On June 21, 2017, Rick Bombaci hiked the Temperance Creek Trail (USFS #1778) from Warnock Corral down to the site of the old Wisenor Place and back. Rick’s overall impression is that dense brush and almost 100 down trees make this section of the trail nearly impassable to either hikers or stock. Thanks to Rick for negotiating all of the obstacles and the roughly 4,000 feet of both elevation loss and gain to provide this report. To top it off, Rick himself removed half a dozen small down trees from the trail while he was out.
Rick encountered light brush from the Warnock Corral trailhead to the saddle at about 2 miles down, heavy brush from the saddle to the North Temperance Creek confluence and a grassy trail with little brush from North Temperance Creek to Wisenor.
Over this section of trail, Rick reports that there are 16 down trees less than 12” in diameter requiring either a step over (9 trees) or a detour to bypass (7 trees); 56 down trees between 12” and 24” diameter requiring a step (26 trees) or a detour (30 trees); and 19 trees greater than 24” diameter requiring a step (6 trees) or a detour (13 trees).
In addition, Rick reports that the trailhead at Warnock Corral is not signed and is not obvious, that there are two minor washouts of the tread (the locations of which he recorded with GPS) and that the Wisenor Place burned down in 2015.