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awesome, thanks for the update badknees. the route you highlighted in the first post is exactly what i was wondering about.Jeff, the 40-50' pouroff from your trip report thread was in between the 2 springs along your green route on smokey creek itself? just wondering about getting a group of 10 or so people to the springs below that pouroff
just wondering about getting a group of 10 or so people to the springs below that pouroff
sorry for the late reply, things got busy recently. the reason i'm asking is i think i'll be bringing the large January group down Smokey Creek. I want to keep the miles to a minimum, so I was planning on taking the first wash you come to when heading east on the Dodson. After we get in that wash, we'd hike down to to the springs between pt 4230 and 4620 and set up camp nearby. Depending on level of output the group wants to exert the next day, we'd either head back upstream and out at homer wilson or continue down stream and exit at the mule ears overlook. I'm betting the group will vote on the shorter route, but i'm hoping the extra 3 miles won't scare them off.after re-reading all the threads and connecting all the reports, i think there are only a few small and one 5-6' pouroffs which won't be a problem for everyone to get around. i think they'll enjoy this hike, hopefully more than the Fresno/Tortuga hike we did last year
Ok, I get it now. To hike from Z to X is very easy, less than an hour. Last year we hiked the "blue-green" route starting about 10 minutes down from the Smoky Creek-Dodson junction and were past the Z by lunch. On another trip we started at Dominguez, hiked north up Fisk canyon and the west up and over to point X then down Smoky Creek trail past Z all the way to the black rock canyon before dark. Both trips were in January. You should not lose any time taking the new route as walking down the drainage is pretty easy and be able to reach your campsite with daylight left.
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