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Dusy Ershim Trail

North to South Rating "9"

South to North Rating "10"

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  Location: The southern end of the trail begins near Courtright Reservoir. Take HWY 168 to Dinkey Creek Road follow it to the Camp Fresno Area and turn right on to McKinley Grove. Follow McKinley Grove road about 13.5 miles to Courtright Road, turn left. Follow Courtright Road for 8 miles to Courtright Res. Dam, cross the dam and stay on the road following the signs for the Dusy Ershim OHV route.

Courtright Dam

The Northern end of the trail begins at Kaiser Pass off HWY 168. Follow HWY 168 passed Huntington Reservoir. Watch for the signs leading to Whitebark Vista Point. Follow the signs to Whitebark Vista Point, that is where the Northern end of the trail begins.

Dusy Ershim Sign

  Description: This one is the king, 30 miles of Rubicon like terrain and two or three days of pure fun. The Dusy Ershim route is a 600-foot corridor between two wilderness areas, the John Muir and Dinkey Lakes wilderness areas. The route is definitely only for experienced drivers. Most people take a minimum of two days or as many as four days to travel its entire length to Kaiser Pass Road, above Huntington Lake. Trail closes for the winter at the end of deer season.

Voyager Rock

Voyager Rock

  Recommended equipment: Full size and long wheel base vehicles are not recommended.  A lifted, locked short wheel base vehicle with skid plates, rocker guards, and tow hooks and straps are a must. It is highly recommended that someone in your group have a winch. The less the vehicle is equipped the more work and damage you can expect. Bring extra gas and spare parts. Remember help for your vehicle and medical attention are hours or even days away.

Chicken Rock

Bottom of Chicken Rock

Welcome to Chicken Rock

Going down Chicken Rock

Going down Chicken Rock

 
  Accommodations: Several campgrounds are at both ends of the trail. Dispersed camping is available on the trail, but camps must be more than 100 feet from lakes, streams. Wilderness begins on both sides of the trail after 300 feet. Campfire permits are required.

Dusy Meadows

Near Dusy Meadows and North end of Courtright Res.

The Pett System

Consider packing all your waste out. The Pett System

 

Dusy Meadows

Along side Dusy Meadows

Dusy Meadows

log bridge

There are many log bridges in meadow areas.

Dusy Meadows

Thompson Hill

Thompson Hill

Thompson Hill
 
Thompson Hill

Thompson Hill

Thompson Hill

Thompson Lake

Thompson Lake

Summit Meadows

Summit Meadows

trail

This is how tight the trail can get.

East Lake

East Lake

Oh Shit Rock

"Oh Shit" Rock



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