CREEK FIRE 2020: Much of the Sierra National Forest was badly burned in a recent wildfire, but this Dinkey Creek area was spared. The huge fire moved the other direction – from Shaver Lake north and then eastward.
That means this Dinkey Creek Area may become more popular, along with high elevation lakes – Courtright and Wishon Reservoirs – now that this the only unburnt region around.
At least the nearby Sequoia trees in the McKinley Grove didn’t go up in flames.
NOTE: Much of the Sierra National Forest may be closed to the public (for years) due to forest hazards, loggers working, and general fire cleanup. Contact the local USFS Ranger station at Tollhouse to find out what areas are indeed open.
Big Bear / Lake Arrowhead / Idyllwild
San Bernardino Mountains
SAN BERNARDINO atlas, is a spiral bound book – a collection of all the quads. (7.5 minute topographical maps, of all of San Berdu National Forest) This book map has detailed topo lines, mountain peaks, streams, lakes, hiking trails & back roads. Perfect for all kinds of recreational needs. Southern California, mountain recreation. Printed in 2018 USDA. ISBN# 9781628114300
San Bernardino, Mountains, Trails, Map, Big Bear, Idyllwild, Big Bear Map, Topographical Maps, Topo Atlas, San Gorgonio, Backpacking Big Bear, Hiking, Hike Gorgonio, Mount San Gorgonio; Old Gray Back, Grayback, Greyback, Big Bear 4×4 Trail
OUTTA STOCK / OUTTA PRINT
Might be found @ ranger station
Map of Shasta / Castle Crags Map / Shasta County Map
Mount Shasta Wilderness and Castle Crags Wilderness, are Part of Shasta Trinity National Forest. Waterproof Plastic Paper. 2″ to mile; Usually only found at Ranger Stations. Perfect for a day hike reference or extended backpacking adventures. Printed on plastic in 2001.
Castle Crags Wilderness State Park, located along Interstate 5 NorCal, above Lake Shasta and south of Dunsmuir, CA
Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At an elevation of 14,179 feet, it is the second-highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth-highest in the state. Mount Shasta has an estimated volume of 85 cubic miles, which makes it the most voluminous stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. The mountain and surrounding area are part of the Shasta–Trinity National Forest.
The summer climbing season runs from late April until October, although many attempts are made in the winter. Mount Shasta is also a popular destination for backcountry skiing. Many of the climbing routes can be descended by experienced skiers, and there are numerous lower-angled areas around the base of the mountain.
The most popular route on Mount Shasta is Avalanche Gulch route, which begins at the Bunny Flat Trailhead and gains about 7,300′ of elevation in a round trip of approximately 11.5 miles. The crux of this route is considered to be to climb from Lake Helen, at approximately 10,443′ to the top of Red Banks. The Red Banks are the most technical portion of the climb, as they are usually full of snow and ice, are very steep, and top out at around 13,000′ before the route heads to Misery Hill.
The Casaval Ridge route is a steeper, more technical route on the mountain’s southwest ridge best climbed when there’s a lot of snow pack. This route tops out to the left (north) of the Red Banks, directly west of Misery Hill. So the final sections involve a trudge up Misery Hill to the summit plateau, similar to the Avalanche Gulch route.
Climbing Mount Shasta can be done in one day; however, it is often completed in two days. Climbers can ascend from Avalanche Gulch and camp at either Horse Camp @ 7,900′ elevation, or at Helen Lake @ 10,400′. Camping at a higher altitude also helps with acclimatization and often reduces risk of altitude sickness.
No quota system currently exists for climbing Mount Shasta, and reservations are not required. However, climbers must obtain a summit pass and a wilderness permit to climb the mountain. Permits and passes are available at the ranger station in Mount Shasta and the ranger station in McCloud, or climbers can obtain self-issue permits and passes at any of the trailheads 24 hours a day.
Mono Lake is a saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake and make its water alkaline.
The high desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on brine shrimp, which thrive in its waters, and provides critical habitat for two million annual migratory birds that feed on the shrimp and alkali flies.
When the city of Los Angeles diverted water from the freshwater streams flowing into the lake, it lowered the lake level, which imperiled the migratory birds. The Mono Lake Committee formed in response and won a legal battle that forced Los Angeles to partially replenish the lake level.
Dissolved salts in the runoff thus remain in the lake and raise the water’s pH levels and salt concentration. The tributaries of Mono Lake include Lee Vining Creek, Rush Creek and Mill Creek which flows through Lundy Canyon.
The basin was formed by geological forces over the last five million years: basin and range crustal stretching and associated volcanism and faulting at the base of the Sierra Nevada.