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post #1 of 7 Old 08-26-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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South Warner Wilderness - Camping

Just back from a couple of days camping by the South Warner Wilderness (extreme northeastern California), and thought I would post a few pictures.

There's a nice equestrian campground, East Creek, at the south end of the wilderness. About a dozen camp sites, each with a couple of individual corrals for horses. It doesn't seem to get much use: we were the only people there, other than a couple of hunters who came to the trailhead for the day. (Only problem is that the directions on the Forest Service website are wrong: it says go 3.2 miles east of likely before turning on Blue Lake road, but it's closer to 9 miles.)

Riding is scenic, but a little rough. There are two trails leading into the wilderness. The East Creek trail leaves from the campground, and goes downhill through an old burn & manzanita for a few miles before petering out. The Summit trail starts with a pretty stiff climb, then heads out along a nice ridgeline for miles. The trail is pretty rocky for long stretches, though.

There looks to be a lot of other good places to ride, along the Forest Service roads, and meadows.
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Roadyy and greentree like this.
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That is some nice scenery in those pics. Thanks for sharing as it sounds like a challenging couple of trails.

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Lovely! Do you take those red corral panels with you or are those already set up?
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Lovely!! I'd love to take a trip like that, sometime!

Horses, I dunno about those... But there are places (ranches/campgrounds/etcetera) here in CO that keep panel corrals (ours are green xD) already up.
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Originally Posted by Horsesaplenty View Post
Lovely! Do you take those red corral panels with you or are those already set up?
They're already set up. The campground was built specifically for horse camping (there's a humans-only campground about half a mile away), and each of the sites has a couple of those 1-horse corrals. The whole campground is also fenced with barbed wire, so no worry about loose horses wandering off.
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oh lovely! Looks like fun!

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Make sure you log in.
The Forest Service appropriates it's budgets based on usage. If it appears a trail or trail head are not being used. That money that could have gone for maintenance or improvements gets spent someplace else. so it's really important to make sure your name and number of horses gets into the log books that are usually found at the trail heads.

In our area, Most of the horse camps have been built by Back Country Horsemen, with permission from the Forest Service. So the Forest Service maintains the trails and camp ground, But the horse corrals, hitchen rails etc are all built and maintained by the Back Country Horsemen group. And more and more the Back Country Horsemen are doing the trail maintenance.
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