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hikerduane
Had a very long and hard day, never so glad to make it back to transportation.  Back home before 9PM.
Met some of the group about 7:40AM, proceeded to have the former USFS employee Alan, show us a few of the oldest trees on the forest before heading to the Trailhead for the hour hike to the river at Oddie Bar, a former gold mining operation here in California.  He was honored with his many years of maintaining the trail down to Oddie Bar with a plaque with his name on it posted down the trail a short distance.
We had to bushwack from Oddie Bar to No Ear Bar, 1.5 miles I believe, one of my toughest hikes ever, couple places we had to climb uphill around some rock protrusions , the last gave us all issues, I finally scraped up a leg a little the last 10' of the final obstacle.
Some saw a few snakes, no rattlers, Alan saw a King snake of the type native to the mountains.  The tunnel was a short cut at a horse shoe bend in the river for moving supplies.
Duane
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CaptainFantastic
Thanks Duane, looks like a great day out even if a bit challenging!
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onerednek
Man is that some beautiful country
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Mister Wilson
Beautiful country.  Sounds like a fun adventure.
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hikerduane
Thank you guys, pretty sketchy in a couple places, I was in a pickle on the last spot before we made the last "bar", slid the last 10' as the soil was hard, few bigger rocks for foot holds.  Close call for me when we swam in the river earlier, I couldn't locate a rock to stand on at the far side, was getting tired, channel was much deeper than I thought.
Trailhead was at around 4800', dropped to around 3200', then hiked upstream to around 3400'.
Duane
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Majicwrench
Swam the river???

I fell down a mountain 7 years ago, breaking my leg in a way that would make Humpty Dumpty proud. I now avoid (mostly) tricky looking stuff.

Glad you all made it back in one piece.
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hikerduane
Thanks Keith, close for me before I went under.
Lots of Poison Oak, left Repo home, thought it would be hot and it was, but some of the scrambles and clambering over rock wasn't easy.  Had visions of a rescue copter plucking me off the last place.  One older gent like me carried his camera with tripod in one hand.
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74HARLEY
Wow Duane, what a day! Those are some fabulous pictures! Thank you for sharing.
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hikerduane
Thank you, I think it took around 4 hours to go the 1.5 miles between the bars.
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Sierra Roadrunner
Oddie Bar? No Ear Bar? I'm reading along and thought you were writing about Bears again Duane. You sure had an adventurous excursion there on the river in Old Gold Country. Sure is a lot of history and beautiful rugged country to explore. Thanks for sharing the excitement. 

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MartyJ
Wow Duane, 
I’ve been there, done that but many years ago.  Wouldn’t even try now.  Like you said, kinda scary to get trapped in those cliff sides with no good place to go.  Quite an adventurous  group you have there.  You are only a few years younger then me but are in better shape then I have been in many years. I admire your trips.  I have always been fascinated by the gold rush country and can imagine those hills crawling with young guys hoping to strike it rich.  “Paint Your Wagon” type of area.   I used to scour the maps for the old strange place names and hike to them and gold pan and fish.  Didn’t think a thing about jumping from rock to rock.  No more.  No Ear Bar is a new one to me.  The tunnels are fascinating too.  I know they use to dig them to divert the river to dry up the main channel and get to the bed rock in days before dredgers and wet suits.  What gold they must have found!
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hikerduane
Joe, Marty,
This was much more adventurous than I want to do.  Been there, done that on a few of my solo trips.  Looking for more trail, less XC travel, trails less steep, lakes not so far in.
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Gunhippie
@MartyJ

Paint Your Wagon was filmed up here in my neck of the woods. Mostly Baker City and Anthony Lakes Ski area in the Elkhorns. This was also once a very busy mining district.

Duanne: I think I stopped in at the No Ears Bar for a beer once. Pretty rough place, IIRC!
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outlawmws
great Pic Duane!  cool stuff out there!  as to the risky parts, I'm glad you made it relatively unscathed (could have been much worse!) and at least you were with a group!  With a group there is someone to call for or fetch help.   SWMBO HATES when I go out by myself.   

A couple of year ago I decided to follow a creek out of where we now camp, and then work my way up the mountainside to a road I knew was above me.  They had terraced this place 50-60 tears ago after clear cutting and to replant.  It got so steep I had to strap my gun over my head on my back, and use  both hands to climb,  stop about every 3-4 "steps", and rest, and was tricked a bunch of times thinking the next terrace was the old road.   It was so steep it was safer to keep climbing than to try to go back down...

That one makes me rethink some of the other places I consider these days!  (But I was proud of myself that I had made it to the top trail...)
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hikerduane
Outlaw,
The last area we had to clear, I couldn't decide the lesser of two evils, go parallel or try to get back down to the river after getting across one gully.  Could have easily slid a 100'.  One spot I did start down but grabbed one smaller rock that held. 
Duane
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Majicwrench
Sounds like you need a different person to lead the hikes.
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12057dave
Duane. Thanks for sharing some great pictures. And really glad you made it safely. You guys that do that kind of hiking really do impress me. 
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Beautiful, very stunning land. I live in flat land, with no scenery
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hikerduane
Alan who knows the area led this one hike, my neighbor has been organizing these weekend hikes.  My neighbor also is very allergic to Poison oak.  Five of the eight on this hike were FS employees or retired FS.
I felt a few times that we should have been asked or suggested to stay closer together.  I thought Alan knew of better ways around the rock, he seemed to know much of the area around the river.
I was so tired last night, I only had two cans of coke with a slice of pizza vs my usual half a pizza for a dinner.
Duane
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