Sunday, August 09, 2020

Independence Mountain - Day 3

Aug 04, Tuesday.

Telephoto views of the nearby mountains as I sipped my coffee at the campsite this morning:

Delaney Butte

Long day again on Yagi's saddle today.  Rode CR 35 all the way till it met up with CR 6W, pretty good forest road with some spots made tricky by golf ball sized gravel making traction interesting at times.

Still, no harm, no foul.

I did check out Three Mile Creek beforehand hoping to get close to Sugarloaf Mountain but no go; the road ends on private property and the trail around is closed for area restoration.

 Mitchell Placer Mine at Three Mile Creek

Once on CR 6W, I took it back to CR 7 and headed towards Lake John SWA.  This time however, I kept going another few miles and got to the Delaney Butte Lakes SWA.  Pretty nice set of lakes, though a bit more crowded in terms of campers.

 North Lake was the most crowded

 You can get to the trail head for Delaney Butte from South Lake

I liked East Lake best, some nice sites for camping and no one
there while I was there.

Motored on back to the top of Independence Mountain via CR 7.  Oiled Yagi's chain as it was looking quite dusty and dry and just rested the rest of the day away.  I did see a group of 5 ATV riders but they were just tooling about, not bothering anyone.

Far as I can tell, I still have the mountain all the myself in terms of campers.  I like it!


CCjon said...

Nice relaxing day of exploring, no rain, nothing broke, fresh clean air, no virus, all in all perfect day. Thank your lucky stars you are blessed to enjoy life. What more could you ask for.

Ever ask yourself, what will this area look like when my sons come here when they reach my age? Will it still be clean and free?

redlegsrides said...

Thanks for the comments and question CCjon....I've actually never gave it much thought. Perhaps because I don't think either son will follow in my wake? They're headed in different directions than I was headed when I was their age. Such is life.

RichardM said...

I really like the first couple of photos. Beautiful area!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM, the light was highlighting the rocks quite nicely.