A nice overnight trek to Redrock Meadows is just north of Casa Vieja Meadows. The hike will stay near the headwaters of several creeks and along side a few springs too. This trip remains between 8,310 feet to 8,960 feet elevation. Most of the lost in elevation will be the first couple of miles when you leave the parking lot at Blackrock Trailhead.
Redrock Meadows – Part 1 of 2
Redrock Meadows – Part 2 of 2
Day 1 – Blackrock Trailhead to Redrock Meadows (8.6 miles)
The trail begins at Blackrock Trailhead on the Sequoia National Forest. A nice parking area is available to leave a vehicle at the end of Forest Service road 21S03. Once on the trail hike for about 300 yards to the Golden Trout Wilderness boundary sign. Here the trail not only enters into the wilderness but crosses into the Inyo National Forest. Continue down the trail for about 2 miles. The trail comes to a junction on the western side of Casa Vieja Meadows.
Continue straight ahead to avoid going down Ninemile Creek to Jordan Hot Springs. About a tenth of a mile take the trail going north (left) away from Casa Vieja Meadows. There is about a 0.75 climb out of small drainage and onto more level ground. The trail continues on for another 1.8 miles and the trail meets at a junction near Long Canyon Creek. Take a left going over the creek and continue north to the next junction (about 0.5 miles).
Once at the trail junction head west (left) towards Redrock Meadows. Bear Keg Meadow is about a half a mile from this point along the trail. The trail continues for another 3.2 miles to Redrock Meadows and Indian Head, a natural rock formation to the southwest of Redrock Meadows. The trail crosses a few streams and several springs along the way. However, Long Stringer Creek and River Spring may be the best sources of water depending on the time of year. Once at Redrock Meadow, set up camp and relax prior to crossing the creek.
Day 2 – Redrock Meadows to Blackrock Trailhead
Simply pack up and return the way you came. The first half of the trek will be up and down till past Bear Keg Meadow. Once you turn south towards Casa Vieja Meadows, the trail heads downhill in elevation. The climb out of Casa Vieja Meadows to Blackrock Trailhead is approximately 600 feet in 2 miles.
Any fishing opportunities for pure golden trout?
Golden Trout Creek is where you want to go for that. Purest strand and part of the Heritage challenge too.