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Camping: Sunrise Lakes Area

Postby ChinMusic » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:51 pm

Where around the three lakes is the sweet spot for camping? I'm taking my daughter there in week.

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Re: Camping: Sunrise Lakes Area

Postby bheiser1 » Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:09 pm

There are some established campsites round by the lower lake, and I think the upper lake as well. Just don't expect much solitude :).

Here's a view of the lower lake from one of the sites. This shot is looking easterly. There are more sites over to the left (north) by the trail.

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Re: Camping: Sunrise Lakes Area

Postby markskor » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:22 pm

Lower Lake - most populated - IMHO nicest too - some isolated sites West side - (just over rocks on left side of picture) - initially tempting, but southeast side - slabs, over the big rock (swimming area) is best...Just behind (south) and to the right of where above picture taken.

Middle Lake - some good isolated sites northeast side, behind the big trees. BTW, best fishing of all 3 lakes can be found here off north/northeast shore.

Upper Lake - alas, never stopped here as always too close to the HSC and all that goes with.
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Re: Camping: Sunrise Lakes Area

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:26 pm

Don't be surprised if there's still a bunch of snow... Meadows will be boggy and buggy, too.
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Re: Camping: Sunrise Lakes Area

Postby tim » Tue Jul 12, 2011 6:08 am

At the upper lake there are a couple of decent campsites just across the outlet stream (one under the trees with a fire ring, one more open with better views). Nice views up there and I found it pretty quiet (less people up from Tenaya and/or using it as a base camp for Clouds Rest). The upper lake isn't as good for swimming as the lower lake.
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Re: Camping: Sunrise Lakes Area

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:32 am

Hi ChinMusic

Best views are from western end of Lower Cathedral, and decent views overlooking
Upper Cathedral near the pass.
Sierra Maclure just posted some photo's in the "Conditions Updates" section above
which will give you an idea of what it will look like when you get there.
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