Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route | High Sierra Topix  

Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

If you've been searching for the best source of information and stimulating discussion related to Spring/Summer/Fall backpacking, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada...look no further!
User avatar

Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby AaronRDavis » Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:12 pm

http://caltopo.com/m/6C2N

Hoping to get to Portal Lake by the end of day 1. How does this route look? I know from other threads that some here are pretty experienced with this area. Anything you would suggest or caution about this route? Is there a better way to get to Tunemah?



User avatar
AaronRDavis
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 75
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:13 pm

You may not want to climb up to Mantel Pass where you have it noted. I don't think I have a photo of that hillside but I remember thinking it looked very over grown when I briefly thought that was my way up. If you take the drainage up to Hummingbird lake staying on the North side of the creek and the lake it's very easy.

Dykeman Pass you can leave the pass and angle across towards Tunemah before dropping into Alpine Creek and it's pretty easy. No need to drop straight down and have to do more climbing that you have to.
User avatar
RoguePhotonic
Topix Fanatic
 
Posts: 1664
Joined: Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:52 am
Location: Bakersfield CA
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby AaronRDavis » Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:37 pm

Rogue,
Thanks for the tips. I edited the route to reflect your suggestions.
User avatar
AaronRDavis
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 75
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby gabe&mel » Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:00 pm

Looks like a really nice route, I especially like the starting elevation as compared to Rancheria Creek TH, the next time I head out to Woodchuck I will take advantage of it.

I see that the USGS topo indicates the road is a "restricted road," so where do you plan on parking?

Having never used Caltopo before I was inspired by your route and have been toying around with if for awhile and am impressed with its versatility.

Thanks,

Gabe
User avatar
gabe&mel
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 110
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:00 pm
Location: Sacramento, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby AaronRDavis » Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:22 am

gabe&mel wrote:I see that the USGS topo indicates the road is a "restricted road," so where do you plan on parking?



Good question. I've never been up the road that far, although I hoped to get some feedback here from any that have. If not, I may head up to day hike and scout the first part of this route before I actually go on the trip.
User avatar
AaronRDavis
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 75
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby sekihiker » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:20 pm

I think the road you want to start on is gated.
User avatar
sekihiker
Founding Member
 
Posts: 268
Joined: Sun Dec 18, 2005 2:47 pm
Location: Fresno
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:44 pm

I think the road you want to start on is gated.


Yes, that is a restricted road.
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
User avatar
maverick
Forums Moderator
Forums Moderator
 
Posts: 8028
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:54 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:23 pm

Unfortunately the offsite photos including the map scan are not up for my "Tunechuck" trip of 2008, but I would suggest a more direct day 1 route which is to go out of Hoffman Mtn. The written description (sans images) is at: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=3205&hilit=Tunechuck

On day 1 by this route you can hike the same amount as your Rancheria route and be in upper Blue Canyon on the end of day 1. As it was I had some digestive issues and had to stop below Hummingbird L. at the end of day 1. At minimum I think the Hoffman Mtn kickoff route can get you to Hummingbird on day 1 (provided you don't have digestive bonking issues as I did).

As an aside I just took my family out of Hoffman Mtn last weekend and went to Woodchuck L by going 100 percent off trail from the kickoff. This was my 3rd time taking off from there. On my return (after my first route finding gaffe in the three trips overshooting the car and having to hike 400+ feet back up--didn't make my family too happy) I was amazed to see another vehicle there. I've never seen another vehicle there before. The "Tunechuck" entry route only follows a short section of the trail below Chuck Pass then diverges permanently from trailed country by essentially contouring along the side of the drainage until below Hummingbird hence up to Mantle Pass thence to Blue Canyon.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
User avatar
giantbrookie
Founding Member & Forums Moderator
Founding Member & Forums Moderator
 
Posts: 2439
Joined: Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:22 am
Location: Fresno
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby AaronRDavis » Wed Jun 24, 2015 7:16 am

Thanks for the replies. I'm a little confused. Where is the "Hoffman mountain" entry point? Wouldn't it be the restricted road (I edited my route with a dotted line showing the spot on that road I'd like to start from, just West of Hoffman mountain).
User avatar
AaronRDavis
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 75
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby gabe&mel » Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:45 pm

Aaron GB posted a map on his recent TR

viewtopic.php?t=13012



Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
User avatar
gabe&mel
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 110
Joined: Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:00 pm
Location: Sacramento, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Wishon to Tunemah -- critique my route

Postby AaronRDavis » Fri Jun 26, 2015 6:21 pm

giantbrookie, thank you for the information (especially from the TR thread with map you created today).

Your route looks good to me, however since I know several of you make use of this Hoffman Mountain trailhead, perhaps I could get some feedback on this route. It is based on just looking at the satellite/terrain map, as well as this post from old ranger:http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?p=80491#p80491

Thoughts?
route.jpg
User avatar
AaronRDavis
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 75
Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am
Experience: N/A


Return to Backpacking / Hiking / Camping



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 12 guests