Two trails were hiked over this past weekend on the Sequoia National Forest side of the Golden Trout Wilderness. Below is a quick trails report of the current conditions. Thanks for submitting a trails report to us!
July 13 and 14, 2013
The Summit Trail
I hiked approximately 10 miles of the trail from the Summit Trailhead, on the Sequoia National Forest, to just above Twin Lakes. The are a few down trees across the trail. However, users have created reroutes to get around them. Looks both equestrian and non-equestrian use can get around these obstacles.
Around mile marker 6.0, there is a small trail cutoff to Neva Point (0.2 miles). The trail no longer exists and one has to navigate off the Summit Trail, through the blow down, and make their way to the point. Totally worth it though. If you have AT&T, you get full bar reception (tried with an iPhone 4S) and can call out no problem. Good to know in case there is an emergency!
The last mile to mile an a half to Maggie Lakes (mile marker 7.5 that overlooks Pecks Canyon) is very rocky. The trail tends to fade at times, but users have stacked rocks. It was not difficult to follow, but users should be aware.
Between Maggie Lakes and Twin Lakes, the trail is predominantly visible. Reroutes have been created and are becoming the “new trail.” The original trail is either covered by down trees or, in some cases, several dozen limbs.
Water sources are South Mountaineer Creek (0.5 miles from trailhead), Unnamed Trib to Pecks Cabin (8.0 miles from trailhead), and all the lakes. Frog Lake and Twin Lakes water is starting to stagnate as there is no water flowing out of the outlet nor fresh water entering the lakes. Lake water temps, on the shores, are about 70 F or 21 C, in case you wanted to swim.
Overall I would say the trail is in a lot better condition then last year.
This trail links users from the Summit Trail, at Mowery Meadow, to the Alpine Creek down near Parole Cabin (site). Starting from the Summit Trail, the trail is open and easy to follow. A lot of blown down trees have been either cut out or the trail has been re-routed. This occurs approximately for the first half of a mile. There was a couple of times I had to retrace my steps to find the re-route as the original tread is easily to see and follow. Once you pass the 3rd creek crossing, the down trees are not an issue.
Mowery Meadow does not have water, so one will need to hike down about a 1/2 mile to a dispersed campsite (between 1st and 2nd creek crossing) on the right. Water is flowing at that point and the remained of Mountaineer Creek.