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Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby jbjb » Mon May 09, 2011 10:53 pm

We want to take our 10 and 14 year old on their first backpack on the eastern side of the sierra. They haven't been over 9,000, but they have been backpacking a few times. They've generally done 5/6 miles per day on other backpacking trips. We're planning on going the first week of August. Any ideas? We were thinking of June lake from Mammoth. Do people recommend that or perhaps something else? We want them to have a good time so they get hooked, so nothing too too hard this first time. Thanks.



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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby windknot » Mon May 09, 2011 11:03 pm

Basically, keep it short, not too steep, and mostly if not all on trail. Luckily there are a lot of options on the east side which fit this criteria. I haven't hiked out of June Lake, but Bishop Creek makes just one example of a versatile trailhead with many different options for potential lakes/camps without too long of a hike.

Oh, and welcome to the board! If you do a bit of digging around here, you'll find several other threads which deal with the same topic and which can give you an idea of other things to look for when planning a first backpacking trip.
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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby RoguePhotonic » Mon May 09, 2011 11:32 pm

Little Lakes Valley or Cottonwood Lakes seem like good options.
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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby Ozark Flip » Tue May 10, 2011 6:30 am

From Agnew Meadow go to Shadow and Ediza Lakes. Views of Ritter, Banner and the Minnerets will hook any first timer.
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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby markskor » Tue May 10, 2011 7:10 am

Yosemite Falls trail from 120.
All level or downhill, lots of water, big payoff camping atop the big falls, and even some good fishing possibilities too.
Leave car on 120, and when done, they can sleep in at Valley BP camp - you get up early - Yarts bus up to car, and back in Valley by 11:00.
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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby oldranger » Tue May 10, 2011 8:59 am

Actually the early am bus out of the valley is not Yarts but backpacker/tour bus operated by the concessionaire. Leaves Curry at 8AM.

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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby maverick » Tue May 10, 2011 10:10 am

Welcome Jbjb to HST!
There are some great hikes out of the Mammoth area, but one thing I would like to
ask before I can recommend anything is, how many days are you planning to be out
for?
Even better, please take time to read the "SUGGESTIONS FOR REQUESTING TRIP
ADVICE" section in the "Announcements" section above, thanks.
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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby tim » Tue May 10, 2011 7:33 pm

Depends how long a trip you want. If you are looking for the next step up from a 3 day trip then the Duck Pass to Reds Meadow loop is a great 4-5 day trip out of Mammoth with hot springs that my kids still rave about.

We did it the first week of August last year:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5344
Given the skeeters will probably be bad high up this year it might be better than Thousand Island at that time, but it's hard to tell right now.
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Re: Backpacking with our 10 and 14 year old

Postby bluefintu » Tue May 10, 2011 9:46 pm

Hi Jbjb,

Lots of good information at this site. The Ritter Range is a must in anyones life time. I took my 9yr daughter and 11 yr old son on a day hike to Shadow Lake. It was alittle tough for them at the time, probally due to the late start.(Got very HOT)Did it again with the Boy Scouts.

For a beginner hike, 20 Lake Basin out of Saddlebag Lake, you can save a mile or two by taking the boat across, but can be $$. It is above 10,000ft level.

The others already mentioned some great trips.
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