Jardine Junier, 18 September, 2022
On Sunday morning nine hikers gathered to hike an old favorite trail to the Jardine Juniper.
This year we made a parking lot decision to create a shuttle hike by going up our traditional route from Wood Camp and then descending through Cottonwood Canyon. This alternate route shortened the hike by about 3.5 miles, but the trade off would be a steeper descent.
The Old Juniper trail up from Wood Camp was in good condition. There were new signs at the trailhead and newly aligned trail sections from recent trail work.
The trail down Cottonwood Canyon is not an official Forest Service "System Trail". It was built a few years ago by hikers to make a shorter (and steeper) route to the Jardine Juniper via lower Cottonwood Canyon. We found the trail to be in good condition with surprisingly solid footing as we climbed down through the rocks. We were impressed with the quality of the trail and the work done by the trail builders.
Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos, Dave P. for photos and Dave W. for photos and and GPS data.