Those looking for a rugged wilderness hike will not be disappointed by Jim Creek Trail #235. Although the trail begins in ponderosa forest, it quickly loses elevation. Pines are replaced by chaparral studded with beargrass, cat-claw, and agave. As this trail follows the sharp ridgeline above Jim Creek, there are expansive views of Joe's Ridge and the surrounding country. Signs of human habitation and influence are strikingly absent. This adds to the landscape's profound sense of remoteness and offers backcountry travelers a unique experience of solitude. While it is unusual to encounter other hikers on the trail, run-ins with jackrabbits and mule deer are fairly common. Upturned rocks and rolled logs indicate that bears have passed through, foraging for grubs and other insects.
This trail is not for everyone. It is extremely rocky and steep, and there is little to no shade for most of its length. This trail, which ends abruptly at the National Forest boundary, must be hiked out and back.
This trail lies within the Castle Creek Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage--please, leave no trace. This trail is not recommended for horses. There is no water along the trail--come prepared.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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