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TR North Fork Big Pine Creek 6/3

Postby nightowl » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:30 pm

Thought I'd briefly share some photos from Big Pine showing trail conditions for anyone headed up there.

We headed up the North Fork hoping to see some frozen lakes, but all of the lakes had thawed completely. Although it was a little chilly and windy at night, we barely saw any other backpackers and there were no mosquitoes to worry about.

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Temple Crag above 2nd Lake

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An adorable marmot by the trail

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3rd Lake

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Cooling off our glutes from the climb

We camped between 4th and 5th Lakes, and turned in early due to the cold wind. We actually ended up moving our campsite to a more protected spot the next night, which allowed us to stay up a little later and enjoy some of the stars.

On our dayhike up to 6th, 7th, and Summit Lakes, we passed several patches of snow, but none that we could not walk around.
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The hike up to 6th and 7th Lakes

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6th Lake

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7th Lake

Summit Lake was by far our favorite. We didn't see a single other person there, had a nice swim, and enjoyed the picturesque views of the glacier and mountain range reflecting on the lake.
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Relaxing by Summit Lake

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Our new campsite for the night

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Hiking past Black Lake the next morning

Can't wait to come back later in the summer when the lakes have acquired a more turquoise color!



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Re: TR North Fork Big Pine Creek 6/3

Postby papasequoia » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:55 pm

Nice pics of a beautiful area!
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Re: TR North Fork Big Pine Creek 6/3

Postby maverick » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:56 pm

Thanks Nightowl for the TR and wonderful pictures. Yes those turquoise colored
lakes are very pretty and add a special touch to the area, but the snow on the
Palisades Crest and Temple Crag this time of the year does have its own special
look too.
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Re: TR North Fork Big Pine Creek 6/3

Postby sandiegonate » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:42 am

Nice pics and thanks for the TR! Did you make it up to Sam Mack Meadow? And do you think there's a good spot at Summit Lake to accommodate 4 tents? The original plan was to stay at 4th or 5th all 3 nights but the more I see Summit Lake the more I'd like to stay there. I'm heading up there next Tuesday. I'll take more snow on the peaks and less turquoise in the lakes to avoid crowds and skeeters. Super pumped!
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Re: TR North Fork Big Pine Creek 6/3

Postby nightowl » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:55 pm

We didn't try to make it up to Sam Mack because we were worried about encountering snow, and we were spent. However, it seems a lot of snow had melted in the week between Calitrails trip and our trip, so it could have been clear.

There was a nice campsite right off the trail as you reach the lake that could work, but didn't see any other obvious sites near the lake.

Have a great time!
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