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ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby ryboards » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:24 am

Hello Fellow HSTers,

After an almost 2 year absence, we are getting back together for another Sierra staycation. Here is the skinny regarding this eclectic outdoor crew:

Level 2- Some backpacking trips, using trails
Level 3- Numerous backpacking trips, some x-country travel

What terrain are you comfortable/uncomfortable with?
- Class 1 terrain/trail hiking
- Class 2 terrain/pass/x-country

What is your main interest?
- Lakes
- Big Mountain scenery
- Photography
- Fishing

How many miles did you want to do a day, any layovers?

We would like to get to where we are going to base camp in one day.

Do you have a route logistics preference: loop or out and back.

Will you be hiking with a dog? Yes

Is there a particular area in the Sierra that your most interested in? Westside. Ive been checking out TR's from Sequoia:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7681&p=55418&hilit=lost+lake#p55418
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7859&hilit=+rowell

These are valuable sources-thanks again for being rad HST.

We have done dinkey, virginia to green creek on the eastside, and some lower stuff off the tule. This is will be the first time out from 180/198.
From what Ive read, going from Rowell TH to Lost lake can be done in a day. Does this seem accurate? we will leave from the SLO/Paso area at 6am to get up to the trailhead by 10am.
We will want to fish, relax, not see too many people, day hike to ranger, twin lakes, and bark at what will be left of the moon.

Any suggestions/advice is appreciated.
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:57 am

We would like to get to where we are going to base camp in one day.


Which is how may miles max? Will you have a day in the front country to acclimate?
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby ryboards » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:12 am

howdy maverick,

we will not acclimate for a day. We will do breathing exercises at the trailhead. I saw/heard this guy doing them at bishops pass trailhead. he was old and passed me on the trail. Ive been doing them ever since.

That being said, We would like to base out of lost lake form rowell TH. I saw it was done in 4 hours. we will arrive at TH around 10am. Sun sets near 7pm. Im trying to glean info so we arent setting up camp in the dark. ;)

I would say 10 miles would be comfortable. We are all in shape/healthy.

Thanks for the prompt response.
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:30 am

Lost Lake is beautiful, and the highlight of the area. Seville Lake will be pretty
too, with a touch of Fall colors. Sheep Camp Lakes are quite pretty too, Ranger
Lake is okay. The trail to Lost Lake is not difficult and will not leave you wasted.
Sunrise is beautiful at Lost Lake, and fishing is good at Sheep Camp Lakes. Bear
boxes are available at all of them.
Pear Lake is the another destination worth considering, which is within your
mileage, and gives you access to Tablelands and Moose Lake. The elevation will
be higher, bear boxes are located at Pear, and there is a solar toilet too.
But the hike to Pear Lake is steeper and more strenuous, but quite beautiful.
There numerous TR's to Pear Lake/Tablelands, and the Mooselake area here on
HST that can aid you in your decision.
For example: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7169&p=50886&hilit=+pear+lake#p50520
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby ryboards » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:02 am

Thanks, Maverick, for the info.
Since none of us have been to the area it is nice to read others stories for a game plan, but it is also reassuring when asking questions and they get answered from the experts(you.)

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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby rlown » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:14 am

Will you be hiking with a dog? Yes


Is that a true statement in your original request? If so, not in a national park i think. They are allowed in the national forest on leash (haven't seen many people put their dog on a less than 6' leash yet :) )

http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/pets.htm

Anyway, just a heads-up..
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:31 am

Russ is totally correct, totally forgot that you had mentioned taking a dog, you will
have to look for an area outside of SEKI or not take the dog.
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby ryboards » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:32 am

Good to know. My buddy has the dog so he will have to determine what course of action to take. The dog is very good off leash in the back country, but I don't want any unnecessary attention drawn to us.
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:54 am

Is a western approach absolutely neccesary? 20 Lakes Basin, Big Pine Nork Fork, and
Sabrina Basin would allow you to hike in the first day to a basecamp of your choice,
and have several beautiful lakes nearby to visit too, with good fishing.
Also Agnew to 1000 Is Lake (via River Trail) or Ediza Lake (via Shadow Lake) would
be a beautiful basecamp, allowing you to visit several beautiful lakes near by.
These would all require a longer drive to the eastern side of the Sierra, but well worth it.
These are all doggie friendly areas.
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby ryboards » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:34 am

Maverick,

Yes westside is our only option this trip. I have been chomping at the bit to get us to Agnew to 1000. I have seen photos and cannot wait to see it live in person.

If i can persuade the crew to venture east again we will hit Agnew. The fire ban is playing havoc with our plans as well...
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby maverick » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:42 am

If you do not mind turning this into a moderate backpacking trip instead of a
basecamp and hike trip, then consider Blackcap or Red Mountain Basin, west
of Kings Canyon. Great scenery, numerous wonderful lakes, fishing, and dog friendly.

Dinkey Lakes is also nice, with several lakes, good scenery, good fishing, and you
can hike into one of the lakes and day hike to several other lakes, and is closer than
the above two areas.
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Re: ADVICE: 5 days 4 nights...September 18-22

Postby ryboards » Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:24 pm

Maverick,

You're the man :thumbsup:
The crew has hiked Dinkey a few times, and that is me and dads hike. We would go back in heartbeat but-from what I have read-there is a fire ban in most of the Sierra. I understand why--it is, and has been, dry as heck. Otherwise we would be heading up to the Graveyard...
And really, we want to see more of what the Sierra has to offer on *all of our* limited schedules. We are all growing up and can't just drop everything to go for a hike. Clearly we need to figure out that whole working thing...
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