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Buckhorn and Colson Trails

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Diane
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Buckhorn and Colson Trails
Post Posted: March Sat 26, 2005 5:18 pm
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Post your update here or from Bryan's Interactive Backcountry Map.hills
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Bryan
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Post Posted: February Sun 22, 2009 12:14 pm
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Feb 21, 2009

I hiked from the Colson Canyon TH up to the ridge. The trail starts out pretty good, but then gradually becomes more and more poison oaky - until finally you are literally crawling through oak. It was awful; I am super bad with oak! The tread is fine, but needs a good brushing. You will eventually get to a small meadow, the trail cuts down to the left at the start of the meadow, look for my cuts. Then the trail dips down into the drainage and across into a larger meadow. From here the trail is at the far top left of the large meadow. Check Google sat maps before attempting so you don't end up bushwhacking like I did, stay away from the creek. There is water at Peach Tree Spring and if you make it that far then you'll be on an old road that will take you to the ridge.

From there you hit private property and access down to Bear would require trespassing. There are supposedly two old trails down from there, both would require trespassing and from I can see on sat maps - both would involve miles of bushwhacking.
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