Well that's a hell of a disease. I hope he didn't touch him.
Well don't it was a disease. The gentleman appeared to be in 70's so would suspect heat stroke or heart failure.
Six years back I took my wife up the Kelly cr trail it was flagged in place and over grown with huckleberry bushes. Earlier that winter there was a heavy wind storm in the valley. When we got to place where the trail goes away from the creek we ran into a large windfall area. Walking on the downed trees you could see the trail down below you. Figured as many trees down as there was they would switchback above it as we pick the trail back up above the blow down.
Sky Hiker, they actually followed the established trail as they cleared those huge blowdowns. Only problem was, like I mentioned earlier, they quit about a mile before the saddle.
Thanks for the WTA link, Rich. That was posted about the same time that we went through.
When we approached from the Scorpion Mountain trailhead the previous summer, I brought notes that I had taken from your old TR and they were very helpful.
An update for the people that have done lots of work on Kelley Creek in the past. We were asked by the SRD if our volunteers would be able to log out the Martin Creek Connector. We accepted the assignment and discovered a few people had time in their schedules in the middle of July. Norm put together some photo stories of our trips. They are linked below.
Then a few of us thought we would do a recreational hike from Johnson Ridge to the Martin Creek trailhead on July 22, assuming the trail would be easy to follow. As can be seen in the GPS track (last photo), we missed the trail going down into Kelley Creek. DO NOT follow our track from 5,300' to due west of Captain Point. It was not a preferred route. The MUCH better route we found on Aug 1st is shown at the end of that photo story.
Johnson Ridge to Kelley Creek July 22nd
Norm and I went back on Aug 1st and went searching. It looks like there are a number of logs down on the trail from Scorpion toward Captain's Point. If the correct trail location can be confirmed, we have permission to return and log out the trail. That would help future hikers follow the trail. Norm's photo story:
Kelley Ck Trail Search Aug 1st
We placed a lot of flagging and are coordinating with the USFS, asking them to confirm the trail location. If some of the people with more experience in the area have opinions or other evidence that would get us closer to the historical trail location, please PM me. Thanks
I followed the old trail out to Captain Point and don't recall it being overly difficult. it was flagged quite a bit. I do remember one key switchback that absolutely needed to be followed lest one be off route for sure. I wish I had a track to share.
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