Sunday, July 4, 2010

Hiking Lilly Meadows

I took some Scouts from my troop on a backpack trip to Lilly Meadows a few weeks ago. It's a beautiful hike up past North Falls into the Chumash Wilderness on the south side of Mt. Pinos. Lilly Meadows is a great primative campsite with two fire rings and abundant room for tents. There was no water in the creek right at the meadow, but there was water flowing a few hundred yards downstream near the top of the canyon.

One of the boys says he woke up in the middle of the night, looked outside his tent and saw a bear near camp. We did find bear tracks the next morning, so if you go, be careful with your smellables.

To get to Lilly Meadows, park just outside the camp gate at the end of Boy Scout Camp Road. Follow the paved road past the camp parking lot (this is private property, so stay on the road, please), pass the Forst Service mileage sign, and continue on the dirt service road. Just before you reach North Falls (about 2 miles) there is a signed turnoff to the right. The trail is quite steep for about a quarter mile, then levels out through the canyon for less than a mile to the campsite. The trail continues up the mountain to Sheep Camp and the top of Mt. Pinos.

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