Clover Creek Trail 8-26-15

Skies were totally clear from about Buck Prarie onward.  Roads to the trail head were good and well marked.  Driving time was 1 hour, RT was 80 miles. 

Temperature at the trail head was about 65.  Clover Creek had a wee bit of running water in spots but Clover Lake was a dry bed. 

We hiked right past the poorly marked trail junction to Aspen Butte and ended up at the Mt Lakes/Varney Creek junction (4.1 miles).  Not knowing we weren't where we thought we were, we took a right and hiked half a mile to a ridge where the trail started a steeper, switchback descent.  Our trail map, however, showed no such descent so we turned back and hiked to the ML/VC trail junction, never seeing another offshoot trail we thought we might have missed. 

So back to the ridge where Bob hiked the south trail side all the way down (about 500', nearing but not seeing Eb and Zeb Lakes) and I hiked down the north side's endless shale scree.  Neither of us found another trail heading to Aspen Butte.  We reconnoitered at the ridge and only then determined our likely mistake. 

We hiked back to the ML/VC junction and ate lunch a short way back down the Clover Creek trail.  We arrived at the real Aspen Butte junction about 1:00, cursed the poor signage location, and decided to postpone our assault on Aspen Butte to another day.  We arrived back at the trail head at 2:00. 

Refreshments were taken at Caldera Brewery sans fries.

Gary

Ashland Hiking Home

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