We’ve been talking about running this trail that is rated “extreme” for several years. On Thursday afternoon Trail Boss Wild Bill II, Danger Dave, Scout and Air Tom arrived and had difficulty finding an acceptable camp ground. Thursday evening I received a criptic text message from WB giving me directions to Brewer Lake.
Bright and early Shane, Wino, Paul and myself hit the road and headed towards Brewer Lake. Bill had related that it would take about one hour to get to the camp from the main road. >>>>>>>>>>>> WRONG<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Making a very long story short I’ll report that the last 100 yards of this rock infested trail was as difficult as any rock crawling I’ve done in my life. ( I loved it ! ) Being spotted by Scout the only thing I was thinking about as we crawled down into the lake side camp was , It’s going to be pretty sporty getting back out.”
9:00 am Saturday Morning. After Trail Boss Wild Bill’s trail meeting we hit the trail. We really didn’t have any problems crawling out of our HOLE, but that is what we had to do……….. Crawl. ( I still loved it )
It took about two hours to arrive at the Swamp Lake Trail Head and then the game was on. I can’t compare it to the Rubicon and I can’t compare it to Fordyce Creek. All I can say is that Swamp Lake trail has a little bit of everything and that most of it is very steep.
Shane, Mike and I spent our day hanging out at the rear of the pack and were constantly entertained by conversation of the Madhatters on the CB radio. Most of it pertained to things like “where is the trail ?” About 3 or 4 pm we drove by Grouse Lake. This lake is a beautiful alpine lake with lot’s of space to camp………. On-ward he wheeled ! Slave Driver, ( I mean Trail Boss Wild Bill II) was on a mission.
Shane, Mike and I found an old cabin next to a huge meadow and decided to have lunch. While feeding our worn out bodies we were once again entertained by conversation on the radio……… I have to add that last year while on Dusy/Ershim trail I told Wild Bill and Danger Dave that I’d been told that wheeling down into Swamp Lake was fairly easy but that you had to winch yourself back up… Guess what ?