Last Chance

This is the half way point! Enjoy the cool shade of  Last Chance    (4,526 ft)

Setting off from Robinson Flat, once again you’re able to make some time along the gravel/dirt Road 43 which descends from Duncan Peak 1,000 ft to the turn off to Dusty Corners. Enjoy it - this will be the last time you’ll be able to turn off your brain - from here onwards it’s going to be working overtime until Foresthill. 
Pucker Point trail hugs the edge of the canyon for a few miles between Dusty Corners and Last Chance and requires two-handed riding - you’re perched on a twisty ledge high above the river. At Pucker Point itself, you’ll be able to look past your knee 1,000 ft down to Screwauger Canyon far below. For several miles, you’ll need intense concentration to navigate this section safely.
In 2013 this area was devastated by the 27,440 acre American Fire - started on Deadwood Ridge by a hot exhaust pipe, it burned down to Swinging Bridge, up along the Pucker Point Trail, and onwards to Robinson Flat. The after-effects of this fire contributed to the current erosion on this iconic trail and safety considerations have meant it was not used last year. 
Last Chance was settled in the summer of 1850 by a group of gold prospectors but today little remains of what was once a thriving mining area. The meadow below the vet check area contains a spring that runs year-round with ice-cold water.

On June 19th to 24th 2016, the American Trail Running Association partnered with the Google Maps team to capture 360 degree panoramic “street-view” imagery of the entire Western States Trail using the Street View Trekker backpack:

Last Chance

Last Chance is sponsored by
Equithoticsand Equsani