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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby giantbrookie » Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:25 pm

maverick wrote:and the same
goes for Bench Lake for the same reasons.
By the way how is the fishing in Bench Lake?
Oh yes, I should have put Bench Lake on there. The view of Arrow Peak over that lake never gets old (by the way, the view of the lake from Arrow Peak is pretty amazing, too). The fishing is good. The rainbows and browns have reproduced a bit too well, so Bench isn't in the top lunker lake level (ie there is a high rate of succes here), but it isn't bad. The fishing is fast and furious and the fish my wife and I caught on last visit ran to 13.5" (with the browns tending to be the bigger fish). I have to believe that with the abundant shallow areas if the lake (there are good drop offs too, though) that there is good feed in this lake and a few residents almost certainly get bigger. It is a very nice place to hang out, that is for sure, with many comfy campsites available along a long stretch of lake perimeter.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby markskor » Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:52 pm

Just to add to the discussion a tad more…
Many here, perhaps (due to not having as much available free Sierra time) are not as fortunate as others, having only “visited” some of these same named lakes but once. Others here have spent multiple days, (or have had multiple trips) to the same lakes, experiencing a wide variety of climatic conditions that can be found there.

Being at any one of these named lakes (or others not yet named), being privileged to experience the puffy, wispy, hanging clouds that appear suddenly after a summer shower, or having the sunset colors turn into that magic magenta shade, or waking early to find no wind and thus a mirror surface reflecting the Sierra majestic – golds, pinks, and purples…or seeing first-hand the thousands of temporary waterfalls that spring up briefly after a summer squall, only to soon wither away again within a few scant hours. All these contribute to the overall beauty experienced, and thus ultimately remembered.

Is it the chance atmospheric serendipity that creates the beauty or is it the lake itself? (Or both?) How would you know, if you were only there the one time?
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby maverick » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:39 pm

Lakes like 1000 Is, and Bench Lake the atmospheric serendipity adds to the beauty, and in
the case of other lakes it makes the lake, this is what differentiates between the two
IMO.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby dave54 » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:07 am

Whichever one I am paddling on! ;)

Not the Sierra, but my local Walker Lake, officially named Mountain Meadows Reservoir, but no one calls it that. Great abundance and variety of wildlife, and we are usually the only ones on the lake.

The bizzare scenery of Butte Lake, Lassen Volcanic, is always enjoyable. Again, we are often the only paddlers on the lake. Saturday the lake was glassy all day, not a single other craft, and the only other people we saw were a couple of hikers on the trail along the lake.

Heading further north into Oregon, the water trail at Klamath Lake through the NWR.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby TehipiteTom » Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:51 am

maverick wrote:Name 4 lakes in SEKI, 2 in Yosemite, and 4 in section between SEKI and
Yosemite based purely on beauty, and nothing else.

Without looking at any responses...

SeKi: lake northeast of Mungoat Pass in Kid Lakes Basin; westernmost Swamp Lake; Lake 10,554 below Emerald Peak; Lake 10,232 at the head of Goddard Creek. Bonus lake: the lowest Kid Lake.

Yosemite: Obelisk and Red Devil. Bonus lake: Edyth.

Between: Hortense; Peter Pande; Lake 10,200 southeast of Ward Mountain; Disappointment. Bonus lake: Cathedral.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby fishmonger » Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:45 am

My list of favorites


Marie Lakes
Grassy Lake
Lake of the Lone Indian
Tulainyo Lake
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Aug 31, 2009 1:32 pm

TehipiteTom wrote:SeKi: lake northeast of Mungoat Pass in Kid Lakes Basin; westernmost Swamp Lake; Lake 10,554 below Emerald Peak; Lake 10,232 at the head of Goddard Creek. Bonus lake: the lowest Kid Lake. Yosemite: Obelisk and Red Devil. Bonus lake: Edyth. Between: Hortense; Peter Pande; Lake 10,200 southeast of Ward Mountain; Disappointment. Bonus lake: Cathedral.

Wow, those are some nice ones. I've never been to 10554 but I have long thought it to be a pretty exotic place based on the topo
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby TehipiteTom » Mon Aug 31, 2009 2:56 pm

giantbrookie wrote:
TehipiteTom wrote:SeKi: lake northeast of Mungoat Pass in Kid Lakes Basin; westernmost Swamp Lake; Lake 10,554 below Emerald Peak; Lake 10,232 at the head of Goddard Creek. Bonus lake: the lowest Kid Lake. Yosemite: Obelisk and Red Devil. Bonus lake: Edyth. Between: Hortense; Peter Pande; Lake 10,200 southeast of Ward Mountain; Disappointment. Bonus lake: Cathedral.

Wow, those are some nice ones. I've never been to 10554 but I have long thought it to be a pretty exotic place based on the topo

It's off the beaten track, all right, but it's surprisingly...well, not easy, exactly, but not that difficult to get to. There's a nice route from McGee Canyon that follows the bench lake-to-lake, and a workable route down the wall to Evolution Meadow.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby quentinc » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:08 pm

As to ones not already mentioned...I have to repeat myself from the thread about the Mono Divide, but Grinell and Vee Lakes are two of the best. Chasm Lake in the Ionian Basin. As Rlown suspects, Puppet Lake is a great spot. Ediza would be if it weren't so popular.

I'm not a Yosemite person, although I will be on a trip that goes by Benson and Smedberg next weekend, so maybe I'll be persuaded. ;)
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:39 pm

Are you planning to do the Northern Loop? If yes then check out the lakes
at the end of Slide Canyon (Doe, Surprise,Tallulah, Rock Island Lakes)
also the lakes south of Seavey Pass are nice.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby Jmma » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:19 pm

Emigrant,Wood,Royce,Brown Bear all great fishing lakes.I need to add some others but I always end up going to the same areas each trip.
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Re: What are your favorite lakes in the Sierra?

Postby quentinc » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:28 pm

maverick wrote:Are you planning to do the Northern Loop? If yes then check out the lakes
at the end of Slide Canyon (Doe, Surprise,Tallulah, Rock Island Lakes)
also the lakes south of Seavey Pass are nice.


Yes. Unlike me, though, I'll be with a group, and one that's rather autocratic to boot, so I'm not sure how much of a chance I'll get to go off-trail (except to climb the Matterhorn). Looking at the map, Surprise looks pretty close to the trail.
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