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Onion Valley or Horseshoe Meadow

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Re: Onion Valley or Horseshoe Meadow

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:08 pm

Just off Kearsarge on Saturday. No snow. Didn't see any on Gould. I don't have experience coming down from Golden Trout, but noted that the trail to that lake is now signed. The creek from the lake was flowing very heavily. You can maybe get up Gould, look over, and decide what to do. The views from Gould north toward the King Spur, southwest toward Brewer & co., and in all other directions would be great.

Or if you can do an out-and-back from Onion Valley all the way to the little ponds past Bullfrog before the descent to Vidette Meadows and make it back to the car before dark, that would be a long but memorable trip.



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Re: Onion Valley or Horseshoe Meadow

Postby jgc » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:36 am

Thanks for the extra replies, after I'd left. I did the hike on 8th August; up to Kearsage Pass and Mt Gould then along the ridge a way and back via Golden Trout Lake, in 5.5 hours, and indeed the scree slopes above this lake were not difficult, but there was not much trace of any trail below, not until the waterfall near the lower end. There was one snow bridge remaining along the creek.

Attached is a view towards the Rae Lakes, from the edge of the ridge north of Mt Gould.

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Rae Lakes
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Re: Onion Valley or Horseshoe Meadow

Postby richlong8 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:50 am

Thanks for posting that picture. I have long had plans to go off that ridge to Dragon Lake, which should be the lake at the far right center of your photo. I think the worst part would be the first 500 feet down from the "pass" on the ridge.
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Re: Onion Valley or Horseshoe Meadow

Postby MountainGlory » Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:38 am

Beautiful image! Can't believe the lakes are still not completely thawed - guess they might not this year!
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