backpacker92108 wrote:I would like to get into the Pioneer Basin and 4th Recess areas someday, too. Have you been into those areas? How is the camping and fishing? Any peak bagging from there? Looks like an awesome area to visit.
Haven't been to either of those places. Others here have, however, so you'll probably hear from them, although they may miss it on this thread, owing to the fact this thread started as a "day hike options" thread and 4th Recess and Pioneer Basin are dayhike targets only for the most Muirish among us. The reports I've received about Pioneer Basin over the years suggest that most (all?) of the lakes there contain small fish; mostly brookies. The beta DFG guide lists a couple of the uppermost lakes as goldens only, and they are south-facing lakes, so they may have some decent sized fish, unless the spawning is too good (leading to too many fish regardless of the food supply). There are certain an array of peaks to be had, although both destinations tend to put one on the opposite side of some of the peaks from the easiest routes. This is true of Hopkins, Crocker, and Stanford out of Pioneer and 4th Recess is a fairly difficult place to launch peak bagging jaunts at the higher peaks (the best ones at the headwaters of the drainage are best attacked from the south instead).