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Old 04-16-2009, 10:41 AM
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Default Hazel Creek Trip

I was thinking of hiking into Hazel Creek this weekend and parking my car at Fontana Dam. Does anybody have any input on that? I know I can take the shuttle but I thought I might save myself a little gas money cause I have an extra day to kill. I was also thinking of taking my mountain bike because the pictures of Hazel's trail look pretty flat. Once there I was planning to camp at sawdust campsite. Is there any particular flies or is it the Blue Winged Olives, Quills, and Pheasant Tails and other big nymphs that are seen over the rest of the park. I was also thinking of throwing some attractor flies. Maybe some dark colored stimulators or Royal Wulffs. I haven't been here before and figured someone else knows more about Hazel than I do.

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Old 04-16-2009, 10:50 AM
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You'll need to leave your mountain bike at home. They are prohibited on park trails.

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Old 04-16-2009, 11:30 AM
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as far as attractors i fished thunderheads and ausable wulff's but i expect almost anything that has the right size and the basic colrs will work for you...... good luck

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:04 PM
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A thunderhead should work good this time of year, and although technically caddis aren't out in full force yet i've always had good luck with an ehc early on in the season.

Paula hit the nail on the head with the mountain bike, you'll have to bring your walking shoes instead. Looking at the map, if you choose to come that way and follow the lake the trail should be a relatively easy one.
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:39 PM
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Bear Warnings - areas where bears are active. Please read What Do I Do If I See A Bear? for important safety information about bears.
• Backcountry Campsite 40
• Mt LeConte Shelter
• Russell Field Shelter

Campsites Closed
• None

Trail Cautions
Please note that the park's backcountry is managed as a natural area where the forces of nature determine trail conditions. The following list includes some conditions that the park is currently aware of. However, hikers may encounter trail conditions not listed below that require caution. Be prepared for swollen streams, bridge washouts, downed trees, and trail erosion when hiking in the park's backcountry.
• The footlog bridge across Forney Creek to access backcountry camp site #70 from Forney Creek Trail has washed out.
• Boat shuttles to and from Hazel Creek when lake levels are low are from the Ollie Cove Trailhead on the Hazel Creek embayment. Ask the shuttle service about this when making a reservation to be dropped or picked up. This is due to a bridge that is out of service on Hazel Creek and adds about 1/2 mile to the hike. Ollie Cove Trail is new and therefore not yet on the trail map. New trail signs are in place to direct you from the Hazel Creek Trail and Lakeshore Trail intersection to Ollie Cove Trail that is one mile east on Lakeshore Trail from Hazel Creek
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:14 PM
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bs on ollie cove adding a half mile try a full mile and it is a nasty full mile specially on the way off the lake......... trust me on this one i still have the limp to prove it.

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Old 04-16-2009, 07:22 PM
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I was at Hazel Last week for 5 Days. The boat shuttle was dropping of at their regular location for about a week. In the higher elevations we first used the Guil Gordon and had great luck. The water was fast and high and made the Guil Gordon a little difficult to keep floating and see. We switch to a number 16 Simulator and had the same luck fishing. The Simulator floated a little better and was easier to see. Water is very high and fast at the lower campsites.

All based on last week information.
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:55 AM
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I was on Hazel two weeks ago during the snowstorm.

The shuttle driver was reluctant to drop me off at the low water bridge....something about the Park Service hasn't opened it up yet. After some arm twisting....I was dropped off at the low water bridge and did not have to ford the creek.

I've done the Ollie Cove Trail and it is terrible.....both muddy and steep with few switchbacks.

The lake was rising a foot per day so the drop off should be the low water bridge for the rest of the Spring and into summer.

The water level on Hazel is the highest I've seen it in a long time. Hopefully this bodes well for the rainbow spawn and insect life.

Time will tell.

Re: hiking from Fontana Dam....I believe it is about 11 or 12 relatively flat miles. I prefer the shuttle.
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