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Granite Chief Picayune Valley Overnight Backpack Trip

June 24, 2023 - June 25, 2023

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TENTATIVE DATES: Saturday, June 24th 8am–Sunday, June 25th 5pm (Roads currently closed. Snowmelt required) ARC volunteer Tom Dodson will lead this exploration of the Granite Chief Wilderness Area Picayune Valley starting at Talbot Creek.

We will hike up along the middle fork of the American River passing through an old growth forest. After crossing the headwaters of the middle fork, we will emerge into the Picayune Valley. In the valley, we will explore waterfalls and Indian petroglyphs, and pass through several alpine meadows with wildflowers in bloom.

The hike is moderate with no step elevation gains. Elevation is 6,300 ft. We will camp at the upper end of the valley. After setting up camp, we will hike up to the saddle and have views of the Granite Chief wilderness. This is an overnight trip, so bring your own backpack with supplies and food. Hike difficulty, easy – with 600 ft. elevation gains, a total of 14 miles round-trip.

Ages 12+ with backpacking experience welcome. No Dogs due to fawning season. Meeting location Foresthill area. Cost: $40/members, $55/non-members (Drivers needed. Indicate desire when signing up.)

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June 24, 2023
June 25, 2023


American River Conservancy
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Wakamatsu Farm
941 Cold Springs Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667 United States
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