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Re: Suggestions for for first time backpacking cross country?

Postby rrivera » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:29 pm

I would also put in a vote for Emigrant.....lots of great wide open terrain and it's very easy-going route finding x-country terrain. Granite and Leopold Lakes are very nice especially Leopold. We approached Leopold out of Bear Lake and we had all to ourselves at the end of June. June will probably not be an option this year given all of the snow but I think it will be great at some point in July.



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Re: Suggestions for for first time backpacking cross country?

Postby vandman » Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:11 am

The Ionian Basin is a rugged, beautiful place, but only for experienced backpackers. Blackcap Basin would be perfect for a first time cross country hiker, so would Humphreys Basin.

Notice the dark jagged rock in this photo taken in The western portion of the Ionian Basin in late August 2006. That rock will give any pair of boots a thorough field test. The eastern section of the basin has a bowl of smooth, white granite. Beautiful, rough country!
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Re: Suggestions for for first time backpacking cross country?

Postby diesel » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:15 pm

I appreciate all the thorough responses and suggestions! I will take a look at maps to get a closer look at the humphreys basin, blackcap basin, and cottonwood to sky blue lake suggestions. Monarch Divide definitely interests me too.
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Re: Suggestions for for first time backpacking cross country?

Postby lambertiana » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:57 pm

Another spectacular location is the Cirque Crest route - from Roads End go over Granite Pass (on trail), then head over Gray/White/Red passes and through Lake Basin and over Cartridge Pass. The worst pass is White Pass, and it is a relatively easy class 2. As long as you can handle some steep talus, it's good. That is a beautiful area.
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Re: Suggestions for for first time backpacking cross country?

Postby diesel » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:05 pm

Thanks, lambertiana. Enjoyed looking over your trip report from that area.
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Re: Suggestions for for first time backpacking cross country?

Postby Troutdog 59 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:40 am

One of my early cross country hikes was over Knapsack Pass out of Dusy Basin into the Barret Lakes below the Palisades. Its all above treeline so the route was fairly easy to follow and the area was simply gorgeous. You could hike out from there, but we continued SE over two more cross country passes (Cirque? and Potluck?)to the Palisdaes Lakes on the JMT, then hiked the JMT back to the Bishop Pass trail and finally to South Lake. One thing I didnt see you mention was whether you would be doing the trip solo or with a group. While I dont have the experience of some on this board and my solo hiking is limited, I'm not sure I would go solo on my first true cross country trip. Just my opinion, but either way have a great trip!
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