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TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby Thebrenner » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:27 pm

I have enjoyed reading TR and gaining valuable intel on this site for the past year and thought it was time I contributed my own TR.
I left Santa Barbara around 5pm on Tuesday 7/16 and arrived at a forest service campground on Dinkey Creek Rd close to midnight. Woke early and refreshed the next morning, hit the ranger station for my permit and was at Maxon Trailhead and on the trail by 10. I usually enter the Sierra from the Eastern side so it was an enjoyable change hiking through the trees on the Western side.
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The boardwalk to the Wilderness


I met a father and son hiking out and after talking to them about the incredible beauty at the North Fork of the Kings River I decided to hike my intended loop counterclockwise. I was almost the only person at the river and enjoyed two glorious days investigating and comparing swimming holes.
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The Pothole


After two days of swimming, exploring and relaxing on the North Fork I headed up to Devils Punchbowl. The trail was a bit hard to follow in places. There were lots of mosquitos…..but the
meadows I walked alongside are some of the most beautiful ones I've seen in the Sierra.
(Sorry, I wasn't able to re-size the photos of the meadow. Not sure why. I'm new to all this)

I spent two rainy afternoons and nights at Disappointment Lake. I had the whole lake to myself and it was beautiful. My site was up on the rocks where a nice breeze kept the mosquitos away.
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Disappointment Lake. Nothing Disappointing here.

I day hiked up, over and half way down the other side of Hell For Sure Pass. I greeted the familiar peaks of the Eastern side like a long lost friend. Made it back to camp just was the sky opened up and it hailed and poured and thundered and lightening all afternoon and evening.
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Hell for Sure Pass


I enjoyed going somewhere new, different and beautiful with hardly any people.



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Re: TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:33 am

Hi Thebrenner,

Welcome to HST! Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful TR,
pictures, and becoming a contributing member here on HST!
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Re: TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby sekihiker » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:53 pm

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Re: TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby Shawn » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:02 pm

Great TR and wonderful photos. Been across that boardwalk a few times myself.
Thanks for sharing.
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Re: TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby Silverfox » Wed Aug 06, 2014 4:18 pm

Pothole lake looks like an interesting swimming hole, surprised to hear about all those mosquitoes given such a dry year.

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TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby Bluewater » Wed Aug 06, 2014 7:42 pm

Thanks TheBrenner, I enjoyed your tr and photos. I love those swimming holes along the North Fork!
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Re: TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby Thebrenner » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:22 pm

Yes I LOVED the pothole swimming holes. The water was warm and the bottom was sandy and the rocks were smooth…what could be better? And I too, was surprised by all the mosquitos in such a dry year.
Heading out soon for the Circle of Solitude and will post another TR upon my return.
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Re: TR NFork Kings/Red Mt. Basin 7/16-7/22/2014

Postby richlong8 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:41 pm

Nice trip report. When I visited Disappointment Lake, I never understood who come up with that name! I love Hell for Sure Lake, and have a long trip planned someday to go back, and take in Martha Lake and Blackcap Basin as well.
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