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    Default Beveridge trail descriptions, or "The Beveridge Death March"

    Originally posted by Lewis Shorb


    : Hi Everybody,



    : I hate giving out directions to sites, and even asked Starbuck to remove the directions from his site, but it seems the Ridgecrest BLM has posted some info about the 4 routes into Beveridge. I spoke to Steve Smith at the BLM this morning about the routes, and have narrowed it down to the "French Spring trail", and the "Burgess Mine trail". These directions are not complete and will require map and compass (GPS).



    : The Burgess Mine trail is a 18 mile drive from Cerro Gordo along a 4x4 road, possibily hardcore, with narrow cliff hanger, and off camber!. (Cat's favorite)and then a 8 mile hike down to Beveridge Canyon. You hike back out up hill (YUK!).



    : The French Spring trail starts near Lone Pine, and involves a 5500 ft. climb up switchbacks, Steve say's it's about a 2 day hike with packs to Forgotten Pass and then down to Beveridge Canyon the next day. This hike can include a stop at a nearby sawmill located in a meadow nearby. Boyscout troups have made this hike, along with other groups. I think this sounds like the best route. I have a copy of this route hand drawn on a topo.



    : Here's the addresses for the BLM pages;



    : Lonesome Miner Trail, Inyo Mountains Wilderness:

    : http://pub.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/recreation/lonesome.html



    : Beveridge Canyon Trail Information:

    : http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/recreation/beveridge.html



    : Inyo Mountain Wilderness:

    : http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/inyomts.html



    : Sierra Club site, (by Steve Smith BLM)

    : French Spring Trail

    : http://angleschapter.org/dps/archives/dps00530.htm



    : Happy Reading,

    : Lewis




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    Default Re: Beveridge trail descriptions, or "The Beveridge Death March"

    Originally posted by Cat and Ripley


    : Lewis,

    : Mike at Cerro Gordo told me about the "road" from Cerro Gordo to the Burgess mine. It was his opinion that this was the easiest way in.

    : Well, since I would be HIKING behind the cars (I wouldnt do well in one of the cars on that kind of road!!!! You dont like the scary drops off either, do you?) I think we should pass on this one!

    : Which of these routes that you described is the one that Starbuck took?



    : : Hi Everybody,



    : : I hate giving out directions to sites, and even asked Starbuck to remove the directions from his site, but it seems the Ridgecrest BLM has posted some info about the 4 routes into Beveridge. I spoke to Steve Smith at the BLM this morning about the routes, and have narrowed it down to the "French Spring trail", and the "Burgess Mine trail". These directions are not complete and will require map and compass (GPS).



    : : The Burgess Mine trail is a 18 mile drive from Cerro Gordo along a 4x4 road, possibily hardcore, with narrow cliff hanger, and off camber!. (Cat's favorite)and then a 8 mile hike down to Beveridge Canyon. You hike back out up hill (YUK!).



    : : The French Spring trail starts near Lone Pine, and involves a 5500 ft. climb up switchbacks, Steve say's it's about a 2 day hike with packs to Forgotten Pass and then down to Beveridge Canyon the next day. This hike can include a stop at a nearby sawmill located in a meadow nearby. Boyscout troups have made this hike, along with other groups. I think this sounds like the best route. I have a copy of this route hand drawn on a topo.



    : : Here's the addresses for the BLM pages;



    : : Lonesome Miner Trail, Inyo Mountains Wilderness:

    : : http://pub.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/recreation/lonesome.html



    : : Beveridge Canyon Trail Information:

    : : http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/recreation/beveridge.html



    : : Inyo Mountain Wilderness:

    : : http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/inyomts.html



    : : Sierra Club site, (by Steve Smith BLM)

    : : French Spring Trail

    : : http://angleschapter.org/dps/archives/dps00530.htm



    : : Happy Reading,

    : : Lewis




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    Default Re: Beveridge trail descriptions, or "The Beveridge Death March"

    Originally posted by Lewis Shorb


    : Cat,

    : Guy Starbuck took the trail in from Saline Valley, the "Snowflake Mine Trail". I was told by an older fellow who hikes there every year that this is the harder route in to Beveridge. Check out the BLM sites I listed. The French Spring Trail out of Lone Pine sounds like the best route (it even includes a parking area). The BLM ranger I spoke to has done this route with his 11yr old son and he believes that with back packs it would take ~2 days to climb the switchbacks up to Forgotten Pass and then hike down to Beveridge on the 2nd day. The other routes are described by the BLM and they recondmend bringing a climbing rope! I have read that Boy Scouts have gone to Beveridge via this route also.



    : The decent into Beveridge Canyon via Snowflake Mine Trail is "extremely difficult due to dense and thorny brush" according to the BLM. Another plus for the French Spring Trail.



    : Lewis



    : : Lewis,

    : : Mike at Cerro Gordo told me about the "road" from Cerro Gordo to the Burgess mine. It was his opinion that this was the easiest way in.

    : : Well, since I would be HIKING behind the cars (I wouldnt do well in one of the cars on that kind of road!!!! You dont like the scary drops off either, do you?) I think we should pass on this one!

    : : Which of these routes that you described is the one that Starbuck took?



    : : : Hi Everybody,



    : : : I hate giving out directions to sites, and even asked Starbuck to remove the directions from his site, but it seems the Ridgecrest BLM has posted some info about the 4 routes into Beveridge. I spoke to Steve Smith at the BLM this morning about the routes, and have narrowed it down to the "French Spring trail", and the "Burgess Mine trail". These directions are not complete and will require map and compass (GPS).



    : : : The Burgess Mine trail is a 18 mile drive from Cerro Gordo along a 4x4 road, possibily hardcore, with narrow cliff hanger, and off camber!. (Cat's favorite)and then a 8 mile hike down to Beveridge Canyon. You hike back out up hill (YUK!).



    : : : The French Spring trail starts near Lone Pine, and involves a 5500 ft. climb up switchbacks, Steve say's it's about a 2 day hike with packs to Forgotten Pass and then down to Beveridge Canyon the next day. This hike can include a stop at a nearby sawmill located in a meadow nearby. Boyscout troups have made this hike, along with other groups. I think this sounds like the best route. I have a copy of this route hand drawn on a topo.



    : : : Here's the addresses for the BLM pages;



    : : : Lonesome Miner Trail, Inyo Mountains Wilderness:

    : : : http://pub.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/recreation/lonesome.html



    : : : Beveridge Canyon Trail Information:

    : : : http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/recreation/beveridge.html



    : : : Inyo Mountain Wilderness:

    : : : http://www.ca.blm.gov/ridgecrest/inyomts.html



    : : : Sierra Club site, (by Steve Smith BLM)

    : : : French Spring Trail

    : : : http://angleschapter.org/dps/archives/dps00530.htm



    : : : Happy Reading,

    : : : Lewis




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