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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:21 pm

TehipiteTom wrote:
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TehipiteTom wrote: the Dinkey Lakes trailhead is one I will not do again. The condition of the "road" is just too horrible, and there are too many places where anyone with a normal vehicle risks major damage.


It never occurred to me that anyone would get their vehicle damaged on that road, so I would think you were driving too fast for conditions. I see cars at that trailhead every time I go there. Drive the road accordingly, and don't expect to be able to drive it like a highway, and you should be fine.

Um...no. I wasn't.

(Though there are some nasty surprise potholes--pot-trenches?--in the first mile or so, where the initially good pavement goes suddenly terrible, and I imagine some folks run into trouble there.)

I'm talking about the last couple miles in particular, where the road deteriorates pretty significantly and there are a couple big outcrops that take some maneuvering to avoid. Maybe someone with a high-clearance vehicle wouldn't worry about that, but I'm talking normal vehicles like my Honda Fit.


Do you go in from Dinkey Creek road, or HWY 168 Tamarack Ridge?



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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby TehipiteTom » Sat Jan 24, 2015 5:55 pm

Big Ed wrote:
TehipiteTom wrote:
Big Ed wrote:
TehipiteTom wrote: the Dinkey Lakes trailhead is one I will not do again. The condition of the "road" is just too horrible, and there are too many places where anyone with a normal vehicle risks major damage.


It never occurred to me that anyone would get their vehicle damaged on that road, so I would think you were driving too fast for conditions. I see cars at that trailhead every time I go there. Drive the road accordingly, and don't expect to be able to drive it like a highway, and you should be fine.

Um...no. I wasn't.

(Though there are some nasty surprise potholes--pot-trenches?--in the first mile or so, where the initially good pavement goes suddenly terrible, and I imagine some folks run into trouble there.)

I'm talking about the last couple miles in particular, where the road deteriorates pretty significantly and there are a couple big outcrops that take some maneuvering to avoid. Maybe someone with a high-clearance vehicle wouldn't worry about that, but I'm talking normal vehicles like my Honda Fit.


Do you go in from Dinkey Creek road, or HWY 168 Tamarack Ridge?

Dinkey Creek.
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby rlown » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:00 pm

Tom doesn't drive fast. I followed him to Quartz TH i think it was. So it's not just Dinkey. I hit one of the trenches in the shade on the way out from quartz in my "abnormal" ride. still tested the front suspension. No damage but it isn't fun.
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:19 pm

TehipiteTom wrote:
Do you go in from Dinkey Creek road, or HWY 168 Tamarack Ridge?

Dinkey Creek.[/quote]

Doesn't matter - the last couple miles are the same either route. I actually like Tamarack better than dodging the bathtub potholes.

We got up it in a Forester ok. I've seen Mini Coopers, BMWs, Corollas, Civics and all kinds of cars up there - but no idea how many of those needed repair after....
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:08 pm

I think it's been a few years since I went in from Dinkey, I prefer Tamarack. I know the last couple miles are the same, someone mentioned pot holes in the first couple miles, that's why I asked.
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sun Jan 25, 2015 10:46 am

Its been a long time since I have been to Dinky Lakes, and if it were not for some pictures, I would have few memories, though some stand out. What I do remember vividly was driving that road, very close to the TH parking lot, and bouncing hard into a shaded surprise trench. It was a good thing I was driving a 4Runner. Anything less than a high clearance vehicle would have bottomed out or worse. I would have thought the situation would have improved by now. Drive carefully out there.
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby TehipiteTom » Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:55 pm

DoyleWDonehoo wrote:Its been a long time since I have been to Dinky Lakes, and if it were not for some pictures, I would have few memories, though some stand out. What I do remember vividly was driving that road, very close to the TH parking lot, and bouncing hard into a shaded surprise trench. It was a good thing I was driving a 4Runner. Anything less than a high clearance vehicle would have bottomed out or worse. I would have thought the situation would have improved by now. Drive carefully out there.

Yeah, that rings a bell. IIRC there were also one or two rocks that might not be daunting to a 4Runner, but definitely gave me paus. The stretch closest to the trailhead is the worst.

The other thing about Dinkey Lakes is that while it's pretty enough, for me it's not enough of a prime destination to be worth the pain-in-the-neck road to the trailhead.
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby Big Ed » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:27 am

TehipiteTom wrote:
DoyleWDonehoo wrote:Its been a long time since I have been to Dinky Lakes, and if it were not for some pictures, I would have few memories, though some stand out. What I do remember vividly was driving that road, very close to the TH parking lot, and bouncing hard into a shaded surprise trench. It was a good thing I was driving a 4Runner. Anything less than a high clearance vehicle would have bottomed out or worse. I would have thought the situation would have improved by now. Drive carefully out there.


Yeah, that rings a bell. IIRC there were also one or two rocks that might not be daunting to a 4Runner, but definitely gave me paus. The stretch closest to the trailhead is the worst.

The other thing about Dinkey Lakes is that while it's pretty enough, for me it's not enough of a prime destination to be worth the pain-in-the-neck road to the trailhead.


"Stretch closest to the trailhead", you mean after the fork with the 4WD trailhead?

There are other trailheads that access the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Cliff Lake (Courtright), Badger Flat, and Sand Flats. But, if you think the road to Willow Meadow is bad, don't go to Sand Flats. Sand Flats is a 4WD trailhead, but hikers use it too.
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Re: Favorite trailhead

Postby hurricaniac » Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:40 pm

South Lake --> Bishop Pass.

You are immediately amongst pristine lakes, 14'K peaks and the Sierra Crest in 1/2 day. The best east side TH if you want access to prime southern Sierra terrain and the legendary Middle Fork of the Kings R.

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