Briceburg 02-08-2013 weekend trip report.
We are getting some fairly warm weather here in California. It's a great time of year and I try to make every weekend I can even if just to camp. Provided Yosemite is in your sights, the burma grade road is a fun trip. I've written about it on my web site, so if you want information you can read it here
. The road can be wicked at times but this year I think a car could have made it without any problems. This is a good one for a Sprinter, just be prepared to come away with some pin stripping.
The climb starts at the Merced River and the Briceburg bridge
You can see Highway 140 at the base of the canyon. Below is a cropped picture showing the bridge.
The trail is very narrow in spots and on coming traffic can pose a problem.
Most of the brush is light along this section.
The road does have a few switchbacks.
The road straightens out as it winds around the mountain.
Not good on the paint job...I hate that sound.
The area burned several years back. Too bad, it was quite scenic through here at one time.
Besides ruts and washouts along the switchbacks, here is where dead trees love to fall across the trail after a storm. I was lucky, most of the trees were removed when I ran the trail but they sure don't leave much room. I had to get out and cut a couple branches to get through. Soon you'll reach the area that the fire missed.
This was and still is a mining are.
A spring, but I'd never drink out of it.
There are only a few boon docking spots. This is one area but you can't really get too far off the trail. The flower bloom in March can be fantastic up here but it was way too early on this run.
The route is fairly easy to follow but there are some spurs and a map is a good idea to have.
The markers don't help much but my Garmin shows the route.
This by far the best spot to camp along the trail. Above this area the trail crosses over the creek in a couple spots.
Finally you'll get into private property but just sections of it.
I sure hope this area never burns. It's a beautiful area as the trail climbs.
It had snowed earlier during the week and I was actually surprised how clean the trail was. At the end of the trail, some of the best land is private property. What a nice ranch to own.
I camped up towards Anderson Flat in the pines along Bull Creek.
This is a nice little run and perfect at this time of year. Things start to dry out during April depending on the rains. It's always best to contact the Groveland Ranger District about the trail condition if you plan to run it. As mentioned on my site, there are several other trails in the area to take, and the Old Coulterville Trail
is still the only free way into the Yosemite plus it was one of the first trails into Yosemite National Park.