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Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby leafmold27 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:25 pm

This is my first TR and first time out this year. Me and 4 buddies planned to reach moose lake on the 29th of June. We got a late start and were not trail ready physically. We ended up staying over at emerald lake, which was fine by us. Poked around a bit then had a late dinner and racked out. Woke early and judging how our bodies were feeling realized we should have started with something a little milder. We made our way to pear lake. What beautiful country.
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Just below pear lake
As we arrived pear the brookies were rising to the prolific skeeter hatch. We got lines out rather quickly and began getting the little guys with all kinds of lures.
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Pear lake
I got my first fish on my new fly rod. I was stoked. We had some chow then took off for a day trip up too moose. That was one awesome hike. After some huffing and puffing and passing several lakes and ponds
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Tablelands
we reached our objective.
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Moose lake
We returned to camp at pear lake for some more fishing fun. Ate dinner racked out and took off down the trail early Sunday morning. The weather was great, the skeeters were horrid and we got some good exercise. Overall a great trip. Gonna do Evolution valley 7/20-7/22 and we cant wait. We are all new to backcountry hiking and this one trip opened our eyes wide. We cant stop thinking about getting back out there. looking forward to posting another TR. Cheers!



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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby quentinc » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:40 pm

Thanks for the report. I found Moose Lake to be really beautiful too.
You'll love Evolution Basin, but based on your leisurely pace on this trip, allowing only 3 days for it would really be pushing things.
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby SSSdave » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:50 pm

3 days is not enough to reach and return from Evolution Valley unless one is a trail runner.
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby windknot » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:21 pm

Thanks for the report and pictures! I'm looking forward to visiting this area for the first time in September.
A few backcountry fishing pictures: http://wanderswithtrout.wordpress.com/
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:16 am

Hi Leaf,

Thanks for taking the time to write up your first TR, one of many we hope.
As others mentioned 3 nights to Evo Valley is way to short, even if you were in great
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby quentinc » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:02 pm

I've been able to hike from North Lake, over Lamarck Col, to Evolution Lake in a (very long) day, and I'm slow (but persistent). Still, that's equivalent to many hikes back and forth to Emerald Lake. And certainly, if it's your first trip to Evolution Basin, you'll want way more time.
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:32 pm

Q wrote:
I've been able to hike from North Lake, over Lamarck Col, to Evolution Lake in a
(very long) day, and I'm slow (but persistent). Still, that's equivalent to many hikes
back and forth to Emerald Lake. And certainly, if it's your first trip to Evolution
Basin, you'll want way more time.



Yes, but the OP could only get as far as Emerald Lake which ain't very far, and going
over LC is a little more difficult and involved than hiking up the trail from Wolverton.
I too have done the North-South Lake Loop via LC in two nights, but would not recommend
doing it to anyone else unless knowing there abilities, which we really do not know
anything about except from what we can deduce from this TR that the OP posted
which was:
Leafmold27 wrote:
Gonna do Evolution valley 7/20-7/22 and we cant wait. We are all new to backcountry
hiking
and this one trip opened our eyes wide.
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby leafmold27 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:15 pm

Good points everyone. What i should have said was heading up towards E. valley. We will go as far as our bodies will allow. Not sure what that stretch of trail is referred to. Also does anyone have info on the Florence lake ferry or camping around the 8-10 mile area up that trail. We will have 7 heads in our group. Will the sites at Piute creek meet the space of 5 tents. So where should my group go beginning to mid august. Our range would be SEKI to Yosemite. A 2 nighter. Thanks for the insight.
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Re: Tablelands via Lakes trail. 6/29-7/1

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:37 pm

Hi Leaf,

You need to start another thread inquiring about that new area.
Also please read before requesting info: http://www.highsierratopix.com/communit ... f=1&t=4205 Thanks
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