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TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby Mradford » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:00 pm

My buddy and I decided to get out of Orange County for a quick overnighter. We decided on little lakes valley due to the easy access and awesome scenery. I was pretty excited to try out my new GoLite pack as well as a steripen, which both ended up working great!

We drove up late friday night and picked up our permits at the Lone Pine ranger station. We headed up to Mosquito Flats trail head and slept in the car.
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We woke up around 6 on Saturday and gathered all our gear and headed up the trail. It was nice and cool and we took our time fishing the creek as well as a few lakes on the way up.
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We ran into a couple people coming down from chickenfoot lake as well as some photographers. Eventually we made our way to Long lake and left the Morgan pass trail and followed the rock creek drainage up to Treasure lakes.

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The entire slope leading up to Treasure lakes is still covered in snow and we had to be pretty careful not to post hole. It took us about 45 minutes to get up the drainage.
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At the top the views were amazing. Treasure lakes basin is one of the coolest basins I have been in. Unfortunately 3 of the 4 lakes were still mostly frozen, and the entire basin was covered in snow.
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We tried fishing for a bit in the two northern lakes with no success and decided to head back down to Long lake. On the way we decided to head over to Gem Lakes and stay the night there. We arrived, we set up camp, took photos, fished until dark, made dinner, listened to music and then crashed for the night.

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It's amazing how quiet this basin was with nobody in it, well almost nobody. Found out that fellow HSTer no2haven was camped on the ridge between treasure lakes and gem lakes.

The next morning we were greeted with a nice alpenglow light show up the mountains above Gem Lakes. We fished a bit more and then packed up our gear and headed down to the lower part of Gem Creek (Not sure if that's what its called) until it connects with chicken foot lake.
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We basically fished our way back to the car stopping only to hang out at long lake and talk to a few day hikers. I love this area and can't wait to go back when the snow melts and the lakes thaw out.
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:02 pm

Thanks Mradford for the wonderful TR and pictures. It's always kool when you
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby balzaccom » Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:05 am

Lovely stuff!
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby Mradford » Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:57 pm

Thanks guys!
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby tomba » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:20 pm

Thank you for the nice report with useful information, especially about snow coverage.

I found that the suqarish photos are actually horizontal photos with the right side cut off. You could try to use rimg instead of img to prevent this.
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby Mradford » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:02 pm

tomba wrote:Thank you for the nice report with useful information, especially about snow coverage.

I found that the suqarish photos are actually horizontal photos with the right side cut off. You could try to use rimg instead of img to prevent this.


I was wondering what was going on with those. Cool, next time I will try that. Thanks!
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby artrock23 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:36 pm

Nice TR! :thumbsup:

I appreciate the pic with Hourglass Couloir... it has more snow coverage than I thought it would, which is a nice surprise. An Hourglass/Mt. Dade climb is definitely in order soon! :)
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby Mradford » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:39 pm

artrock23 wrote:Nice TR! :thumbsup:

I appreciate the pic with Hourglass Couloir... it has more snow coverage than I thought it would, which is a nice surprise. An Hourglass/Mt. Dade climb is definitely in order soon! :)

There were actually ski tracks coming down hourglass couloir that didn't look that old.
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby schmalz » Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:50 pm

Thanks for the report. It's interesting to see how much more snow there is up north.
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Re: TR: Little Lakes Valley 5/29-6/1

Postby Jason » Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:40 am

Nice! One of my favorite places, even with the crowds. I bet Fall would be an awesome time to spend a night or two........
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