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Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby riverwalker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:29 pm

Awhile back I made some inquires about where to take my son on his first overnight hike. I finally decided on Dinkey lakes. Well let me first say thanks again for all the help!

We had a wonderful time, despite the presence of the skeeters which where terrible the first day. My 4 year old son did a great job. He struggled a little the first day (I think due a lot to the elevation), but walked the entire way on his own and carried his small hydration pack and snacks most of the way. We caught a fair amount of good size brookies. My boy had a smile on his face the entire time. Sometimes it was hard to see behind all of the bugs. On the way out the next day he only needed a couple breaks and we made it out in good time. Here are a couple photos of our trip.
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Now to prepare for a big boy trip to Evolution Basin!!!!



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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby oldranger » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:36 pm

Great trip. It doesn't get any better than that! Uh, until they begin to carry more than you!

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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby TehipiteTom » Fri Jul 30, 2010 4:46 pm

So cute! Looks like you had a great time!

It doesn't get any better than that! Uh, until they begin to carry more than you!

Or until they go and fetch the snow for Happy Hour. ;)
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:10 pm

Cute kid! Sierra backpacker/fisherman for life written all over his face!
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby treadwell » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:09 pm

Brings back memories of trips with my dad. I'm sure the Brookies weren't that big though, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby riverwalker » Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:20 pm

It doesn't get any better than that! Uh, until they begin to carry more than you!


I have twin boys that are younger. Gear spread between the three of them when they get older and I might only have to carry a water bottle and some camera gear. Maybe I will wait on those llamas:)
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby Hikin Mike » Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:40 pm

Priceless!! :thumbsup:
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby windknot » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:12 pm

Great report and love the pictures of the kid. I'll admit I spent more than a few seconds trying to estimate the size of the fish by extrapolating from the size of your son's hands. I don't remember the brookies being that big whenever I visit the Dinkey Lakes! Anyway, this is a great area to get a kid hooked on wilderness fishing; the Dinkey Lakes were my introduction to the backcountry and I've been enamored ever since.

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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:27 pm

Dude, I totally ran into you on the trail! Remember the big guy and the gal hiking up when you were leaving, on the trail near First Dinkey?

I have seen brookies that big - they make some good eating, too. :)

Good to see even the younger kids on the trail - and enjoying it so much.
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby ericZ » Sat Aug 07, 2010 5:00 pm

wonderful report. great fish for your boy!

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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:25 am

Very nice photos and a great backpacking debut for your son. Judy and I no doubt blew it on our recent dayhike by not putting casts in the lake your son caught the nice brookie. We were in fact considering taking the kids to the Dinkeys this season, too, but opted for some destinations in other areas that did not prove as productive. Now we'll probably do the final trip with kids as a dayhike to a nearby area where our son caught his first fish last year.
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Re: Dinkey Lake Trip Report

Postby Crawler » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:49 am

Way to go dad. :thumbsup:
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