Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by kpeter » Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:20 pm

The Ediza-Iceberg route was much improved last year by a trail crew. But getting from Iceberg up to Cecile will involve a somewhat tricky snow traverse as others have noted. This is what that snow bank looked like last year on July 27.
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You will be going a week later but the snow is much heavier, so I do think you will want crampons and axe to do this. I did see people scampering across this last year with no special gear, but then again some people take foolish risks.
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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by xshift28x » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:04 pm

I really appreciate the help everyone. So Friday our groups target would be Ediza Lake, then Saturday Garnet to Thousand Island. Where would I go from there to be back at Agnew Meadows by Monday morning? Sorry for so many questions just want to make sure our group has a good first experience. And having fished the river from devils postpile to agnew meadows I know how horrible the "skeeters" can be, so I will most definitely be prepared.

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by maverick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:07 pm

Xshift28x wrote:
Where would I go from there to be back at Agnew Meadows by Monday morning?
1000 Is Lake>High Trail>Agnew Meadows
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by Scouter9 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:23 am

If you visit 1000 Island Lake on the Aug 5-8 weekend, and can post trail and lake area conditions just the very moment you get back :unibrow: , that would be great! I am considering a walk-in permit to hike out and stay at 1000 Isle a few days later.

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by deej » Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:38 am

I did a dayhike from Agnew Meadows to Shadow/Ediza/Iceberg Lakes this past weekend (July 23rd). Hike to Shadow and Ediza are fine. Only patches closer to Ediza. The lake is beautiful. All snow entire hike up to Iceberg. Doable hike, but slow and careful. Lake is at least 98% frozen over. Very pretty and worth it. I wouldn't attempt the hike up to Cecile. I'm not proud - it's scary! And right now it's ALL snow! I head Garnet and Thousand were nice, so I'd consider that direction. Mosquitos weren't terrible. But, I have a feeling they're just getting started. Flowers just beginning to bloom. Each day will be spectacular from here on out. Enjoy.

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by Wandering Daisy » Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:50 am

Thanks for the conditions report. As for the snowfield from Iceberg to Cecil Lake, I think it actually gets more scarey as the season goes on. If the lake is frozen and covered with snow, a fall would send you sliding over the lake; once the lake thaws a slide will send you INTO the lake! I did this route last year mid-August, plenty of snow left, and the snow was so hard that I had to wait two hours for the sun to warm it up- and the sun does not hit the snow until about 9AM. That scarey snowfield is going to be there until well into September this year. Delaying your trip probably will not make a difference. Those wanting to do this route simply need to have experience on snow and take the appropriate snow gear. The long that snow stays, the harder it gets. This year is going to be a prime year for Sierra ice climbing!

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by xshift28x » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:45 pm

unfortunately, the quota has been met for passes the weekend we plan to leave. Are there any other good 3-day treks for duck lake?

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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by maverick » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:29 pm

Xshift28x wrote:

Unfortunately, the quota has been met for passes the weekend we plan to leave. Are there any other good 3-day treks for duck lake?

Just get there early, before the wilderness office opens, and get a same day
permit which you can get during the week.
Trips starting Fri or Sat are more difficult since these permits are given out 11 am
the day before.
So in your case go there Thursday, before 11 am, and get a permit entering Friday.
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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by dblanchat » Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:40 pm

Hello. Planning trip from east to west over ritter pass and then from Ediza, Iceberg, Cecil south. Any updates or words of wisdom. Thanks. Dave
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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Post by xshift28x » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:37 am

Got wilderness passes approved for Duck Lake Trail. We will be hiking to Duck Lake our first day and staying (hopefully) near the outlet to do some fishing. Second day will take us on to Purple Lake and on to Ram Lake. Third day will be a trek back to Duck Lake and camping in between Duck Lake and Pika Lake. Last day will be the trek back out to our vehicle and home. Look to post some pictures and report when we return. Thank you all for your input.

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