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Smoky Creek trail really just a lightly marked off trail route

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Re: Smoky Creek trail really just a lightly marked off trail route
« Reply #30 on: December 23, 2017, 10:43:38 AM »
Thank you for calling attention to this, ME. I hope the NPS better marks this trail.  A Homer Wilson to Mule Ears "loop" would be an attractive trailed backpacking option to (or add on to) the OML.

How would the trail loop back north from Mule Ears to HW?  What path would you recommend?  My buds and I have been considering doing this very thing.

North past Mesa Bonita Spring.
Or follow Blue Creek back up

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Re: Smoky Creek trail really just a lightly marked off trail route
« Reply #31 on: December 23, 2017, 11:59:32 AM »
I've been thinking about a short loop...

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Re: Smoky Creek trail really just a lightly marked off trail route
« Reply #32 on: December 23, 2017, 12:09:01 PM »
The off-trail route southwest of Sugarloaf Mountain is extremely vegetation choked. Easier would be to check out Canyon Spring as an out-and-back and resume descending the Smoky Creek Trail ( assuming a clockwise traversal of your loop). Or, see my report from earlier in the year for how I did it, and how I wished I had done it.
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Re: Smoky Creek trail really just a lightly marked off trail route
« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2017, 12:31:41 PM »
The off-trail route southwest of Sugarloaf Mountain is extremely vegetation choked. Easier would be to check out Canyon Spring as an out-and-back and resume descending the Smoky Creek Trail ( assuming a clockwise traversal of your loop). Or, see my report from earlier in the year for how I did it, and how I wished I had done it.

Counterclockwise. I've crossed over that section before and it has its challenges. There is the remnants of an old trail there. Very faint the last time i travelled it.
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Re: Smoky Creek trail really just a lightly marked off trail route
« Reply #34 on: December 23, 2017, 04:38:26 PM »
Thank you for calling attention to this, ME. I hope the NPS better marks this trail.  A Homer Wilson to Mule Ears "loop" would be an attractive trailed backpacking option to (or add on to) the OML.

How would the trail loop back north from Mule Ears to HW?  What path would you recommend?  My buds and I have been considering doing this very thing.

I was really thinking in at Homer Wilson, out at Mule Ears, hitch-hike to Homer.  Should have said Loop/Hitch-hike.  BK and ME have better suggestions though.
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