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    First Hang in the Sierras

    Greetings all! My name's Pete. Long time lurker, first time posting. After scouring the forums, I finally took my first trip hanging. Thanks to all for advice and opinions.

    I set out for the Sierra on Tues. morning. My goal was the Humbug trail to South Yuba trail and out the Missouri bar trail. These trails are on a mix of BLM, USFS and CA state park lands, near Nevada City, CA. I could find only one map that had all three trails. The journey wasn't long. 3 miles on the Humbug, another three on South Yuba and the final leg, a steep 1.4- 2.5 (depending on what you read) out to the road where I had to hike another 2.5 back to the car. I was intending on making it a two night stay. But, I hiked too fast and was too sore at 2pm Wed. to want to do anymore. So, I just headed home.

    The Humbug trail was drop dead gorgeous the whole way down. It follows Humbug creek which was just waterfall after waterfall carving crags and pools through the granite.


    At the end of the trail is a BLM campsite with a couple of picnic tables. It's situated on a cliff about 150 ft above the south fork of the Yuba River. Spectacular view of the canyon and river!



    Set up my new Byer of Maine moskito traveller and Outdoor Products 9.5' x 8' tarp. The tarp came down, later. There was no need for it.





    There was a small patch of sand on the shore, below camp. I took dips in the frigid water and cooked myself on the rocks. On my way back to camp, I nearly stepped on a freakin' coral snake. That experience made me sooooo glad to be hanging. The Hammock was crazy comfortable. With a thermarest and a down bag, I slept like a pup.

    Great times!

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    Terrific photos!

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    Looks great, Kapang! Glad you got out there and are enjoying life above ground.

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    Great first post!! Welcome, friend!
    "Pips"
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    Looks & sounds like a great first hang.....just the start of so many more.
    Mountain views are good for the soul....& getting to them is good for my waistline.

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    Great pictures. Sounds like a great hike/hang. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice trip

    I'm always looking for new places to go, I have a few questions.

    What was the elevation, temp range during your stay? Any snow on the trail?

    Were dogs allowed? how about mountian biking?

    Thanks,

    S

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    Elevation at the river is 2400'. Top of the trails is around 3600 to 4000'. Temp was around 75 during the day. The night didn't seem cold. I think the canyon holds the heat of the day. Probably didn't get below 45 that night. No snow in the area. Only one or two peaks could I see that had snow. Don't know what they were.

    No dogs on the state park trails, at least. Don't know about the other areas. South Yuba and Missouri Bar trails are both intense single track. Bikes are allowed. But, as I was walking, all I could think was: "people really bike this thing?" In alot of stretches it's very thin and nothing but steep/ cliff edge on one side.

    Here's a link to a trail description of South Yuba. Give it time to load

    http://files.meetup.com/866034/South...%26%20Map!.pdf

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    Such a beautiful state we live in!!! Nice rig and great pics!! Glad you didn't step on that coral snake, those can be nasty!! " Red touch yellow, kill a fellow" Remember that one? I think the king snake was "Red touch black, you're alright jack." Ha, oh the good ol' days of being a kid!! I just stay away from every snake. thanks for the pics and post!! Happy hangin!!!
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    Sweet spot. How was the hike..easy, moderate or strenuous? Looks like a good place to go before the snow melts.

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