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Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby Ska-T » Sun May 15, 2016 11:52 pm

Sorry, no photos.

Yesterday, May 14, I hiked the (roughly) 7 mi round trip from the Pine Creek pack station (7,400 ft) to Pine Lake (9942 ft) and back. There was a considerable amount of snow on the upper 1/3 of the route, although it did not present any significant technical problems. Much of the snow could be bypassed on rocks or covered only 80% of the old mining road leaving room to walk. A reasonably fit person with a backpack could hike up to the lake and enjoy a night of camping. Poles and gaiters are recommended. The obvious camp site below the lake at the log crossing and on the north side of the creek was completely snow free. 2/3 to 3/4 of the lake was covered with a thin layer of ice.

On May 12 I day hiked from the McGee Creek trailhead. I was only able to get slightly beyond the stream crossing above the beaver ponds (second stream crossing) before snow and large amounts of water running down the trail turned me around.



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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby ndwoods » Mon May 16, 2016 1:55 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby maverick » Mon May 16, 2016 2:23 pm

Yes, thank you. :thumbsup:
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby snevill » Mon May 16, 2016 2:32 pm

good info, thank you.
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby Ska-T » Mon May 16, 2016 3:07 pm

You are welcome. I forgot to mention that I saw six Big Horn Sheep within 0 to 0.25 mi from the McGee Creek trailhead. There was a group of 4 and a group of 2 high on the south canyon wall.
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby maverick » Mon May 16, 2016 3:09 pm

I forgot to mention that I saw six Big Horn Sheep within 0 to 0.25 mi from the McGee Creek trailhead. They was a group of 4 and a group of 2 high on the south canyon wall.


Now that would have been great to see a photo of.
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby dematson » Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:15 am

Ska-T wrote:You are welcome. I forgot to mention that I saw six Big Horn Sheep within 0 to 0.25 mi from the McGee Creek trailhead. There was a group of 4 and a group of 2 high on the south canyon wall.

Was that outbound from the trailhead 0.25 miles or 0.25 miles prior to arriving at the trailhead driving? This sounds like a group from the Convict Creek herd unit.
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby dematson » Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:22 am

Ska-T wrote:You are welcome. I forgot to mention that I saw six Big Horn Sheep within 0 to 0.25 mi from the McGee Creek trailhead. There was a group of 4 and a group of 2 high on the south canyon wall.

Here is a photograph of a group I encountered up close and personal
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This is a sub group of the Mt. Langley herd unit
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Re: Micro TR: Pine Creek day hike May 14

Postby ERIC » Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:50 am

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