Trails

The map and junctions information that was formerly available here is now available on GaiaGPS at https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary/folder/5b4e23c555d0dc5fd992f16948fb09de/. Trails, trailheads, and junctions are included in the map.

I am very happy with GaiaGPS, but it is not perfect, and one of the things it lacks is the ability to create a map key, showing the meaning of various features. So:

  • red = Pacific Crest Trail
  • purple = other trails within the wilderness
  • orange = access trails which are outside the wilderness
  • yellow = routes; these were formerly trails, but are now unmaintained and difficult to follow, and should be used only by people with a high level of trail finding skill
  • black = access roads (Barker Pass Rd)

The Pacific Crest Trail is of course a continuous trail, but I have broken it into sections between trail junctions, as I think most people will use these sections to compile trips combined with other trails. People doing through-hikes on the PCT will be using other sources.

The Tevis Trail in the northwest corner of the wilderness has changed, along with the wilderness boundary. The old road now ends at the saddle (which I call Foresthill Divide, because it is the divide between the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River, and is named that further west), and the trail starts (or ends) there. There is also a trail down the Talbot Creek drainage, partly using the old road and partly newly constructed trail (not well constructed, mind you, just new), ending at a road which can be walked to Talbot Campground.

I do not yet have a track for the McKinstry trail/route, which comes from the south into the wilderness at the Rubicon River. Until I have that track, a description is available here.

The Buckskin Trail, shown on many maps (despite my best efforts to get the Forest Service and mapping entities to remove it), is not even a route, let alone a trail. It took the best of my trail finding abilities (which are considerable) to even follow the trace of the old trail. I would guess it was last maintained in the 1940s.

The ‘Junctions’ page has been removed. If you wish to view junction signs, go to the Granite Chief collection on Flickr, and search for ‘granitechiefwilderness’ & ‘sign’. However, this is not intended as a sign inventory. Some signs no longer exist, some are duplicates, some have been replaced with newer signs.

The ‘maps’ page has been removed.

4 thoughts on “Trails

  1. Pingback: Trail conditions 2018 | Granite Chief Wilderness

      1. Han Shelly

        I started on granite chief trail and after 2 miles I decided to go back because the snow was too slippery and I didn’t expect the snow at all! A crampon was necessary to go further especially I was there myself. I saw some places has one layer snow on top, a layer of ice, and a layer of running water at the bottom. Also, some sections of the trail was covered by snow or fallen trees. I went off trail several times and thankfully my GPS app brought me back to trail every time. Probably will go back and try again this month or next. Love the snow and view! >

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