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What we'll do
Highlights: The pathways at Horseshoe Bend are faint and we will find enough poison oak.
However, the area is little used and quite interesting, with varied terrain, early season wildflowers,
sundry animal bones, and a rocky, river canyon. Alternate carpool points
Coming from Oakhurst/Coarsegold 7:30 AM- Park and Ride, Road 200/Hwy 41 - We will regroup here. Text Wes if you will be there[masked]-0060.
Directions: From Sportsman's Warehouse we will travel North on Hwy 41 to Road 200 O'Neals stopping to carpool with individuals from Madera. We will then head towards North Fork, turning right on Road 222 (Auberry Rd), to Kerckhoff Lake. Turn left on Road 235, just before the bridge, and about .7 miles park in the "Y" where Road 235 goes left and Powerhouse Road goes right.
Horseshoe Bend is a U-tum in the San Joaquin River as it flows from Redinger Lake to
Kerckhoff Lake. The trail starts on the west side of the U and contours around the high ground of
Long Ridge to a rocky, river beach on the east side. From the grassy parking area follow a trail to the
southeast. In a short distance you will encounter the huge penstock carrying water from Redinger
Lake to PG&E Power Plant No.4. As you crawl under the pipe you may hear water running inside.
Now you begin a 300-foot climb with the option of several routes. It has been our experience that if
you stay to the right, near the steep slope down to the river, the going may be easier and less poison oak may be encountered. At about 1.5 miles the going becomes much easier, just a stroll through open woods. You round the southern "comer" and make a gradual descent to a rocky beach on the river that is perfect for the lunch stop. We'll be here for about an hour with lots of time to enjoy the river and the company. There are several trails to follow back but it seems like they all lead back to the cars. Recommend you bring your GPS Gaia app if you have one.
Distance: 6-10 miles depending on the route
Elevation Gain 1500 ft
Note: This is a new route for me and the Senior Hikers have recently been on it. I am trusting that one or more of these hikers might join us for their route. However, there are many trails and in a limited area, with the River making a horseshoe bend (lol) no one should get lost. However? :)
Weather: Rain/snow will cancel
What to bring
Suggested Gear/Supplies: A flashlight or headlamp, lunch, 2 liters water, regular day hiking gear.Bring water and food. Here is the link for the 10 essentials for hiking ( https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html?s_kwcid=PS_Google|401_252401|10%20essentials%20for%20hiking|NB|11b[masked]c3-4eb1-a458-7c0eaada1922|aud[masked]:kwd[masked]&gclid=CjwKCAiA3o7RBRBfEiwAZMtSCfV-9bjpnY246Uqah04LKk9g7Pa0rc6vTnf7ywclAjgm40UEMT-qLxoCB60QAvD_BwE ). Suggest snack foods for when we su
Important to know
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