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After a somewhat tough week on the home front I decided I needed to get away for a couple days, and this would be a good time to see how things looked in places I like to go in the Sierra Anchas, post Juniper Fire. I wasn't sure where I would camp, not knowing conditions after the fire. Usually I pick someplace up above the falls in Workman Creek, but I have stayed at Rose Creek CG too. Driving up Monday afternoon there were some folks camping at the Sawmill area, but when I got to Rose Creek, wow what a surprise! Never saw so many Kelty tents in one place, as a contingent of youth conservation corps folks had taken over the campground. I had trouble turning around back in there without running over a tent. :lol: This group is part of the post fire restoration efforts. They were working on various trails, including the Parker Creek Trail #160. I imagine there is plenty to do on that one, since it looks like it burned really hot up in that steep climb above the research station.

I decided to skip Workman and head up to the Reynolds Creek Road (FR410), and camp somewhere up there instead. A lot of grading and debris cleanup had been recently done, so the road was in good condition. Took a break at the end of the road by the trailhead, then drove back a short way to check out FR235 up to Billy Lawrence TH. There was nobody along Reynolds Creek Road, so I could have camped there, but I like that awesome view from the edge of the escarpment at Billy Lawrence, so that was my choice. Again, the road was recently graded and in good shape (it isn't as prone to flood damage as Reynolds Creek anyway since most of it is on higher ground). Luckily nobody was there, so got to camp at one of my favorite spots just a short ways from the end of FR235 (Camp Grasshopper FR235-C/site #2). I hadn't been there since a memorable camp/hike trip with Cindy back in July 2010. I was pleased to see things were pretty much exactly as they were 6 years ago! :D

I must say, I was impressed at how good things looked in these areas. Fire went through just about every inch, but it was managed well along the creeks and roads. Lots of work has been done in there for sure with all the tree removal, debris clearing, etc. :thanx:
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