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Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby canadug » Sat May 18, 2013 9:34 pm

My 9 year old daughter and I are planning on doing this trip, west to east, this summer. For people who have done this trip do you remember if there were any spots where there was exposure (Large drop-offs, steep switch-backs with drop-offs)???

We have done a few trips and exposure causes some trepidation for my daughter. I have read TR's and looked at Topo's but it is really hard to get that kind of detail from those sources.

Thank you so much.



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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby Ken M » Sun May 19, 2013 7:59 am

canadug wrote:do you remember if there were any spots where there was exposure (Large drop-offs, steep switch-backs with drop-offs)???


No.
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby Troutdog 59 » Sun May 19, 2013 8:01 am

It has been along time since I've hiked that route Cana (1981, went the other way), but my recollection is no. Nothing overly steep and I don't recall much for exposure on the two trips I've gone over Mono Pass. There is some loose scree right above Trail Lakes on the west side of Mono, but I don't recall any exposure issues. In fact I recall scooting off the side of the trail to let a pack train pass. Some switchbacks on the eastern side that are pretty steep, but again, I don't recall there being anything overly exposed along the trail.
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby maverick » Sun May 19, 2013 10:48 am

A little steep yes as you head up to Trail Lakes, but no exposure or cliffs. It may
help if you could tell us what section/sections have bothered her before, but it
is most likely you all will be just fine.
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby RiseToADry » Sun May 19, 2013 11:52 am

The LLV side of mono pass is a little steep and has some steep drop offs, as well as the trail up to trail lakes. It's not terrible - I've been on worse (old army pass) but something to consider...
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby canadug » Sun May 19, 2013 12:01 pm

Thank you so much for the beta.

I have spent quite a bit of time in the Sierra's but now live back in Canada. She gets a little stressed out at spots where there are big dropoffs on a narrow trail. Up here there are many trails with big dropoffs but there is usually a lot of trees and vegetation to obscure the dropoffs so it is not as big of a deal.

We work through those tough spots.

Thanks again.....This is a great website :eek:
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby schmalz » Mon May 20, 2013 11:48 am

I hiked a lot of this stretch last year and think you'll love it. I have a few photos from Mono Pass on my trip report here:

http://calitrails.com/2012/07/11/mosqui ... ed-before/
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby coneill » Thu May 23, 2013 10:43 am

I just did that trip last year with my 9 year old daughter (and 11 year old son). Nothing to worry about in terms of exposure. It's just a fantastic trip with kiddos!
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby Sandcrab » Fri May 24, 2013 1:49 pm

coneill wrote:I just did that trip last year with my 9 year old daughter (and 11 year old son). Nothing to worry about in terms of exposure. It's just a fantastic trip with kiddos!


I'll second that. Three years ago I took my (then) 10-yr-old out & back Mosquito Flat to 4th Recess. If anything, the altitudinous section over Mono Pass will help reduce fear of steep. There's nothing truly dangerous & several more level stretches along the west side that will provide both relaxation & a sense of accomplishment to the wee ones. Highly recommended.
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Re: Edison Lake to Mosquito Flat------Exposure question

Postby maverick » Fri May 24, 2013 1:56 pm

Welcome to HST Sandcrab, and thank you for your input. :)
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