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Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby John Dittli » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:03 pm

Well, I got zipped out of receiving updates, I was wondering where everyone went! Busy summer- here's a link to photos if anyone wants to play "name that place" http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... 9ea4f5f9a5

I just returned from what I think might be the most remote area (straight line from a road) in the Sierra (and perhaps California). Granted I figured it out rather low tech, old school (map and caliper). I was wondering what ideas others might have? Any guesses?

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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby maverick » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:24 pm

Very nice JD, but I think Lostcoyote gave it away in his TR.
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby copeg » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:06 am

What an outstanding collection of photos! And mav gave it away with his post ;) Remote for me is both distance from road, difficulty to reach, and frequency of visits. This area (if it is where I think it is) ranks up at the top
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby lostcoyote » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:17 am

heh heh heh

ya, i vote for it as being one of the (but not the only) most remote places in the sierras.
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby sierramel » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:06 am

Hey..Hi John..
You hang around here too? Its Mel, of John and Mel, just up the road from you.
Beautiful photos as always.
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby John Dittli » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:17 am

Yes, I agree that there are other criteria in defining "remote". But most other criteria is not really quantitative (i.e. how long it takes, or "feeling" of solitude). Don't get me wrong, those are very valuable (in my mind more valuable) than distance from a road or inhabited area.
The area I'm thinking of is in fact quite easily accessed from the west side.

But distance from road isn't subjective and out of curiosity I'm just throwing the question out there to see what areas people might come up with.

Hey Mel, so that's you! Great!

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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby maverick » Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:35 am

Disappearing Creek, Red Spur Lakes/Kaweah Basin in SEKI, Upper Mills Creek Lake
The Pinnacles area, Blue Lake in the Central Sierra, Lyell Fork and Hutching Creek
Kendrick and Thompson Canyons in Yosemite.
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby John Dittli » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:41 pm

All great guesses (and beautiful places!). The Kaweah region was my first guess, but it is less than Tunamah's 15 miles from a road (13 miles, as is Kern Ridge) Nothing in Yosemite over 13 miles. E Pinnacles 7 miles.

I don't have a map for Blue Lake.

My interest in this stems from this usgs map that I saw recently. It shows California third or maybe fourth, in DNR.

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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby BSquared » Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:17 pm

Wow, looks like the Absarokas (NW Wyoming) win it hands down! Interesting...
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby quentinc » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:00 pm

I think off-trail and difficulty of access is a better indicater than distance from the trail head. I like Mav's Kaweah/Red Spur choice (among others).
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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby John Dittli » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:35 pm

BSquared wrote:Wow, looks like the Absarokas (NW Wyoming) win it hands down! Interesting...


I saw a short film about some guys hiking to the furthest point from a road in the lower 48; it was near the Absarokas in Yellowstone NP. I think it was 30 some miles from the nearest road.

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Re: Most remote location in the sierra?

Postby John Dittli » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:47 pm

quentinc wrote:I think off-trail and difficulty of access is a better indicater than distance from the trail head.


I'm in complete agreement; like White Fork Lakes or Woodworth Tarns. But, straight line distance is measurable.

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