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Green Creek Trail to East Lake, CA
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Green Creek Trail to East Lake, CA 
Green Creek Trail to East Lake, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,744 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   7 Hrs      1.39 mph
1,744 ft AEG
 
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This was my first day hike of a 13 day car camping trip traveling south on HW395 in the Easter Sierras of California. The plan was to go on a day hike up one of the many glacier carved canyons deep into the Easter Sierras every other day then drive to the next hiking destination the following day, set up camp, and do it again. The trailhead is reached by driving up Green Creek Road from its intersection with HW395 about 4.5 road miles south of Bridgeport. It's an easy drive on a well maintained gravel road. The Toiyabe National Forest campground at the trailhead was shutdown for the season on the day I arrived but this was no problem. There are approved dispersed camping areas along the road and I found a spot in a beautiful setting by the creek in the state Green Creek Wildlife Area. I was surprised that camping was allowed at a designated state Wildlife Area and I was happy to find that the privilege to camp here had not been abused. The camping area was exceptionally clean - no plastic bottle caps or bottles, no toilet paper scattered about the woods, and no blue Bud Light beer cans with or without bullet holes.

That night the temperatures got well below freezing but this was not unexpected for this time of year and I was well prepared with cold weather gear from 16 years of living in Oregon. I will confess to using the car heater to warm up the inside of the car where I sleep before crawling out of my sleeping bag in the morning. : rambo : At the trailhead that morning I was joined by a fisherman on his way to Green Lake but didn't see anyone else all day until the last mile hiking out in the afternoon. The fisherman was from San Diego and frequently comes to the Eastern Sierras - he stated that Green Lake was one of his favorites places to fish in the Fall. After about a mile he charged on to the lake while I stopped frequently to take photos. The trail is well maintained but there can be some path finding confusion at Green Lake where the many intersecting fishermen trails can lead you astray when continuing to East Lake. Having a gps track to follow helped avoid any delays. Both Green Lake and East Lake are excellent examples of the many beautiful alpine lakes of the Eastern Sierras. This is the third year I have spent two weeks exploring the Eastern Sierras on day hikes never repeating a hike (except one later in this trip) and I will never tire of the beauty of this area.
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