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TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

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TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby ManOfTooManySports » Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:29 pm

I'm almost embarassed to post this since it's such a short and common trip.

A friend had a permit for TM, and I had a jonesing for backpacking. We drove from the Bay Area to Hodgdon Meadow, had a beer in the dark, then crashed. Up Friday morn and off to TM. The scrum picking up permits were mostly heading southward or to Glen Aulin. We figured we'd have much company regardless.

We took the Dog Lake trail on our way out. I was pleasantly surprised by the scenery, especially at the crossing of Dingley Creek, where you get a view from Banner to Hoffman.
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Just a bit of the view

Up toward camp, Mt. Conness lurked.
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Lurkers, identify yourselves

We had a couple of bad swarms of itsy bitsy but nasty skeeters on the trail. Mostly we had a breeze stiff enough to keep them at bay. The swarms of tourists never materialized, either. We saw one tent at the lower lake, and shared upper Young Lake with two parties of two.

My partner carried a flask of Taliskers. Good man! We sipped as the sun set.
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Ragged in pink

The next morning we were up bright and early. Well, early. There is a use trail much of the way up, but there is an extended talus/scree slog that makes things a tad unpleasant. At least it was a scenic slog.
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Lake to meadow from talus slog

The tricky part of the climb is a ridge with some full-retraction exposure on either side. Before that, there are structures from Professor Davidson's "occupation" of Mt. Conness. For history geeks, this is a fun read: ... &q&f=false

I didn't read this until after the trip. Instead, we heard about it from the ranger at the permit station. Good man!
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Some of the lower camp

As my partner decided his family needed him more than they needed a life insurance payout, he stayed at the lower camp to marvel at the scenery while I climbed to the top.
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The ridge, with my partner hanging out in the middle of the photo

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Looking SW with Half Dome near center

Normally the upper part of the climb is straightforward. This year, the shallow steps built by Davidson's team ended in a patch of steep snow near the top. Rather than risk the snow up, I did some class 3 to the left. On the way down, I risked the snow and slid a bit to a nice platform of a rock with no real exposure.
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On the way back we crossed the creek and went up to the bench behind the ridge to the north of the lake. It was a scenic diversion. We went to some notches in the ridge and found a couple of steep but manageable talus slopes.
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Upper Young Lake from the ridge

More Taliskers, a pleasant evening, and the next day we had an easy hike out and a tedious drive back to the surreal world.
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Lower Young Lake and Ragged Peak

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Re: TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby rlown » Sat Jun 22, 2013 7:15 pm

nice report! never feel like it is too small. Beautiful pictures and a nice story always brighten the day.
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Re: TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby justm » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:04 pm

Thanks for that trip report. I haven't done that trip, but it's been on my list. Your photos are great ! Thanks for sharing !
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Re: TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby larroyo33 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:21 pm

Great report, I had been thinking about doing that trip later in the summer. Great to see your photos.
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Re: TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby DAVELA » Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:17 am

..still some snow!

thanks for the tr.
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Re: TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby giantbrookie » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:57 pm

Nice report and photos. Conness is a nice summit that brings back many fond childhood memories for me. Thanks so much for your report.
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: ... ayshi.html
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Re: TR - Young Lakes and Mt. Conness - 6/14-6/16

Postby bbayley80 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:35 pm

great report. thanks for sharing.
love that trip! did same a few yrs back and had a blast. had it to ourselves-which was indeed a surprise. love that upper lake.
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