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Postby richlong8 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:01 am

Anyone out there personally visited Erin Lake in Miter Basin? Photos or info? It seems to me like Erin, Primrose, or Iridescent lakes might be a much more isolated place to spend a night than Sky Blue Lake, if there is a flat spot to be found. PM's ok. Thanks.



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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby maverick » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:07 pm

I have stayed at Erin before and there numerous bivy spots there, but since
no photos were taken at the time here are two links that will show Erin.
http://www.highsierratopix.com/communit ... f=1&t=4320
Scroll towards the bottom for photos:
http://www.snwburd.com/matthew/labour_day04/index.html
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby richlong8 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:25 pm

Thanks maverick. Those were the only links I could find as well. I think it is a safe bet that Erin will be not visited much, and maybe a good photo op the way the topo looks. Primrose might be a little more hospitable for an overnight camp spot.
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby BrianF » Wed Mar 06, 2013 6:53 pm

Not a great photo but here is a couple of pics for Erin
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby RiseToADry » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:10 pm

I heard iridescent may have some good fishing if that makes any difference to you, rich. Wanted to get up there last year when I was in that area, but the fishing was too good down below.
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby richlong8 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:38 pm

Fishing always matters! Iridescent is supposed to be quite pretty, acc. to Phil Arnot in his book, High Sierra.
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby richlong8 » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:39 pm

BrianF wrote:Not a great photo but here is a couple of pics for Erin

Thanks very much. Doesn't look like the greenest place in the Sierra!
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby hikerdmb » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:55 pm

I have not been to Erin lake but you also mentioned Primrose. If I remember correctly (it was 2009 when I was there) there was a spot or two at the outlet of Primrose Lake, sorry no pics of that end of the lake. There is a great beach at the far end of the lake. Here is a pic looking down on Primrose back toward Miter Basin.

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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby richlong8 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:06 am

Nice. Thank you.
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby KathyW » Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:43 pm

We camped at Soldier Lake and then hike to Mount Pickering via the Erin Lake Drainage a couple years back. Here are photos from the trip:

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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby richlong8 » Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:34 pm

Thanks Kathy. I have a feeling Erin is visited more by climbers than backpackers. Was your friend fishing Rock Creek, or Erin?
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Re: Erin Lake- Miter Basin

Postby KathyW » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:37 pm

richlong8 wrote:Thanks Kathy. I have a feeling Erin is visited more by climbers than backpackers. Was your friend fishing Rock Creek, or Erin?


Yes, I don't think many people camp at Erin Lake. My friend, Bruce, was planning on fishing after we got down from Pickering; so he carried the fishing pole. As I recall he ended up fishing in upper Soldier Lake on that trip but not for long because the weather turned stormy. More people camp at Sky Blue Lake, but I doubt that it's ever crowded.

Miter Basin is really pretty - it might actually be nicer to camp in Miter Basin before Sky Blue Lake. I think that's what I'm going to do next time I go into that area.

I've been up to Arc Pass and camped at Sky Blue Lake, but I've never gone over Crabtree Pass. I'd like to do a sort of loop by going in over Cottonwood Pass, up into Miter Basin, over Crabtree Pass (attempting McAdie along the way), and the following Crabtree Lakes to the PCT and south on the PCT going over Guyot Pass (hitting Mount Guyot on the way), and then going on out over Army Pass instead of Cottonwood Pass. Maybe this summer.
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