Xerox Mountaineering and Backpacking Club

Cottonwood Pass Trail, Inyo Natíl ForestJuly 21st - 23rd

The Cottonwood Pass Trail provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the norther portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness and Kern Plateau. This area is characterized by rolling terrain with lovely subalpine meadows.

Trailhead location: Horseshoe Meadow is located 24 miles from Lone Pine. To reach Horseshoe Meadow Road, turn west on Whitney Portal Road at the traffic signal in the center of Lone Pine. Drive 3.5 miles and turn south (left) on Horseshoe Meadow Road. Continue 20 miles to the locked gate near the roadend. Follow signs west from here to the trailhead at the end of the paved road.

Trailhead facilities: an undeveloped camping area and public corral are located across from the Pack Station, one mile below the locked gate. Toilets and garbage cans are provided. No piped water. Creek water is available but should be boiled three minuets before use. Parking available along the side of the road near the locked gate. Parking may be crowded on weekends due to the number of visitors.

Rating: Moderate - Elevation at the trailhead is 9,800 and at Cottonwood Pass itís 11,180 feet.

Weather: Summer days may be quite warm but night temperatures often drop to freezing or below even in summer. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Snowstorms may occur at anytime.

Equipment: Raingear, good boots, and warm clothes are essential. Sunglasses, a sunscreen (factor 10 or more), a hat and insect repellent are advisable. Campfires are not permitted east of the Sierra crest, or above the 10,000 foot level in adjacent Kings Canyon Natíl Pk; portable gas stoves are recommended. A California State Fishing License is required for fishing. Hunting and pets are prohibited in the National Parks.

Water: Carry one dayís supply of safe water. Giardiasis is a serious problem. Boil or filter all drinking water. Many of the creeks may be dry by mid-summer.

Bears: Many areas of the Kern Plateau and adjacent Sequoia National Park are as popular with bears as they are with people. Carry at least 50 feet of rope to securely hang your food using the counter balance method. Food storage facilities have been installed in some backcountry locations where storage in trees may be ineffective. We will check at the Ranger Station before starting our trip for current information of bear activity.

If you would like to participate, PLEASE contact Leader (as soon as possible, as numbers are limited).

Leader: Ed Keller Home:(213)370-4320

Co-Leader: Randy Ortland Work: (805)961-7327 Home:(805)966-9422

Co-Leader: Jack Cook JCook:El Segundo Work:(213) 333-5214 Home:(213)371-2706

Jeanne Agena JAGEN:TORR702 Home:(213)373-4689

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