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Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby Captain Slappy » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:41 am

Hello,

Longtime lurker here. I have done the Rae Lakes loop, Circle of Solitude (Kearsarge - Avalanche - Colby - Forrester), and the North-South Lake loop. I am looking for another quintessential Sierra loop hike to do this summer, preferably one that doesn't spend too much time on the JMT but I'm willing to sacrafice that requirement. I've done lots of on trail hiking but not too much cross country. I usually like to do 10-15 miles/day and can handle most elevation changes. What would be some good loop hikes that do not cover the same territory I've been over? Thanks!



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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:13 am

Just curious...are the eastside trailheads easier for you to get to? Or do you just prefer them for the experience (quick entry into spectacular country)?

I'm asking because I can think of some great westside-entry loops like that, and I'm blanking on eastside loops.

Also, you mention limited x-c experience...are you looking for all-trail loops, or is some cross-country okay?
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Postby Captain Slappy » Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:40 am

I am coming from Vegas so it's mostly a matter of drive time in regards to the east side entry. The quick entry into spectacular scenery is merely a bonus. I think I would be comfortable with some cross country...just nothing too advanced.




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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:40 am

That does make a significant difference in driving time. Sorry, you're out of my area of expertise. (I'd have suggested a loop out of Road's End, over Pinchot & Mather Passes, down the Middle Fork, & back over the Monarch Divide.)
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby schmalz » Thu Jun 05, 2014 9:45 am

I haven't done this one personally, but the Benson Lake loop near Twin Lakes seems to fit your criteria nicely.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby maiathebee » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:02 am

TehipiteTom wrote:That does make a significant difference in driving time. Sorry, you're out of my area of expertise. (I'd have suggested a loop out of Road's End, over Pinchot & Mather Passes, down the Middle Fork, & back over the Monarch Divide.)


I was also thinking about the same loop! And thinking how it would be crazy to do it from the east side because you'd just drop down into Road's End for no real reason. Maybe it can be adjusted to a lollipop coming in over Sawmill and cut off the Road's End part by heading up Cartridge Pass to Marion Lake and connecting that way. That's part of the Sierra High Route iirc. So maybe something like Sawmill Pass --> Pinchot Pass --> Cartridge Pass --> Marion Lake --> Middle Fork --> JMT (Palisade Lakes / Mather Pass) --> Sawmill Pass
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:42 am

maiathebee wrote:
TehipiteTom wrote:That does make a significant difference in driving time. Sorry, you're out of my area of expertise. (I'd have suggested a loop out of Road's End, over Pinchot & Mather Passes, down the Middle Fork, & back over the Monarch Divide.)


I was also thinking about the same loop! And thinking how it would be crazy to do it from the east side because you'd just drop down into Road's End for no real reason. Maybe it can be adjusted to a lollipop coming in over Sawmill and cut off the Road's End part by heading up Cartridge Pass to Marion Lake and connecting that way. That's part of the Sierra High Route iirc. So maybe something like Sawmill Pass --> Pinchot Pass --> Cartridge Pass --> Marion Lake --> Middle Fork --> JMT (Palisade Lakes / Mather Pass) --> Sawmill Pass

Cartridge Creek might be tougher cross-country than the OP is looking for (haven't done it myself, basing that on reports--brush, cliffs, etc.). Following the SHR to Horseshoe Lakes and then taking trail down to Simpson would add to the length, but might be less challenging cross-country.

In any case, a spectacular route with a huge variety of scenery.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby maverick » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:56 pm

Please keep within the OP's request, if you have a particular interest in a route
that is stated here, please start you own thread. Thanks

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Would be happy to recommend you a route, but you have been to HST a couple
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Conditions Report, or Mosquito Report. It would be nice if you participated and
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby maiathebee » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:07 pm

maverick wrote:Please keep within the OP's request, if you have a particular interest in a route
that is stated here, please start you own thread. Thanks


I don't know if this is directed at me or not, but when I wrote "I was also thinking about that same route" I meant for the OP, not for myself. You might even notice that I tried to find a way to modify it to satisfy the OP's request of east side entry. Apologies if this was inappropriate.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby maverick » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:17 pm

No, let me apologies, you are correct, I did not read your whole post and assumed
it was going to branch off. :)
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:17 pm

maverick wrote:Please keep within the OP's request...

That's precisely what maiathebee & I were trying to do.

ETA: x-posted w/maverick. All good.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby Tom_H » Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:43 pm

I already had these maps in my CalTopo folder as future possibilities for myself:

http://caltopo.com/map?id=426H

http://caltopo.com/map?id=2F63

Each map gives you several possibilities of loops, all coming from Leavitt Meadow, which is on the east side. On the first map, pink lines are XC.

You could also start at Twin Lakes and also head farther east into Emigrant Basin, loop south into Yos, then circle back. There are dozens of possibilities.

PS I have an idea for a sizeable loop. Will have to get back to you on it this weekend.
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