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Hooper Creek question

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:29 pm

Has anyone been up or down Hooper Creek, north of Florence Lake, to access Gordon, Neil, Harvey and Hooper Lakes? An internet fly fishing website simply says "follow the creek", not very informative! From the topo map it seems to me that staying up on one of the adjacent ridges would be better than following the creek. Also, once at the lakes are either saddles north of Hooper Peak " backpack-able" in order to reach Rose Lake?



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Re: Hooper Creek question

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:28 pm

Might help, but no pictures anymore.
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Re: Hooper Creek question

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:40 pm

Thanks! That was very helpful.
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Re: Hooper Creek question

Postby Troutdog 59 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:13 pm

It's been awhile WD, but I've done that route and there is a trail from the bottom, but it doesn't follow the creek and it isn't on the topos that I know of. I have talked to quite a few who have just followed the creek including my brother, but we used the trail on my one visit in about 88 or 89. Just short of the diversion dam, there's a Forest Service TH sign and the trail starts there. There are often a few vehicles parked around the TH. The trail, crosses the creek, and heads NE up the slope to about the 9,200' mark, then contours E/SE around the knob at about 9,400 and then makes it way generally eastward to the lakes. We didn't visit the lower 2 lakes (Gordon and Harvey), but did stop at Hooper for a rest stop.

We stopped at Hooper before heading up to Foolish and Crazy Lakes and crossing the ridge to Rose Lake. I think we went from the north end of Crazy Lake a went up from there. My brother had done it before and indicated it was no problem, pretty straight forward Class 2. With your experience I figure it wont be a problem as it was just slabs and benches with a few nooks to crawl up, but on my try it was a bit of an adventure. The first half or better was pretty uneventful, but then it began to rain. We had a friend along who had limited experience and with the slick surfaces my friend lost confidence. I sat with him until the storm cleared a bit a the rock dried out abit, and we then made our way up with me taking his pack up the steeper spots and coming back for mine. Thinking about it, I was actually kind of PO'd at my bro for thinking our friend could do this trip as he knew his ability, but I digress!!

All in all its quite doable and I would guess it would be a cake walk for yourself. I hope that helps.

P.S. I think the lakes you call the Melody Lakes are actually the Medley Lakes.
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Re: Hooper Creek question

Postby freestone » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:54 pm

Just short of the diversion dam, there's a Forest Service TH sign and the trail starts there.


I remember that sign. As I recall, it was old school metal. Green lettering against a white background, and almost worn out. Finding the trail would be preferred, at least for the first part.The ridge is well timbered and steep.
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Re: Hooper Creek question

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:28 pm

Thanks for the information. My tentative plan was to go in via Florence Lake and up the PCT and spend several days at all the lakes north of Seldon Mass (Marie, Rose, Melody) with a day hike to Orchid, Apollo and Cirque and then head to Hooper Creek to return, walking back on the road to my car parked at the Florence Lake store. Thus, I would have to find the trail from the top. I usually am able to find obscure trails if I know the general location. I really am glad that you have been over the pass between Crazy Lake and Rose Lake. That was one area I was not sure of. If I could not get over that ridge, I would have to return the way I came.
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Re: Hooper Creek question

Postby tomba » Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:27 pm

Troutdog 59 wrote:(...) there is a trail from the bottom, but it doesn't follow the creek and it isn't on the topos that I know of.

There is a trail marked on MyTopo map. The road to the trailhead is marked 4WD. I haven't been there.
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