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North Fork Big Pine to High Meadow via Baker Lake trail ques

Postby steve_moran » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:31 pm

Hi, I'm considering doing a September dayhike out-and-back from North Fork Big Pine as far as High Meadows on the Baker Lake trail before turning around.

I haven't been able to find much to read about this hike, but what little I have found says it's a 9-mile round trip, and also seems to possibly be saying that the worthwhile scenery doesn't appear until you get to the High Meadows turn-around point at 4.5 miles (where there are great views of the Palisades).

If this is in fact correct, it means most of this hike's 9-mile distance does NOT have worthwhile scenery, in which case I would have less interest in doing it.

Even though what qualifies as "worthwhile" scenery is obviously very subjective, what I'm trying to find out is how "worthwhile" this hike's scenery is by High Sierra standards. Can anybody who has done this hike give their opinion about the scenic "worthiness" of the part of the hike before getting to High Meadows?

Thanks!



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Re: North Fork Big Pine to High Meadow via Baker Lake trail ques

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:01 pm

Hi Steve,

As you mention "worthwhile" is very subjective and is in the eyes of the beholder.
Maybe if you check out these photos they may give you an answer based on your
eyes.
http://www.summitpost.org/north-fork-bi ... ail/737178
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Re: North Fork Big Pine to High Meadow via Baker Lake trail ques

Postby DavePloessel » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:14 am

Worthiness?



Maybe you should do sill as a dayhike instead... Secor wrote it has "the best view of any summit in the sierras". With a light daypack its a fairly easy dayhike from the same trailhead via the NE col/ l shaped snowfield.
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Re: North Fork Big Pine to High Meadow via Baker Lake trail ques

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:27 pm

A lot of people day-hike up to Third Lake - definitely meets the scenic criteria. All trail, at 2 mph up and 3 mph down means you can go well over10 miles for a day trip.
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Re: North Fork Big Pine to High Meadow via Baker Lake trail ques

Postby steve_moran » Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:07 am

Thank you for the replies. At this point feedback on this hike is what I'm hoping for, rather than potential alternatives to it, but I will definitely keep those in mind.

Thanks again!
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