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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby exodus » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:18 am

Wow. Wow. Wow. What a trip! How many days was it total?



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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:24 am

Beautiful photos! I did a similar trip years ago in October. It was quite dry and Keweah Basin was very tired looking, also due to smoke in the air due to forest fires, and all the small lakes in the basin were dry. I never got a good photo of the Keweahs. I want to get back into this area earlier in the season. Your trip inspires me to get this done this year!
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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby lambertiana » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:34 am

We took nine days for the trip. I enjoyed it immensely. Not only were the lake on Picket Creek and Kaweah Basin spectacular, but I was also impressed by Deadman Canyon. I had been up Cloud Canyon before, and looking at the topo I was not expecting Deadman to be even nicer. And the views from the high trail above Bearpaw looking up the Hamilton and Tamarack drainages were also quite nice.

I will definitely do this one again, perhaps next year. I'm working on getting my niece to come, as well as my twin brother (her father). This year's big trip will be eight days out of Mineral King to explore a lot of the Little Five Lakes/Big Five Lakes/Big Arroyo/Rattlesnake Creek area. I will also visit an unnamed lake on the east end of the Sawtooth-Needham ridge that I would bet has not been visited by humans in a long time (I have never heard of anyone reporting a visit to it). Someone just bailed on me, so I have space on my permit....

My biggest regret is that I currently only get two weeks of vacation each year, and, since my wife's idea of a long hike is from the far end of the parking lot to the store, I can't use all of my vacation time on backpacking and expect to have peace at home.
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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby lambertiana » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:36 am

Wandering Daisy - I remember you telling me that you did not like Pyra-Queen col, possibly because of the high winds you encountered. When I was there it was a perfectly calm day.
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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby gchikes » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:28 am

Great TR and awsome pictures! I will be picking that same route up at Gallats Lake via Milestone Basin and points north the first week of July. Your pictures of Kaweah Basin, and especially Pyra-Queen Col, are going to be really helpful. Thanks.
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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:50 am

You certainly hit some of the best back-country of SEKI. It brought back memories of my visit to all those places. It all looks exactly as I remember it. Thanks for posting!
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Re: 2012 SEKI Loop - Picket Creek/Kaweah Basin

Postby lensman137 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:39 pm

Beautiful photos and trip report. Been there a couple of times. The last time was around ten years ago. I'm overdue for another visit. Maybehopefully this year. :-)
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