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If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby East Side Hiker » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:44 pm

As one grows older, things come more into perspective. And with the Sierra as my second love, perspectives really become important.

In 2004, I had a cancer battle, which I somehow beat. Since then, I've thought about a place in the Sierra that I'd go to if i only had one more chance to go.

For me, I'd go over Kearsarge and hang in that area for as long as I could.



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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby rlown » Fri Nov 12, 2010 2:48 pm

Easy answer.. Virginia Lk out of Glen Aulin, if they didn't remove my fish. Nowadays, Hanging Basket Lk.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby markskor » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:27 pm

One trip only?
Have to be Yosemite - a good 10-day fishing adventure.
Probably Tuolumne to...(Had a great trip to mention here but then I thought about all the trollers and decided not.), so...

Any backcountry lake that holds big trout, somewhere Sierra, above 9,000 feet, between Horseshoe Meadows and Tahoe.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby East Side Hiker » Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:34 pm

Wow. Horseshoe Mdw to Tahoe... Now that's the ticket. I guess I'd just do the whole dern thing if I had the time. But I might get stuck just over Glenn Pass somewhere...
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby BSquared » Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:44 pm

...and that wouldn't be bad at all. I think I'd do something that involved at least a few days in Evolution Valley. I've always thought of that as the "heart" of the Sierra, I guess at least partly because it's hard to get to in less than a couple of days but beautiful in a very gentle, habitable way. There are places that are more remote and lots of places that are more rugged, but Evolution Valley is unique.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby The Other Tom » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:12 pm

I'd go to Vogelsang pass and take in the views of the Clark range. Beautiful.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby maverick » Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:24 pm

Hasn't change for years, Lakes of Red Spur Basin.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby evan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:33 am

Sheesh - tough one! Either the Ionian Basin & close vicinity (as this zone has become a recent fasination & future destination) or anywhere in the Yosemite Valley - Tuolumne Meadows!
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby windknot » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:57 pm

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. Yeah, I know it's nothing special in terms of scenery or fishing, but if I really had only one more chance to go out there, I'd want to revisit a place where I've had some of my fondest backcountry memories spanning back through my very first backpacking trip. I've since seen much grander sights and caught much larger fish, so with the need for superlatives no longer paramount I'd instead like to use my last trip to wander around and see if I couldn't recapture some of the wonder and awe that led me to fall in love with the Sierra in the first place.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby quentinc » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:36 am

How many days do we have for this fantasy excursion? :)

Assuming it's at least 8, I would probably replay a trip I did two years ago:

Lamarck Col to Wanda Lake, taking in Mt. Spencer along the way; circling back into the McGee Lakes basin then back to the Muir Trail down to the junction with Goddard. Since this is a fantasy, I would then have a helicopter carry me up the JMT, close to Selden Pass (so I could avoid the one (relatively) dull part of this trip), leaving the trail at Marie Lake, through the "music" lakes, over Gemini Pass into Bear Lakes Basin, over Feather Pass and Puppet Pass and exiting (although if this were my last hike, I guess there would be no exit) over Piute Pass and back to North Lake.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby Cross Country » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:47 pm

From Kings Canyon up Copper Creek Trail to State Lakes, on to Horseshoe Lakes and to the lake nearest Windy Ridge. I never went to that lake and it's the one place I never went and always wanted to go. That lake has to have great fishing because no one has ever been willing to answer my questions about it.
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Re: If you only had one more place to hike to...

Postby Take-a-Hike » Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:43 pm

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A bit off topic, so I'll make it brief and be gone: I think the lake you're referring to is pictured above...we spent a nite there summer of '09 doing Roper's route to Lake Basin, the uppermost of the Horseshoes, the jumping off lake up Windy Ridge and then on over to Gray Pass ..as I sat there and waited for wife to fix dinner, I wondered why the lake seemed so void of fish. Not being a fisherperson, I really didn't care and don''t pick lakes/trips centered around that aspect, but it is nice to see life in a lake at sunset and knowing something else is as hungry as I am. This lake just seemed dead...
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In fact, the whole evening and next morning too, I don't believe I saw one fish in the water or even break surface. As pictured in the photos, there's a reason the reflections were so perfect and water so calm...no wind to make ripples, no fish to disturb from below.
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