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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby rlown » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:32 pm

I'd save your money on a shuttle for the SL to NL thing. There is enough traffic in the area, and you will be able to get a ride. I think we're into the over-analysis stage of this problem.

I'll be coming out of NL on Sept 18th, if you are still looking for a hitch by then :p I'll gladly give you a ride back to SL.



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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby Mike M. » Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:43 pm

I often end trips with a hitch hike back to the trailhead where I started. Never had a problem getting a ride quickly. Look for people at the trailhead who are about ready to leave. Most are happy to give you a ride at least down to the junction; many will take you all the way to the other trailhead. It is best to hitch solo. Always have your backpack with you -- it sends a signal that you are a member of the tribe and not a threat.

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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby East Side Hiker » Wed Feb 09, 2011 10:04 am

I like the N to S, over Lamerk Col, and then taking the trail Timberline suggested. Its actually a beautiful walk from South Lake to North Lake.
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby hikerchick395 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:31 pm

I vote for North to South, too. Nice to end in Dusy Basin and going down the south fork of Bishop Creek Canyon.

Like the idea of parking your car where you're going to end up and hitch to your trailhead since it's so close, but it depends on what time of day you're planning on heading out on the trail. (Moot point if you decide to do the "whole" loop.) Don't worry about getting a ride...I always get a ride and I always give a ride...last year took a PCT through hiker from the South Lake tailhead to Bishop (even though I wasn't going to Bishop.) And later in the summer took a hiker from South Lake to his car at North Lake.
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby kpeter » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:30 pm

After mulling over the excellent advice offered earlier in this thread, I will plan to do a complete circle trip. I will start at South Lake, go up to Tyee or George Lake on the first night, coming down and around Sabrina and doing a bit of road walking to head over Piute Pass and then completing the loop North to South as normal.

Two questions:

1. I plan to start on July 27. Any reason for concerns about snow or high water anywhere along the route by then?

2. Any advice about camping around Tyee Lakes/George Lake/Table Mountain on my first night in?
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby lambertiana » Wed Jun 29, 2011 10:13 pm

The only stream crossings of any significance that don't have a bridge are the multiple crossings of French Canyon creek at Hutchison Meadow (it splits into multiple channels, not a big deal) and Evolution Creek in Evolution Valley. Evolution Creek has a reputation, so that would be the only one to worry about. All other crossings are not significant - a few side streams here and there, and the outlet stream of Helen Lake.
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby kpeter » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:34 pm

I will have enough time on this loop to take a layover day somewhere along the way. Those of you who have spent some time in this section of the JMT, where would you take your layover?

I have taken earlier packtrips in to explore into Dusy Basin and into Humphries Basin, so I will resist the urge to linger in those areas. Should I take an extra day at Evolution Lake and dayhike up Darwin canyon (since I am not doing Lamarck Col?) How about a day exploring x-country to McGee and/or Davis lakes? Or given the snow, maybe I should hang out at a lower elevation. Spend a day in Evolution Valley?

Then again, I might be spending my layover next to a stream crossing somewhere waiting for it to go down!
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:48 pm

It's been many years, but Darwin Canyon was pretty cool. Evolution Valley will be very wet. I haven't been to McGee Lakes yet (on next year's itinerary), but I'm looking forward to that. This may not be a good year for the Ionian Basin because of all the snow. Very rugged and isolated.
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:39 pm

Kpeter wrote:
I have taken earlier packtrips in to explore into Dusy Basin and into Humphries Basin, so I will resist the urge to linger in those areas. Should I take an extra day at Evolution Lake and dayhike up Darwin canyon (since I am not doing Lamarck Col?) How about a day exploring x-country to McGee and/or Davis lakes? Or given the snow, maybe I should hang out at a lower elevation. Spend a day in Evolution Valley?


All these higher places will have snow, so it depends whether that is an issue or not?
Forget Davis it will still be frozen, and all snowed in at over 11000ft.
McGee Lake is a cool place, and there is McGee Pass that puts you right west of Sapphire
Lake, but getting up McGee Canyon may not be easy, and McGee Lakes is shaded by
Mt. McGee on its western side, and the ridge on the south, so it will probably be
snowy on the northern side of the lake, and the lake itself may be frozen at 10821ft.
The views from EM, and CM are great, and worth spending time at, and if your up to
it, a climb up to Darwin Bench (will be snowy) has outstanding views of the area.
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby dsotm » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:12 pm

Not to highjack the thread but can anyone tell me what kind of weather and how bad the mosquitoes we should be expecting in August? (19-27)
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby mafkdcio » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:43 am

Yes, I would very much like an answer to this as well! I will doing North Lake to South Lake via Lamarck Col around that time and am very concerned about weather/mosquitoes/river crossings!
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Re: South Lake to North Lake

Postby rnagarajan » Tue May 07, 2013 12:29 pm

I know that this is an older thread but I'm thinking about doing the same trip - North Lake to South Lake, parking my car at South Lake and then using the Tyee Lakes trailhead to walk over to Lake Sabrina, then road walk to North Lake for the start. I already have my Piute Pass permit. Would I need another permit to start at Tyee Lakes?

Thanks.
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