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Piru Creek, CA (Pyramid Lake to Piru Lake)

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Distance: 40.2 miles


Backpack from Pyramid Lake to Piru Lake via Piru Creek. Follow no route, just throw your luck in with the river, bear & mountain lion. Camp 2 nights (not 1 as we did). The last 7 miles are brutal asphalt. Be prepared-- there is no ready rescue or cell phone service. Well worth all 27 miles.
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There are many miles that rarely witness a human presence. It is land where bears, coyotes, deer and a host of smaller animals roam freely and where, if you are lucky, you catch sight of a soaring California condor, floating upon the thermal updrafts above the rugged canyon... If not, the ducks, herons, hawks and ospreys provide regular thrills. Piru Creek is biologically rich, providing important riparian and aquatic habitat for several sensitive, threatened, and endangered species. The creek supports large populations of the endangered arroyo toad and sensitive pond turtle. It also provides habitat for the threatened Santa Ana sucker and California red-legged frog. Enroute it passes through a thousand foot deep, waterfall-festooned canyon, before entering a wonderful vertical walled gorge. Rocks include 540+ million-year old metamorphic pre-Cambrian gneiss and slates, Mesozoic granites, and a rich variety of Tertiary sedimentary rocks ranging in age from about 54 to 2 million years old.

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