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suggestions for June ?

Posted: Wed May 28, 2008 4:15 pm
by mujtabag
I was hoping to take a week long backpacking trip in July, and had been planning to head into the Kern Basin from Mineral King.

Unfortunately, I've had to pull it forward into June, starting maybe June 9th.

I'm worried about raging creeks, and snow or ice at higher elevations. That said, I'd really like to go somewhere spectacular, with good fishing.

I was thinking of the following:

- Ansel Adams, maybe up to Garnett or Ediza if the trails are not (too) snow-bound
- the Golden Trout wilderness, out to Kern Lake from Jerkey Meadows, though I'm not sure that this will be as beautiful
- ?
- the Emigrant wilderness? or perhaps Jennie Lakes? or just a section of Rae Lakes?

Any suggestions?



Re: suggestions for June ?

Posted: Fri May 30, 2008 4:03 pm
by markorr
This time last year (lower snow year for sure) we did an awesome loop in the Ansel Adams Wilderness linking a bunch of lakes, partially cross-country: Minaret, Cecile, Iceberg, Ediza, Nydiver, Garnet, Thousand Island, then back via the JMT. we only hit snow between Cecile and Iceberg and then dropping down into Garnet. Ice axe and crampons were useful for the early morning concrete. I'll post a Rae Lakes TR shortly after the 10th

Re: suggestions for June ?

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:23 pm
by giantbrookie
A June 9 start does tend to cut down your options a bit, especially if you don't want to cross a lot of snow and if you are looking for thawed lakes to fish.

Emigrant Wilderness, particularly the western part, offers some options, although one has to be a bit creative with routes to avoid some stream crossings.

There are some choice destinations in trailless NW Yosemite that would be thawed out, but these are pretty tough to reach (lots of rough cross country with considerable brush).

Early June would probably work for NW Desolation Wilderness: Buck Island L., Rockbound L., Rubicon Res., but I don't know how much more one can tack onto that to make a week long trip.

Similarly one can go out of Leavitt Meadow and hit a whole string of lakes and simply keep going up the ladder until one runs into iced over lakes. That approach may offer the most possibilities in terms of lots of lakes to fish that are guaranteed to be thawed. This is probably the best bet for a week long trip at that time short of getting creative in western Emigrant.

Re: suggestions for June ?

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:34 am
by mujtabag
thank you all !