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4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby shiloh » Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:45 pm

I'm looking for an easy/moderate route in the Sierras (loop would be great - semi loop (for car shuttle) ok, or in and out on same trail) for a 4 day/3 night trip (Wed-Sat) to take a youth group of 11-13 yr olds; Ideal: water source each night (lakes/streams/river), beautiful scenery (granite, some trees), maybe able to have campfires - though not a deal breaker, not sure about group size - maybe 8-10. Last 2 years we went near Carson Pass (Meiss Country Wilderness)-- want to go somewhere different this year. We are from San Jose.
Thanks for any ideas!



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Re: 4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby cmon4day » Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:06 pm

I would look into the Emigrant Wilderness area. Close to SJ, high alpine feel at a relatively low elevation, and lots of trails to make loop trips. I've been there many times and I think you and the kids will enjoy it.
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Re: 4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby balzaccom » Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:46 pm

You could also try the Boulder Lake route in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness...leaving from the trailhead at Clark Fork. It's a nice area, and you can hike relatively short distances, but then add some day hikes if you want to see more of it
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Re: 4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Dec 28, 2008 7:51 pm

The Grouse Ridge-Five Lakes area is a good one for early June and a fairly short drive from the Bay Area. It is pretty easy to improvise different loops, including some with easy off trail hiking. Wood is abundant and fires are legal and there are lakes galore. A most adventurous loop would be to go off trail over Black Buttes (I think that's what it's called) from Glacier Lake and environs (in the Five Lakes area) over to the Beyers Lakes group. This would require some off trail hiking. From SJ via the 152 some of the central western flank really isn't too far away either. Dinkey Lakes and vicinity are usually open by mid June. The Granite Creek area (Ansel Adams Wilderness west flank) is also a good target, but in a heavy snowfall year many of the lakes will be frozen as of mid June--it's way too early to call on whether this will be a light, average, or heavy year.
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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Re: 4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby shiloh » Tue Dec 30, 2008 6:43 pm

Thanks for the ideas -- You are all terrific. I've been researching the Emigrant Wilderness - what a beautiful area -- I'll check into the other locations as well. I'm thinking that a loop isn't really essential -- hiking out the way we came in would be fine -- we'd see the trail and surroundings from a different perspective.
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Re: 4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby SPeacock » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:25 pm

In mid June you can expect snow cover on trails above around 10,500' or so...depending on the winter.

If you are going in from the west side of the Sierra, you probably won't be able to get that high in a few days. But on the eastern side, several trail heads start at near 10,000'.

Dinky Lakes is also a nice spot to visit.
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Re: 4 day 3 night Sierra backpack trip in mid June

Postby paula53 » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:03 pm

keep in mind that in early summer mosquitoes will be a real problem. Won't abate until late July or early August :cool:
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