I took my scout troop out here in mid-September for a backpacking trip, sight unseen. It was an ideal location for the troop, as the hike was about 3.5 miles each way, with some fairly strenuous parts and some nice views, and a large lake near the campsite. The hardest thing about the hike was figuring out where to pay for our campsite!
Because we camped in mid-September, we went out of season. Two of the three campgrounds were closed for the season, and it was difficult to figure out how to get vehicle passes to leave in our cars. What you have to do is drive to the marina, which is still open, and pay for the passes there. The cost was incredibly low! It cost us a total of $8 for the troop to camp at Greenwood Point, and to obtain six vehicle passes. We parked next to Bolar Campground #3, at a turnaround area just a few sites away from the trailhead.
Although there is less than a 400 foot elevation gain between the low and high points on this trail, it is a surprisingly tough trail. This is because most of the elevation gain and loss is right in the middle of the route. On the way out to the campsite, you climb up to a vista, then drop steeply to a dry creek crossing before ascending briefly but very steeply again. The trip doesn't seem as steep on the return. It was very easy to follow the entire way and was not at all overgrown.
As you come to the Greenwood Point Campground, you leave the woods and come out into an open area. The first thing you cross is an old macadam road, which predates the lake.
|This map shows two editions of the USGS Topo - one before the lake and one after. |
The campsite is just below the former Perkins Point landmark.
As you can see, a road went through the area prior to the lake filling in.
|Our campsite was in the trees, just south of a small open field.|
|There was a picnic table, a couple of fire rings and a tent pad in each of the|
four campsites we found.
|There were also a couple of old privies near our campsite.|
I was glad I didn't need to use one! The scouts who did
called them "dark," but they still beat digging a hole.
|This shows another campsite closer to the beach on the north end of the field.|
|This was our "beach" on the northern end of the peninsula, right where the road would have submerged into the lake.|
|Morning shot from the beach looking northeast.|
|Autumn starts to encroach on the trail in mid-September.|
|Adult leaders bring up the rear when backpacking.|
|Group shot of the scouts.|