thank you for the bump, beatfeet. I don't know what to answer to you, but anywhere out of the desert sounds like it'd be a good idea. only passed through Flag once, but hear it's cool. maybe Prescott NF would be a good place to land for a bit.
as for the gathering on the 4th, let me give directions and some advice on how best to get here.
first, you are going to hike. it could be as little as 3 or as much as 6 miles over up and down trails, some moderately steep to get to Primitive Camp on the south fork of the Yuba river.
the place to start would be Brunswick Rd. in Grass Valley for some grub before you come. I'll feed you if you show up, but you'll need to go in and get some supplies yourself to share the load.
Brunswick has Grocery Outlet, locally known as Grossme Outlet. cheapest food anywhere around. get pasta and rice dishes (lightweight), whatever else suits you. cooking utensils are waiting your arrival.
best to arrive there on a weekday. from Grocery Outlet catch the Gold Country Stage going towards Nevada City. $1.50, will save you your only hassle hitchhiking in this area. ask for a transfer to the #1 on boarding. make certain to take the stage that arrives at :48 after the hour and picks up closest to the stores rather the one closest to the road.
if there's plenty of daylight left, tell the driver on the #1 you want to get off at North Bloomfield Rd. if it's getting dark, get off at the next stop, the library instead. across the parking lot you'll see a gate which leads to a water tank, you can sleep there the night.
hitch from there. tell the person picking you up that you're going to Malakoff. you might just get lucky and get a ride right to the trailhead. if not, about 10 miles north on state route 49, you will get out at Tyler Foote Rd.
again, explain to the person picking you up that you're going to Malakoff, specifically, the Humbug Trail. you may get dropped at the trailhead, there are so many kind folks in this area.
now the fun begins. Humbug Trail is 2.7 miles of up and down, most of the trail is ok, parts will wear you a bit. take your time and remember to keep your eyes on the trail at all times unless you're standing still.
at the end of Humbug, you'll come upon an overlook of the south Yuba with picnic tables. you're almost there. go left [edited this, a big oops, said go to the right and that'll get you going the wrong way...HEAD LEFT] (head upstream) and cross over the bridge at Humbug Creek. the trail gets gnarly for a short bit after you round the corner. raggedy bedrock will greet your feet and just follow the best path over this mess as you can, the trail will make itself apparent to you soon.
you'll come back into the forest and fairly soon you'll see the sign on the trail. you're roughly 150 ft. from where you you'll turn right and pass a small building which is a composting toilet. you're there. plenty of places to camp, not just right there, but make yourself at home, I might be out in the vicinity mining and will be back before dark.
bring bug spray, the mosquitoes are hitting hard this year. if you have a problem with poison oak, it's everyhwere out here and I advise not to come. some people it affects, most it doesn't.
the wildlife is no danger. you may see a rattler, you may not. bears and mountain lions are out here, but don't show themselves too much and aren't a danger.
if you like to swim, there is a beach. you can also camp there as well. plenty of firewood, but be careful! bring your fishing pole, there's rainbow trout and some brown as well as squawfish.
a tent isn't really needed, there's only a slight chance of rain in July out here. bring water purifiction tabs or a filter. I drink the water as is all summer and experience only minor problems, but there is a chance of giardia.
a mellow good time is promised for all who show. the event is open ended, so leave whenever, just don't make a mess out here is all anyone can ask.
if you want to look at a map of where you're heading, google North Bloomfield, Ca. the trail isn't shown, but if you somehow wind up in the state park there with all the 19th century building, Humbug Trail is a 1.5 mile walk from there.
I don't really expect many to show, if any at all, but I put this forward just in case.
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