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Re: Hwy. 173 from Arrowhead

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April 26, 2005 08:54PM
I hiked to DCHS via the Bradford Ridge trail on 4/3/2005, and can verify that the pavement ends just north of Kinley Creek. I drove in from the north (I-15 to 138 to 173), so I can't verify how long it would take to get there from Lake Arrowhead.

Coming from the north, I drove via the ~5 miles of dirt road that starts just west of Arrowhead Lake Road near the Mojave Forks Dam. Before this winter's rains, the road was passable by a normal passenger car; unless the road's been graded this month, I'd recommend a high ground clearance vehicle. I had no problems in my stock 4Runner, and although I used the 4wd, it wasn't necessary. The dirt section took about a half hour. Plan on straddling many of the gullies, as there isn't quite enough room to go on the outside.

The trail is in pretty good shape. Some damage from the rains, but mostly minor. There's two sections of poison oak to watch out for near the top, which were just leafing out when I hiked in. I'm planning on clipping them back (very carefully, and with proper protection) when I hike it again next month.

I don't know about the clothing optional status of that trail, but I was there on a sunday and saw only two other people on the trail; they were heading in as we were heading out. Last year when I hiked midweek I didn't see anyone else at all on that trail. If nobody else is parked at Kinley Creek, you can probably ditch the shorts entirely. Enjoy!

Hwy. 173 from Arrowhead

lbcalrr 1573April 26, 2005 05:14PM

Re: Hwy. 173 from Arrowhead

Wizard 2516April 26, 2005 08:53PM

Re: Hwy. 173 from Arrowhead

summernudist 1500April 26, 2005 08:54PM

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