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Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby Fishon » Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:00 pm

Quick report on a trip from a few weeks ago (July 12-18).

Day 1: Maxson Trailhead to Flemming Lake
Hit the trail with three people at around 8:30AM made Flemming Lake after a long day on the trail. Bugs were not an issue.

Day 2: Flemming Lake to Goddard Canyon
One member of the group decided to head back to the trailhead due to breathing issues. He is experienced, had medication, and wasn't under duress so we allowed him the head back unaccompanied. This took a little time for him to arrange a pickup (sat phone) at the trailhead so we were behind schedule a bit. Stopped at Hell For Sure Lake for a break, noticed my pack was ripping along the hipbelt and main compartment. I was able to sew the pack up using fishing line an a hook from a fly for a needle. We continued over the pass and up Goddard Canyon, my goal was Martha Lake, but we only made it to the campsite near where the two trails up Goddard Canyon come together. Bugs not bad.

Day 3: Goddard Canyon to Lake 11951
Nice day on the trail. Big change in scenery once you head over the pass into the Ionian Basin. No bugs. Brief afternoon storm.

Day 4: Lake 11951 to Lake 11592
Short day on the trail. Saw two people far off in the distance at Lake 11827. Made Lake 11592 by 10:30am, hung out and rested the remainder of the day... got pounded by a storm from about 3pm until late in the night.

Day 5: Lake 11592 to Colby Meadow area (Evo Valley)
Dried out once the sun crested Mt. Solomans, then headed over Wanda Pass and made the mistake of heading along the south shore of Wanda Lake. We hiked in light rain and hail the whole day after reaching Wanda Lake.We could have probably hit the JMT quicker had we taken the east side of Wanda Lake towards the trail. Found a camp site and hung out under some trees. The sun came out and we were able to dry our clothing before nightfall.

Day 6: Colby Meadow to 1.5ish miles shy of Florence Lake
Long day on the trail. I had developed blisters on both heals the previous day but was able to patch them up. I told my hiking partner that I was willing to take the pain to get as many miles in as we could that day. Slept good that night.

Day 7: To Florence Lake out via ferry

Favorite photos from the trip. I think it might be time for a camera upgrade.

Nice Lakes (800x600).jpg


Hell For Sure Lake (800x600).jpg


San Joaquin River (800x600).jpg


Golden Trout (800x600).jpg


Lake 11951 (800x600).jpg


Lake 11818 (800x600).jpg


Lake 11592 Sunrise (800x600).jpg


Lake 11592 W.Pass (800x600).jpg
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:25 am

Hi Fishon,

Thanks for the wonderful TR and pictures. Blisters are no fun, especially if you
don't catch them as soon as you feel a hot spot. Lucky you had the fishing
line and hook, multi-use items. :)
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby Troutdog 59 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:51 pm

Nice report and pics of an amazing area Fish. No I'm not joining you guys on your death marches ;) , but you and your sons should join me for a fishing trip!!! :drinkers: :lol: :wink: Nice report bud! Glad you got out and got at em!!
"Don't accept that what's happening
Is just a case of others' suffering
Or you'll find that you're joining in
The turning away"
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby Mradford » Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:44 pm

Nice trip report. I have always wanted to check out those areas. Thanks for posting!
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby oldhikerQ » Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:01 am

Very nice trip report. Hoping to get there before I'm too old to backpack.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby papasequoia » Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:41 pm

The pics look pretty darn nice to me - bummer on the blisters. :-/
Nature always wins
> miles = < people
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby cmon4day » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:01 am

Fishon,

Nice TR. I am eyeing a similar trip for 2015 in that area. I'd like to go TH to TH like you did. Were you dropped off at Courtright or did you leave a car there? If you left a car there, how long did it take to get a car at each trailhead prior to the start of the hike?

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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Aug 02, 2014 8:46 am

cmon4day wrote:Fishon,

Nice TR. I am eyeing a similar trip for 2015 in that area. I'd like to go TH to TH like you did. Were you dropped off at Courtright or did you leave a car there? If you left a car there, how long did it take to get a car at each trailhead prior to the start of the hike?

Thanks


You can figure a minimum of 3 hours of driving from Florence to Courtright. Narrow, winding road over Kaiser Pass takes a long time to drive due to needing to avoid oncoming trucks with boat trailers on a one lane road.

http://tinyurl.com/lk6rw7p

It takes three hours to get from Fresno to either destination, and three hours point to point, so it will take six hours to set up a car shuttle assuming a local start. Add hours for LA, SF or other starting point...
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby Fishon » Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:44 am

cmon4day wrote:Fishon,

Nice TR. I am eyeing a similar trip for 2015 in that area. I'd like to go TH to TH like you did. Were you dropped off at Courtright or did you leave a car there? If you left a car there, how long did it take to get a car at each trailhead prior to the start of the hike?

Thanks


We didn't shuttle vehicles, we were dropped off and picked up by spouses.

papasequoia wrote:The pics look pretty darn nice to me - bummer on the blisters. :-/


I just want a new camera. The blisters were not that bad...just lost a very thin layer from each heal each day.
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Re: Trip Report -Ionian Basin

Postby sekihiker » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:38 pm

I thought the photos were great-good quality and composition. The rain can be good and bad news. It sure changes the look of things. It always feels good to take the right equipment so you remain comfortable and safe. Thanks for the report.
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