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Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby Cardiff Kook » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:25 am

Anyone have any experience hitching from Florence Lake back to the Bear Dam Trailhead?



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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:43 am

In the middle of the season that probably wouldn't be an issue. Right now? I was over Kaiser Pass on Saturday - there's hardly anyone out and about this time of year. Definitely a dropoff in traffic after Labor Day.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:15 pm

Hi Cardiff,

Welcome to HST!

Anyone have any experience hitching from Florence Lake back to the Bear Dam Trailhead?


When were you planning to try to hitch a ride for this trip?
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby Cardiff Kook » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:03 pm

In the next two weeks. I may end up doing something doesn't require a shuttle.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:31 pm

In the next two weeks. I may end up doing something doesn't require a shuttle.


Yeah, like AT said, this time of the year that place is much less used and hitching a ride would be extremely difficult. Good luck if you do try.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:22 am

I camped up there in mid October, there were still a fair number of vehicles cruising around.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby sctopdx » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:33 am

Did the original poster end up getting a hitch? I am thinking of doing something similar this summer. Most likely 1st or 2nd week of September. Leave my car at Florence lake and hitch from Bear Creek Diversion dam / mono hotsprings.

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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:48 am

The crowds drop off after Labor Day, and Bear Diversion is 2.3 miles of dirt road. You'll have much better luck on the pavement. Still possible, but you can't count on it. Especially if you're in a hurry.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:55 am

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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby sctopdx » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:50 pm

I should have added, that I planned on walking that road. Driven it too, but that's another story. I may look at other plans. The walk from the dam cutoff to Florence would suck.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:33 pm

One year I did Wishon to Yosemite Valley. I walked from Florence to Edison on the road, and did the rest on trails. I got a ride very quickly after leaving Florence, a rancher couple offered. Because they were going down to Fresno, they only took me to the Y. I walked the remaining seven miles to Edison without any offers. I didn't try to get a ride either. I would have accepted, but didn't want to put anyone out of their comfort zone. This was late July 07.

What are you calling the Dam cutoff? The dam itself? There's a Bear Creek Cutoff trail right before Edison Dam, that's the only trailhead with cutoff in the title.
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Re: Hitchhiking Florence Lake to Bear Dam Junction Trailhead

Postby sctopdx » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:40 pm

Yes I was considering the Bear creek OHV road the dam cutoff. Thx for the info
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