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Sixty Lake Basin

Postby peninsula » Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:49 pm

I'm planning to go over Baxter Pass late September. I'll revisit Rae Lakes and continue around Fin Dome into Sixty Lake Basin. I'm interested in exiting Sixty Lake x-country from its northern end and rejoin the JMT at the Baxter Creek junction with the South Fork of Woods Creek and continue northward.

If anyone has made this particular x-country exit from Sixty Lake, I'd appreciate feedback regarding the terrain. It looks doable, but I've been fooled before!

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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby Jim F » Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:44 pm

Greg,

A common exit from Sixty Lakes Basin back onto the JMT is over Basin Notch. It drops you back on the JMT between Dollar Lake and Arrowhead Lake (just south of where the Baxter Pass Trail hits the JMT). To get out of the Sixty Lakes Basin this way, I have basically used my map, compass, and the Fin Dome landmark. Descending the terrain from the Notch is not difficult. A note I made from a previous trip said, "followed an increasing faint trail north (in the Sixty Lakes Basin), then cut between two small lakes eastward and headed uphill roughly 100' to what I assumed was Basin Notch,with subsequent unremarkable descent to JMT."

Note that from the point from where the Basin Notch exit leaves you on the JMT, the crossing of Baxter Creek is still one mile north on the JMT. So this might not be what you are seeking. Maybe others on this forum have experience with an exit near the Baxter Creek crossing.

Hope this helps some.

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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby peninsula » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:37 am

Jim,

I see the notch on my map, and it looks reasonably straight forward. The route I was considering is a bit farther to the north. An exit from the basin more to the north fits better with my itinerary, but I'm flexible on options. I'll attach a jpg marking the route I had considered, it is vaguely defined by the red "push pins". The notch you describe looks like that by the letter "n" in the word "Sixty Lake Basin".

Thank you!

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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby hikerdmb » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:28 am

I also used Basin Notch on my hike 2 years ago. It was easy to find and descend. While I was in 60 Lake Basin I spoke with a ranger and we discussed following the creek all the way down. He said a trail crew had done it for fun and it was doable but much more rugged than they had thought it would be. Sorry I can't offer something more specific for you. If you go that way please share some pics.
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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby The hermit » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:28 am

I went over the gap just north of basin notch I don't recommend it. I saw the correct route once I was down it looked much easier.the next gap north of the one I took looked even worse.
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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby peninsula » Wed Aug 20, 2014 3:42 pm

I think I've misunderstood where Basin Notch is located. Is it the entrance/exit to Sixty Lake just south of Fin Dome? That is the way I plan on entering. It sounds like that might be the best way to exit unless Basin Notch is to the North of Fin Dome.

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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby maverick » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:32 pm

Basin Notch is located here:HST Map and is an easy class 1 Peninsula, long time no see.
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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby peninsula » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:48 pm

maverick wrote:Basin Notch is located here:HST Map and is an easy class 1 Peninsula, long time no see.


Maverick,

That clears things up. Looks like I can save time exiting via Basin Notch. Has been awhile... still on my feet and enjoying the SEKI backcountry. I'll share a trip report when all is said and done near the end of September.

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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby The hermit » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:08 pm

If coming in via Glen pass enter 60 lakes basin over Rae col. Its a great way to cruise through the whole basin if you have time.(hst map)
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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby peninsula » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:09 am

The hermit wrote:If coming in via Glen pass enter 60 lakes basin over Rae col. Its a great way to cruise through the whole basin if you have time.(hst map)


Hermit,

I studied that option two years ago, and if I was not entering over Baxter Pass, that is exactly what I would have planned. I'm looking forward to seeing Sixty Lake Basin, it has been on my list of must-see locations after visiting Rae Lakes and Dragon Lake about 10 years back. Two years ago, I visited the lakes below Window Peak. The view towards Fin Dome and Rae Lakes Basin rekindled my desire to make this year's trip. After visiting Sixty Lake, I'll revisit the lakes below Window Peak. It is an awesome location! My inspiration to visit below Window Peak was the book about Randy Morgenson, The Last Season. From there, I'll exit over Sawmill. I'll attach an image overlooking the lower Window Peak Lakes with Fin Dome in the background.

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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby SweetSierra » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:02 am

hikerdmb wrote:I also used Basin Notch on my hike 2 years ago. It was easy to find and descend. While I was in 60 Lake Basin I spoke with a ranger and we discussed following the creek all the way down. He said a trail crew had done it for fun and it was doable but much more rugged than they had thought it would be. Sorry I can't offer something more specific for you. If you go that way please share some pics.


About ten years ago or so we crossed over a low point far north in the basin after mistaking it for Basin Notch. It was as the trail crew described, if they went this way. It was a very steep descent (I had to hold onto a tree while my partner looked around a rocky outcropping to see if we could make it down that way) to a creek in a gully in which we then had to climb steeply up and out of to the JMT. After, we saw the notch area south of us and how easy it would have been.
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Re: Sixty Lake Basin

Postby peninsula » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:25 pm

SweetSierra wrote:About ten years ago or so we crossed over a low point far north in the basin after mistaking it for Basin Notch. It was as the trail crew described, if they went this way. It was a very steep descent (I had to hold onto a tree while my partner looked around a corner just to see if it was doable) to a creek in a small basin in which we then had to climb steeply up and out of to the JMT. After, we saw how easy Basin Notch would have been.


SweetSierra,

Thank you for confirming what looks to be a resounding consensus! Nothing like a good confidence builder when planning cross-country legs. It's good revisiting this excellent website. I poked around after having been absent much of the past few years.

Kudos to giantbrookie's excellent page on "Fish Kill and Lost Lake Log". And the High Sierra Map is another fantastic resource within an already outstanding website.

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