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Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

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Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby riverwalker » Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:07 pm

I had a chance to finally get out for a walk last week. I left Sunday morning and grabbed a permit in Lone Pine and drove up the rest of the way to Mosquito Flat TH. I had to park below and count cars to get an upper spot as it was pretty crowded (to be expected on a beautiful Sunday morning).
I hit the trail about lunch time and enjoyed the walk in. I checked out Gem Lakes but headed over to Treasure Lakes. Not a soul in sight and I had the entire area to myself. It was quite windy so bugs weren't an issue in the evening.
I ended up waking up at 2am and took a few night shots and then up at 4:30 for some morning shots. I also brought my fly rod along and caught copious amounts of small brookies. After a lazy morning I packed up and wandered around up towards Dade Lake. It was still frozen over which surprised me. After boulder hopping for some time I made it back down to Gem Lakes and found a nice place to call home. I found a sliver of shade to set up my tent and get some rest and escape the skeeters. They weren't horrendous but bad enough to want to escape. That evening the brookies were relentless catching one on almost every cast. I wish my boys had been with me, they would have loved it. The next morning I headed out and home. The bugs seemed to be getting worse with each passing day. I posted a few photos below.

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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:50 pm

Thank you for taking the time to share your TR and delightful photos!
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby SSSdave » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:57 pm

Great area within an easy day's rocky trail and route backpacking. Nice images. Have the UL1 too.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby riverwalker » Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:22 pm

Thanks Maverick and SSS.
SSS, that is actually the 2, although it is a perfect solo tent.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby larroyo33 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:36 pm

Thanks for the report and the great pictures. I am heading out there this weekend. We will see how the skeeters are.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby ndwoods » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:46 pm

Thanks!
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby schmalz » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:56 am

Picture #2 is fantastic.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby The hermit » Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:11 pm

Great pics! What kind of camera do you use?
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby old and slow » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:35 pm

I agree, great pictures, all of 'em.

Larroyo 33 --- Let us know the skeeter situation, I'm headed out that way on the 15th
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby cloudlesssky » Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:42 am

Love the pictures! Thanks so much.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby riverwalker » Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:54 am

Thanks for the compliments. I look forward to bringing the rest of my gang there later this month. It is a beautiful area and will be perfect for my young boys.

Hermit- I use a Canon 7D and usually bring a 16-35, 70-200 and tripod.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley June 22-24, 2014

Postby balancingact » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:54 am

Ooooooh those are nice photos of Bear Creek Spire! That peak is a particularly special pile of granite. Thanks for sharing.

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