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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby chandler325i » Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:48 pm

longri wrote:September... why do you ask?


Curious if the swampy conditions were a spring/early summer thing, or year-round when there isn't snow. If it was like that in September, probably safe to assume it's pretty much always like that



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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby Ska-T » Sat Jun 15, 2013 3:53 pm

I realize that the normal route going downstream is to cross the creek and the meadow to the north side and find a use trail down to Tamarack. That said, my party did not cross the stream or the marshy meadow. We stayed on the south edge of the meadow and made our way down slabs and ramps to the south end of the lake (left hand side facing downstream). Then we walked to the outlet by (roughly) following the western shore. We didn't get into the marsh and didn't have to cross the creek.

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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby Ska-T » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:02 pm

One more thing ...
Since you intend to hike this as a day hike and won't be encumbered with heavy packs, and I am assuming you are in fairly good shape and reasonably athletic (may be bad assumption), I don't think you will find the route too difficult technically. The question is do you have enough time to complete the loop. Without giving it too much thought, I would say that if you don't reach Tamarack Lake before your half time point, that you turn back. Also, get an early start and make sure you have flashlights with ample battery power just in case you have to finish in the dark.
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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby longri » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:39 pm

chandler325i wrote:If it was like that in September, probably safe to assume it's pretty much always like that

I think it is not safe to assume that without also knowing the year. When I visited there had been a lot of snow the previous winter/spring. But in any case the swampy area was not a problem.
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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby chandler325i » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:05 pm

Ska-T wrote:...The question is do you have enough time to complete the loop. Without giving it too much thought, I would say that if you don't reach Tamarack Lake before your half time point, that you turn back. ...


The whole group wants to do this now, so no more spartan day-hike without gear. Looking at camping one night somewhere between Tamarack and Hamilton. I've read there's plenty of camping in that stretch. I just need to review the overall route and number of days we have and see if we've got the time for it.

My intended approach at the moment is to get up to Lion Lake and then feel it out. If we hit a point in the descent to Tamarack that we're not OK with, we can always bail out and head back to Nine Lakes the way we came. With the insight folks have provided, I don't think it'll be an issue
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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby Ska-T » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:23 pm

There is camping at the west end of Lion Lake; west and northwest shore of Tamarack; along Lone Pine Creek between Tamarack and the Elizabeth Pass Trail especially where the creek comes down from Lonely Lake; down north of where the foot bridge on the HST crosses Lone Pine Creek (not great); and at Hamilton Lakes. There are probably others but those I recall.
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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby Cloudy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 6:12 pm

"My experience is the same as Sweetsierra". Ditto this. It's been many years but I spent quite awhile searching for a way down and ended up having to lower my pack on a rope and climb down a small cliff. Probably just my poor route-finding skills though. It was rather interesting because it had been raining on an off for a number of days and from the time I looked down on Tamarack Lake late in the afternoon to the time I eventually started down the next day, the lake had nearly doubled in size from the runoff! All trails were underwater as far as I could tell and I had to wade downstream...

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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby chandler325i » Sat Jun 29, 2013 2:24 am

Ska-T - thanks for the additional campsite insights. I'm noting that information down on my "guidebook" document I'm piecing together and will have with me
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Re: Possible? Nine Lakes > Lion Lake > Tamarack Lake?

Postby rcymbala » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:08 am

I hiked solo from Wolverton > Bearpaw > Tamarack Lk > Lion Lk > Nine Lake Basin > Kaweah Gap > Precipice Lk > Hamilton Lk > Bearpaw > Wolverton Labor Day weekend a few years ago in 3 1/2 days (could have used more time or food or less gear, exhausted back at Bearpaw). Route-finding was easy going clockwise (never tried it counter-clockwise). Didn't have any problems ascending from Tamarack to Lion Lk with light going around boulders and scrambling up a few. Had a problem going from Lion Lake up to Lion Rock Pass to get to Nine Lake Basin. Started up the right side of a long snow/ice shute without equipment. I dead-ended at the top of a "V" with wall of snow on left and steep rocks on right, and crossed the snow/ice by kicking some footsteps. Probably 50 feet of dangerous crossing if balance was lost and fell back down to Lion Lk. Should have walked counter-clockwise along the edge of Lion Lake and gone up the LEFT side of the ice shute. Up to the pass was easy, not sure if it was Pass #1 or #2. The descent down to Nine Lake Basin was easy. ***
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