Donkey Trails

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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby shotgunmary » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:42 am

wildrose: Both those videos you posted were very enjoyable. I sure would like to get out and explore a bit more. Lots of interesting stuff out there. Maybe when it cools down a bit!
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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby wildrose » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:48 am

ShotgunMary: Thanks! I like to share interesting videos featuring local sites as often as I can. The sites where those two videos were a little off the beaten track from what I can tell. Not your usual Pinnacles video or Wildrose Kilns kind of thing. Most of us don't get back out that deep into wilderness areas and it's enjoyable to get a peek of what's back there every once in a while.
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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby dzrtdwg » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:52 am

Many donkey trails could follow routes of miners or possibly even local Native Americans. There is almost no written history to provide any info on any of this. All you can do is explore and let your mind wander and wonder what things were like in the distant and not so distant past.
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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby » Tue Sep 07, 2021 8:37 pm

Here's one I did today. The steepest mile climbs just over 1000 feet, but overall it was only eight miles with 2000 feet gain. There were great views of Owens Valley and surrounding mountains in every direction. This peak is 8800 feet in elevation and is on the crest of the Sierra Nevada range. Normally this time of year I'd do a hike in the National Forest, but there is a closure in effect throughout the state due to wildfire concerns. This hike was in a Bureau of Land Management wilderness area and so it was not closed to the public. The area is mostly pinyon/juniper forest with some scrubby oak, but above 8000 feet there are Jeffrey pines and mountain mahogany. The 4WD trail shown on the map is now inside a wilderness area and no motorized vehicles have been allowed on it a couple decades. Also it should be mentioned that there are lots of obsidian chipping areas along this route and I found one sleeping circle that I had not seen before.
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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby CrustyOldFart » Wed Sep 08, 2021 5:51 am

That definitely qualifies as STEEP AS FUCK! The view from the top must be spectacular! Keep hiking!
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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby BallaratBob » Sat Sep 11, 2021 6:16 am

COF: DEFINITELY STEEP AS FUCK! Most people have enough sense to avoid such extreme physical exertion....
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Re: Donkey Trails

Postby mrfish » Mon Oct 04, 2021 5:59 am

Certifiably Steep AF! It sounds like a great hike, but not something I'll ever get around to! Are there any pictures posted anywhere from the hike?
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