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Bearpaw Meadow and Surrounding Area


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Trailhead to Buck Creek Map: Crescent Meadow Trailhead
Clouds Over the Mountains
Clouds Over the Mountains
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Due to some car troubles we did not leave Crescent Meadowuntil after 6:00 in the evening. I do not recomment this. Fortunately, it was a full moon and we got some sice evening views of the mountains.



Even in late July the most difficult part was crossing the rivers, and we learned that this is particularly the case at night (especially after an El NiƱo winter) when the day's snow melt crosses the trail. Mehrten Creek was about knee high at night, but on the way back it was only about half as deep.



The views along the trail are amazing. And it is like this for almost the entire length of the trail.The trail to Bearpaw Meadow is fairly simple. There is some altitude gain, but it's mostly a flat trail that goes along the side of the mountain.



The only other River that caused any real difficulty was just a few miles before descending to Buck Creek. This one was about thigh deep at night and a bit swifter than Mehrten Creek.

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The trail is a bit rugged as it descends to Buck Creek. This is probably about the most dificult part on the way back.



Once at Buck Creek you cross a bridge. Early in the season the water will be only a couple inches from submerging this bridge at night. Once across the bridge it is an easy ascent and just a few short miles from Bearpaw Meadow.



On the other side of Buck Creek the trail goes through a more forested area. It is worth noting how lush parts of the trail can be. For most of the trail from Crescent Meadow the trail is fairly open, but in places the sides of the trail are nearly overgrown with large, beautiful plants and flowers.



The trees provide enough shade to keep some of the winter's snow frozen well into the summer.



There is a campground at Bearpaw Meadow. For those of you with more money and a love for luxury, even in the wilderness, there is a High Sierra Camp with canvas tents, a shower, toilet, and the closest you'll come to gourmet food this far from the road.

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