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Eric's Unmaintained Trail Reports: Boulder Creek to Saint Marys Pass, 2011 to 2013
These up to date conditions reports were sent to me by Eric, who was kind enough to share them with us during late July of 2013:
Eric's Account of Recent Trail Conditions, 2011-2013
This was my third summer hiking the original Tahoe-to-Yosemite trail, all parts as originally proposed in Tomas Winnett's guide book.
Summer 2011 - had to turn around at the upper Summit City Creek crossing. It was a death wish, too much water going over the boulders. A heavy snow year. Resupplied at Echo Lake.
Summer 2012 - Completed thru-hike, Meeks Bay to Tuolumne Meadows, 11 days, resupplied at Echo Lake and Kennedy Meadows. All water crossing were dry.
Summer 2013 - Completed thru-hike, Meeks Bay to Tuolumne Meadows, 9 days, resupplied at Echo Lake and Kennedy Meadows. All water crossing were dry except one which could of been dry with hiking poles.
My interest is a GPS map of the trail. I have a GPS record of the trail, with a track point every 10 meters (32.8 feet) I also recorded a GPS waypoint at most trail intersections, highpoints, creek crossing, etc.
Clark Fork Meadow - St. Mary's Pass
2011 - did not do
2012 - followed a different route, found about 5 rock ducks, ended too far to the left and had a very difficult traverse to the right just below the broken granite (?) outcropping, then up and to the left to the pass.
2013 - followed a very well ducked route about half way up, then lost the route. Ended too far to the left again. And again, a very difficult traverse to the right, then up and to the left to the pass.
In 2012 and 2013, found a very small "arch" in the decomposing granite at the end of the traverse to the right.
No ducks in Clark Fork Meadow, but non really needed if (a big if) you can find the starting point for the ducked path up the side creek. I walk the meadow on the right side (going up the meadow), at the boundary between the meadow and the rocky sides, and found the start of the ducked path up to the pass.
Summit City Creek, upper half (a well constructed if you can find it, but very much unmaintained trail) No change in maintenance status from 2011 to 2013. Still unmaintained, with downed trees, etc.
In general, this is a very difficult trail for both navigation and physical effort. Can be mentally very challenging as you attempt to find your way. Even with my 2012 GPS data, parts of the trail are still hard to find.
Trail Guide Information
Trail Guide: Boulder Creek to Saint Marys Pass Trailhead
Northern Unmaintained TYT Section
Trail Guide: Summit City Creek
Backpacking Map: Summit City Creekbr //a