Correction to Secor, Deerhorn

by Peter Maxwell
After reaching Vidette Meadow, Secor's first error soon became apparent. He indicates that the most challenging aspect of hiking up Vidette Creek is crossing Bubb's Creek, and he states that most hikers end up fording the creek. This is not so. After joining the Muir Trail at the junction of the Bullfrog Lake trail, one continues to where the meadows start. Very shortly afterwards there is a wide, shallow stream crossing, and just after this an obvious crossing of the creek presents itself, where a large log is lying across the creek.

Secor's second error really led us astray. He states that the way up Vidette Creek is on the east bank, which would have necessitated crossing this creek as well. As a result, after crossing Bubbs Creek we continued just on the other side until we reached Vidette Creek. Since it wasn't easy to cross it at that point we started up on the west side. Continuing on, it was evident that the west side was, in fact, the preferable side, and it was beyond our comprehension why anybody would want to hike up the east side. As if to ram the point home, on our return we discovered a very pronounced use trail that descended down the ridge (rather than closer to the creek where we were). This use trail emerged only a short distance from the original Bubbs Creek crossing!

Finding the trail from the bottom is problematical without prior knowledge, so to help others I'll add some hints. After the log crossing, continue east, parallel to the creek. The obvious landmark to look out for is a small wooden, run-down cabin. Just before this cabin is a large trunk lying across the path, and the trail starts straight up the hill from that point. It's impossible to know there's a trail there, but very shortly up the hill it becomes evident, and is easy to follow from there all the way up to Vidette Lakes.

The information in these pages is provided by interested volunteers and has not been field checked. R.J. Secor, The Mountaineers and the Sierra Club are in no way responsible for the accuracy of any route advice on this web site. Safe climbers must be able to understand the terrain and topography of the area they travel in, and they must make wise route finding choices based on their own knowledge, experience and observations.