|Trip Date: 08/12/2017
Distance: 12.5 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1100'
Group Size: 3
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|A very creative rock early on
the trail which has been decorated up to resemble a monsterous
character of some type.
|This tree is pretty tough and
has been able to survive some fairly traumatic events over its lifetime.
|With all of the rains this
last year this unnamed pond on the way to Granite Lake looks as nice
now as it ever has.
|Greg and Mark on the trail as
the elevation gain begins in earnest.
|A nice look at the east end of
Granite Lake from the south part of the trail.
little ways past Granite Lake is an overlook of Meadow Lake and Jackass
Canyon off to the left, which also has cell service coming from far off
|A look southwest toward
Mokelumne Peak from a vantage point a little ways past Granite Lake.
|As the trail climbs higher
past Granite Lake some good views of Deadwood Peak appear to the north.
From the high point of the trail here you can make a worthy
cross-country trek up to the top of this peak.
|A series of springs which
cross the trail along the the base of Deadwood Peak provide a bonanza
of meadows and wildflowers.
|An unnamed meadow far below
the trail is the benefactor of a number of the springs from Deadwood
mountain. Jackass canyon can be made out in the distance as
well as Mt. Reba in to the far left.
|Beginning the final descent
down toward Grouse Lake there are great views of Summit City Canyon in
the distance, near where Telephone Gulch drops down from near the
western area of the Mokelumne Wilderness.
|Just a small sampling of the
bounty of wildflowers found all along the trail, including these pink
flowers surrounded by columbine.
|The first look at the
picturesque setting of Grouse Lake tucked into a granite bowl.
|A great spot for a lunch stop
on the eastern end of the lake.
|Mark offering some information
on this area of the Mokelumne Wilderness.
|There was a high viewpoint
past the western end of the lake that we thought would provide a good
look down into Summit City Canyon. What it provided was a
great view of the mile of terrain before we would be able to look down into the canyon.
|Mark and Greg B exploring the area past the lake on the western end.|
|My vantage point past the lake.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|