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Green Creek Trail to West Lake, CA
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Green Creek Trail to West Lake, CA 
Green Creek Trail to West Lake, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking9.01 Miles 2,009 AEG
Hiking9.01 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
2,009 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
 
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This was the 7th day of a 15 day car camping/hiking journey that started in the Ruby Mountains of north Nevada. Although the Ruby Mountains are beautiful, I was beginning to yearn for the Eastern Sierras and the car camping sites at higher elevations in the Sierras to escape the unpleasantly warm afternoon temps at the lower elevation car campsites in the Ruby Mtns. This would be my fourth visit to the Eastern Sierras starting in the Fall of 2014. I normally prefer to visit in the Fall after school starts to cut down on the crowds but made an exception this year. I was arriving on a Saturday so was concerned that all the campgrounds would be full (which they were). Remembering the beautiful dispersed camping areas at 7900 ft elevation along Green Creek was the deciding factor in going to Green Creek. I had no problem finding a very nice shaded camping location on the bank of Green Creek primarily because high clearance 4x4 was required to access it and most of the people camping in these dispersed sites are in large RVs. When I was here last year I found the dispersed camping area to be remarkably clean with 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. I was happy to see that had not changed.

I drove the 1.5 miles to the trailhead the next morning (Sunday) to start the hike. The parking lot at the TH was nearly full despite my early morning arrival but there was an open spot in the shade. :y: The hike would not disappoint. There are some amazingly beautiful trees along the trail. The views of Green Lake and the mountains and valleys behind that lake were stunning. I met some nice people on the trail and got some good advice on other places to visit. I'll never tire of the Eastern Sierras.
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