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Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby Matthewkphx » Mon May 16, 2016 8:49 am

Hi,

I've got a bunch of 5 day weekends in July, August and September. I hiked the JMT last summer and I'm hoping to make a couple trips back to the Sierra this summer. I live in Phoenix, AZ so the southern Sierra accessed from the east side is probably my best best.

I've already got a permit for Cottonwood lakes in September. I hope to summit Mount Langley.

Can anyone recommend any other areas for good 3 night trips? I'll probably want to keep the mileage relatively low, maybe 30ish miles give or take depending on altitude. Class I and easier Class II is fine. Loops are nice but I'm fine with out and back. I'll likely be solo so I'm less interested in trips that require shuttling/thumbing.

Thanks for your time and suggestions!
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby maverick » Mon May 16, 2016 9:34 am

Hi Matthew,

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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby LMBSGV » Mon May 16, 2016 9:35 am

The first place that comes to mind is the Bishop Pass trail to Dusy Basin and then over Knapsack Pass to Palisade Basin. There are also good three day trips in Sabrina Basin. There are a lot of possible choices there among the lakes, trails, and short cross-country routes, all of them good. Check out the various trip reports posted here to see what appeals to you.
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby snevill » Mon May 16, 2016 9:48 am

if you're hitting that same general areas of the southern/eastern Sierra, 3 night trips that come to mind:

- Miter Basin (out of Cottonwood/Horseshoe Meadows)
- Sabrina Basin
- North Fork Big Pine Creek
- Dusy Basin
- Ansel Adams Wilderness (if you're willing to drive up to the Mammoth area)

... if you post the info that is required in the posting requirements as to your abilities/experience/interests you will probably get more specific recommendations.
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby Matthewkphx » Mon May 16, 2016 9:54 am

My skill level is 2/3 based on the system here. I've spent 40-50 nights backpacking however I've done only a little cross-country travel. My goal for this summer is to get off-trail more. I can read maps.

I was fine at altitude on the JMT (SOBO) last summer but the acclimatization is easy/slow there.

My base weight is pretty light at about 9 pounds before a bear can.

I'm current on WFA.
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby Matthewkphx » Mon May 16, 2016 9:55 am

Thanks for the recommendations snevill!
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby maverick » Mon May 16, 2016 12:56 pm

Which area are you driving from LA/SF/SAC? Park and hike or park, camp, and start hiking the next morning?
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby schmalz » Mon May 16, 2016 1:47 pm

Wonder Lakes is a nice area and I think it'd be a good place for you to get comfortable hiking off trail.
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby Matthewkphx » Mon May 16, 2016 1:57 pm

maverick wrote:Which area are you driving from LA/SF/SAC? Park and hike or park, camp, and start hiking the next morning?


I'll be driving in from Phoenix from the south.

I'd like to drive in, arriving in the afternoon. I'll stop and pick up my permit and then camp at the trailhead and start early in the morning.
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby Matthewkphx » Mon May 16, 2016 1:58 pm

schmalz wrote:Wonder Lakes is a nice area and I think it'd be a good place for you to get comfortable hiking off trail.


Thanks for the suggestion.

I have lots of googling to do tonight!
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby maverick » Mon May 16, 2016 2:09 pm

I'd like to drive in, arriving in the afternoon. I'll stop and pick up my permit and then camp at the trailhead and start early in the morning.


So to clarify, does the evening spent at the trailhead count as one of the 3 nights you have, or is this on top of the 3 nights you want to spend in the backcountry? How long is your ride from Phoenix?
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Re: Late summer 3 day suggestions

Postby Matthewkphx » Mon May 16, 2016 2:38 pm

maverick wrote:
I'd like to drive in, arriving in the afternoon. I'll stop and pick up my permit and then camp at the trailhead and start early in the morning.


So to clarify, does the evening spent at the trailhead count as one of the 3 nights you have, or is this on top of the 3 nights you want to spend in the backcountry? How long is your ride from Phoenix?


Nope! Here's the plan:

Friday: leave Phoenix early, drive to Sierra, get permit, sleep at trailhead
Saturday: hike
Sunday: hike
Monday: hike pretty close to car
Tuesday: hit the car by mid-morning, drive back to Phoenix.

(A little secret: I have 12 of these in a row! Not that I'm going backpacking every weekend but I suspect I'll come out to the Sierra several times)
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