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Quick advice for last minute trip!

Postby Talimon » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:07 am

Our 5 day trip to the silver divide had to be shortened, and we are now left with 3 days for a trip. We are hoping for something in the Mammoth/Bishop area. Ideally I would like to hike in to a base camp, spend the second day exploring, and head back on the third day. I also want to stay above 10,000 ft as much as possible, as our experience day-hiking around Mammoth the last few days has shown mosquitoes are much lighter (or even non-existant) above that. A couple contenders I would appreciate feedback on:

Duck pass trailhead to Virginia Lake
South lake trailhead to Dusy Basin
Mosquito Flat trailhead to Pioneer Basin

I haven't been to any of these areas before, so any preferences or opinions are appreciated (even better as it relates to current conditions... I have checked the conditions threads, but never hurts to ask).



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Re: Quick advice for last minute trip!

Postby tomba » Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:07 pm

All of these destinations are good.

The Bishop Pass option (2) has probably most the scenic hike in and out.

If going to Lake Virginia, I recommend to visit the basin with Ram, Glen, and Glannette Lakes. There is trail to that area from Purple Lake.

See recent trip report from Pioneer Basin.
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Re: Quick advice for last minute trip!

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:30 pm

My vote would be easily for Dusy and Pioneer, but for only 2 nights neither
are the best options. Maybe something out of Sabrina Basin or Big Pine would
be more suitable for only 2 nights.
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Re: Quick advice for last minute trip!

Postby Talimon » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:14 am

Thank you for the advice! We ended up visiting Dusy, which was stunning. We did not see a single soul from Bishop pass to lake 11388 (I am guessing that is the one we stayed at, although due to low water levels it looked nothing like it showed on the map). We did not beat the mosquitoes, but the strong winds made them almost non-existent.
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