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TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby Beantown » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:32 pm

6/4/15
I set out Thursday to Bishop, picked up a few items in town and headed up the mountain road looking at mountains engulfed in storm clouds at early evening, camped at Willow camp. It rained on the drive up all the way until I arrived at Willow, then the rain magically stopped allowing me to set up camp, got a fire going and enjoy a rocky patel cigar and a 22 oz of mammoth 395 IPA. woke up to lots of rain that night.

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6/5/15
I am a very early riser, got out of my tent at 6am and was hiking at 7 am, i planned to get over bishop pass early in case of bad weather. I made it to Dusy Basin mid day, set up camp and explored the basin. Heard some thunder so i went back to camp while groppel started to fall from the dark skies. It changed to snow later on, i grabbed some rain gear and headed out to explore the basin and follow rivers while snowing, it was an excellent day! got some more snow that night but only about an inch stuck around.

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6/6/15
I am up at the butt crack of dawn, made a quick coffee and hot water granola and off i go hiking, passing gabe&mel's camp (see other trip report) on the morning. I hiked down to the JMT and headed toward muir pass. I met several PCT hikers along the way up. Muir was a slog with miles of post holing and climbing on rocks to avoid the snow. weather looked good on the way up but when I reached the top it was changing to stormy conditions, one of the PCT hikers noted he saw lighting on a nearby ridge. I stuck around chatting with the PCTers, the sun came out and I headed out but the clouds and snow soon came back as i descended. I headed to saphire lake and found a spot to set up camp high up in the rock bands, I was the only one around.

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6/7/15
up again butt crack of dawn, i was excited to hike thru evolution, I did the JMT 2 years ago and have been dying to come back here. when i have a bad day at work i think about evolution. I meandered thru to evolution lake, checking out the view at the falls into the valley, taking my time through the valley floor and eating lunch at the canyon falls just past the crossing. Again I was the only one around! I then hiked up to Piute canyon, camping just passed hutchinson meadow.

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6/8/15
you know the drill, up early and hiking i was out by 10:30 and hitched a ride from a nice family back to south lake. One odd thing, met 2 jmt hikers who were looking for a female friend who was supposed to meet them the day before on the trail puite trail with a re-supply. they never found her, but they hiked down to the trail head and her car was there. Not sure what ever happened.

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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:48 pm

Hi Bean,

Cool TR, very nice pictures. Now people will see that Humphreys Basin, McClure Meadow, and Muir Pass are accessible. No issues at
all with creek crossing?

One odd thing, met 2 jmt hikers who were looking for a female friend who was supposed to meet them the day before on the trail puite trail with a re-supply. they never found her, but they hiked down to the trail head and her car was there. Not sure what ever happened.


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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby Beantown » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:58 pm

no issues with the creek crossings. lots of rock hopping. i crossed evolution at the meadow because i did not want to double back if it were hazardous. From what i saw, the middle part didn't look too bad but the middle deep part looks kinda swift.

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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby gabe&mel » Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:03 pm

Beantown,

We just looked at your photos of Evolution and it brought back fond memories. From the looks of things it looks like you got a bit more weather than we did. Glad you had a great trip, and it was nice to see a fellow HSTer. I do like me some Mammoth Epic IPAs :nod:

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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby kpeter » Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:45 pm

A nice report that brings back many memories. You were speedy on your trip.

Your Evolution crossing looked pretty tame--the drought is indeed having in impact. Here is what it looked like in July of 2011.

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Evolution Creek meadow crossing July 2011


Here was the "normal" crossing at that time:

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"Normal" spot to cross Evolution Creek July 2011
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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby Beantown » Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:51 am

yeah that looks like a lot more water. I tried to take my time thru, i can easily put in 15 miles a day. i did take my time thru evolution. had to be back for some work though Tuesday.
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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby Hobbes » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:20 am

I love getting out early in the season while there's still some snow, not many people, and really beautiful conditions.
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Re: TR: South Lake North Lake Loop 6/5/15-6/8/15

Postby sierracanon » Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:48 pm

When we did that hike in Aug 2013, the crossing was maybe shin-high. Never even up to the knees. It was actually pretty easy crossing.
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