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Re: Old Road off Pohono Trail

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Old Road off Pohono Trail
July 02, 2014 12:40PM
On the Pohono Trail, near Inspiration Point, there is an old road that heads towards the Valley. Where does that old road take you? Near Bridalveil?
Re: Old Road off Pohono Trail
July 02, 2014 12:58PM
That's the bottom end of the Old Wawona Road, one of the early stage coach roads into the Valley. It intersects (actually, cuts across) the current road just a couple hundred yards south of the turnoff to the BVF parking area. It's mostly clear and a really lovely walk. Besides going down that way, you can actually follow it pretty easily (albeit with quite a bit of tree-hopping and bushwhacking) in the other direction to a spot near Grouse Creek. From there to Wawona, it's in several incomplete segments. One (starting near Henness Ridge Rd) is maintained as a fire road and is another easy walk but most of the segments from there south take a bit of investigation to find.

You'll find a lot of other posts that discuss this (and the other old roads) in some detail in these forums and chick-on has made various overlay maps showing where the old road was in respect to the current alignment, several of which you can also find here.

I LOVE these old roads...they are as close to a time machine as you can get...especially when you stumble across one of those sections that's still well-preserved.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2014 07:22PM by DavidK42.
Re: Old Road off Pohono Trail
July 02, 2014 01:06PM
Great info. Thank you.
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