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Re: A Version of the Circle of Solitude(Kings Canyon)

Postby gdurkee » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:53 am

Maybe I didn't read the above closely enough, but the Upper Kern lakes have some very good fishing -- South America; the stream leading out of it and a couple of the nearby lakes. Also take a look at Wallace and Crabtree Lakes.

Everyone here is right about the potential of an El Nino year -- if it is, it'll be a little more of a thrash. Crampons & ice ax (maybe -- you'd have to know how to use one; otherwise ski poles) for Harrison and you might want to avoid Pants Pass.

Also, if your trip originates in Sequoia Kings (Cedar Grove) you don't need a separate permit for Whitney -- if you originate from a USFS trailhead, you do. I'm not 100% sure, but I think you're allowed to go out for a 24 hour resupply on the Whitney trail and back in (or, alternatively, out there and back in Cottonwood to fish Sky Blue).

To a certain extent, you're going to have to be flexible to see what snow conditions are going to be and adjust your trip accordingly. The main trails would be OK, but the cross country passes might be a problem.

Although not approved in all wilderness areas I like to use a bear bag tied to a solid object or hung in a tree. There is allot of controversy with that but I have never had a problem with a bear even trying for my food and I have had them come through my camp.


No controversy. If you're in an area where canisters are required, you can't use the Ursack (I think that's what you mean by bear bag??) tied to a solid object or even counter balanced. Everything in the Bubbs Creek drainage requires canisters or use the boxes. When you go over into the Kern drainage, you can use the Ursack, but only as a counter-balancing bag -- not tied out to a tree or whatever. The Ursack is not allowed to be used (as they intend it) in Sequoia Kings. You can use it as a regular counter-balance bag, though.

George



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Sierra High Route

Postby gg-man » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:33 am

Another option would be to head north out of Roads end following the Sierra High Route. You can connect up with the JMT using several different passes includingFrozen Lake or the old JMT route over Cartridge Pass There are several lakes including Marion which is the nicest I've been to in the Sierra. Pushing it you can get to the JMT in three days or take as long as you want. This are is extremely remote and we didn't see another person the way. From the JMT you then have countless options to get you back to Roads End. Enjoy.
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Re: A Version of the Circle of Solitude(Kings Canyon)

Postby Cross Country » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:06 am

You've gotten a lot of good advice form many very knowledgable people. Heed their advice. In my opinion the most imortant of which is GO LATER!. If you're interested in fishing then before deciding where to go you should read "The fishing hole from now to summer, then decide.
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Re: A Version of the Circle of Solitude(Kings Canyon)

Postby SkagetMuir » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:10 pm

gdurkee wrote:No controversy. If you're in an area where canisters are required, you can't use the Ursack (I think that's what you mean by bear bag??) George


Yup thats what I meant... Thanks for the info. Problem is I hate those darn bear canisters. Ockward, heavy and they dont fit much. :mad: O'well I guess we do what we got to do.
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Re: A Version of the Circle of Solitude(Kings Canyon)

Postby SkagetMuir » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:14 pm

jthomascarter wrote:You've gotten a lot of good advice form many very knowledgable people. Heed their advice. In my opinion the most imortant of which is GO LATER!.


Thank you all for your advice. I will plan my trip a little later in July and change up my route. Ive just always been an early bird avoiding the crouds and thunderstorms that are common in July and August. See you all on the Trail.
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