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Postby TehipiteTom » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:15 pm

Maverick, I'm doing a Many Island/Spotted Fawn/Flora loop Memorial Day weekend, with a side dayhike to Nance Peak to look down on Kendrick Canyon.



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Postby maverick » Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:36 pm

Hey TT
Yeah Nance Peak! I climbed from just south of Edith Lake to the
top thru the nastiest brush ever it took 2hrs to get up several hundred
feet, much easier from the west!
Werent you going up Cherry Creek this year? Still going to the
lakes near Mosquito Pass on the SEKI side this year?
That place has some pretty lakes and ponds that are great for photos
I really liked the Bartlett Creek area! Nance Peak has a great view
well worth the hike.
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Postby TehipiteTom » Tue May 01, 2007 7:49 am

maverick wrote:Hey TT
Yeah Nance Peak! I climbed from just south of Edith Lake to the
top thru the nastiest brush ever it took 2hrs to get up several hundred
feet, much easier from the west!
Werent you going up Cherry Creek this year? Still going to the
lakes near Mosquito Pass on the SEKI side this year?
That place has some pretty lakes and ponds that are great for photos
I really liked the Bartlett Creek area! Nance Peak has a great view
well worth the hike.

Thought about Cherry Creek, but I think I'll do the eastern lakes instead. I've been itching to do Nance ever since Kendrick. (I can't even imagine doing it from Kendrick Canyon...that sounds nasty!) Good to know the view is great...that's what I thought from the map, but confirmation helps.

And yeah, I'll be doing the lakes east of Mosquito Pass in July.
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Postby Aviprk » Tue May 01, 2007 9:19 am

Well OK! But that would be 14.5 miles, 6843 feet of gain and 2335 feet of loss.


Hey DoyleWdonehoo isn't the above elevation gain for the entire trip? Or is it really just till the lakes near Tiltill mountain?
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Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue May 01, 2007 3:02 pm

Aviprk wrote:
Well OK! But that would be 14.5 miles, 6843 feet of gain and 2335 feet of loss.


Hey DoyleWdonehoo isn't the above elevation gain for the entire trip? Or is it really just till the lakes near Tiltill mountain?


No, that is just to the lakes near Tiltill Mountain. This counts all the ups and downs. It might be a little conservative. Topo! would say more. Harrison says more miles. I think my tools are more accurate.

...3 lakes north of Kendrick Creek about 3/4ers of the way to Edith Lake from Lake Eleanor...


I would get to Edith Lake and the downstream lakes (fishermen love it) not from Eleanor Lake, but from Laurel Lake north where it is easy cross-country.

The Branigans are a good early season place to visit which can be easily reached in a day.


Well, maybe not "easily" in a day :unibrow: , but it is a good destination, in particular the very nice largest Branigan Lake, looking good at the outlet with a wood at the NW shore for possible camping. The other lakes are on the pleasant OK side of things.

Thompson and Stubblefield Canyons are a good cross country warm up trip to.


Funny, I was just looking into them only recently... ;)

I'm doing a Many Island/Spotted Fawn/Flora loop Memorial Day...


Flora Lake is the real jewel with one of the best camps in the Sierra. There is a few trick ways to getting into Many Island Lakes, one of my favorite early season destinations (once the stubborn snow on Kibbie Ridge is gone). With a good topo, doing the Flora loop is very nice. There is some trail left above Flora (going towards Kibbie), but don't be fooled by that tree laying the length of the trail when the trail takes a sudden right. ;)

Interesting stuff...
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Postby TehipiteTom » Tue May 01, 2007 3:34 pm

I would get to Edith Lake and the downstream lakes (fishermen love it) not from Eleanor Lake, but from Laurel Lake north where it is easy cross-country.

Went to Edith with a buddy who fishes, and he got a 14" and a 13". Very tasty. No wonder fishermen love it. ;)

The Laurel approach is the best, but I wouldn't describe some the cross-country in Kendrick as 'easy'. Some of it is straightforward slab-walking--nice stuff--but there are also some pretty brutal stretches of, for example, manzanita-covered talus. (Just ponder that for a moment.) It's well worth it, but keep in mind there will be thrashing. I have a lengthy trip report (with pictures) at http://home.earthlink.net/~tehipite_tom/images/Kendrick/kendrick_tr.htm.
Flora Lake is the real jewel with one of the best camps in the Sierra. There is a few trick ways to getting into Many Island Lakes, one of my favorite early season destinations (once the stubborn snow on Kibbie Ridge is gone). With a good topo, doing the Flora loop is very nice. There is some trail left above Flora (going towards Kibbie), but don't be fooled by that tree laying the length of the trail when the trail takes a sudden right.

Thanks for the info! Much appreciated. :)
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Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue May 01, 2007 3:53 pm

TehipiteTom wrote:...Some of it is straightforward slab-walking--nice stuff--but there are also some pretty brutal stretches of, for example, manzanita-covered talus. (Just ponder that for a moment.) It's well worth it, but keep in mind there will be thrashing. I have a lengthy trip report (with pictures) at http://home.earthlink.net/~tehipite_tom/images/Kendrick/kendrick_tr.htm.

Lovely pictures.

Talus+bush=BAD!
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Postby maverick » Tue May 01, 2007 4:33 pm

Hi Doyle

I also descended the ridge from Laurel Lake.Your right the largest of
the Branigans is the prettiest one of the three and they offer more
solitude than Vernon and Wilma in season.
You mentioned in another thread that you train in the Santa Cruz
Mt area, where abouts?
Flora is very pretty as is the small lake a little to the west of it a little
higher up.
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Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue May 01, 2007 5:28 pm

maverick wrote: You mentioned in another thread that you train in the Santa Cruz Mt area, where abouts?
Flora is very pretty as is the small lake a little to the west of it a little higher up.


S.Cruz Mtns: Mostly at Lexington Res, Kennedy TH, Sandborn Park, Rancho Sanantonio and Castle Rock. I know some trails not used much. I go about every other day, like today.

Flora: Yup, I walked up that granite slope up to that small lake, took some pictures too. Waitaminute, there is a small tarn up one side of Edith (south), some NE and a small one towards Kibbie direction. I have pictures of all of them. Nice area.
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Postby maverick » Tue May 01, 2007 6:55 pm

Sandborn Park, Rancho Sanantonio and Castle Rock I have visited
especially Castle Rock, which I used every year to do the Skyline to
the Sea trail as a very long day hike that started at 5am and finished
at around 7pm.
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Postby Aviprk » Tue May 01, 2007 7:28 pm

It's interesting how I also thought about branigan lakes. Wasn't able to find much info on the internet and the guidebook I have says the way to the branigan lakes is either between Andrews Peak and Andrews lake or from the north leaving the trail and heading down to upper branigan lake. How is the cross country to the lakes? I might opt that over Otter lake since you guys say otter is not so pretty :crybaby:

By the way this site has some nice pictures from the x-c lakes in the area.
http://photos.onetreedesign.com/content.php?cid=53 including lower otter lake which made me think about the Otter lakes area.

Would you say Otter lakes or Branigan lakes is the better choice?
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Postby giantbrookie » Tue May 01, 2007 8:30 pm

TehipiteTom wrote:
I would get to Edith Lake and the downstream lakes (fishermen love it) not from Eleanor Lake, but from Laurel Lake north where it is easy cross-country.

Went to Edith with a buddy who fishes, and he got a 14" and a 13". Very tasty. No wonder fishermen love it. ;) The Laurel approach is the best, but I wouldn't describe some the cross-country in Kendrick as 'easy'. Some of it is straightforward slab-walking--nice stuff--but there are also some pretty brutal stretches of, for example, manzanita-covered talus. (Just ponder that for a moment.) It's well worth it, but keep in mind there will be thrashing. kendrick_tr.htm[/url].
Flora Lake is the real jewel with one of the best camps in the Sierra. There is a few trick ways to getting into Many Island Lakes, one of my favorite early season destinations (once the stubborn snow on Kibbie Ridge is gone). With a good topo, doing the Flora loop is very nice. There is some trail left above Flora (going towards Kibbie), but don't be fooled by that tree laying the length of the trail when the trail takes a sudden right.

Thanks for the info! Much appreciated. :)

Actually, for direct approach to Edith(Edyth as incorrectly spelled on most maps), the easiest approach is via the gap in the Frog-Kendrick divide that is SSE of Edith (7680+). The second easiest way is from Laurel, crossing the divide but then staying fairly high on a bench above Kendrick Creek (a bit below 6800) until SSW of the lake downstream of Edith, then friction walking down slabs to the unnamed lake. This avoids most of the bushwhacking. I once went to Edith from Cherry Lake and it was heinous (this route followed the north side of Kendrick Creek---brush was simply amazing). On my last Edith visit we went via Laurel to the lake below Edith thence up the canyon to Edith. We then exited via the gap to Frog Creek and went to Bearup before heading back to HH. This was a very nice 4 day loop and we did it in early May 1992 in part to get tuned up to go bag Mt. Shasta. Speaking of fishing it is worth noting (if one cares about fishing) that many of the major lakes of the area are fishless: the fishless list includes Flora, Many Island, Boundary, Little Bear, Spotted Fawn, Inferno, among others. The remote trailless lakes of the area that have fish, such as Edith and the unnamed lake downstream of it have lots of nice rainbows that run to a good 17". So does Bearup (wouldn't put this in the same "remote" category as Edith). On the other hand, the fish are just as big in the lakes closer to the trailhead such as Laurel (perhaps the biggest fish of them all?), Vernon, and Kibbie. I agree that the Flora loop is nice off trail hiking, if one doesn't mind the lack of fish.
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
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