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Memorial Day Horseshoe Meadows loop

Postby trav867 » Wed May 20, 2009 10:33 pm

Well just like everyone else lately, I need advice regarding Memorial Day trips options. I just realized the gf and I will be able to get away Saturday to Monday. I'd like to leave from Horseshoe Meadows as we've only got two nights and it's so easy to get to from LA.

From Horseshoe, I'm thinking of heading SW to Tunnel Meadows and possibly climbing Kern Peak before heading up to Rocky Basin Lakes, then back over Cottonwood Pass. My only concern about this trip is crossing the south fork Kern in Tunnel Meadow- I don't mind a bit of snow, and we can easily camp well below 10,000ft.

Another, maybe more interesting option would be to go over Cottonwood Pass and head across the Siberian Outpost to Funston Lake, then back via Rocky Basin lakes and Big Whitney meadow.

Any opinions on these route? Better options?



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Re: Memorial Day Horseshoe Meadows loop

Postby cgundersen » Thu May 21, 2009 5:31 pm

Hi Trav,
The couple of times I've gone off toward Rocky Basin Lakes (also in early season) I've just not been that thrilled with the terrain (kinda washed out, though Big Whitney is pretty, and has been passable). For my money, I'h either head toward Cottonwood Lakes or do Cottonwood Pass and head toward Soldier Lakes, but that's just me..... Frankly, I like Chicken Springs Lake better than Rocky Basin Lakes (but the real fun is if you have the time/energy to get into Miter Basin, but that may be pushing it). Regardless, good luck!
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Re: Memorial Day Horseshoe Meadows loop

Postby trav867 » Thu May 21, 2009 9:28 pm

I would love to head up Miter Basin, but is it a realistic possibility this time of year? Will I freeze at Sky Blue Lake?
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Re: Memorial Day Horseshoe Meadows loop

Postby cgundersen » Fri May 22, 2009 2:03 pm

Hi Trav,
The earliest I've been into Miter Basin was the first week of June (and it was a heavier snow year than this one). Even though Sky Blue was still mostly a white out the rest of the basin was open and gorgeous. I'd not been to Primrose till a few years back, and if it looks too white up toward Sky Blue, the eastern end of Primrose may be open and it's very nice up there.
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Re: Memorial Day Horseshoe Meadows loop

Postby trav867 » Fri May 22, 2009 9:23 pm

Thanks for the info- Primrose sounds great as I was just at Sky Blue lake last summer anyway- I'm heading out tomorrow morning!
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Re: Memorial Day Horseshoe Meadows loop

Postby rightstar76 » Sat May 23, 2009 1:20 am

I may be a little too late here but you will freeze at Sky Blue Lake. I was there in May exactly this time one year. Brrr. It was the afternoon, shady and windy. I would not have wanted to camp there. But a real gem to look at. Frozen still. Better to camp near where the trail from New Army Pass intersects the path that goes up Rock Creek. The walk up Rock Creek to Sky Blue Lake is spectacular and I've never forgotten it. But you'll need to bundle up since it's still pretty cold this time of year. I got there by going over Cottonwood Pass to the PCT and then north to the New Army Pass Trail.
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