in the next couple weeks be ideal
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Harlequin Lupine
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Harlequin Lupine
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Blue Dick
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Re: Quick weekend trip to Rancheria Falls

Postby balzaccom » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:20 pm

Cool! Looks like more flowers came out since I visited there the week before!

How many people were camped at Rancheria Falls?
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Re: Quick weekend trip to Rancheria Falls

Postby cbert » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:43 pm

they sold out of permits (25) for the trailhead both friday & saturday

saw a lot of people on the trail, both backpacking & day hiking, both sat & sun
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Re: Quick weekend trip to Rancheria Falls

Postby SSSdave » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:22 pm

I'm planning to road trip about the Hetch Hetchy zone this coming weekend as I often try to do at this time of year. It is one of the very few Sierra areas in the 3k to 5k elevation range that usually has the last vestiges of late spring wildflowers. However I usually don't hike across the dam and if I don't go beyond Wapama. There are a number of no name spots I park along roads and wander out with topo into the digger pine granitoid landscapes where little terraced basins often hold many species. Would be nice if they manage some thunderstorms in the next few days as is possible in order to push out more goldfields.
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