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Postby ndwoods » Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:53 pm

Hey Tehipite, we had an awesome trip thanks to you! We had put off a certain trip that sort of interested us because it wasn't quite in the heart of the Sierra and looked well, not too spectacular and most definitely a trudge going in. But, some time ago on who knows which forum you said this area just might possibly be your most favorite spot in the whole Sierra. So...we decided to check it out. We were going to stay on trail, honest...:)...but, I wanted to cut miles to save my ankle and I remembered your comments, so day 3 we popped off trail into what might possibly also be my most favorite spot in the whole Sierra!!! We had outrageous weather and slept under the stars sans tent. We saw not one person our whole 5 days literally trailhead to trailhead! In fact, in this area we saw precious few footprints and certainly none within a few days of us. No fire rings, no recently used sleeping "patches." We saw more bear scat than I have ever seen in my whole 40 yrs of backpacking put together! And none of the scat had a whit of backpacker litter in it. Spectacular views! Thanks! Dee



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Postby rightstar76 » Fri Aug 17, 2007 7:08 am

Where did you go? It sounds out of this world where you went.
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Postby ndwoods » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:50 pm

It was definitely a surprise! It's Tom's spot...if he gives the thumbs up, then I will let the cat out of the bag! :) Dee
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Postby cgundersen » Sun Aug 19, 2007 1:19 pm

Shucks guys, the suspense is getting to some of us............though the fact that you mentioned a Colby Lake swim in another post may offer a hint, no?
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Postby TehipiteTom » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:51 am

It's Tom's spot...if he gives the thumbs up, then I will let the cat out of the bag!

Unbag that cat, Dee! I'm as curious as everybody else. ;)
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Postby ndwoods » Wed Aug 22, 2007 9:50 pm

Volcanic Lakes!:) Didn't make it to Kidd Lakes...didn't need to this trip!
Went in Lewis Creek, cut over to Volcanic Lakes from Kennedy Pass, went out to Granite Pass and down Copper Creek. Like I said before...saw nary a soul, hardly any foot prints and once off trail, hardly any sleeping spots. Please folks, keep this one this way!:)
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Postby Aviprk » Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:09 pm

Amazing!

I've always thought about that area above Road's End but never seriously thought about it.
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Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:19 pm

Nice! It is a great area, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

The Monarch Divide is wonderful--the views are amazing, and there's so much good stuff to explore up there...and there's a way over just about every ridge, so it's not hard to work out any number of different trip configs.

I couldn't guess, though, because I tend to have a new 'favorite spot' every time I do another trip. ;)
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Postby maverick » Thu Aug 23, 2007 1:58 pm

Hi Dee

Not many people check out Volcanic Lakes even though they are quite
spectacular.
I really enjoyed the small ponds in route to the upper lakes which made
for some nice photos during one of many thunderstorms that passed
through on my trip several years back.
Lake 9046 of the Swamp lake chain is very pretty as are the upper and
third lake of the Slide chain of lakes.
The upper lake is quite a sight from the class 2 pass coming from
Slide Lake(emerald green).
Did you get down to the last lake in the Volcanic chain with the cool
glacier right behind it? Its quite a sight.
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Postby will_jrob » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:15 pm

Hi Dee, I'm interested in where all the bear activity took place. I was up to Kennedy Pass last autumn, the only bear activity I noticed was the fresh tracks below Frypan Mdws that were covering my inbound treds.
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Postby maverick » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:21 pm

The only bear I saw when I was up there was up towards Grizzly Lakes
in a small meadow.
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Postby ndwoods » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:51 am

Hi Dee, I'm interested in where all the bear activity took place.


We saw bear scat all the way from the trailhead to Volcanic Lakes! And we saw piles and piles. We have heard Cedar Grove has been having lots of bears coming down due to the dry summer. Makes no sense to me really as there is still food up high, just someone's guesses I think. Regardless, I saw probably 30-40 piles of scat in that small stretch alone!
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Did you get down to the last lake in the Volcanic chain with the cool glacier right behind it? Its quite a sight.


Hm, last volcanic lake...north or south? We went to the last southern lake but only the 2nd to the last heading north. I'll be back to check for that one...:)
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Amazing!

I've always thought about that area above Road's End but never seriously thought about it.
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Exactly!!! If Tom hadn't said something about how nice it was I might never have done that one either. Looks not that spectacular on the maps and it certainly is not in the heart of the rest of the parks peaks...:)
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*I couldn't guess, though, because I tend to have a new 'favorite spot' every time I do another trip.


Yep, me too. But, nevertheless, this one will stay in mind!:)
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