Jenkins Canyon to Boulder Creek

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 27 February 2012

The 14.21 miles of the Tahoe to Yosemite to Yosemite Trail between the Jenkins Canyon trail junction along Highland Creek to the Boulder Lake trail junction along the Clarks Fork of the Stanislaus River South of the Clarks Fork Trailhead.

 At Jenkins Canyon trail junction we are a long hike South down a sometimes faint trail from Lake Alpine along the route of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail. We are near the bottom of the Highland Lakes Trailhead up at the top of Highland Canyon, and we are divided by the bulk of the Dardanelles from the very popular Summertime car campgrounds, wilderness tourists, and Summer campers who flock to the facilities along the otherwise remote Clarks Fork Road.

Thus I may choose to hike up Highland or Arnot Creeks to the PCT to detour around the segment of the TYT hiking up Clarks Fork Road. Or I will not. It depends on how I feel.

If I want to hike a longer route, and detour around Clarks Fork I will hike up to the PCT down here, then return to the TYT via Boulder Lake.

If I want to talk to folks I might stay on the route of the TYT. We have options, and the option we choose will affect the character, length, and difficulty of our hike.

Comment and experiences along this section of the trail welcome below



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Clarks Fork Trailhead to Boulder Creek Trail Junction

Johnny reported heavy camping by loud groups from the Clarks Fork Trailhead at the end of Clarks Fork Road up to the campsites at Boulder Creek.

I have never seen anyone there when I've hiked through, even when the camp grounds on Clarks Fork Road are packed, and fishermen are up and down the parts of the river accessible by car.

But, I've seen the expansive group sites on the way up to Boulder Creek, along with the "site recovery" restrictions, so it did not surprise me to hear about large unruly groups up there.

Alex Wierbinski

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