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Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby Briancameronlee » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:11 pm

First Off... this is my first post so... Hello! \:D/

My buddies and I are taking off on Thursday for a long weekend to do some fishing/exploring in the Granite Dome area which includes Ridge, Sardella, and Lewis lakes.

I am attempting to find GPS tracks for an approach via the main pack trail coming from Relief Reservoir. Everything I've found on the forums states crossing the granite slabs etc once crossing Summit Creek. We will be reaching the granite slab area around 5-6 PM so I wanted to get a good idea of the route prior to my arrival.

I've googled etc to find GPS tracks but have come up empty. Does anyone have them to share, or know where I can locate them? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:22 pm

Hi Brian,

Welcome to HST! Please read: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4205
Also when you get the time an intro would be great here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9329
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby SSSdave » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:27 pm

A person navigating off trail in the Sierra should be using USGS topographic maps plus visual enroute adjustments to figure out routes. Topos can readily guide skilled persons to any of the of Granite Dome lakes.
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby Briancameronlee » Mon Jun 01, 2015 1:46 pm

maverick wrote:Hi Brian,

Welcome to HST! Please read: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4205
Also when you get the time an intro would be great here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9329


Thanks Maverick, will do on the intro part. Also, thanks for the heads up on the info post, I was in a rush during break so I neglected to read the stickies [-X

We are all experienced backpackers with moderate off trail experience, (30 years old and in good physical condition).

Thanks again for any input.


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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby Briancameronlee » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:02 pm

SSSdave wrote:A person navigating off trail in the Sierra should be using USGS topographic maps plus visual enroute adjustments to figure out routes. Topos can readily guide skilled persons to any of the of Granite Dome lakes.



Hi SSSdave,

I am seeking the GPS tracks as a supplement to the Topos as we may be doing the cross country portion late in the evening. We are planning for 5-6pm... but that may get pushed back as I have two in the group begging to watch the Warrior's game in Pinecrest prior to setting out. Also waiting to see if the road to Relief Res. will be open this weekend to shorten the hike... :paranoid:

Keeping that in mind, the visual queues may become difficult to decipher at 11PM as opposed to 8AM, or it could be an easy stroll thanks to an almost full moon this weekend. Thanks again,

Brian
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:38 pm

Brian,

See if this TR helps, scroll down to the "Granite Balconies" titled TR. https://pantilat.wordpress.com/2014/09/
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby ksenn » Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:47 pm

I did a similar trip a few years ago. We also got to Kennedy Meadows rather late, and decided to camp a little ways past the pack station where no one would see or bother us. Here's a Caltopo map of roughly the route I took http://caltopo.com/m/7U33. If you aren't familiar with Caltopo you can create your own route by clicking on "Add New Object" in the left hand side, then "Add Line". You can also export GPX files from maps you create. Just click "Export" at the top and it will give you some options. You may have to play around with it a little bit.

I remember a little bit of tricky mico-route finding to easily get across Summit creek, but it was also my first cross-country trip and I was probably just bad at route finding. I was mainly watching for the confluence of Summit Creek and the outlet stream of the smallest Lewis Lake.
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby balzaccom » Mon Jun 01, 2015 5:58 pm

We did this hike a few years ago. Bear in mind that you will NOT be able to park your car at Kennedy Meadows itself. There is a separate trailhead parking area about 1/2 away that is where you need to park. No chance that you will be allowed to drive up any part of the road past the pack station.

We crossed Summit Creek right after the trail passes the steep gorge--in fact, the first place you could really cross the creek there and expect to go up the slabs. There's a decent campsite just the other side of the creek, if you're interested. And from there we worked up the slabs to the saddle heading Southwest. That puts you over a pass and there's a ducked trail to Ridge Lake from there. Not that we did not like any of the campsites at Ridge Lake--they were WAY too close to the water to be legal. But Iceland had some nice spots on the western shore...as did the small lake between Iceland and Ridge Lakes.

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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby MountainMinstrel » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:10 pm

I did the same trip balzaccom mentioned a couple of years ago. Like you I thought it would be fairly easy to get to Iceland in one day. Trust me on this. it is not! Plan on staying at the very nice campsite just across Summit Creek. Then head up the slabs early in the morning with fresh legs.

BTW the best alpineglow I have ever witnessed was at Iceland while camping on the west side of the Lake.
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby Briancameronlee » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:22 am

ksenn wrote:I did a similar trip a few years ago. We also got to Kennedy Meadows rather late, and decided to camp a little ways past the pack station where no one would see or bother us. Here's a Caltopo map of roughly the route I took http://caltopo.com/m/7U33. If you aren't familiar with Caltopo you can create your own route by clicking on "Add New Object" in the left hand side, then "Add Line". You can also export GPX files from maps you create. Just click "Export" at the top and it will give you some options. You may have to play around with it a little bit.

I remember a little bit of tricky mico-route finding to easily get across Summit creek, but it was also my first cross-country trip and I was probably just bad at route finding. I was mainly watching for the confluence of Summit Creek and the outlet stream of the smallest Lewis Lake.



Excellent info! Appreciate the help.
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby Briancameronlee » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:24 am

balzaccom wrote:We did this hike a few years ago. Bear in mind that you will NOT be able to park your car at Kennedy Meadows itself. There is a separate trailhead parking area about 1/2 away that is where you need to park. No chance that you will be allowed to drive up any part of the road past the pack station.

We crossed Summit Creek right after the trail passes the steep gorge--in fact, the first place you could really cross the creek there and expect to go up the slabs. There's a decent campsite just the other side of the creek, if you're interested. And from there we worked up the slabs to the saddle heading Southwest. That puts you over a pass and there's a ducked trail to Ridge Lake from there. Not that we did not like any of the campsites at Ridge Lake--they were WAY too close to the water to be legal. But Iceland had some nice spots on the western shore...as did the small lake between Iceland and Ridge Lakes.

Nice area.


Thanks Balzaccom. I checked your website as well, cool info. Trying to decide if we should pick a new destination for this weekend considering the thunder storms and the fact that Ridge and Lewis might be hard to fish due to ice... Trip report on Monday should be interesting!
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Re: Ridge/Lewis Lakes, Emigrant GPS help

Postby Briancameronlee » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:44 pm

Trip Report:

Friday 6/12

We got an early 5 AM start and left the Bay Area heading up to 108. To give the trip some added flare, we decided to 4x4 all the way to Relief Reservoir. We started our scramble from the West Side of the lake over the dam to the pack trail. As expected, the weather was hot... a few clouds in the sky to provide brief relief from the hot sun. We made decent time to the river crossing for the approach to Granite Dome. Once we reached the steep granite slope leading to Ridge Lake the gravity of what we planned started to settle in... and so did the thunder clouds.

It took us a good two hours from Summit Creek to get to Ridge, the weather, heavy packs [-X , mosquitoes, and partying the night before (GO WARRIORS!) were taking their toll on us. Once we arrived at the lake, we made our way to the main granite slab to set up camp before the clouds broke open. I was just finishing up my rain fly when all hell broke loose. We promptly got into our tents and braced ourselves. 2-3 Hours of solid rain and hail did its best to discourage us, but we are resilient! After an hour of being in the lightning position in the tent, exhaustion gave way and I fell asleep for about an hour only to wake up to stream flowing under my tent, thank god for the bathtub bottom on my BA!

Saturday 6/13

We got to bed after forcing some calories down when the storm subsided. The next morning we woke up to clear skies, wonderful temps, and a ton of mosquitoes. We proceeded to slather on the DEET and get fully covered. We were smart enough to bring bug nets and citronella sticks which turned out to be life savers :thumbsup: . The fish were going crazy and we had a blast doing some catch and release for the rest of the day. \:D/ In the evening we enjoyed some whiskey until the stars started to look blurry and hit the sack :partyman:

Sunday 6/14

An early start was our best bet for enjoying our hike home on Sunday. We were refreshed and made quick work of the steep descent from Ridge Lake and were at Summit Creek by 9:30 or so. We trekked the dusty pack trail (sierra highway) back towards relief reservoir and our truck and passed more groups than I have ever seen at Kennedy Meadows! The 4x4 road was in decent condition and didn't seem to be impacted by Friday's thunderstorm... an hour or so later we were enjoying some well deserved burgers and headed home in hopes of making it to see the Warriors game, (we did).


Would we go back to Ridge Lake? Sure. Will we hike there during the summer sun? No. If I go back again this season I will be night hiking or waiting till late in the season. Thanks for the advice for the trip and reading the trip report. Next trip in two weeks!

Pictures to follow

Thanks,

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