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

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:50 pm

Regarding the two Wind Rivers destinations;
Both will have mosquitoes in mid-July
This year is looking like a slightly below average snowpack- but too early to tell - a lot of snow can fall in May and June.
Elkhart Park is a lot easier to access (16 miles paved road) versus Big Sandy - lots of dirt roads.
I personally think Cirque of the Towers is more spectacular but others would not agree. Rock climbers tent to prefer the Cirque; mountaineers prefer Titcomb Basin.
You can camp in timber at Cirque of the Towers; Titcomb Basin is above timber and quite windy
If you go to Titcomb Basin, be sure to explore the lakes of Indian Basin - they are just off the trail and beatuiful.
If you go to Cirque of the Towers a side trip up towards Texas Pass, or down to Lizard Head Meadows on the North Fork are both worthwhile.
The trail to Titcomb Basin is well maintained and very crowded. The Jackass Trail is less maintained and quite rocky. Most people can get into the bench camping above Lonesome Lake in a day. Most people can get into Island Lake in a day- but all the way to Titcomb Basin upper lakes would be a hard day.
There is no permit system in the Wind Rivers and thus degree of crowds is unpredictable. Both places can be crowded, but mid-July is early -much less crowded than August.
These two destinations are the most popular in the Wind Rivers; you really cannot go wrong with either.



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

Postby BSquared » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:29 pm

Thanks, Wandering Daisy! You've confirmed everything I've heard and added a good bit of new information. Indian Basin definitely looked attractive from the maps, and at least a couple of us may try Fremont Peak, and Indian Basin is on the standard route up from Titcomb, isn't it? I hate mosquitoes, but then who doesn't? I've learned that a mosquito helmet (face-mask, whatever you call it) can make the difference between impossible and just bothersome, and we'll definitely carry them and expect to eat in the tent at least sometimes.

Which brings me to another question. What do people do for critter protection in the Winds these days? Last time I was there (egad, 14 years ago!) people simply didn't worry; even coolers left out in campgrounds seemed to go unmolested, which I still find hard to believe (even the coyotes—let alone the bears—can get into coolers in California). I know there are black bears there; are there grizzlies? How careful does one have to be? :bear:
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:25 pm

I am probably the odd ball on this- I sometimes take a bear cannister (Bear-i-Kade) just because I have it. A cannister is recommended but not required. Hanging a food bag off trees or off cliffs also works. I have never had bear problems above timber in the Wind Rivers. If a bear is going to get your food it probably would happen in timber on the way in.

Indian Basin is not "on the way" to Titcomb Basin, rather it is "adjacet to" Titcomb basin. For a day-trip, at the trail junction to Titcomb Basin (about a mile past Island Lake) take the Indian Pass trail to the Lake 11,008 and then leave the trail to loop back to Lake 10813 where you can get back to the trail easily. Lake 10794 is pretty too.
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby BSquared » Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:32 am

OK thanks. My instinct would be to bring a canister, too, but I don't currently own one, so I'll go with what way opens. And: I meant that Indian Basin looked to be on the standard class I route to Fremont Peak from Titcomb, not on the way to Titcomb from the trailhead. Kelsey says "the saddle is most easily reached from Indian Basin... but it can also be reached from Mistake Lake..." We'll check it out when we get out there and see what way looks best, but we'll certainly give Indian Basin a look whether on the way to peak or just on its own merits.

Thanks SO much for sharing your knowledge about this area!
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby oldranger » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:09 pm

Daisy

Any chance you can activate the pics on this post? Markskor and I are heading through the area, though going in over Pine Creek Pass and out via Italy Pass. So the part of the trip we are most interested in is the route from around Hutchison to E. Pinnacle, to W. Pinnacle, from their we will traverse to Lower Turret then up toward Upper Turret then work our way to Sharp Note and Three Island. MK, Troutdog, Maverick have all chimed in on PMs and I'm interested in your take (and pics) of the area.

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

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:39 pm

I am leaving tomorrow AM for a 3 day backpack but will try to get the photos when I come back. I may just submit a new trip report. I moved my photo files around in Photobucket before I realized that moving them broke the links.
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Photos Melody Lks to Turret Lakes

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:35 pm

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map of route

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Meoldy Lake

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Three Island Lake, looking towards ramp to pass

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Three Island Lake from Pass

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One of the upper Turret Lakes

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One of the lower Turret Lakes

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Looking down from Pass
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Photos West Pinnacles Creek

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:45 pm

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Squaw Lake

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Wampum Lake

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Tether Lakes

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Pendant Lake

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Big Chief Lake

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Spearpoint Lake

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Spearpoint Lake

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Spearpoint outlet

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Pemican Lake

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Traverse to East Pinnacle Creek
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East Pinnacle Creek

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 1:51 pm

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Negit Lake

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Council Lake

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Aweetasol Lake

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Gemini Peak

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Council Lake outlet
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East Pinnacle Creek continued

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:05 pm

photobucket crashed -- continued

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Big Moccasin Lake looking east from ridge to the west

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Camp at Big Moccasin Lake, looking west

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Little Moccasin Lake from Big Moccasin Lake

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Little Moccasin Lake

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E. Pinnacle Creek below Little Moccasin Lake

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French Canyon viewed from traverse between W and E Pinnacle Creeks
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 2:18 pm

My route direction was opposite of the way you guys are going. Frankly I would rather go down to French Canyon from Moccasin Lakes than the other way. I believe the pass between Three Island Lake and Squaw Lake is called Flat Note Pass. There are a lot of slabs and some tricky route finding dropping off the top to the head of Senger Creek. I stayed on the north edge simply because I wanted to take photos - not that it is the best route. Flat Note Lake is super talus - not really worth the effort. On the photos when I said "Lower Turret Lake" I meant the lower of the Upper Turret Lakes. I did not go down the drainage. The lower lakes (Big Chief, Spearpoint, Big Moccasin and Little Moccasin) are the prettier lakes. I really liked Spearpoint - saw fish in it. Meoldy Lakes are also really nice. I traversed from East Fork Bear Creek to Lou Beverly Lake - some steep side-hills - more cliffs than shown on map. Traversing from West to East Pinnacle Creek, the joint system aims towards French Canyon so I had to keep "going uphill" to get on the next upper bench.

Hope you have a good trip!
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Re: I would like to introduce myself with a trip report

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:04 pm

The route from Three Island Lake to West Pinnacle Creek is described in Secor's High Sierra climbing guide, pg 305 in the second edition, under "cross country routes" Peak 11,840. Class 2.
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