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I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:58 pm

Hi. I have been on this forum for a while and have not really introduced myself. I also post on another forum as “Wandering Daisy”. I meant to keep this “trail name” on this forum, but messed up when I joined! Oh, well. My two places I have hiked the most are the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming and the Sierra. There is so much knowledge of the Sierra on this post that I thought I would start out with part of a trip I did in 2008. I think this may be an area that many folks here have not visited.

As part of a solo 10-day loop from North Lake in August 2008, I traversed through the upper reaches of east and west Pinnacle Creek and Lower Honeymoon Lake to Golden Lake. This is an interesting and pristine area for those who have seen much of the Sierra and want something different. Route finding is tricky. The headwaters of both Pinnacle Creeks are very pristine and scenic, however less spectacular than Royce Lakes or Seven Gables. I did not try fishing, but I did see fish. If you want remoteness, this is it.

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Melody Lakes

Seven Gables to Three Island Lake. I descended a faint use-trail to the point where you intersect the main trail by going up a cliffy section. Instead, I crossed the creek and traversed off-trail (some tricky route finding and steep slabs) to Lou Beverly Lake. I ran into some off-and-on use-trails before intersecting the Sandpiper Lake Trail. I crossed the outlet of Sandpiper and traveled off-trail south past Melody Lakes to Three Island Lake. All the lakes are very pretty and travel is easy but a bit complex getting around all the water. I camped about half way down the west shore of Three Island Lake. All the lakes looked like they would support fish. The lakes were delightful and the view of Seven Gables ever present.

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Three Island Lake Camp

Three Island Lake to Big Chief Lake. I headed to a saddle that is the headwaters of Senger Creek, east of Sharp Note Lake. The route is fairly straight forward on benches to the Senger drainage. About half way up I dropped my pack and hoped talus to Sharp Note Lake and was not impressed. As I went over the saddle I dropped slightly into the Senger Creek drainage before climbing up lots of slabs and traversed on the edge of the cliff that drops to Three Island Lake. The views were spectacular. Finally I dropped slightly to the small but very pristine Turret Lakes where I ran into several Ptarmigan. The drop to Old Squaw Lake is down a difficult gully that is quite steep in places. There are two distinct branches- I stayed in the south branch. I dropped my pack at Old Squaw and did a loop hike to Wampum and Tether Lakes, through quite barren terrain. Then I dropped to Big Chief and camped at the south end. In the evening I hiked to Pendant and Spearpoint Lake. I could see fish in Spearpoint Lake. I think Big Chief and Spearpoint would be worthwhile fishing places.

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View of Three Island Lake from Flat Note Pass

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Turret Lake

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Old Squaw Lake

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Wampum Lake

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Big Chief Lake Camp

Big Chief to Big Moccasin Lake. I dropped along the west bench of Spearpoint Lake to the outlet, crossed, climbed up past Pemican Lake and then up another few hundred feet before traversing to the unnamed lakes east of the Pinnacles. The traverse was cliffy with lots of small ups and downs. The terrain kept forcing me down, so I had to then scramble up to the next bench. I looped all the way up to Aweetasal Lake and decided to find a camp lower. All these upper lakes are rocky and quite barren – pretty in a very stark way. I dropped over a little pass northwest of Big Moccasin Lake and camped on the ridge to the southwest where I not only got up out of the mosquitoes but also had a great view of French Canyon. Big Moccasin Lake is quite pretty.

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Outlet of Spearpoint Lake

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Negit Lake

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Big Moccasin Lake

Big Moccasin Lake to Packsaddle Lake. I dropped to Little Moccasin Lake and then zig-zagged down ramps and through a bit of brush northeast of East Pinnacle Creek and intersected the Piute Canyon Trail about a half mile west of Hutchinson Meadow. The brush was moderately miserable. After many days of seeing nobody, I ran into lots of people. I missed the “trail”, if there is one, to Lower Honeymoon Lake but the travel was not too bad, once I crossed Piute Creek (very brushy). Mosquitoes were horrible on the river. Most of the time, I walked up nice rock slabs. Then I traversed to Lobe Lakes. It must have been the end of day exhaustion, but I certainly took a horrible traverse to Packsaddle Lake. Went too high – cliffed out- slithered down steep mud, lost way too much elevation, and ascended what seemed forever, to Packsaddle Lake, where I immediately jumped in! I found a nice campsite west of the outlet. The views at Packsaddle Lake are spectacular. From Packsaddle Lake it is a fairly easy walk to the Golden Lakes, where there were again, many people.

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Little Moccasin Lake

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East Pinnacle Creek

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Lower Honeymoon Lake

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Lobe Ponds

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Packsaddle Lake



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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby tightline » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:31 am

that's cool. there is a lot of that country that you took in that I have wanted to go to for years.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby rayfound » Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:22 pm

Wow. Now THAT is an introduction!

You covered a ton of ground there, felt like a whirlwind tour of Sierra Highlights!
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby mokelumnekid » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:54 pm

I absolutely love this area, and you don't see many signs of people. I've done various loops, and in fact we were just talking about it over in the fishing forum, discussion called "Daydream Flyover." I didn't find the travel as vexing as you did perhaps, as we didn't have any problem descending from Turret Peak area to west Pinn. In fact I was surprised as to how user-friendly it was (given some of the other things I've been over in that area like Ruskie Pass). We usually come in via teh east side, not ideal, but coming from Seattle it ends up being more in line with our over-all vacation plans.

BTW, if this area was closer to trailheads, it would have climbing routes everywhere.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby maverick » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:10 pm

Pretty area, and I enjoy the views from the eastern side of the Pinnacles more than
from the west.
The view of the jagged ridge from Negit Lake has always been my favorite in that
area.
I have fond memories of going into Upper Turret Lakes from Sallie Keyes Lakes on
a trip to Upper Mills Creek Lake (10 day trip) back in the 80's.
Thanks for the TR and pictures.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby hikerduane » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:19 pm

Thank you for the pics and report. Good to see you here.
Piece of cake.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby copeg » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:22 pm

Thanks for posting Wandering Daisy! Loved the TR and photos (this is an area I've been dying to explore a lot more when I have the time). I know you have a lot to contribute in both reports and expertise, and I'm looking forward to more! :righton:
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby Ozark Flip » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:21 am

Welcome WD! I too look forward to more.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby giantbrookie » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:49 pm

Welcome aboard, WD, and thanks for your smashing debut trip report! That really gets the cabin fever burning.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby ERIC » Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:51 pm

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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby treadwell » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:10 pm

That's some serious hiking! I've always wanted to try the Pinnacles drainages and a trip up to the Lobe Lakes as well. The Pinnacles Basin seems pretty challenging looking west from Ramona Lake. I enjoy solitude in the Sierras and your trip was loaded with it.

BTW there is a trail of sorts to the Honeymoons. West of Hutchison Meadows there is a small sign on a tree visible from the main trail for a seldom used stock camping area. If you proceed through the campsite towards Piute Creek you'll cross an offshoot creek on to a small island. On the the other side of the island is a log crossing and the trail starts there.

Great report, thanks for sharing.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby BSquared » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:15 am

Great report and beautiful pictures; thanks!

I probably won't make it to the Sierra this summer, but we're planning a hike in the Winds, probably either Titcomb Basin (most likely) or Cirque of the Towers (less likely). Got any advice on these two specific areas, or in hiking in the Winds generally? Expect more precip than in the Sierras, yes? How early are we likely to be able to get in, and does it differ between the two locales? Right now we're thinking mid-July looks pretty good, but early July would be better if there isn't likely to be too much snow...
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