Not our planned exit route...22

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    Posted by Roadie ( on August 01, 2005 at 14:53:39:

    In Reply to: The plot thickens.....21 posted by Roadie on August 01, 2005 at 14:49:56:

    Hereís a 1910 map of the area, but it is not quite right as to the route and junction. Most early maps donít even have this much detail, so itís the best we have right now to sort through some route possibilities. We elected to followed the trail "just a little ways" back towards Hayden/Mary Mtn "east" trail. As we reached the area where we could see the Alum Creek vicinity, we decided that following this was more interesting than pushing back out on the Trout road. We didnít leave a vehicle at that trailhead, but it would get us out in the daylight instead of hoofing back through the deadfall to Larryís to exit on the old road bed.

    This trail is marked and was once well maintained. At meadows with great distances there are those typical foot-square trail markers that you spot off in the distance. These areas have no discernable trails going through the meadows. Interesting! Without further research, my only thought is that the "Pack Trail" so often marked on maps is not the same exact route as the Mary Mtn trail section from Alum to Highland, even though all trail maps show only one trail. We will have to do a careful study of topo lines. It may be that the Mary Mtn "east" trail migrated and the change was never noted on maps; we shall see! Maybe the Alum Cr. Trail is an entirely different creature from the other two! The new bright markers may be simply "finding aids". Any hiker who happened to accidentally follow the Trout Creek road could see these new markers and get back on track to todayís Mary Mtn "east" trail. It could be as simple as one short stretch of abandoned trail and a name change. Whatever the answer, there is definitely more than one trail out there.

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