|Trip Date: 08/05/2017
Distance: 8.5 Miles
Vertical Gain: 500'
Group Size: 6
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Very early into the trip you
will pass a moderate sized meadow on the left which is all that remains
of a relatively recent lake.
|The Mokelumne Wilderness sign
at this location had been chewed on and torn down into three pieces by
a bear unimpressed with it. We had to piece it back together,
secure it back in place and then stain it to protect it for the next
|A first glimpse out of the
forest toward Tanglefoot Canyon and beyond to the East.
Munson Meadow is beyond the ridge in the distance and can be
reached either from this trail or from a trail heading south from
|The trail down into the canyon
is impressive for it's workmanship, especially considering how little
use it gets compared to others in this Wilderness area.
|Past the creek is where we
picked up from a previous work crew's efforts on the trail, and this
was the first of 19 trees to clear on the day. Shown here are
the before and after pics of this reasonably quick stop.
|One of the crew, Dave, packing
up the Single Buck saw for the next stop.
seemed to get larger and larger as we went on, and this next set of
three in all took us a lot longer than the first one.
|Using a wedge to help keep the
saw from binding up on us as the depth of the cut got further into the
easy, but we finally got this good sized log cleared with a couple of
cuts to allow the trail to pass on through. We spent so much
time here that it made for a good lunch spot.
|Ranger Chip supervising Dave's
turn on one of the smaller trees to be cleared along the way.
way up the trail toward Moraine Lake were some nice views of the west
side of the Tanglefoot Canyon and the way we had trekked down into the
|Everyone had their stomachs
drop when, almost to Moraine Lake we came across this bugger which was
huge and ended up taking the rest of our time to clear.
position of the tree made it two dangerous for the double-buck saw, at
least for the person on the down-slope side, so we all took multiple
turns with this one getting through one cut, and hoping we could cut
through the base still slightly attached.
enough, it not only took just one major cut, but it rolled down
completely off the trail just as we had hoped it would with a little
help from roller logs underneath it.
way back the temptation was there to check out Shriner Lake, but all
the effort expended on the day had us just wanting to get back to the
vehicles. Maybe next trip.
|GPS Track of the full hike.|