Of course there's lots of fun stuff that I didn't way point. Like these snow plants, a personal favorite of mine and evidently of my daughter as well.
|Snow Plants near the Vivian Creek Trailhead|
|Mill Creek. |
Don't cross if it's flooded. A young man died here last year. Be patient. The water will recede.
|Bouldering on the margins of Mill Creek.|
On the way in:
|Sign on N side of Mill Creek on Saturday on the way in.|
|On Monday on the way out.|
|Both signs got graffitied over the weekend.|
|Graffiti on rocks. Why? Why destroy nature? What did nature ever do to you?|
|Wilderness boundary sign on the Vivian Creek Trail.|
|Vivian Falls are flowing nicely, and the canyoneers are out in force.|
|Sign pointing to Vivian Creek Camp|
|Meadow and spring near Vivian Creek Trail Camp|
|Near Vivian Creek Trail Camp.|
|First downed tree. Approx 30" diameter.|
|First Downed Tree from the other side. You can squeeze through.|
|Second Downed tree. 24" diameter. Bypass on downhill side. |
Bypass is destroying trail tread and causing erosion.
|Third Down Tree. Lying directly on trail. Bypass on downhill side. |
Bypass is causing some erosion. ~24" diameter.
|Crossing Vivian Creek on a large fallen log.|
|Downed Tree. 8" diameter. Easy step over for most people. No erosion problems. Low priority.|
150 - A massive downed tree.
|Massive downed tree. 40+ inch diameter. Bypass around left. No erosion caused.|
|Halfway Junction. Joycie points the way:|
Right to Halfway Camp; Left to High Creek Camp and San Gorgonio Mountain.
|Halfway is actually a pretty nice (and spacious) place to camp. Unfortunately, some people are scum bags.|
On the other hand, there are some really nice people in this world. My neighbors at camp packed this junk out.
|Illegal fire circle at Halfway Camp. |
We lost half the wilderness last year when a fire got out of control. What are these people thinking!?
Unfortunately I couldn't break this one up; the rocks were too big and too embedded in the ground.
|Top log about 30" diameter.|
Bottom log about 20" diameter.
|When you're small, you just go under. |
"Why can't you go under, daddy?"
|About 36" diameter.|
Note Joycie bypassing the downed tree with her usual aplomb. Not recommended for adults.
156 - a small washout, but it's going to get worse. The tread is narrow here if you look closely. Just trimming back the manzanita would help.
|Small washout leaving the tread fairly narrow.|
157 - Junction with use trail to High Creek Falls.
|The junction with the use trail to High Creek Falls is just past this dead snag.|
|Plenty of water going over High Creek Falls|
|High Creek Falls.|
|Taking in the the view from the top of High Creek Falls|
|High Creek, just above High Creek Falls. Plenty of water.|
|E. Fork High Creek, 5/29/2016.|
159 - High Creek Camp. The camp area at High Creek is most known as a jumping off spot for assaults on San Gorgonio Mountain and for its good water supply. It's not nearly as nice as Vivian Creek Camp or Halfway Camp. It's a bit exposed, and it's quite rocky.
|Tent site at High Creek Camp|
|Improper disposal of toilet tissue. Toilet tissue should be buried 6 to 8" deep or packed out. Do NOT burn!|
|W Fork High Creek. Note toilet paper. People are using the creek bed as a latrine.|
|Uh, just put it in a ziplock and pack it out, OK? I mean, how hard is it? If it's really gross, just double bag it.|
|Illegal fire pit at an illegal camp site with trash dumped. You just won "loser of the week."|
|Trash collected and bagged. This is just what I carried out. Thank you to the other two groups that also packed out trash.|
|I looked like a junk peddler with so much trash lashed to the back of my pack, lol.|
|Before. The fire circle is over Joycie's left shoulder and is filled in with rocks (as if that would hide it).|
|Clean up. Fortunately I have an assistant to help me dig up fire circles.|
|I cut some trail over a snow bank. Hopefully that makes travel a little easier.|
|I also piled up a bunch of wood at the place where people were cutting the trail.|
But let's not focus on the negative. This is a great area, and there's fun things to do,
|Bouldering near Halfway Camp|
|Yucaipa Ridge seen from hear High Creek Camp.|