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Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby SHigSpeed » Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:57 pm

I'm planning to hit a section of the PCT towards Ebbets this weekend, but I know that the road to Wet Meadows is junk for a low riding 2WD car. Can anyone comment on the road to Upper Sunset? I heard it's not as bad and only a bit of an extra hike?

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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby Fly Guy Dave » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:17 pm

Last time I was that way, the road, once past Tamarack, wasn't all that good, but that was last year after a heavy winter. Lots of washed out creekbeds and the like, not good driving for a low profile 2WD, but perhaps things are better now, but I can't say for sure.
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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby The hermit » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:18 pm

[float=][/float]I was up there 8/10-8/13.The road to wet meadow is definitely 4wheel drive mandatory. The road to sunset is fine for any car except an actual lowrider. You only save 3/4 of a mile. Its so close I walked back to sunset and still beat my friends who were driving. Let us know how it is up there. Ive been wanting to hike from sunset to hwy 4.
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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby SHigSpeed » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:37 am

The hermit wrote:[float=][/float]I was up there 8/10-8/13.The road to wet meadow is definitely 4wheel drive mandatory. The road to sunset is fine for any car except an actual lowrider. You only save 3/4 of a mile. Its so close I walked back to sunset and still beat my friends who were driving. Let us know how it is up there. Ive been wanting to hike from sunset to hwy 4.


Cool, thanks. My car is lowered, but not a "lowrider" necessarily.

Problem is that the permits are at WM, were there any ate Sunset?

Wet Meadows is doable in 2WD with some creative driving and use of lumber. Didn't even lose the chin spoiler! (This isn't the car I'm planning on driving this time...)

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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:00 am

_SHig,

I wonder where you are going? :D

Be sure to post a TR.

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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby SHigSpeed » Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:45 am

Vaca Russ wrote:_SHig,

I wonder where you are going? :D

Be sure to post a TR.

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<LOL> Is it that obvious? Hope it's not all pollen-slick and green this time... Bah, doesn't matter, the trip'll be worth it regardless.

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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:15 am

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This is what it looked like 2 years ago in October:

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That was in the worst corner of the lake. I had a great time fishing. :)

Good luck!

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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby The hermit » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:10 pm

Wet meadow was very green and funky. Didnt stop us from swimming. The next day we hiked out of grouse lake trailhead to granite and grouse lakes. Beautiful. Highly reccomend those two
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Re: Driving to Wet Meadows TH vs Upper Sunset Lake

Postby SHigSpeed » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:51 am

Trip report here:

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=8353

BTW, Sunset Lakes TH was a breeze to get to and not too much of a penalty in distance vs. time.

No algae bloom or pollen, but again no bugs.

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