San Diego, CA
Explorer | 56 pts
A few things about the guide:
We did NOT find any water at the trail head.
We DID find a small stream in Bearpaw Meadow down by the camp ground. I dug out a hole and placed some logs around it. I made it deep enough so a water filter would fit in and we were able to get plenty of fresh water.
The Hike was great! It was our first back country trip and I think we picked the perfect route. We camped the first night 5.7 miles down the trail head next to a rock waterfall/creek. There is PLENTY of water along this route! We easily could have made it carrying just one nalgene per person, however that doesn't mean only take one bottle. We frequently refilled our bottles using our filters.
One day two we made the next 5 miles to bear paw meadow. After buck creek there is a 1200 foot rise which takes a toll!
On day three we woke up early hiked back to the place we camped the first night, had lunch, rested for 2 hours and then hiked the rest of the way to cresent meadows. We are very sore but we learned a lot about our gear!
In total on the last day we say 4 bears. They were harmless and when they saw us they just slowly walked along and got out of our way. No bears came into our campsite while we were there, that includes at night. We also saw 6 deer.