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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby Troutdog 59 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:41 am

I think all who have done a fair bit of hiking have those secret spots. Like GB, most of what I will call my secret spots are close to the road, but either lightly visited or lightly fished. Some I found by pure curiosity (hey, lets check out this lake) and others through word of mouth from other anglers. There is little creek on the west side loaded with Cutts. An aquatance told me about it, but I thought he was full of it. Cutts near Fresno? But he mentioned it was a special reg stream, so I looked it up on the DFG web and sure enough, there it was. I go there often with my daughter. The fish are small (9" is max for me), but such a novelty for me that I cant pass em up. Another little lake sits just off the "Hwy" and Ive only seen folks there once. You can tell it gets fished, but I typically find it empty. Like anything else though, things can change. The lake off the Hwy hasnt held fish for several years now. Showed up after a fairly heavy snow year to find the water off colored like tea. Havent seen a fish in it since. Doesnt really mean theres no fish, but certainly not in the numbers of the past. And last year I had the opposite expeirence. I had been to this small lake once before about 10 years ago and it seemed totally lifeless. I tried everything (flies, lures, even bait) without even seeing a fish and the abundance of tad poles had me thinking it was barren. Last summer, my friend says its a good brookie lake and that he caught fisg there the summer before. Sure enough, we hike into it and nail little brookies for most of the afternoon.
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby East Side Hiker » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:01 pm

I say, "Altiora petimus - we seek higher things."
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby Jimr » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:34 pm

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Great pics! I have one spot that I've only been to once. It's right next to a PG&E back road. That's all I'm sayin'
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby SSSdave » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:55 pm

Here is one I've given out on this board before, though I'd bet no one has taken me up on it because there are no lakes. There are many backpackers that would be hard pressed to ever hike into the backcountry to a non-lake destination unless it was enroute to a lake.

http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=37 ... pan&size=l

Little George Lake is an easy hike from the Sabrina Trailhead. From east of Little George Lake leave the trail where it crosses the 10560 elevation. A small unnamed stream coming down from the northwest corner of Table Mountain intersects the George Lake stream at 10520. Climb up steeply though without issues throughthe white non-forest area at 10600 moving towards the stream and follow that up until 11000 then head southeast and finally north again to reach 11000. That whole route is gruss sand which is abundant atop Table Mountain. The top of the plateau in that zone is like a giant Peabody Boulder field (Buttermilk Road climbing area) with all manner of fascinating smooth granite boulders and rock piles. And the views west are unblocked to many famous crest peaks like Mount Darwin. Absolutely neglected though only a day's hike from the trailhead because...no trail...no lakes...no fishing.

So could be yer:............ SECRET PLACE.
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby nickyman22 » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:34 pm

I love the pictures of you below the tree. When I was scrolling down it felt like I was looking up at the top of the tree and lowering my head down to you guys. Great pictures!
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby Mike M. » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:08 pm

I love the pictures of you below the tree. When I was scrolling down it felt like I was looking up at the top of the tree and lowering my head down to you guys. Great pictures!

Thank you nickyman. That is a stitched together photo -- at least three photos stitched into one -- taken in 2004, I think. It was really hard to get a decent exposure with my P&S camera. This tree is at one edge of the grove, allowing an open perspective. There are bigger trees in the grove, but I couldn't find a decent shooting angle.
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby vandman » Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:31 am

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After checking out this site I realize that all the places I thought were my secret spots are actually known by many people who have fortunately treaded light. Here's a photo taken from one of my favorites. If you've been here, you can probably tell where it's taken, but not the exact spot. A steep ridge of white smooth granite, burnished by centuries of running water. Up on this ridge I found several natural bathtubs--deep pools of warm water bigger than a hot tub. I took this photo in the morning, but the previous day I soaked in a tub on the edge of this ridge while enjoying this view.
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Re: Sierra Secrets

Postby Timberline » Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:36 pm

Wow, another fabulous thread! :D
I guess its OK to reveal my secret places, 'cause of how I found 'em. And I don't mind sharing them, either. The 2 summers I worked in the high country (alas, years ago) involved off-trail hiking almost every day. Got us into some pretty remote and special locations. Examples. . .
--Pincushion Peak from Deer Meadow: domes galore and a steeplechase on our horses;
--eastside of what is now Kaiser Wilderness: the most gentle, intimate silence of evening;
--Quall's Camp: discovering some real Sierra history, with the mules Barney and Midge;
--Arch Rock on the Silver Divide: achingly beautiful setting for the Ritter Range in the distance;
--LIttle Kern: just superb!;
--Chinquapin Basin: only water was where the basin stream emerged for about 300 ft before it disappeared underground again;
--Windy Ridge: it was hard to concentrate on extinguishing the burning lodgepole snag when surrounded by such great scenery;
--Barrett Lakes: the most spectacular alpengow I'd ever seen.
My secret places may not be so hidden, but they all have their stories which I've written about since. Aren't the memories a big part of what makes your own secret place so special? :nod:
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