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Offline chicomecha

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29 Switchbacks Trail
« on: March 30, 2009, 05:40:22 AM »
Last Friday a few of us went out to see how the back entrance trail to the High Lakes held up over the winter after the fires.  If you are not familiar with this trail, look on the lower right part of the FOTHL OHV Camping Map (http://www.friendsofthehighlakes.com/maps.shtml) and find the squiggly lines leaving the North Fork Feather River and heading straight up 3000 ft toward the High Lakes, about an hour from Chico.

You start at either the Rock Creek outflow side, or like we did, the Jackass Creek outflow side at about 2000 ft. elevation.  We did the whole loop.  You can see the trail and switchbacks behind us in this pic


First you cross this bridge over Jackass Creek.

Pretty sure it will hold us!


Then start the switchbacks.  Several have to be made with a 3-point turn.  Sometimes they get washed out.  Not sure why they sent me first...

No its not a natural break.  He is spotting.


Some snow

And at the top, more snow, like you would expect at 4800 ft ele.


The High Lakes in the background


Then you start down another set of 28 switchbacks down the power lines to Rock Creek


And you end up back at the North Fork.


If you have nerve, give it a try.  These trails are there because they are needed to maintain the high voltage power lines.  Some of the trail is underneath them.  It is a great way to get into the High Lakes if you come from Hwy 70, or if you are just tired of the same old road in.
« Last Edit: March 30, 2009, 09:00:26 AM by chicomecha »
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Re: 29 Switchbacks Trail
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 08:11:30 AM »
Thanks for the invite.  How about Rock Creek railroad bridge and on to the 617 route to Reese Flat sometime soon?

Glad to hear you got the winch working to where it suits you!

Glenn & Deb

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Re: 29 Switchbacks Trail
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2009, 03:27:28 AM »
We call that "The Baskin Robbin's Trail" because we counted 31 switch backs

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Re: 29 Switchbacks Trail
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009, 08:17:40 AM »
Thanks for the invite.  How about Rock Creek railroad bridge and on to the 617 route to Reese Flat sometime soon?

How about we wait until it is dry, and open?  It is NOW closed.

As soon as it gets opened, you bet there will be a trip, there!  Several !

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Re: 29 Switchbacks Trail
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2009, 12:35:44 PM »
thats pretty rad that you guys ventured on up there. I had thought about going that route but was unsure of how much snow was left. looks like it's melting quick. thanks for the update and sweet pictures.