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Memorial Day Weekend

Postby toejam » Fri May 15, 2009 6:37 am

If you had a couple of days off early in the season and wanted to get into the woods away from the crowds, where would you go? What places are normally overlooked and get very little traffic anyway? Domeland? Hetch Hetchy? Emigrant? End of a dirt road?

Not looking for spectacular scenery necessarily, just time away. And I understand keeping your favorite spots quiet.



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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby maverick » Fri May 15, 2009 9:29 am

Where are you driving from?
How many miles a day are you comfortable doing? How many days are you exactly talking
about?
The main places like Rancheria, Merced River Corridor, and Paradise Valley will probably
be quite busy now.
Vernon Lake might be fine, and if you want more solitude than Kibbie Lake is pretty.
Merced Lake is far enough in that it will not be over run yet, and if there are more
for your taste than continue on up to Washburn which you'll have all to yourself and
is much prettier.
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri May 15, 2009 9:51 am

Not sure what the snow level is right now, but you could probably head up Kibbie Ridge (same trailhead as Kibbie Lake) far enough (i.e., just past Lookout Point) to drop down into Cherry Creek Canyon.
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby toejam » Fri May 15, 2009 10:13 am

I'm coming from the south. 5-15 miles/day for 3 days. I love to climb but hate camping in the snow.

Looking for something wooded with water that people often overlook because it's "boring."
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby maverick » Fri May 15, 2009 11:43 am

Kibbie Lake, though not boring may be what your looking for though a little
bit far for only 3 days(2 nights).
Domeland Wilderness should be good to, and much closer for you if your coming
up from the south.
The Cannell Meadow National Rec Trail in Sequoia NF north of Kernville is a cool
trip this time of year.
The Little Kern River via the Clicks Creek Trail in the Golden Trout Wilderness
is a good option too.
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby paul » Fri May 15, 2009 9:09 pm

If you go into the Emigrant Wilderness I bet you won't see anyone else up there. Hwy 108 over Sonora pass is open, so you can get up to Kennedy Meadows and go in from there. You'll hit some snow, but should be able to find dry patches to camp on below about 8500 feet or so.
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby gary c. » Fri May 15, 2009 11:43 pm

toejam,
We hiked to the Rockhouse Basin in the Dome Land wilderness on Memorial Day weekend 2yrs ago only saw three day hikers that were fishing the whole trip. It can get pretty hot down there but it wasn't too bad on our trip. Here is a TR that I posted here with some pictures.
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby toejam » Sat May 16, 2009 8:37 am

This is what I was hoping to hear.

Thanks guys.
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Re: Memorial Day Weekend

Postby gary c. » Sat May 16, 2009 1:41 pm

FISHPOLE wrote:Gary C. ? What ever happened to Ken ad Goldenstatetrout.com

GST went to a closed forum.
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