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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop from Onion Valley (long)

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:16 pm

Cross Country,

With the lakes you cited, you deserve your name. Not even use trails to some of those!



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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop from Onion Valley (long)

Postby copeg » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:20 pm

Enjoyable read that's for sure. Thanks for posting!
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop from Onion Valley (long)

Postby maverick » Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:33 am

Thanks for posting this extensive TR, really enjoyed the read.
Every person who writes there intention to visit Rae Lakes, I have recommend
Dragon Lake for solitude(and beauty) from the madness that the main lakes has
especially in peak season with all the JMT hikers coming through.
As CC mentioned, Gardiner Basin, Window Lake, and Arrow Lakes Basin at which
I have met a former nf ranger who made this place there family backcountry
outing because of the solitude, and fishing it offers, all these places you will likely
not see anyone for days.
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop from Onion Valley (long)

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:06 am

Many wrote:

How do you get into Gardiner Basin? There's a pass from Sixty Lakes Basin, but
is there a more direct route?


Nope, Sixty Lakes Col is the most direct from the east, from the south you have Gardiner
Pass, and from the north you have King Col to name the most popular entries, though
SLC is probably the most used, GP being second, and KC being a far third.
For someone going in the first time SLC is the best bet.
Here are the three passes mention on the topo:
http://sierrabackpacker.com/SixtyLakes.htm
http://sierrabackpacker.com/Gardiner.htm
http://sierrabackpacker.com/ClarenceKing.htm

Here are two TR's in which SLC, and/or GP were used so you can get an idea of the terrain.
http://sierrahiker.home.comcast.net/~si ... /index.htm
http://chayden.net/Sierra96/Sierra96.html
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