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Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby emhack » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:46 pm

Hi all,

I was planning on hiking the High Sierra Trail in early September, but we are having some logistical issues that may make that unrealistic. As such, I am searching for alternative routes and would love to hear this boards thoughts. We would prefer to approximate the length of the High Sierra Trail (72 miles and 5-6) as we are flying out from the Midwest and would like to keep as many of our travel plans intact as possible. On trail travel is preferable as some of our party is uncomfortable with off trail; as long as its on trail, it will work for all of our party. We will be coming from San Francisco, so in the spirit of simplifying logistics would prefer to approach from the West and stay further North. Open to routes in Yosemite, all wilderness areas and national forests, etc.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Eric



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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby emhack » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:46 pm

5-6 days**
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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby robow8 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:31 pm

Red Peak pass loop in Yosemite, with a trip to Clouds Rest.
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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby balzaccom » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:41 am

Twin Lakes on the East side. Easiest if you come from Reno--and that might be an easier flight for you.

Twin lakes to Peeler Lake, Kerrick Canyon, Benson lake, Matterhorn Canyon, and back to Peeler and out. About 50 miles.

Of if permits are a concern: Gianelli trailhead to Bucks Lake, the north to Emigrant and Upper Emigrant, then down to Huckleberry, then back to Bucks Lake. More of a half-lollipop than a true loop...but in Emigrant Wilderness, just north of Yosemite

Or if you like long slow drives, look at Mineral King in the southern part of SEKI.
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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby toejam » Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:35 am

Loops that size are easy out of Mineral King, and can include the best parts of the HST. You'll have more time for hiking and pie without the 300 mile shuttle.
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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby maverick » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:57 pm

Or if you like long slow drives, look at Mineral King in the southern part of SEKI.


Loops that size are easy out of Mineral King, and can include the best parts of the HST. You'll have more time for hiking and pie without the 300 mile shuttle.


Yes Mineral King is beautiful and would be ideal, but the OP requested something "from the west and stay further north" since they are flying into SFO.
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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby emhack » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:19 am

Hi all,

Thank you all for your replies. While Mineral King is a bit more of a drive than we prefer, the comment was instructive in that it led me to simply look at loops out of Wolverton which allows us to utilize our original permit. There are plenty of options in that area that seem to fit the bill and we can easily hike South towards Mineral King if we so choose. If anyone has any suggestions to that end, I am all ears.

Thanks again, I very much appreciate everyones input.
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Re: Route Suggestions 50-75 miles

Postby wildhiker » Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:22 pm

Also check out my description of a lollipop loop off Sonora Pass (4 hour drive from San Francisco, pick up the permit in Pinecrest on the way, no quotas) in response to another trip advice request:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14915

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