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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby austex » Sun Nov 23, 2014 7:42 pm

Remember. One or MORE nights require a minimal amounts :\ equipment... They may like it and please pack an extra day of food, just Thinkin :D



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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby InsaneBoost » Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:36 am

Thanks for the information so far everyone.

Yes this would be for next year, around spring some time. I'm not sure of an exact time, I'm guessing Mayish possible or definitely June.

I'll take a look into some of the Yosemite ones being we go there a lot to begin with and know our way around (minus backpacking of course). I've always wanted to do some stuff near Clouds Rest, so maybe that would be the one to do?

We'll go over some of the options you all mentioned and decide which one from there.

Thanks again!
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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby InsaneBoost » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:54 am

Actually just found some information on that Chain Lakes hike and think that might be the perfect route to go.
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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:04 am

If the snow is not an issue. It will be if this winter approaches normal... we'll see how it goes. Road openings to most suggested areas are key.


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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby oldranger » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:12 am

There are two trailheads, Quartz Mt. and Chiquito. It is likely that the lakes will be ice free before the road to Quartz Mt. is clear. Then you would be stuck with an additional 2+ miles and more vertical climb. For an overnighter to Chain I would want to make sure that you can make it to the Quartz Mt Trailhead. You really have to know ahead of time because the travel time between the two trailheads by vehicle is pretty significant. Best to scout a week before the planned trip if it will be early in the season. The issue is not only snow on the road but trees across the road. The forest service does not clear the spur roads of trees very early in the season.

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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby rlown » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:19 am

watching the weather before any trip almost goes without saying. March might be early. As AT points out, it all depends on what Winter brings. I'm hoping for a big, deep snowpack, but.. I'd also vote for a Quartz TH start.

EDIT: I don't know where i picked up on March :retard: . Early June would be a great target. Sorry.
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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby InsaneBoost » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:53 am

I'm all fine with there being snow and delaying anything. We definitely need it. Definitely going the Quartz way. Looked like is said 6 miles in and 6 miles out. The other one starts at the creek I think? And is about 9 in and 9 out.
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Re: One Night Backpacking Trip?

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:38 pm

Well, anything over 8000 feet before July is suspect for reasons of snow and stream crossings. It just depends on the Winter. I know of a number of snow-free May hikes, but most are not overnights.

Naturally, there are a few obvious ones early season:
Kibbie Lake: Only if the road is finally open after the Rim-Fire damage.
Hetch-Hetchy Rancheria Falls: Always a sure things and at its best early season.
Little Yosemite Valley: On day 2 you can do Half-Dome (with a permit) and have plenty of time to get back to the TH.
Sunrise Creek Shuttle: IF the Tioga Road is open and IF Tenaya creek is cross-able, from Tenaya Lake, hike to Sunrise Creek and camp (you can even throw in a visit to Clouds rest if it is snow-free), and next day, do Half-Dome (with a permit) and have plenty of time to get back to the TH in Yosemite Valley.

There are a few other less demanding and less interesting and less challenging overnighters above Yosemite Valley that are pretty obvious.

Paradise Valley Kings Canyon: If the road is open to Roads End, this is a pretty decent hike with some nice views.
Roads End to Bubbs Creek: Not the most interesting hike, but if you want to get "out-there" and get some exercise...
Roads End to Lower Tent Meadow: Same as above.
Kings Canyon Deer Cove and Wildman Meadow: From the Deer Cove Creek TH, a lot of exercise for marginal rewards. I have done this one a few times early season: the south facing slopes means it is snow free early, and sometimes the road is open to this TH point when the KC road ahead is still closed off. This is a better hike if you camp at Wildman Meadow, and take another day to day-hike (over snow) up to the Monarch Divide.
Middle Fork Kaweah River: You can get a good ways up this river early season, although the stream crossings could get hairy. A hike for those desperate to get out.
And so on...

Early season, the trick is to find hikes low in altitude and/or with south facing slopes if you want dry trails.
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