|Hiking||8.00 Miles|| || |
|640 ft AEG|| || || |
I left the east valley around 5AM and cruised into FR81 by 8AM. I parked about a mile before the trailhead since the last part of the road is really nasty. Plenty of people do make all the way. I needed the extra mile hike anyway. The wind was up all day off and on. The trail down to WCC is in good shape. I met some people on their way up who tried to fish awhile but gave up.
I could see tents before I got all the way down the trail. In all I passed 5 different groups of people camping creekside during my hike of about 2 miles downstream. I was surprised to see this many people out with the campfire ban. The trail along the creek is pretty easy to follow if you don't mind wet feet. Just before the Tramway trail joins in, you'll pass the supposed old grafiti on the stone walls. Most looks fake to me. There is a well difined trail down past the Tramway intersection that does involve a little bushwacking, although you can still see the trail the whole way down.
I located an elevated campsite on the right and made my self at home. I fashioned a net out of a forked stick and the netting part I always take with me on these trips. During the next 30 minutes I caught 28 crawdads within 50 feet of my campsite creek access. Later I added a brown trout to the dinner menu. Several other groups of people passed in the afternoon, most hiking upstream from the Point trail. The bacon I brought proved to be a worthy addition when cooked with some onion and crawdads. I boiled the others and added the tails to pasta... Night was cool but very comfortable with a 35 degree bag.
The next morning, some good coffee and the rest of that bacon was a warming replacement for no campfire. I really enjoyed the hike out and met still other people on Sunday out day-hiking. I would have liked to have spent more time fishing but it was too windy for the flyrod. I think I'll try to reach the same campsite from the Point trail next time...