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Jun 18, 2015
It's a little vague from some guidebooks on how to get to the east side trailhead for Split and Red Lake. Having roamed around via mountain bike on the 4x4 roads in the foothills 14 June 2015, the photo below should assist in getting there most efficiently from the Tinemaha campground.
Couple of notes:
1. I did find that some of the forest service roads on the caltopo either don't exist anymore, or trespass on the Tinemaha Ranch property - resident was none too pleased to see a visitor, so avoid deviations from the map below.
2. The road - for being labeled 4wd - was actually quite a bit more tame than expected - much more civil than the approach road to mountain light wall/Humphreys. Still not the best for a lower clearance vehicle, but seemed passable for a vehicle with decent clearance
3. The trailhead is as indicated on the map if you're headed to Red Lake. Start north of where the actual trailhead sign is. If you're looking at the trailhead sign, turn around and follow the road north and NNW and a trail starts where the road ends.
4. The trail winds its way up the first flank and is distinguishable, albeit not as explicit as the major trails in the Sierra, and becomes better later on. Follow the topo, and it will not lead you astray. Trail was actually in pretty good condition given the reports of delinquent maintenance for over a decade now. Plenty of overgrowth, so pants are advised.