hiking

backpacking
1 month ago

We took this trail all the way to Patterson lake. It was beautiful and pretty easy to the basin. After the basin, you start to climb and although just 3.5ish miles more to Patterson, it was pretty tuff for some in our group. The lake is definitely worth the effort. The camp sites are so nicely arranged and well thought out. The climb isn’t horrible , but with weight it is hard. We had very fit people in our group who were breathing hard. I don’t think I would want to day hike this. Not to Patterson, anyway, But can’t wait to come back. We did catch some fish in Patterson, but unlike when I was here as a child, they were not really biting too much. Parking lot was very nice as well with lots of room for multiple cars.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail running alongside a creek, two accessible lakes.

this Trail offers almost everything. It's relatively long, for a trail rated moderate, but the ascent is very gradual, on a well maintained, and easy to follow path. There are two or three places where the trail itself goes over bare rock, which could be a problem, but there are piles of stones to direct hikers along the best line. The scenery is varied and often stunning. At one point both Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta can be seen. To the east, are dried Lake beds and Salt Flats marking Nevada. there are two there are two Lakes alone the trail, the first more of a small pond, and the second a spectacularly beautiful high alpine lake at the base of high cliffs. When we were there, in late June, there were snow fields running down into the water. It was as beautiful as any Lake we have seen, perhaps outside of glacier National Park. The trail is long, with traverses on hillsides and over ridges, but it is more than worth the effort. If you should happen to hit it in early summer, as we did, the wildflowers alone are enough reward for anyone.

on Pine Creek Trail

3 months ago

This is a relatively easy and pleasant valley hike, largely along a series of fast running streams, at least in late June. Most of the trail is enclosed within a forest canopy, featuring some spectacular old growth trees. There are several ponds, or small lakes, running just to the side of the trail. A few of them are worth visiting. The largest lake, at the end of the trail, was not accessible in any way that we could determine. We tried several paths and each ended in a jumble of large boulders that we did not feel like scrambling over. The trail is easy to follow, in part because it's used by horses. The downside is that horse trails attract flies. Otherwise, it's quite nice.

Tail is not well defined in places though not too difficult to follow. I hike late June and there was water along the way.

South Warner Wilderness is likely the least visited wilderness area in California. However, Modoc County law has less restrictions and protections for designated wilderness areas which hardly make this one "off the beaten path" if we take that phrase literally. The most glaring example of this is how cattle-grazing is permitted throughout the Warner Mountains. You may stumble upon cows resting along the trail and spook them, causing them to stampede in the opposite direction as I did. Their droppings will be obstacles to avoid on the trail, something one would expect while wandering out in farm fields and not in mountainous terrain at 7,000 feet or so. Keen observers are also bound to notice the more subtle ecological damage done by these grazing mammals - a large portion of native plant species have vanished here.

Despite these drawbacks, which are generally due to Modoc County not having the same wilderness value system as the rest of the state, South Warner Wilderness is worth a visit. The region resembles the Rocky Mountains of Colorado - with wide mountains that gradually rise, aspen and other deciduous trees, rich brown soil, etc. Volcanic formations and scattered remains of metamorphic rocks are also abundant.

Notes specific to this trail: Signs seem rare after the trailhead. Bring a map - unmarked trails intersect so avoid taking a wrong turn. If you are a novice hiker you won't have much obvious reference points other than lakes. Don't expect to see other hikers. I went on Labor Day weekend and saw no one.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

This is a great trail, with beautiful lakes and a meadow. the road in was in good condition. the trail is very nice. the trail is about 3 miles to pine creek basin, it will take about 90 min if you are semi-athletic. The trail does get steep near the basin. You can continue up to lake Patterson which will add about 1.4 miles (one way) to your trek and 2000 feet of elevation gain Great fishing, caught 7 fish the first day. I would rate the trail as easy to moderate, but if you continue to Patterson it will be hard. Also there is potential for snow in July so pack accordingly. (see pics, the snow and tent pic is July 10, 2016)

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Very short trail. Pretty waterfall about 1/2 mile in. Trail continues up to the lake and on to the poison flat trail.

Great hike, wonderful view......!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wonderful trail. Very diverse terrain ranging from dry rocky ground to thick pine trees. Spectacular views of Alturas as well as views into Surprise Valley area and Nevada. Campgrounds for both people and horses at Pepperdine (the Trail head)

on Emerson Creek Trail

hiking
Thursday, May 08, 2014

Moderate uphill all the way; beautiful and scenic. Mostly in the trees; trail is clear and well defined and there is a shorter/steeper trail from the trailhead that follows the creek and links back into the main trail. Trail come out at Emerson Lake, a small shallow lake. Great trail for enjoying with your dogs, there is usually water along the way nice places to camp or picnic at the Lake. Fishing is supposed to be good as well, though I haven't fished it.

hiking
Sunday, December 29, 2013

Did this hike in June with my trusty companion Schubert. The Weather was perfect. The bugs weren't too bad, and the views at the end are great. All in all a great experience.

on Pine Creek Trail

hiking
Friday, September 21, 2012

This is a good trail, some awesome views okay fishing. What else could u ask for

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Saturday, July 04, 2015