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Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby CloudSplitter » Wed May 09, 2012 9:09 am

Hey everyone! This is my first time posting here, what a great source of information! I'm heading out to the eastern sierra next week (May 14) and was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a quick overnight trip in the Golden Trout Wilderness. I've searched the forum and seen some good suggestions, but I thought I'd start a thread just to get the maximum load of this forum's wealth of knowledge.

Here are the obligatory answers:

What level of backpacking experience do you have?
Level 3- Numerous backpacking trips, some x-country travel
***I'm an experienced backpacker, but I'm bringing a young lady who's more of a Level 1-2

What terrain are you comfortable/uncomfortable with?
- Class 1 terrain/trail hiking
- Class 2 terrain/pass/x-country
- River crossings ---comfortable, but not preferred


What is your main interest?
- Lakes
- Big Mountain scenery
- Photography

How many days/nights is your trip, not including travel to trailhead?
1 Night

How many miles did you want to do a day, any layovers?
Ideally 4-5 miles in with the opportunity for some quick afternoon scrambles from camp.

Is there a particular area in the Sierra that your most interested in(Yosemite, SEKI
western sierra start or eastern start ect.)?

Golden Trout Wilderness

Will you be hiking with a dog?
No, this girl's actually quite a looker. \:D/

Thanks in advance for all your incredible information!



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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed May 09, 2012 10:07 am

Will you be hiking with a dog?
No, this girl's actually quite a looker. \:D/

Hey, I hike with two very cute dogs!

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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby CloudSplitter » Wed May 09, 2012 10:25 am

Ha! Those are indeed some beautiful dogs.
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby maverick » Wed May 09, 2012 10:47 am

Hi CloudSplitter,

Welcome to HST!
In GTW but 6 miles in, a little over what you asked for by a mile, is Jordan Hot Springs.
Easy walk in to the springs but all the work will be on your return trip to the trail head.
If your into hot springs it may be just the place for you to introduce your girlfriend to
backpacking. :)
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby CloudSplitter » Wed May 09, 2012 11:26 am

Thanks Maverick! What trailhead would I approach from, and are the hot springs any good for soaking in?
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby maverick » Wed May 09, 2012 12:48 pm

Yes, and Blackrock Mountain Trailhead.
Out of Kernville drive north on Road 99/Sierra Way about 22 miles, take turn off for
Sherman Pass Road. Turn right and drive 35 miles to Blackrock Information Station
continuing straight on Blackrock Road for 8 miles to the end of the road where the
traihead is located.
Please post a TR when you get back.
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby CloudSplitter » Wed May 09, 2012 1:17 pm

Thanks again Maverick! One thing I failed to mention is that I'll be driving in from Bishop that morning. Any similar ideas coming from a trailhead on the eastern slope? I may be able to squeeze in 2 separate overnights on this trip! :)
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby gary c. » Wed May 09, 2012 1:22 pm

CloudSplitter wrote:Thanks Maverick! What trailhead would I approach from, and are the hot springs any good for soaking in?

There are still a couple of tubs to soak in. Here is a shot of my buddy on one of our hikes there.
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Jordan Hot Springs was once a hub of activity for the Southern Sierra. There is still several old cabins and the horse coral. It even used to be a pretty big supplier of lumber. Do a search on the net and you will be surprised at what comes up. I think that I posted a report with a bunch of picture on here a couple years ago. I'll try to find it for you. It is a long 3.5-4ml walk back up out of the canyon though.
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby CloudSplitter » Wed May 09, 2012 1:50 pm

Awesome! The more I look at the directions the more it seems it may be too far out of my way driving-wise though. I'll be coming from Bishop that morning and then heading to Death Valley the next day. My only shot at this one would be on my way back to the bay at the end of the vacation (if the young lady is still talking to me then), so any suggestions coming off trailheads closer to 395 would be greatly appreciated! I'm so glad I found this forum, you guys rock!
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby maverick » Wed May 09, 2012 1:59 pm

Definitely too long of a drive with you going to DV the next day, but maybe even better
towards your way back to the Bay Area, a good hot spring after several days of travel
and hiking maybe just the thing your body can use. :D
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby gary c. » Wed May 09, 2012 2:08 pm

CloudSplitter, I think that anything else GTW is going to still be under snow and not very accessable by the 14th. I assume that is why you asked about the GTW, because it's further south. The road to Horseshoe Meadows just opened in the last week or so. I don't think you will want to tak your GF out from there. Someone here might know what the snow situation is like above South Lake, I don't know if the snow clears any sooner in Onion Valley but maybe Flower Lake is an option for an overnighter?
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Re: Trip suggestion for Golden Trout Wilderness

Postby maverick » Wed May 09, 2012 2:19 pm

Just called the ranger station, the Blackrock Mountain Road is not open yet, things are
melting fast but not that fast.
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