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Piute- Humphrey's Basin from North Lake

Postby trav867 » Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:17 pm

I'm planning to head up to Humphreys Basin from North Lake for 4 days or so beginning this Thursday. I've never been to the area before, looking for any insights. I'm planning to just wander- what do you think the bugs will be like, are there any can't miss lakes, fun peaks? Thanks in advance!

Oh also, do I get a permit from the Whitney Station, or Bishop?



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Re: Piute- Humphrey's Basin from North Lake

Postby copeg » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:14 pm

No idea about the bug situation, but I'd say a visit to Desolation Lake is a must (great sunset alpenglow off Mt. Humphrey's). There is somewhat a lack of cover at this lake though, normally not an issue but when I camped at the lake a cold front moved through and I do remember getting hammered all night by wind. An easy nearby peak is Four Gables - nice views and the steep faces on the north, east, and west are fun to view from the top. There is also a x-country route that goes over to Puppet/L/Moon Lake plateau. If you're up for it Royce Lakes is also a good destination. You should be able to get your permit in Bishop.
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Re: Piute- Humphrey's Basin from North Lake

Postby hikerduane » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:25 pm

Bugs were moderate a couple weeks ago west of there in the Sallie Keys area.
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Re: Piute- Humphrey's Basin from North Lake

Postby ERIC » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:31 pm

hikerduane wrote:Bugs were moderate a couple weeks ago west of there in the Sallie Keys area.


They've gotten better since you and I were there, Duane. Not one bite this past weekend.
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Re: Piute- Humphrey's Basin from North Lake

Postby treadwell » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:25 pm

Pick-up your permit in Bishop for the Humphrey's Basin. Beautiful area with many options to the north and south of Piute Pass. Nice views of the whole area from the summit of Pilot Knob, might be a stretch on a four day though. Have Fun.
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Re: Piute- Humphrey's Basin from North Lake

Postby LMBSGV » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:32 pm

I just got back last night from a weeklong trip where I spent the first night at Muriel and the last night at one of the tarns between Tomahawk and Lower Desolation. At both places the skeeters were pretty bad when the wind wasn't blowing. As for places to go, I've found it's a great place to just wander around somewhat aimlessly - the landscape is perfect for it. In terms of named lakes, my personal favorite is Mesa.
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