By: Parker Severson
A half dozen of us (and where were the rest of you?) made camp Saturday, October 8, at the head of Mazourka Canyon, east of Independence. Early Sunday morning, with myself as leader, we set out for Waucoba (11,123 ft.), the highest point in the Inyos. We had ideal fall weather. A good trail almost all the way made for easy going. After crossing Badger Flat, we followed the old trail up the winding length of Tamarack Canyon. Brilliant spots of autumn color met the eye at frequent intervals.
The trail winds around the timbered slopes, and, after passing through a very interesting stand of contorted timberline trees that must have stood the brunt of centuries of mountain storms, finally comes out on the treeless summit ridge. We hiked four rules north along the ridge at about 10,000 feet, to the final summit. The going was easy, but the altitude slowed us down a bit. The panoramic views on either side were outstanding. Freda Walbrecht recorded the trip in 16 mm. color movies which you will see at a later date.
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