This travelogue chronicles our many memorable sojourns to some very special destinations, mostly in California, although we've been known to stray occasionally to Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Life is too darned short, so just gotta hit the road, kick back, and enjoy the great outdoors while one's marbles and joints are still reasonably intact...
Saturday, October 20, 2012
MCGEE CREEK & CANYON (Eastern Sierras, Mono County, CA)
McGee Creek is 4 miles west of Crowley Lake and 8 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of Hwy. 395 in the Eastern Sierras. The area is known for its spectacular displays of summer wildflowers. We had a chance to explore a short leg of the trail back in July of 2005, and the vistas and bounty of wildflowers were simply awesome! The reason for the short trek was that, unfortunately, both Gil and Hana pooped out less than 1/2 mile up the trail due to heat and elevation. Hana overheated because of her dense fur coat, but Gil, on the other hand, well not quite sure what his excuse was...
Location: 8 miles south of Mammoth Lakes off of Hwy. 395, Inyo National Forest.
County: Mono County.
Management: U.S. Forest Service.
Closest Town: Crowley Lake.
Elevation: 7,723 ft.
Directions: From Hwy. 395 8 miles south of Mammoth Lakes, exit McGee Creek Road. Drive about 4 miles to reach the canyon at the road end.
Trails: Trail begins at the road end, heading upstream through the canyon to the John Muir Wilderness.
Fees: None for trail.
Amenities: Vault toilets & water at the campground.
Pets: Ok on leash.
Camping: McGee Creek Campground (USFS). 28 sites, each with a shade ramada (not many trees around to shade the sites). $20 per site. From Bishop, drive 37 miles north, exit McGee Creek Rd., drive 2 miles to the campground on the left.