And this is exactly what I found when I stole away for a couple hours during a family camping trip this weekend to Wildhorse Creek for a trip up to Boulder Lake - a modest, 8 mile (2,300 feet vert) run. It's an out-and-back, with a loop option to Devils Bedstead only if you have your climbing gear, and it offers a great variety of terrain - steep climbs punctuated by Alpine meadows and mellow ascents, and a quarter mile scree scramble to the lake itself, which sits against near-vertical rock walls.
It was great to finally break the seal on this area of trail. Like a new convert, I feel drunk with the possibilities but sobered by the press of summer's short play now that I know what I've been missing.
|Trailhead. About 5.5 miles out Wildhorse Creek Rd.|
|Opening steps - through the creek (no logs or bridge) and a sage meadow|
|Steep switchbacks with some great views|
|Open meadow at 9,200 feet. Getting close to the scree and the lake|
|Back down, near trailhead. Hyndman and Old Hyndman peaks in the distance|