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The Mystery of the Middle Fork – Part III

Jim Broshears, Trailhead Tales author badge for My outdoor buddy

ur search for Tuck’s lost meadow continued in 2013. After three previous trips and multiple days of searching, you might be wondering why we don’t just call it a day. Or possibly question why we have not forged ahead and got it done. As for quitting, that thought has not even been discussed. Every trip we have taken has increased our desire to explore further. Each journey has better prepared us for the next attempt, and the learning is part of the reason for doing it in the first place.

Every day spent in the canyon has been a challenge and a pleasure. There has never been a day when we did not experience moments of pure joy. Even the inevitable exhaustion of canyon travel is a sort of painful, well-earned pleasure.

Middle Fork, Jim Broshears, myoutdoorbuddy.com

«Tuck’s return to the Middle Fork

Our 2013 trip was brief but interesting. For the first time we brought the source of the story to the river. For Tuck, this was the first time he had been back the Middle Fork for more than 20 years. We decided to approach the area that he had been describing to us froma new angle. Stag Point, which is located downriver from the PCT about 4 river miles can be reached by vehicle thus eliminating the trek down to and back up from the river.

We knew going in that this time would be a quick in and out exploration that we hoped would set up our next, and hopefully triumphant return..

The road to Stag Point, like all of the other roads in the area, is hard to find and takes a good sense of direction and better than average map reading skills. In order to find our way back on future trips, we kept a log of mileages at all turns and took pictures of every intersection.

Middle Fork Canyon, Jim Broshears

«The canyon, challenge and pleasure.

Once you have reached the staging area at the top of the access to Stag Point there is sign that designates it as an Off Highway Vehicle road. This road does not require 4WD but it is highly recommended. It is steep and narrow with sharp turns and is one lane most of the way. If you did encounter another vehicle, one of you would potentially have a very long back up to perform. The video link below shows how narrow and winding it is in places. A true 4-Wheeler would not find this very challenging but for the average traveler this would be a white-knuckle drive. The video is 2 minutes long, you only need to watch about 1 minute to get a rough feel for the conditions.

It took us about 40 minutes to drive the 2 miles from the top to the bottom and elevation difference of nearly 2,000′.

Campground at Stag Point, Middle Fork, Jim Broshears, my outdoor buddy

«Campground at Stag Point

Once you are at the bottom you will find an amazing campground spread among the Oak tree. A small stream, Dejonah Creek, runs along the campground and into the Middle Fork about 100 yards from the lowest campsite.

After parking and making the short walk to river we decided to try out our fishing skills. To say the fishing was good would be an understatement. Although the fish were not large, they were hungry. I caught a fish on my first two cast and had strikes and follows on the first ten.

The short video embedded below is taken where Dejonah Creek enters and merges with the Middle Fork. Fish love this place too, and is it any wonder?


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