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tenderfoot 06-19-2017 09:20 AM

4 corners base camp with creek swimming hole
 
So we are thinking it may be time for Marcy & Co. Probably on a weekday. We actually hike the peaks in the shoulder seasons so I'm a bit intimidated about summer back packing in peaks. Heat, crowds, bugs... A cool place to soak my feet at the end of the day would be most welcome.

Plan would be start on trail around 1pm. Backpack to basecamp. Day hike several peaks, Possibly starting super early to be on peak to welcome dawn. Exit 3rd day, possibly doing a peak on way out.

Looking for a swimming hole or wading spot with moving water. Waterfalls would be a plus but that sounds greedy. We hammock camp so a designated lean to or tent site is not required - we can go 150' back. Some of you guys have amazing memories so I will add a nice area of hardwoods makes hanging a bit easier.

And... If you have an idea with all of the above but not Marcy we'd jump on that too. Marcy ain't goin' anywhere.

Trail Boss 06-19-2017 09:53 AM

You're not going to find "a swimming hole or wading spot with moving water" at Four Corners ... nor a legal camping spot (it's well above 3500 feet/1066 meters).
https://opentopomap.org/#map=15/44.10595/-73.92859

The 3500-foot ceiling is just a little higher than Feldspar Lean-to.

From Uphill Brook Lean-to to Lake Colden, the Opalescent River descends several hundred feet and there are many cascades and pools (and deep, dangerous gorges). The river is comparatively level between Uphill and Feldspar lean-tos. The water is still moving but there may be fewer opportunities to find swimming holes.
https://opentopomap.org/#map=17/44.11773/-73.97999

I would suggest hammock-camping closer to Lake Colden, perhaps in the area just west of the suspension bridge across the Opalescent (on the south side of the river). There's a deep pool under the bridge and a broad cascade, with a pool, about 550 feet east of the bridge (along the Mount Marcy Trail).
http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=44.11...18&b=sat&a=mba

tenderfoot 06-19-2017 10:02 AM

Thank you, very good information.

My apologies, my intent was to basecamp close enough to day hike to four corners. Not camp at the actual intersection where I can see no squiggly blue lines and is highly trafficked. Will check out your links - thanks again.

tenderfoot 06-19-2017 10:32 AM

Ah TB, thanks for the tip. Here is a trip report with photos. That is the type of waterworks I was thinking about

Neil 06-19-2017 03:14 PM

This isn't in your specified wheelhouse but one of the best rivers/creeks for swimming holes IMO is the Boquet.

tenderfoot 06-19-2017 03:59 PM

"Boquet"

Well, we skipped Dix and Grace when we nibbled on the Dix range. Having done the Elk Lake route I was hoping to approach these two from the other side and this site speaks highly of the Boquet approach. Also, maybe this would be the trail less traveled on a Summer weekday...

So your tip is greatly appreciated.

Trail Boss 06-19-2017 04:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tenderfoot (Post 259651)
... Here is a trip report with photos. That is the type of waterworks I was thinking about

Mike's photos are of the area I suggested (Opalescent river east of Lake Colden). You can see the suspension bridge and the pool beneath it. The one he captioned "Mental note ... swim here in the summer" shows the cascades and pool I indicated located ~550 feet east of the bridge.

runslikeajohndeere 03-07-2018 03:58 PM

Following:D

Woodly 03-07-2018 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil (Post 259661)
This isn't in your specified wheelhouse but one of the best rivers/creeks for swimming holes IMO is the Boquet.

I AGREE, but diving isn't recommended, more than one person has broken their neck or died in the Boguet west of the road, I know of at least two because I helped carry them out.
But the water is great.


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