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

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:27 am

Hi Dave,

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

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:56 am

Captain wrote:

The only thing that's given me pause is determining how photogenic and
scenic Twin Lakes is. There seem to be a couple of comments that I've run
across that say parts of the surrounding area are not as nice. I've also looked
for trip reports and photographs, but there seem to be fewer than there are
for the other areas. Can anyone comment on the scenery around a Twin
Lakes/Dorothy Lake/Wilma Lake loop? Still spectacular? Thanks


The Northern Yosemite Loop is 46.8 miles entering thru Crown Lake and exiting via
Peeler Lake Trail.
Check these following links out before making a decision:
http://photos.calipidder.com/SierraAdve ... -Northern/
http://pantilat.wordpress.com/2011/08/2 ... semite-50/
https://www.google.com/search?q=norther ... 66&bih=904
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby Tom_H » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:33 pm

The cross country route between Dorothy and Peeler is beautiful, especially around Lakes Ruth and Helen. There is a use trail up the headwaters of the West Walker until you get to the pass that drops into Thompson Canyon. The orienteering section from Tower Lake to the West Walker is fun. The map shows it as in the open, but it's in trees. Thompson Canyon was an an incredible meadow when I was last there in '84, but a buddy told me a huge avalanche strew trees all over the place a couple of winters later.

Map: http://caltopo.com/map?id=6T1I
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:44 pm

Hi Tom,

OP wrote:
I've done lots of on trail hiking but not too much cross country.


That is a nice route Tom, lakes in Thompson are especially nice and rarely visited,
but do not know whether OP is interested in doing any crosscountry sections. Had
mention the Big Slide area earlier in my post, but did not get any interest from OP.
It seems from the OP's recent post that he is preferring a trailed route.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby Tom_H » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:23 pm

Hey Mav,

Thanks for that. This is some exceptionally easy XC though. Some places are a little steep, but not dangerous. Most of it has no obstacles and no tallus, so it's basically Class 1, just no trail. It's almost the perfect Sierra location for someone new to XC. The worst part is Tower Lake to upper W. Walker through the trees. Someone not used to orienteering might get disoriented in terms of exactly where (s)he is on the map, but there's no way to get lost-just keep following the contour and going very slightly downhill and you eventually reach the river and trail.

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

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:33 pm

Tom wrote:
Someone not used to orienteering might get disoriented in terms of exactly where
(s)he is on the map, but there's no way to get lost-just keep following the contour
and going very slightly downhill and you eventually reach the river and trail.


You would be surprised Tom at some of the stories I and many others could share
about folks getting lost even here on local Bay Area Trails. I know folks (my
wife included) who can get disoriented in a car if they take the wrong turn, and
do not have a GPS, and forget about knowing how to use a map.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby Captain Slappy » Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:40 pm

maverick wrote:
The Northern Yosemite Loop is 46.8 miles entering thru Crown Lake and exiting via
Peeler Lake Trail.
Check these following links out before making a decision:
http://photos.calipidder.com/SierraAdve ... -Northern/
http://pantilat.wordpress.com/2011/08/2 ... semite-50/
https://www.google.com/search?q=norther ... 66&bih=904

This looks fantastic. Just what I'm looking for. I'm happy to stay on-trail. I think I could handle easy to medium cross country but it's not necessary.
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Re: Seeking suggestions for 40-60 mile loop east trailhead entry

Postby NorCal Jon » Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:55 am

Thanks for starting this topic Slappy, as I am looking for something similar in early September. I think Mav's N. Yosemite loop is what I'll plan as well. I'll look forward to your TR.
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