We just got pretty lost in that area yesterday. Eventually found our way down a drainage that ran into cinnabar. Not sure where we went wrong. Anyone who know the correct want to chime in?
We followed the ridge from the south chilcotin park sign at the knob. Made a couple of switchbacks then into the meadows on a easy to follow trail. I would say we were on that trail for what felt like 2-3kmsish before hitting the camp and getting lost. It was easy to follow and led us directly to the some form of camp with an outhouse. From there is where we got confused.
we tried plan b last weekend. kept looking for a trail on the right as we proceeded into the basin, but didn't find anything before the horse camp. so we backtracked and just rode down the first clearing we found on the trail before the camp… and suddenly a proper riding trail just appears, about 50m from the main trail, out of nowhere, leading towards the creek
so we followed it, crossing some blow down, all the way down to the creek… and then nothing. there was no obvious crossing point, nothing leading down or away from the creek on either side, wtf
so we walked down the creek maybe 200m… and suddenly the trail appears on the other side, leading up towards the lookout and lower cinnabar trail
next time i think i'll try just staying on the ridge as flip says. fuck the basin. though honestly, since you can ride up to do laps of lower cinnabar, i don't know that i'll be doing the whole loop again any time soon - the upper part of the descent loses too much elevation too quickly without much character, i'm not that into ridge-o-rama, and lick is a much more fun descent (all imo)
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