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Sean

Wild View Peak (plus water report)

Cecelia and I drove the Blue Ridge Road to Guffy Campground. En route we made a slight detour to search for the Frost BM (8480'), which was found next to the service road at the far west end of the electronic site.




The Blue Ridge Road was closed at the entrance to Guffy, preventing us from driving closer to the Lupine Road. So we parked at the campground and took the PCT down to our road junction. Despite it being closed, the Lupine Road revealed evidence of recent vehicular traffic, perhaps a jeep, judging by the tire width and tread type. The road itself had two main problems, a landslide after the 7825' switchback,



and the major washout down in the Prairie Fork crossing.



A very rocky road bypass goes up and around the worst of the washout, but it's clearly not ready for primetime.

Also of note, the Lupine Road Spring, near the landslide, is still pooling quite well. If necessary, one could scoop plenty of water from this source. And some sort of cherry or berry looks ripe along the roadside.



Down on the wide, canyon floor many young pine trees have popped up in bunches, which was nice to see.



We turned onto the old Fish Fork Trail (former logging road).



Much of this trail is a great mess.





On the Prairie Fork side it's less bad, with light, knee-high brush. But on the Fish Fork side, sometimes head-high thorns have spread across the whole roadbed, pushing travellers to the steep edge or rocky upslope to bypass. Also, a large landslide has buried about 150 feet of the trail.



Fortunately, a volunteer trail crew has opened a narrow track through the debris.





Back on the Prairie Fork side, a reader or two might like to know that the Lupine Camp Spring is flowing.



Our ultimate goal was Wild View Peak.



This is a Sierra Club peak, so I don't need to spend too much time describing it. Basically it's the 7258' bump to the right of the trail, before the path begins switchbacking down toward the stream.


(Leaving the main trail, heading to Wild View Peak.)


(Cecelia on the peak, holding up the register container.)


(The summit.)


(View from the summit.)
tekewin

Looks like a fun trip. Thanks for finding Frost. I remember looking for it in all the wrong places.
girlhiker70

Wild View Peak

nice report
one of the coolest peaks I've hiked!
AW

Excellent...Anytime I come across sheeps is an excellent day. Lovely pics of them.

I wonder whats going to happen to access now that people would have to start from Blue Ridge.
Sean

AW wrote:
I wonder whats going to happen to access now that people would have to start from Blue Ridge.


We actually encountered another hiker at Lupine. He backpacked in from Baden-Powell and the Blue Ridge, and was on his way to Fish Fork and Baldy. He had his nose buried in a topo map when we approached. He seemed to know what he was doing.

I think the beauty of the area will attract hardcore hikers, who are willing to walk extra miles for the experience and solitude. It's a shame, though, that the FS hasn't fixed the road. The trails in there need a lot of work.

Also, getting to the North Backbone is a pain now.
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