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Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby DriveFly44 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:32 pm

We decided to take a trek up the West Walker as I've had it pegged on my to-do list for about 7 years. So, with the 3-day Memorial Day Weekend, we set out into the Hoover Wilderness to explore the river and area lakes. It actually began on Friday morning with a call from our realtor, indicating there was a must see property in Twain Harte. I landed a teaching gig in Sonora and my gal just graduated from nursing school, so we've decided to follow the call to the Sierra and make it our home. Loved the house, made an offer, then continued over Sonora Pass to the trailhead :)

Neither of us had been up the West Walker before and found it very scenic and a great way to kick off this year's backpacking adventures. Upon arrival at the first lake for a water and snack break, I broke out the fly rod and made a few casts. Luck was with me as the fish were pretty hungry that morning.

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The action was excellent for about 45 minutes until the wind and sun exposure slowed the bite.

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We continued up the trail and enjoyed the tumbling West Walker and the gorgeous groves of aspens.

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I wish the fishing was as good as the river was beautiful, but it was not to be.

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As we continued our trek, we came across several groups that had difficulty fording the river, which was our intention, and they had to turn back. We continued on up and ran into some other folks with Llamas, who cautioned us that the water was really high but took us over to the crossing spot. Perhaps it is my experience wading or my stupidity, but we went for it. It was actually a simple ford and Amanda did great........only dropped one expletive when her feet submerged in the icy cold water.

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After across, we were on our way to explore some of the area's lakes.

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It was a short but beautiful hike

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We even had tower peak to keep us company

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We settled into a camping spot near the lake and then decided to check out a few lookout points.......we had the place virtually to ourselves.

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Fishing wasn't that bad either

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With another week left in school, we had to get back to the valley so we hit the trail back to the car.

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Another fun trip in the journal and can't wait for the next. We'll certainly be back and plan on exploring some of the other lakes and meadows of the Hoover Wilderness. Thanks for reading.

Ladd


P.S. Looks like we're moving to Twain Harte :thumbsup:



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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:13 pm

Thanks for the TR and pic's Ladd. Congratulations on the teaching gig and the new
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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby balzaccom » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:36 pm

That's a great area....and there are a lot more lakes to explore when you have some more time!

Did you close on the house? We have a cabin in Twain Harte. PM me for more info...

Welcome to the neighborhood...both here at in Twain Harte.
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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby venturefar » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:07 am

Those are some beautiful fish. Great TR. Looking forward to our trip this summer. Last day of school is finally here :D We made it.
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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby Tom_H » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:12 am

Thanks for the TR. Great photos. One request-it helps readers if you name the lakes, etc. People who are interested in planning a route can be more precise when trying to gather information from your TR.

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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby rlown » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:16 am

Actually, unless well known, fishermen don't like to name the lakes. If you see a TR that peaks your fishing interest, PM the original poster for more info. We've had that discussion for years on the fishing forum. Note that DriveFly44 has been here since '08.

Still a lovely TR.

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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby Tom_H » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:17 am

rlown wrote:Actually, unless well known, fishermen don't like to name the lakes. If you see a TR that peaks your fishing interest, PM the original poster for more info. We've had that discussion for years on the fishing forum.

Still a lovely TR.

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This is the hiking/backpacking/camping forum, not the fishing forum.
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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby rlown » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:19 am

that discussion get's squishy. Still stand behind what i said. Let's not derail the nice TR.
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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby Tom_H » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:28 pm

I get your point, Russ. Perhaps this TR might better go under the fishing forum. I still stand by my point too-this is the backpacking forum and TRs can be helpful to those planning their own routes if the places in photos are named.
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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:06 pm

A solid TR DriveFly44! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you caught it good, fishing wise. I'm heading up to that vicinity in a few weeks, so I hope the bite will still be on. I appreciate anonymity of locations, no matter which section the TR is posted. :)

It sounds like we have a bunch of teachers here on HST, four by my count so far, including me. The perfect job for having summers off for backpacking and fishing.

Cheers!

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Re: Leavitt Meadow TR

Postby DriveFly44 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:39 am

Thanks guys. It was a great trip and can't wait for the next!!

Funny you should mention that Tom, I originally wrote it up in the fishing forum where a majority of my TR's have been posted over the years. I moved it over as I felt that the west walker fording info and snow levels through some of my pics might be valuable to other members here. It seems like most of my trips fall into either category :)

Please feel free, anytime, to pm me with any questions. As Russ indicated, if it's not a well known lake/fishery I mostly refrain from specifics to protect from web searches but I'm more than happy to share intel with members here as I love this community and contributing where I can :thumbsup:

FGD, yes, we have the perfect gig for this don't we!! When I did the JMT last summer, I came across about 25 teachers on the trail! I hope you have a great time up there when you go. I have always enjoyed your contributions here btw.


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