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Hilton Creek Lakes trip report

Postby copeg » Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:56 am

This place has been on my winter to do list for a while. Finally got up the nerve to make the long drive from the bay area.

On very little food and sleep I left the Rock Creek sno-park by 10am Saturday. I was very shocked by how little snow there actually was, and also how fast it was melting in what felt like summer temps. I took the safe route by skiing up the road, then braching off at the Hilton Creek Lakes Trailhead and following the trail. By the time I had reached this point the snow was mush and very hard to slog through. It took a very long time to reach my intended campsite here, and given all the whoomping and sluffing I was causing, I ended up having to descend towards Davis Lake before ascending again through the dense trees (all this being said I saw NO sign of any avalanches).

I camped for the night, listening to the music of the ice shifing on the lake and coyotes howling in the early morning. I was intending on moving into Little Lakes Valley the following night, but multiple things - including a ski binding that looked like it was about to blow on me - made me decide to head out the next day.

I'm way behind in processing photos, so I'll try to post more as I go through them, but here is one of my room with a view at the Hilton:
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Postby hikerduane » Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:21 am

Nice campsite, unless the wind comes up. You should have seen the avalanche roll out last Spring viewed from the highway by whatsitsname road up to whatsitsname lakes. Arg! Where I live, I was shoveling snow a week ago and snowmobiling. This last weekend was warm, I was outside in a heavy shirt, digging down to dirt to get some pots ready to plant tomato seeds on the 18. Plus I took the motorcycle for a ride into town, bundled up in a jacket and vest, with insulated gloves, it was still in the 60's or there about.
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Postby doug395 » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:18 pm

Very cool TB, I always like your campsite shots, they tell a story.
I need to get my act together for some early season trips.
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Postby copeg » Thu Mar 22, 2007 7:43 pm

Thanks Doug and Duane. The snow seems to be melting fast, and there's so little of it...its gonna be mid-summer early this year. I still haven't gotten my act together to sit down and process more photos...I was a tad disapointed with many of them anyways. Here's one from the lot of velvia I shot:

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Postby hikerduane » Fri Mar 23, 2007 5:53 am

Magee Lakes. Tada!

Love the colors. Thanka you.
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