Aug 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm #1277890
October 20-23 2011
–Bring your unneeded gear for an impromptu swap meet–
–EAR PLUGS, JUST SAYING–
–Trail info–Some facts.
Zoom out and you'll see HWY 3 and HWY 299 for driving directions.
29 mile round trip, out and back to Sapphire Lake. About 7 miles in to base camp at
When you cross the second footbridge you are nearly at the meadow.
Elevation change 4240 feet, average 292 feet per mile. It's not hard.
Elevation at trailhead about 3000 feet. Elevation at Sapphire just over 6000 feet.
–Weather– Expect temps between near freezing at night to around 70 during the day.
No talk of rain.
Lots of granite up at the lakes so watch out for sunburn.
Camp at Bridge Camp Thurs. night. Let everyone get there.
Hike in on Friday morning to Morris Meadow.
Saturday up to the lakes. Enjoy some of the nicest time of year up here!
OK so a bunch of you are coming, so here is the run down…
Each carload is expected to pick up their own permit in Weaverville at the
Forest Service Office.
Weaverville is the last chance for food, gas.
Coming from I-5 this means you will go past the intersection with the 3 and
continue towards the west edge of town
(this is just a few blocks) to the FS office on your left hand side.
You can self register at the kiosk out front.
Pick up a campfire permit at the same time. They are in the box with the permits.
Now go back east on 299 and turn left by the library at the junction with the 3.
North on the 3.
Continue north on the 3 until you pass a boat ramp on your right immediately followed
by crossing a fairly large bridge.
Just at the end of the bridge, turn left at the intersection with Trinity Alps Road.
This should be obvious even in the pitch black of night.
The junction with the 3 in town is easier to miss.
Continue on Trinity Alps Rd. through the resort.
The pavement ends and you continue on to Bridge Camp right before
the trailhead parking.
This is a fee required campground.
I would suggest doubling up in camp and parking the cars at the trailhead
lot to save some cash.
We'll have a little blow out Thurs. night as we assemble.
Friday morning brings a batch of more guests. A nice slow start.
Hit the trail around 9-9:30.
A seven mile, not arduous trip take us to the edge of Morris Meadow,
where we will base camp.
Plenty of water along the trail, so pack beer instead!
People streaming in all day to camp as we soak it all in and explore the meadow edges.
After a pleasant day and restful night, those interested will head up to
the head of the canyon to see Emerald and Sapphire Lakes.
The adventurous can climb up to Mirror Lake, past
Sapphire, with plenty of boulders between.
Another great evening in camp. Sad departures, with plans of future trips on Sunday.
Can't wait to meet everyone. For me this trip seems more like a family reunion than
a meeting of strangers.
Any help needed with any of the above? Please PM me and we'll get you dialed in.Aug 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm #1768096
What airport would I fly into?Aug 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm #1768106
Doug. At this rate you should just move west. OK Oakland.Aug 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm #1768108
"At this rate you should just move west."
Hey, I'm working on it! I'm already on west coast time (I should really be in bed right now…..)!Aug 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm #1768386
Is this trip available for new faces at BPL ( like me )?Aug 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm #1768411
as we discussed Ken, I am in the throws of my busy season at work and cannot take time off M-F….have a great tripAug 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm #1768421
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
"Is this trip available for new faces at BPL ( like me )?"
No, only really , really old faces, sorry. Unless you bring some really good food to share with us.Aug 11, 2011 at 6:58 pm #1768424
"Unless you bring some really good food to share with us."
Screw the food. Unless you bring some really good scotch to share with us……Aug 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm #1768428
I know that Ken. That's why I did not ask you ;)
I could have said members only.Aug 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm #1768430
I might be able to do this one Ken. I would probably drive up on Thus. and take the following Mon. off to drive home. Just need a place to crash for Thus. and Sun night. Yeah, I'd like to see what all the talk is about up your way. "SHOW ME THE MOUNTAINS"
JackAug 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm #1768436
Jack There is a campground on the way to the trailhead called Bridge. Nice. Weaverville would have all the "regular" accommodations.Aug 11, 2011 at 7:14 pm #1768438
@meldLocale: The here and now.
I'll put it on my calendarAug 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm #1768445
A teaserAug 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm #1768465
"TEAM SNOW, THAT'S A GO!" Looks great Ken.
A litle inside joke for those that know me, and Marc. If we come it will snow!Aug 12, 2011 at 6:13 am #1768559
Great shots, looks a lot like the Sierras….I wanna gooooooooooooooooo darn!Aug 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm #1768857
@qtrlbrwchsLocale: northern california
I would like to come along, and as my initiation (first bpl outing), I volunteer to pack any "beverages" for the group.Aug 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm #1768883
That's a brave move Tyler, I don't think you relize how much some of these guy's like there beverage.Aug 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm #1768891
@qtrlbrwchsLocale: northern california
I believe I can accomadate everyone as long as you are all truly uler's and not heavyweights.Aug 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm #1769394
October 21st is the revised End-of-the-World! Now I have to come!Aug 15, 2011 at 11:44 am #1769531
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
Just came back from the Trinities, my first BPL trip was in the Trinities two years ago, and I am definitely in for this trip too. Absolutely beautiful up there!Aug 20, 2011 at 8:43 am #1771375
Shameless self promoting bump…
Room for plenty there. Carpooling is wise.
Come if you can.Aug 20, 2011 at 9:51 am #1771387
would it be possible to hike in on Sat. and come out on Sun.??? Not sure of how long the drive is. Mind you, I can get up at 4am pretty easilyAug 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm #1771470
@macrophyllumLocale: Northern California
I am interested, and if Jack is going I will bring my snow gear!Aug 20, 2011 at 4:47 pm #1771476
@ Ken You could do it, but you would miss most of the fun.
@ Adam. Wise choice!
Everyone is welcome. Just don't wear the welcome out.Aug 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm #1773773
@bumpassLocale: The Far Left Coast? : /
@Doug….let's see, in less than a week you had an earthquake, a hurricane and tornadoes in/near your area. It might be safer out here in Cali? ;)
@Ken, My folks are coming out at that time, but may be able to have them see my brother first.
Miss you all.
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