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

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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

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

Postby xshift28x » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:24 am

So when all was said and done, our paperwork for our duck lake trip did not get submitted and we had to acquire walk up passes. We ended up aiming for Ediza, to Thousand Island, back to Ediza and then out. Let's just say as a first time trip it was quite a learning experience. All three of us had overly heavy packs and the trek up to thousand island lake on the second day was brutal and we ended up camping at Garnet Lake. The third day we decided to call it and head back to Agnew Meadows. We ended up taking the unmaintained trail off of the Northeast side of Garnet Lake which hooks up with the river trail at the base of the climb to Shadow Lake. All in all it was a great trip save for the mosquitoes. Definitely will learn to travel lighter and spend some money on a decent pack. Thank you all for your input, it definitely helped on the trip.
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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Postby jburning17 » Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:31 am

xshift28x:
Can you tell me what the overnight temperature at Garnet was like. Also, what areas of your trip did you find the most mosquitoes? I am heading up that way tomorrow, so that info would really help with getting our strategy set.

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

Postby xshift28x » Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:26 am

jburning17 wrote:xshift28x:
Can you tell me how the overnight temperature at Garnet was like. Also, what areas of your trip did you find the most mosquitoes? I am heading up that way tomorrow, so that info would really help with get our strategy set.

Cheers!
Jon


No problem. Garnet got down to about 40º at night. I didn't really notice it as I slept in a sweatshirt, sweat pants, and a beanie and my northface mummy bag is rated for -15º. Mosquitoes were bad closest to the river and in the brush surrounding the lake or where there was standing water. You will definitely appreciate the views. If you plan on fishing early morning around 6:30-7 would probably be best as the fish were really active on Garnet Lake at this time. Oh and if you plan on taking the unmarked trail to the river trail when leaving be aware that there is a snow pack you must descend which in the early morning was still icy. It was a good 200 ft. and even with poles would be a bit tricky. We ended up climbing down the rocks to get to the bottom.
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Re: Looking for a Friday-Monday Backpacking trip From Agnew Mead

Postby Ikan Mas » Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:35 pm

Check out my TR in fishing. It provides some current info on the area.
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