Creek Drainage Hike
|Trip Date: 06/26/2020
Distance: 9.5 Miles
Vertical Gain: 200' (2100' loss)
Group Size: 5
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Checking out a rare pay phone
at the Kirkwood Lake trailhead. Head to the left of these
signs to pick up the use trail toward the creek.
|Once you find this waterfall
along Caples Creek, you will need to figure out a safe way to cross
this. We have found one safe crossing above the falls and
then another in a slower moving section about a 1/2 mile downstream
from this location.
|One of our group, Steve
checking out some of the terrain that lay in front of us on this trip.
|Looking for a good way up and
over one of the many granite rises which lay in front of us.
|More routefinding along the way.|
|Making my way carefully down
the steep granite on the back side of one of the granite rises in the
|We found a great spot for
lunch in the shade of a tree about 4 hours and 4 miles down the creek.
|A very picturesque unnamed
lake we found along the way.
|Another example of the type of
terrain that we had to navigate on our way down the creek drainage area.
|A good look across the way
toward Castle Point. This is one of the best vantage points
of the reason this place has that particular name.
|One of the last sections of
rough terrain we had to traverse before finally finding a reasonable
flat area for the next mile to Government Meadow.
|The very welcome relief of a
flat area after the rough terrain over the first 5 miles.
|The view of Government Meadow
from the first actual trail we have been on all day.
|A glimpse of what much of the
Caples Creek trail now looks like after a controlled burn in the area
escaped and because a serious issue during the previous summer.
|The unusual sight of a tree
trunk and roots which have completely burned out and left this
distinctive hole in the ground.
|GPS Track of the full hike and then the off-trail section as well.|