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Re: Trip advice please: Lake Tahoe westward to Loon Lake

Postby sirlight » Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:58 pm

Pietro257,
I am actually planning on doing the reverse or your route #1 the end of July. I figured it was about 21 miles total. This will be over 3 days. I have hiked this area before. The area from camper flat up to the velmas is rocky, scenic and not too difficult. You will get your feet wet crossing the Rubicon, but it's not at all dangerous. Rumor has it (from a guy I talked to 2 years ago) that the fishing is good at Rubicon Reservoir. If you have the time, check out lower velma too. It's a short off trail hike down the creek from middle velma.

Maybe we will cross paths during our hikes!



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Re: Trip advice please: Lake Tahoe westward to Loon Lake

Postby TahoeJeff » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:52 am

You might want to opt for the Aug. option if you dont want to be hiking over snow. Last weeks storms left a huge amout of snow on top of what was already here from a month ago. Route 2 looks to be the best for fishing IMHO. As we get closer to your departure, feel free to PM me for intel on conditions for routes 1-3, if you need it.
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Re: Trip advice please: Lake Tahoe westward to Loon Lake

Postby windknot » Wed Feb 23, 2011 7:28 pm

I'd give Route #1 or Route #2 the nod for best fishing. However, for the best views of Lake Tahoe, I'd suggest an alternate version of your Route #1: instead of going from Eagle Falls to Middle Velma, start at the Bayview Trail (some great views of Emerald Bay and beyond along this trail, although it is rather dusty) and head cross-country to Kalmia Lake. You can also stay here on the first night. The reason for the detour is that if you climb a few hundred yards above the lake, you'll be treated to a view of Kalmia, Cascade Lake, and Tahoe.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: Trip advice please: Lake Tahoe westward to Loon Lake

Postby Pietro257 » Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:25 pm

Windknot--Your suggestion for modifying Route #2 by going cross-country to Kalmia Lake on the first night is interesting. To get there, it looks like you go cross-country to Azure Lake and follow the creek south to Kalmia. How is this cross-country route? It looks pretty rugged.

And after you camp at Kalmia Lake, do you have to backtrack to to keep going? Is there a cross-country route to get from Kalmia Lake to the Pacific Crest trail (which is east of Kalmia)?
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Re: Trip advice please: Lake Tahoe westward to Loon Lake

Postby hikerduane » Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:09 pm

You contour out of Kalmia. I've carved around the mountain, dayhiking from Dicks, when Pooch and I were camping at Dicks. Study your maps to find the best route. I came down and still had to watch for cliffy stuff, but made it down to Kalmia without too much back tracking.
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Re: Trip advice please: Lake Tahoe westward to Loon Lake

Postby Jay » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:04 pm

I wouldnt want toclimb up from Azure, thats for sure. When windknot and I went to Kalmia we stayed on the trail past azure until we got to the ridge that runs E-W just to the south of Azure, got most of our elevation right off the bat, then sidehilled over to Kalmia. I did it with a pulled groin, so it was miserable and I really slowed windknot down, but it is definitely much easier than going up the creek, and you get nice views the whole way, instead of staring at a near vertical wall of granite going up.

Like the other guys said, routes 1 and 2 are the ones I like best.
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