[cdt-l] CDT - Gros Ventre notes
jbraun at vizsolutions.com
Thu Jun 28 23:17:48 CDT 2007
At 12:01 AM 6/28/2007, you wrote:
>Question: is there actually trail on the north
>side of Squaw Creek for the lower 2 miles? We
>never saw it when we got to the Papoose Creek
>confluence. When we were heading south in 1999
>we followed the road up until it deadended, then
>bushwhacked up to the Divide. It was a very
>rough bushwhack with lots of blowdowns. What
>have other northbound hikers done there?
Yes there is a trail. We found the trail hard to
locate above the confluence (Wolf 1.5). Took a
faint trail that gradually got better. The trail
is obvious about 1/2 mile up as it climbs steeply
through 8200'. You can see this part of the trail
about 1/4 mile above the confluence.
>The road walk up Fish Creek is easy and a little
>shorter than Jonathon indicates.
>At the intersection with Beauty Park Creek,
>theres a good campsite up the hill before the
>creek, easy access to water and the trail up to
>Beauty Park is at the apex of the curve right
>where Jonathons map WY10, comment 4 places
>it. We followed yellow diamond markers for
>about a mile, then lost the trail in a
>willow-filled meadow. The blazes probably
>turned right; we continued straight and lost the
>trail. No big deal. There was some
>bushwhacking involved here, but basically, when
>the trail disappeared, we followed the grassy
>swath northeast. In about 10 minutes we found
>an old logging road heading upstream. Follow it
>up to Beauty Park and the right turn onto pack
>trail thatll take you to the Larkspur Creek
>drainage. A question for southbound hikers
>does the logging road continue out to the jeep road (30750)?
I don't think it does, but I am a bit confused
exactly which logging road you are referring to.
The version of Jonathon's maps I have do not show
the newer logging roads. The logging roads are
shown on the 1991 updated Lava Mtn topo. I will
send a previously prepared map for Beauty Park to
Ginny and Jim to help clarify the question.
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