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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:04 pm

Tom Harrison Maps are great.

Things to do places to see:

- Day hike up to Iceberg Lake from Ediza

- Day hike from the inlet stream up from Ediza to the beginning of the Ritter/Banner Saddle route area and if interested climb the ridge to get a peek at the Nydiver Lakes Basin.

- Western end of Garnet Lake is very pretty

- Western end of 1000 Is Lake has spectacular Indian Paint Brush (Would say hiking up to Catherine Pass but that is maybe to much)

- Views toward Banner from Island Pass, especially at Sunrise

- Davis Lakes has beautiful Indian Paint Brush

- Marie Lakes are worth visiting, pretty lakes

- Upper Lyell Canyon

Lyell Canyon and especially 1000 Is Lakes have serious bear problems, store food properly and keep a clean campsite.
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby Tonydavid » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:19 pm

Great tips. I have noted all of them on my maps! Thank you!
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:36 pm

Oh, the most recent Mosquito Report says they are in the 4-5 range at Ediza, 5 being the worst, be prepared!
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby Tonydavid » Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:39 pm

YIKES! Got sleeves/pants and Deet. will buy nets. Could be trip killer. My 13 year old son is very attractive to the buggers and the bite seem to flair up on him. He therefore is freaked out about them. Hum.
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:12 pm

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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:36 pm

There are 4 permits left for the 4th of Aug on the High Trail out of Agnew and some for the 3rd, 24th and 28th for the River Trail (your best choice, less steep than the High Trail), you may consider pushing your trip back.
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby Tonydavid » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:46 pm

Mav….you are SO nice to spot that and let me know. I appreciate you help SO much. Unfortunately, I can't push trip back into August. Maybe you can suggest the mosquitoes take a vacation till August!
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:49 pm

Maybe you can suggest the mosquitoes take a vacation till August!


Wish I could, it would definitely be a permanent one. :unibrow:
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:08 pm

Looks like you will get a little luck, there is a consistent southwesterly wind all this week into next week which will help you with the mosquitoes. :)

NWS:

Friday Sunny, with a high near 68. West southwest wind around 10 mph.

Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Saturday Sunny, with a high near 63. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 43. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Monday Sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Monday Night Clear, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby Tonydavid » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:13 pm

Yahoo! Keep that wind blowing! You are an awesome moderator and I appreciate all the info you have been giving me.
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby maverick » Wed Jul 13, 2016 5:25 pm

Yahoo! Keep that wind blowing! You are an awesome moderator and I appreciate all the info you have been giving me.


Thank you for your kind words, this is what I am here for. :)
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Re: Agnew to Donahue to Tuolumne?

Postby davepctjmt » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:00 am

Greetings from a newbie here (albeit not a newbie to the sierra).
I did a similar trip with my kids last year, and thought I'd suggest an oft-overlook lake - Clarice Lake. It's just off-trail between Shadow and Garnet lakes, and has 3 amazing advantages:

1) It's about 50ft below the campfire cutoff, so campfires are allowed (or at least they were last year!), unlike almost every other lake in the area.
2) It's off-trail (about 10 mins) so really quiet, but easy to get to (my 5 yr old had no problem)
3) It's small enough to get warm - I swam for about 20 mins without feeling at all cold.

There's some great camping spots where you first meet the lake, and some more on the opposite side.

Turn off at the centre of this map, hike ENE up a few boulders, then down the obvious fault line to the lake.
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