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
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.