Directions to get to Trail Head
2. Take Rte 99 South to Madera
|3.||Take CA-145 Exit in Madera||15.7 mi|
|4.||CA-145 becomes Road 145.||3.3 mi|
|5.||Turn right onto Road 206.||2.1 mi|
|6.||Road 206 becomes Northfork Rd.||0.1 mi|
|7.||Turn left onto N Friant Rd.
|8.||N Friant Rd becomes Millerton Rd.||5.6 mi|
|9.||Turn left onto Auberry Rd.
|10.||Stay straight to go onto Lodge Rd/CA-168.||1.6 mi|
|– Caution long steep grade!
– Turn Left to stay on Highway 168 (4.4 Miles)
– Turn right at Dinkey Creek Rd (11.8 Miles)
– Turn right at McKinley Grove Rd (0.4 Miles)
– Leave any tow rigs at the camp
– Take the camp road North
– Take a right at each of the first two forest service gates
– Take a left at the third gate, this is the trail head
Here is a link to a map and a description of the trail:
The plan is to camp at Grouse Lake. Camping is very limited here so if we cannot find enough room for everyone we may have to go on into Swamp Lake and camp.
Double D is planning on driving down Thursday morning, I cannot get off work Thursday so I will not be able to leave until Friday morning and there is a possibility that I will not make it at all. It would be best to have a buddy with you when you go into the trail. The trail is fairly difficult but should be passable for everyone as long as you have a spotter. Everyone should post here when you plan on going to the run so people can team up and caravan down together. There is good fishing at the lake and a mine to explore. The plan is to do the full trail on Saturday. For those that get down there early you can check out any of the several trails in the area.