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60 Lakes Basin Camping

Postby ponca » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:16 pm

Are there restrictions on camping in the 60 lakes basin? I understand distance from water, trail, etc.

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Re: 60 Lakes Basin Camping

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:15 am

Hi Ponca

Welcome to HST.
Same rules apply as the rest of the park at the same elevations.
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Re: 60 Lakes Basin Camping

Postby richapple » Sun Aug 15, 2010 11:13 pm


I'm another newbie to this site (but not to backpacking the Sierras). In case your question is coming from there having been times in the past that 60 Lakes Basin was off limits to overnight camping (all backpacking) like it was in 2003 (that year we hiked by on the JMT and saw the sign), I don't think it is for this year. At the nps.gov/seki site I found this, which makes it sound like for this year is fine for just us two-leggeds:

Special Wilderness Public Use Limits & Closures for 2010 March 3, 2010
60 Lake Basin - Temporary Restriction for Stock Parties - Day Use Only
Stock travel in Sixty Lake Basin is restricted to the established trail to a point approximately 2.0 miles from the junction of the John Muir Trail with the Sixty Lake Trail, and is only permitted as a Day Use activity. This restriction removes stock use from wet meadows, thus protecting important Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog breeding and egg-laying habitat (lakeshores and bog areas) from trampling. A viable alternative is to use the Baxter meadow forage area, located 6-7 miles away and outside the area of concern.

We did a nice trip that had us in there (60 Lakes Basin) for 4 days or so in September, 2006, and we went 3 days without seeing another human. Sweet. Gorgeous area... Some smoke filled in around day 3, but it turned out to be from big fires all the way over in Big Sur on the coast!
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