Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness
by Dennis Lewon (Falcon Guides)
© Dennis Lewon/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Trail out of Mumford Meadows was recently rerouted to start opposite side of the creek than marked on maps. Traveling in a counter clockwise direction as author recommends, and heading up Sunrise Creek trail from Swift creek on day 2, the trail disappears above the head of the creek and meadow where weather station is located. Found it again about 150' up the hill to the NW thanks to blaze marks. Followed these for a while, lost trail again, chose a path to make our way to saddle, then found trail again. Followed blaze marks SW to a well marked saddle and thought we were home free, but trail disappeared with 50 yards of saddle o west side. Followed a deer trail NNW toward Packer's peak but it was higher than trail indicated on the topo map. Never found it again. No GPS (last time) so we turned due west and bushwhacked our way down forested slope til we encountered Ward Lake trail about 1/2 mile above Coffee Creek...where we'd started the day before. Hiked the road NW out to Big Flat campground. PROS: beautiful alpine meadows, CONS: poorly marked Sunrise Creek trail at high elevations
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