Canyon (West) & Jeff Davis Hike
|Trip Date: 07/28/2017
Distance: 8.25 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1000'
Group Size: 2
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|The location of the parking
area (small arrow) and the location of the start of the trail as shown
on Google Earth.
before the hike starts the views to the west and northwest are pretty
fantastic. This is from the back of the car while putting on
hiking boots. In the distance are Red Lake and Stephen's
which are just north of Highway 88.
gain comes quickly right from the start, but the amazing display of
wildflowers all around just adds to the picturesque nature of the walk.
|These scarlet gilia were some
of the color along the early section of trail.
|Behind us the Nipple dominated
the view and Round Top could even be spotted further into the distance
|Mule Ears, Lupine, Gilia,
Mariposa Lillies in the foreground all did their best to distract from
the mountain views to the south.
visible for most of the start, at about a mile in Jeff Davis Peak
quickly dominates the view to the east. Raymond Peak is just
visible behind it.
|One of the more impressive
flowers spotted frequently on this trail is the Columbine.
been told to keep a close eye out for wildlife on this trail, and
though we spotted a good amount of (dry) bear scat, this Garter Snake
was the only animal which visible crossed our path on the day.
the areas along the Jeff Davis Creek where the underlying granite has
been exposed by erosion. Along parts of the creek the bottom
almost looked like a porcelain bathtub.
|Raymond Peak to the south of
the trail with just a glimpse of Reynolds Peak behind it.
truly checking out a very different view of Jeff Davis Peak looking
back at it to the west. It is much more imposing a sight from
neared our turnaround point four miles east of Blue Lakes Road,
Thornburg Peak came into view further past where we were headed, as
well as what appears to be a pretty direct route from the northwest
which leads up to the top.
|There were two places along
the way very near water crossings where we spotted some nice clusters
our view from some rocks further down into Thornburg Canyon from where
we stopped to have lunch and then head back the way we came.
would be another almost four miles of route-finding to get to the
eastern trailhead for this canyon hike.
|The Mariposa Lily must really
like this area, because they were everywhere along the entire trek.
|This particular area of Blue
Flax was impressive.
though it was almost August on this hike we encountered a couple of
blooming Snow Flowers which usually come out right after the spring
|From the trail, the views of
Red Lake and Stephen's Peaks are pretty amazing.
|The approach to Jeff
Davis peak from the west isn't particularly difficult, at least to the
base. After that, it's a vertical climb of at least 100' up
rock that I wouldn't attempt, but many do.
|From the base of Jeff Davis to
the west is Meadow Lake, as well as Mokelumne Peak in the distance.
the southwest is a good view of Tamarack Lake, as well as some of the
mountain peaks which line the next highway (Hwy 4) south of this area,
known as Ebbet's Pass.
look back west at the Nipple, with my hiking partner Mark in the
foreground for reference as to how massive the mountains in this area
|GPS Track of the full hike.|