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Mountaineering With Fannie to Chilkoot Lake

Only a brief hike as much as a reasonably lake with Fannie the Corgi. We made this hike when the very uncommon plant named Shuteye Peak faun lily was blooming. Though nearly a month has passed by since we did this hike, it should nonetheless be a pleasant, brief hike however look ahead to rattlesnakes and convey your bug spray! Oh, and I added a little bit about Fannie’s Rattlesnake Avoidance Coaching.

The place: Sierra Nationwide Forest
Distance: 5.51 Miles (however shorter for those who begin at Chilly Springs)
Problem: Simple
Elevation Vary: 7,129′ – 7,493′
Elevation Achieve: 440′
Date: Could 23, 2022
CALTOPO: Mountaineering to Chilkoot Lake
Canine Hike? Sure

Fannie the Corgi and I joined the Sierra Senior Hikers on an journey. Two hikes have been scheduled from the identical trailhead and all of us met up at Von’s in Oakhurst to caravan up Beasore Rd. above Bass Lake, our unmarked trailhead a couple of mile above the intersection of Central Camp Street and about 1/2 mile earlier than the Chilly Springs Summit. There was a dust parking space on the left facet of the highway however loads extra parking alongside the appropriate facet. We circled round our hike leaders to know the mountain climbing for the day. One of many group was heading as much as Little Shuteye Peak and the group I used to be with was heading to Chilkoot Lake. Wealthy Leyden was the chief of our hike, which was principally alongside USFS roads to and across the lake.

One different canine joined our group to Chilkoot Lake.

Each teams headed out, our group heading up the path, which was an outdated filth highway, towards Chilkoot Lake.

It didn’t take us lengthy to achieve Chilkoot Lake, solely a few miles. If we had parked at Chilly Springs, it will have taken us about 1 mile.

The lake is a part of PG&E’s Crane Valley Challenge, constructed between 1895 and 1920 by the San Joaquin Energy Firm, which later grew to become the San Joaquin Gentle and Energy Company. The Crane Valley Challenge consists of 5 hydroelectric powerhouses, in addition to Bass Lake and Chilkoot Lake dams that type storage reservoirs and 7 smaller diversion dams alongside the north and south forks of Willow Creek. From the California Public Utilities Fee:

Chilkoot Lake is the higher facility of the challenge, primarily fed by Chilkoot Lake Decide-up Ditch, a rock channel that diverts runoff from Chiquito Creek. The lake has a designed usable capability of 308 acre-feet (af) at an elevation of seven,497 toes above imply sea stage (msl). The Chilkoot Dam is a rock-filled construction on the southwest finish of Chilkoot Lake. The lake encompasses 57 acres. The dam features a concrete-lined, metal outlet pipe that’s positioned three toes under the toe of the dam, and discharges into Chilkoot Creek. In late spring of yearly, water is launched from Chilkoot Lake to Chilkoot Creek, the place it flows into North Fork Willow Creek and finally into Bass Lake. 

We wandered alongside the lake, figuring out method right down to the dam.

Then it began getting a bit too brushy and we circled.

We stopped on the fringe of the lake for some time and Fannie and I took within the view.

After a bit, we determined to wander up the northeast facet of the lake. I observed loads of lilies beginning to bloom however my photos didn’t prove excellent. Don’t consider me about how dangerous the image was?

However you might be in luck as a result of listed below are some higher ones from a previous 12 months’s go to to this space of the identical flower. I feel it is likely to be a really uncommon plant named Shuteye Peak faun lily and solely recognized to be discovered from Chiquito Ridge and Shuteye Peak within the San Joaquin River watershed. Their blooms don’t final very lengthy and I really feel dangerous that I’m exhibiting you the way fairly they’re when they’re most likely completed blooming for the season.

A few of us circled and headed again to the west facet of the lake and I discovered a very great place to sit down and have my lunch. Others discovered good spots within the shade or on logs.

Fannie additionally had her lunch.

Fairly good lunch spot!

After we have been full and had rested a bit, we headed again the identical method we had are available. The Sierra Senior Hikers gathered the wagons so to talk, tailgating with chilly drinks and goodies that we had introduced.

I saved Fannie on leash till we reached the lake. There are rattlesnakes on this space and regardless that it was a cool day, I didn’t need her to stumble throughout one and get bit. Fannie will get her Rattlesnake Vaccine Booster annually and he or she simply went by her refresher Rattlesnake Avoidance Coaching with Snakeworx in Mariposa. Over the previous 2 a long time or so, I’ve taken my canine by this coaching. Sally has been by it twice and the final time, they didn’t suppose she wanted to return again for a refresher. Fannie was 6 months outdated on the time they usually did advocate she return for a refresher. Info on Snakeworx is under (together with their schedule) they usually shared that they plan on being again in Mariposa for coaching in December. Here’s a brief video of Fannie at her coaching though I missed videoing the primary station. You would possibly wish to see what’s concerned.

Canine Hike?

I feel this could possibly be a very good canine hike however pay attention to the critters on this space comparable to rattlesnakes, bear, deer, coyotes and others {that a} canine may tangle with. This space may be swampy at completely different occasions and I’d watch out to not let your canine drink in stagnant waters.

The Sierra Nationwide Forest has a brief article known as Canine Camper that you may entry right here. Though this isn’t labeled as a wilderness space, here’s what they’ve on their web site:

Home pets are allowed in wilderness areas. You’re answerable for their actions in addition to their welfare. Pets ought to both be leashed or underneath direct voice management. When tenting in areas with different guests, pets ought to be saved on a leash. Wilderness customer’s who plan to journey into an adjoining Nationwide Park ought to be conscious that Nationwide Parks don’t allow pets.

We ask the general public to recollect these guidelines when taking pets into the wilderness.

  • Bury feces.
  • Don’t tie up canine and depart them unattended.
  • Don’t permit canine to chase wildlife.
  • Go away unfriendly or loud canine at residence.


What’s a Doarama?  It’s a video playback of the GPS observe overlaid on a 3 dimensional interactive map. Should you “seize” the map, you’ll be able to tilt it or spin it and take a look at it from completely different viewing angles. With the rabbit and turtle buttons, you may as well velocity it up, gradual it down or pause it.

Mountaineering to Chilkoot Lake Doarama

Map and Profile:

CALTOPO has some free choices for mapping and here’s a hyperlink to my hike this week:  CALTOPO: Mountaineering to Chilkoot Lake

Mountaineering With Fannie to Chilkoot Lake Topographic Map

Mountaineering With Fannie to Chilkoot Lake USFS Map

Mountaineering With Fannie to Chilkoot Lake Profile

Prior Blogs within the Space:

Mountaineering as much as Little Shuteye Peak June 14, 2017


Crane Valley hydroelectric amenities Hydroreview

CPUC Challenge Description Crane Valley Challenge

Shuteye Peak Faun Lily California Native Plant Society

Little Shuteye Peak Peakbagger


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