West Cherry Valley from top

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mtrono on November 14, 2012

Hi. I love this area. Did you go straight down the (somewhat) vertical wall from Chain Lakes down to near the confluence of West Cherry and Piute Creeks? I didn't find an obvious down on my first trip, but on the way out (via Studhorse Meadow up to Chain Lakes) I noticed cairns marking a route that possibly went straight down.

Alvage on November 15, 2012

Hi. I did hike from Louse Canyon all the way down W-Cherry. It's passable only when dry. To the confluence w/Piute, there is a steep but clear slope right down from Chain Lakes plateau, no need to go vertical :-) Also from the plateau, a hard-to-see trail goes down to Studhorse, - hiked it half-way w/o pack.

mtrono on January 8, 2013

Yes, I took that trail from the Chain Lakes plateau to Studhorse. Easy to follow. It's an old, un-maintained trail judging from an old map I have. It's not listed on current maps. The old trail then goes north from Studhorse to the main east-west trail between Grouse Lake and Wood Lake. It's easy, but a lot of growth and trees.

Going downstream Piute from Studhorse to confluence of West Fork is difficult. Lots of cracks and dropoffs and trail & error. I'm glad there's a direct route down from Chain Lakes. Thanks!

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Photo taken in Stanislaus National Forest, 19777 Greenley Rd, Sonora, CA 95370, USA

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