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Hungry Packer Lake 6/7-6/9

Postby juscro » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:41 pm

6/5-6/6 Drove up and arrived at Crane flat around midnight to witness roving bear activity and our neighbor using his high beams on his car to illuminate his camp set up activities as well as 20 other sites. In the morning stopped at mobil for a breakfast burrito and was at the TH at 10:30. Hiked up from Lake Sabrina trailhead under breezy conditions (nice after the inferno that was Bishop). Hiked past Dingleberry lake and about a knee high ford of the inlet stream. Barely any snow - maybe short 20 foot sections in a gully but that's about it. Approaching Sailor lake some decent thunderclouds and we got a light misting. Camped at hungry packer lake, which was about 40% covered with floating ice when we arrived.

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Many brook trout especially in the small outlet lakelets. And most importantly, absolutely ZERO mosquitos the entire hike. We had hoped to hit the sweet spot between the melt and the hatch and we scored.

6/7 Hiked around the basin flyfishing the streams with great luck of smaller brookies. Moonlight falls was flowing well.

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We noticed that along with the lack of blood sucking insects there were no people to be seen. We saw about four fisherman day hiking to the upper basin but that's it. Better action and bigger fish at Moonlight. Went back to camp and toasted to California Chrome with perhaps the finest mountain cocktail - frozen mint julep.
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6/8. Woke up and the lake was almost completely ice free at this point. Dramatic change over the two days.
HP Lake 1.jpg

Got to the car happy and cooled off in Bishop creek. And not a whiff of DEET in the air. I believe in a few more days the skeeters will be cranking up.
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Re: Hungry Packer Lake 6/7-6/9

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:07 pm

Perfect timing, beating the mosquitoes is always a good thing. Pretty
pictures, falls looks pretty good. Surprised that no one was there during
the weekend. Thanks for getting the TR up so quickly. :thumbsup:
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Re: Hungry Packer Lake 6/7-6/9

Postby Tarun » Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:23 pm

Thanks for the TR. We are actually planning for this weekend. Do not have permit will try walkin . Good to hear about no Mosquitoes!
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Re: Hungry Packer Lake 6/7-6/9

Postby rlown » Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:34 pm

a nice report. 2ish weeks and we hit the fish and the bugs. It is what it is.
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Re: Hungry Packer Lake 6/7-6/9

Postby KathyW » Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:30 am

Thanks for the report - it must have been beautiful out there.
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Re: Hungry Packer Lake 6/7-6/9

Postby texan » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:33 am

Looks like a nice trip. i haven't been to that lake for awhile. Your report makes me want to return. Thanks for sharing.

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