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Rae Lake Loop

Postby Willythedog » Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:52 am

So, id imagine its been discussed before but I'm having trouble finding anything in the search engine. Anywho:

Clockwise? Counter clockwise? Probably gonna be going beginning / middle of July (hoping for more snow and rain but its looking like another dry year)

What campsites are recommended? I was thinking Upper Paradise, Rae Lake (crowded?), and one more night at either Vidette meadow, Junction meadow, or Charlotte Creek. I'm ok with 15ish miles or so a day. I hear Vidette meadows got a lot of bears.

Any side trips for peak bagging? The Videttes look pretty enticing...

How the fishing at the lakes / creeks?

Appreciate your responses.



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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby maverick » Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:31 pm

Clockwise? Counter clockwise?


Clockwise, less steep, better for acclimation to the altitude.


What campsites are recommended? I was thinking Upper Paradise, Rae Lake (crowded?), and one more night at either
Vidette meadow, Junction meadow, or Charlotte Creek. I'm ok with 15ish miles or so a day. I hear Vidette meadows
got a lot of bears.


Upper is fine, Middle is less crowded, at Rae Lakes set up at Dragon Lake if it is crowded, the whole Bubb's corridor has bears, if
you are carrying a canister just camp outside any of the organized campgrounds and you should not have any bear problems.
See if you can add at least one more day, and do a day trip into 60 Lakes Basin from Rae Lakes or spend your last night at East Lake,
either is well worth the effort.


How the fishing at the lakes / creeks?


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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby oldranger » Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:13 pm

Counter clockwise! Get the tough stuff done then coast the rest of the way!


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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby vitaminC » Sat Feb 14, 2015 8:38 pm

oldranger wrote:Counter clockwise! Get the tough stuff done then coast the rest of the way!


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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:06 am

The whole loop has problem bears. Rent a Bearikade. If you have a Bear Vault the rangers may recommend storing it in lockers in Paradise as there has been a bear there several years who can open them

A beautiful loop. I'm doing a modified version in August spending a couple days in Gardiner basin. The lakes in Sixty Lake are apparently gillnetted or poisoned and fishless.


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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby Willythedog » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:59 pm

Yeah I got me a bear boxer (55$ and approved, 1.6lbs).

Hmm easier in the beginning or easier near the end... I'll do some talking with the folks going with me and figure it out. Thanks for the input
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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby bustinwheels » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:26 pm

:D Hi Willydog - I am also backpacking Rae Lakes, but we are doing it in May over Memorial Weekend, counter. I understand that it's more crowded going clockwise. We are counting on 5 days or less. I'm more concerned about the snow and if we should bring crampons. I understand there's lots of bears too! This is supposed to be an amazing loop, so I certainly hope we don't run into any bears to ruin our trip.
I'll keep checking this post to see if there are any new updates on the weather as May approaches.
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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:46 pm

don't think anyone needs to worry about snow.

no one should worry about bears either if you store food properly. I enjoy them with a zoom lens and chase them away if they are approaching.


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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby FeetFirst » Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:32 pm

Modeled snow depth as of March 26, 2015 (per NOHRSC Interactive Snow Info):
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Here's what it looked like on Memorial Day last year (also low snow year):
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Snow should be a non-issue by Memorial Day. Call the permit station at Roads End a week before your trip to confirm (specifically Glen Pass). Have fun.
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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby Willythedog » Tue Mar 24, 2015 9:16 am

Jeez almost looks like you can go now

I got permits for 4th of July week clockwise. Snow definitely wont be a problem by then.... but i bet the mosquitos will be goin strong
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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby bustinwheels » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:17 pm

Thanks all for your input and you are right, looks like the trip is do-able now in April! We still need lots of snow and rain in Cali.

We are using a bear vault and I'm horrified of bears, but I'll have my wimpy whistle.

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Re: Rae Lake Loop

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Wed Apr 01, 2015 1:47 pm

bustinwheels wrote:We are using a bear vault and I'm horrified of bears, but I'll have my wimpy whistle.


Yes, counterclockwise is best. There are camps all up and down Paradise Valley. If you are in good shape, you can make it to the junction with Murro Blanko (with a new bridge there I believe), with an excellent campground with fewer bears. The bears like hanging out in lower Paradise Valley where the weekenders go. There is also a good camp about halfway to Woods Creek crossing (on the east side of the meadow) east of the "Murro Blanko" bridge, and an extensive but well used camp near the Woods Creek bridge. The bridge is an experience all by itself. Once in the Rae Lakes basin and beyond, there are camps all the way back to the TH, it seems like. A side trip to East Lake is encouraged if you can get safely across Bubbs Creek. All in all, a classic Sierra hike.
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