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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby John Dittli » Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:24 pm

Forgive me if I've posted these before, I don't recall. While legend has it that Tulainyo (which by the way is a combination of Tulare and Inyo [Counties]) is the highest lake, there is one higher in the Sierra. Still hoping to skate that one!
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby hikerchick395 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:41 am

:)
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:27 pm

Well does anyone know what is the highest lake in the Sierra? That picture of Tulainyo above is absolutely astounding. Where is Tulainyo?
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby maverick » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:19 pm

Just north of Mt.Carillon near Whitney, and considered by most the highest in the US.
I know there is a small lake that is a little higher than Tulainyo, but it is smaller nad
unnamed.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby sirlight » Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:46 pm

Those shots of Russell brought back every bit of fear I felt when I was there a few years ago. I made it to within the last 400' of the summit before giving up and saying never again. There was something about standing on a narrow ledge with my rear end hanging over a 1000' drop that just got the best of me. Glad you had such a great trip.

I am still hoping to make it to Tulainyo some day.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:17 pm

I can hardly wait for mid-summer when I plan to hump it over Shepherd Pass and love every second of it. I have 10 days alloted and I will be in very good shape. I don't know, since there will be peaks (at least Trojan Pk.) my sweetie will want to climb, but I really hope to make it down to Tulainyo Lake and re-take the picture above of the guy skating on the lake (without him in it of course). I should have the time. I will try to re-create the pictue.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:48 pm

I'm sitting here, trying to work, but all I can think of is Shepherd Pass. I just love the walk from the Mojave Sage Scrub up to the Alpine.

Its so amazing. Another great walk, for those of us who like to punish themselves for the love of the mtn, is from the bottom of Cottonwood Cr to Horseshoe Mdw. The last time I did it, in about 1996, we started out with the temp at 100 in Bishop.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby richlong8 » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:59 pm

I love that walk up Cottonwood Canyon. Its fun in the springtime to walk up to snowline. Years ago, I climbed Timosea Peak from the north side of the canyon. It was no great mountaineering feat, but there were only 6 other signatures on the summit register, so that was kind of cool.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby quentinc » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:14 pm

Where does the Cottonwood Creek trail start?

Trying not to think about the High Sierra. Instead, I'm convincing myself that waterless backpacking through 4,000 foot elevations in Joshua Tree is what life is all about. (Actually, had a nice 2 day trip there over Christmas.)
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Dec 29, 2010 5:29 pm

Well, like Shepherds or the others like it, it starts at the very base of the mtn. Just check out your topo, and off the Horseshoe Rd., not far after the last road that goes east to the homes, there's a dirt road branching off straight south, then west-south-west. It goes to Cottonwood Cr. where it hits the "valley." There's a little trail starting right in the riparian zone that's clear and followable, though there's a few trees downed over it here and there.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby quentinc » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:22 pm

My topo has too much attitude to cover those low elevations. :) (In fairness, it doesn't cover the beginning of Shepard Pass trail either). But looking at an atlas, I see there's a Cottonwood Road off the 395, a bit north of Cartago, so I'm assuming that leads to the trailhead. It's always good to know about some lower elevation hikes for early season.
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Re: TR -- Shepard's Delight

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:27 am

If my memory serves me right, the road veers off of the Horseshoe Mdw Rd. But I was looking at the map just now, and I can't find it that way. Looks like it comes off of 395.

In any event, its a great, though steep, hike, following the creek. It gets pretty muggy in there though - the creek and the heat.
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