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Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby bsd » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:39 am

I plan on backpacking 3 days through the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness in a couple weeks. Any advice, suggestions, tips? Also, how are the weather conditions around this time of year up there? Fishing conditions? Wildlife concerns? Thanks.



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Re: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby rlown » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:43 am

Have a great time. What research have you done? Where are you planning to go? that would be helpful to give tips.
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Re: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby MountainMinstrel » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:41 pm

As long as you get there before the start of deer season you will be fine.

Are you going in from Cortwright?
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Re: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby bsd » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:28 am

I've backpacked, hiked, or drive and camped the sierras every year since I was a boy. I have never backpacked in this area but hiked it with my father when I was young. A backpacking friend of mine has never been to the area and I thought maybe a revisit was in order. Going to stay near the main loop, but will venture out to the surrounding ranges and lakes. My plan is to leave sometime between now and the next few weeks, and haven't stayed overnight up in that area this late in the year. Probably drive up rock creek rd. but may travel the cliff lake way. Just was curious about where the fishing might be best, what alternative routes to hike on, what to expect average weather wise, and just some tips and experiences from people who explore this wilderness frequently.
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Re: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby rlown » Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:01 pm

All i was looking for was what lakes are on your Radar as possible places you might go, or thinking about hitting. You must have some more precise plan?

Like if i said i wanted to hit Payne Lk, somewhere, someone might tell me more info.

What is your more precise plan?

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Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby Bluewater » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:43 pm

There are some hidden gems in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. I like to stay away from the lakes and explore cross country. I won't divulge all of them but here's a link to a trip report about some of my favorite spots. There is some good fishing, especially in the endless granite pools downstream. . .

http://seatosummitultralight.blogspot.c ... s.html?m=0
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Re: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby MountainMinstrel » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:22 am

I have been using the Cliff lake trailhead as I have been going in early September and my vehicles have not had great ground clearance. My memories of Rock Creek Rd. in the rain make me steer clear of it when there is even a remote possibility of rain.
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Re: Dinkey Lakes Wilderness advice

Postby bdevlin » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:01 pm

I was there last year at this time and the lakes were reportedly quite low. A guy that was fishing the main lakes said fishing was not good. However, I could not help but notice a fresh fishing carcass at our site by one of the main lakes.
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