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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby richlong8 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:36 pm

I prefer the east side as well. I would like to access the ranger station on the river via Trail Pass/Golden Trout Creek, then go north up river, and exit eventually over Shepherd Pass.

I found the trail from Lloyd Meadows to Little Kern Lake much more trashy than it should have been. The Kern River itself was very slow for fishing until getting about 3 miles from the ranger station. Little Kern Lake was also very slow. I almost got the impression that the very active packers in this area are allowing their clients to run totally amuck, not catch and release fishing, and not picking up after themselves. I probably will never return by this route again. It was still a great trip, but it could have been so much more if people treated it like the wilderness that it is.



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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:11 am

Seeing the pictures of Trout Mdw/Henry Brown's place makes me long to see more. If anyone has more pictures of that area, or especially of the Coyote Lakes or Coyote Pass area, please post them if you want or can. I'd love to see them. All my pictures of the region from that period of my life are way-pre-digital, and for me aren't easily available.
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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:53 pm

I am attaching below an altered/updated map of the Lloyd and Lewis TH. Most maps have trails missing and omit the extent of the Lloyd trailhead. Hopefully you can make out the details. Too bad this BBS does not have the feature where you mouse over a picture and it springs up to full size. Click on the map to enlarge.

Lloyn Meadows TH is one of the best early season trailheads in the sierra. While most other trails are blocked with snow, you can do the trip into the Kern Rivers in May (maybe even April), which I did many times (yeah yeah, I should do a TR). From near snow free Jerky Meadows (the high point on the way to the Kern) you can see snow on Farewell Gap.
The Lloyd trailhead has lots of horsepacker parking and a fair sized waterless camp-ground. There are various free and organized CG's nearby as well as a pack station.
The Lloyd TH is near the entrance of the trailhead parking area (ample paved parking). The trail is fairly level until just after the unmaintained trail junction. It is a nice trail.
The unmaintained trail is usable, and is used by horsepackers, and backpackers will only want to do this trail in the downward direction. It is steep and exposed and sometimes faint and overgrown a bit. The footing is good throughout, at least the one time I tried it.
At the junction with the Lewis trail there is a trail that goes north into the Little Kern, and if you go down it a ways you get a picture perfect view of the Little Kern River basin and Farewell gap. Early season this north trail might not be too desirable due to high water in the Little Kern River. Other routes into this basin are available without dangerous wet crossings.
It is a real good idea to have 7.5 map of this area because the area from Jerky to the Little Kern bridge is threaded with many use trails. Best advice is to take rights at all trail junctions except the faint use trail to Castle Rock (keep going straight). Once you reach the bridge, everything is pretty obvious, though there are narrower horsepacker use trails here and there. The main trails are obvious.
More later if there is any interest.
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Kern02.jpg
If you took the best route to the Little Kern River bridge (there is water along the way if you take this route), this is what you see as you near the bridge (camping available near the bridge).
FarewellFromTrail.jpg
The north trail looking towards Farewell Gap a short distance from the junction at Jerky Meadow.
LewisAndLloyd.jpg
Trailhead area of Lewis and Lloyd Meadow TH's.
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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby East Side Hiker » Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:03 am

For whatever reason, I still don't get how to "get permission" to view photos. I guess I'm dumb.
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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby oldranger » Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:40 am

ESH

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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby ERIC » Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:37 pm

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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:02 am

Its getting clearer. Thanks to all for the helpful tips.

It is great to see all the photos and hear the news from the Kern River/Little Kern region. It is fabulous country. I had a great time down there.

Again, thank you all for the news and photos.
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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby East Side Hiker » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:08 am

I don't know what to think about my mind, but I do not remember the Little Kern bridge. Where is it located? Has it been installed since 1979?
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Re: Coyote Pass?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:20 am

I don't know what to think about my mind, but I do not remember the Little Kern bridge. Where is it located? Has it been installed since 1979?"

It looks like its been there for a while. Its general location: If you draw a line between Garlic Meadow and Trout Meadow, where that line crosses the Little Kern River is just a little SE of the bridge.
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