Right now, snow conditions are perfect for a short trip to Sinnot Hill off Hwy. 549. Threepoint Creek is frozen, 9999 trail is hard-packed having been well trodden to the low pass, the trodden trail NOT going down the other side into Ware Creek, but up onto the hill tops to the southeast where the views are.
The only difference you’ll see is flagging. According to Spray Lake Sawmills, the hillside on the north side of the pass could be logged as early as next winter. However, the exact perimeters have yet to be worked out and the flagging is just a rough guide. We’ll know more by the time SLS’s next open house rolls along in May. We’ll announce it ahead of time and I urge everyone to go along and talk to the folks at SLS and take a look at the maps. But back to 9999 trail. SLS has the tracklog of both this trail and the trail to Sinnot Hill and will be bearing them in mind while finalizing the plan. Interestingly, the green flagging on a couple of summit aspens is not theirs. Possibly a geocache site?
Start Hwy. 549 (McLean Creek Trail). Park on road just inside the K Country boundary where a track heads down to Threepoint Creek alongside the boundary fence and through a gate. Then follow Curley Sand trail across the creek and up into the big meadow junction with 9999 trail at a signpost.
Distance 7 km return from Hwy. 549. Height gain about 250 m.
See Volume 4 of the KCTG, #62 and 62A.