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Advice: cross-country from Sixty Lake Basin to JMT this Augu

Postby acvdmlac » Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:18 am

Does anyone have any experience suggestions regarding hiking cross-country from the north end of Sixty Lake Basin to re-join the JMT, somewhere between Dollar Lake and Baster Creek?

We are Level 2-3 backpackers--extensive Sierra trail back-packing experience, but cross-country mostly as day hikes, competent w/topo map, but not skilled w/compass, and no gear/experience for rope-assisted climbing or snow.

This August 11-21st, we are leading a small group of generally fit friends with similar or less experience on a backpack trip from Kearsarge to Bishop Pass along the JMT. We're thinking about leaving the JMT at the southern-most of the Rae Lakes on a trail marked on our Harrison map to head west to Sixty Lake Basin, and then cross-country north through the Basin, re-joining the JMT somewhere between Dollar Lake and Baster Creek.

From the map, the terrain doesn't look terribly steep or difficult, and our trail guides make Sixty Lake Basin sound more appealing than competing with the crowds for camping space in the Rae Lakes area. But our schedule doesn't allow for any extra days for back-tracking in case Sixty Lakes Basin is still snowy, or a route through the north end to re-join the JMT is too dicey or hard to find.

Any advice much appreciated! \:D/



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Re: Advice: cross-country from Sixty Lake Basin to JMT this Augu

Postby maverick » Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:19 pm

This not a difficult route Acvdmlac, class 1, a little steep at the bottom, but no biggie.
The pass is called Basin-Notch http://sierrabackpacker.com/BasinNotch.htm
Here is the route out-lined, which will make it easier for you to see and follow:
http://doors.stanford.edu/~sr/rae-lakes-2006/map.jpg
Dragon Lake also makes a good alternative to the lower lakes, it offers solitude, and
great views.
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Re: Advice: cross-country from Sixty Lake Basin to JMT this Augu

Postby acvdmlac » Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:04 pm

Wow, thank you so much for such a quick and helpful reply! I appreciate your time in posting the maps as well. :nod:

Best wishes,

Anthony
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