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3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby sambieni » Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:41 pm

Hi all - I am planning a solo trip. 3 days / 2 nights. Ideally head up Friday of July 4th weekend, hit the trail on Saturday to return that Monday.

Experience: Level 2
Comfort: Level 1/2
Interests: Lake/Forests/Photo. Good camping and stretching my legs for 6 - 10 miles/day

Not eager for super grueling or snow related travel (ie ice axes/crampons, etc). Want to test new gear and get trail legs working again (been on few year layoff....). Loop preferred than out-n-back, if possible. Will be solo so shuttling is not an option.

Prefer SEKI and western sierra. Could go furhter north to Yosemite area. Would consider Eastern Sierra. Not eager for tons solitude since I am on the trail solo. So some crowds are fine.

Welcome any suggestions; I'd like to put in permit request asap if required and still available for recommended trail.

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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:28 pm

- Dinky Lakes Wilderness (Central)
- Horse Corral>Seville Lake>Lost Lake (SEKI)
- Wolverton>Heather Lake>Pear Lake>day hike to Moose Lake (SEKI)
- Roads End>Paradise Valley>Castle Dome (SEKI)
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby sambieni » Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:19 pm

Thanks Maverick.

Looking at map and so i clearly understand what you are saying:

Is it feasible to do full loop out either via Russell Meadow with evening stop in Lost Lake or Ranger Lake, cross Silliman Pass, camp before JO Pass, and then back out? Or better to go via Lodgepole to Ranger Lake to Seville Lake and back out via JO Pass? Which route would you go? Where would you camp along way to space things well for beauty at night / energy by day.

I assume full loop is doable? Which routing makes more sense? Trying figure out for permit request.

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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby balzaccom » Sun Mar 13, 2016 6:39 pm

We've done the former route---Rowell Meadow to Jennie Lake. Day two to Seville Lake over JO and Silliman Pass, and Day three about out again

Lovely area. There's a trip report and more information on our website in the destinations section....or PM for more data.
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby maverick » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:34 pm

Here is the route with the camp spots, first at Jennie Lake and second at Lost Lake, starting from Horse Corral Meadows to Jennie Lakes via Marvin Pass.
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby sambieni » Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:55 pm

maverick wrote:Here is the route with the camp spots, first at Jennie Lake and second at Lost Lake, starting from Horse Corral Meadows to Jennie Lakes via Marvin Pass.
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Much appreciated. I am gonna check the distance of this versus doing a Lodgepole-> Ranger Lake -> Jennie Lake (or somewhere on trail beforehand if feasible) -> Lodgepole. I venture Lodgepole might add a mile or two.
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby maverick » Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:05 pm

Horse Corral Meadow 31.40
Lodgepole 32.10
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby sambieni » Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:48 am

maverick wrote:Horse Corral Meadow 31.40
Lodgepole 32.10


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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby SSSdave » Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:17 am

2 nights/3 days... July 4 holiday means major quota issues for popular trailheads so will suggest a less used trailhead. Western SEKI would have holiday quota issues for any worthwhile destinations. And any national forest popular lakes may also be an issue because the choices one day out from trailheads are few in that region.

So here is a sure bet if you do your homework. From Mountain Home to Summit Lake. Once up at that elevation there are miles of trails to explore on your layover day without much up and down and lots of easy ridge lines to climb up to off trails.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=36.24965,-118.67096&z=14&t=T

More driving would be some of the destinations in the Dinky Lakes Wilderness especially those from the less used Courtright Reservoir side.

http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=37.10993,-118.98810&z=13&t=T

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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby sambieni » Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:31 pm

Thanks! Yea, I am going peak weekend. Given fact I am trekking solo, I am ok with more foot traffic on trails. But I guess you're right - should get on a permit to guarantee my trail. Thanks!
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby sambieni » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:07 pm

Need to do the permit update for Seville/Lost/Ranger/Twin Lakes Loop. I will be camping night before at Dorst (reserved a spot), but the distance b/w the trails is not a huge concern. One looks only 20 minutes longer than the other.

Which is better start: Horse Corral (Belle Canyon) or Lodgepole (Twin Lakes Trail)?
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Re: 3 Day Trip / July 4 Weekend

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 06, 2016 4:41 pm

Which is better start: Horse Corral (Belle Canyon) or Lodgepole (Twin Lakes Trail)?


Makes no difference, HC starts a little higher, but either way, the creme de la creme of this area is located from Twin Lakes to Seville Lake (including Ranger Lake/Sheep Camp Lakes/Lost Lake).
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