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Report and photo by John
The hike of 4/20 was made by 8 people. We began at the Basin trail on the Mountain Road at 6240 feet and climbed to the height of land (circa 6600 feet) with continuous views NE to Silver Peak. At the top, the view opened to the south, providing sights of most of the canyon all the way to Ash Spring (6200 feet) for a leisurely lunch. As a small digression along the way, some of the party crept through barbed wire for a look at Welch Seep. We then followed the Basin Trail to Herb Martyr Campground (5780 feet). Several pieces of scat were spotted on the trail, and identified (perhaps with less than certainty) as coyote. There were also cow flaps, which proved that grazing was present, though probably not this season. The total walk was about 6 miles. Uncharacteristically the trip had more descent than ascent. One anonymous member claimed that it was the easiest hike he had ever taken with this club. Some of the group discovered that Al Bammann was willing to name plants along the way, and were treated to dozens of identifications.
For next week, meet at Silver Peak Trailhead at 8 AM to go up East Turkey Creek to the falls using off trail creek terraces.
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