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Suggestions for peak bagging overnighters?

Postby gbrown09 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:23 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for suggestions for relatively short (preferably overnighters) backpacking trips with the following characteristics:
-Great views for sunrise/sunset (photography is the primary objective) from or near campsite
-Summit campsite or any high up campsite with an epic view
-Lake(s) down below preferable
-Driving from SoCal so the closer the better

Trips I've done in the past that I loved (looking for similar ones):
-Mt Agassiz - cowboy camped just below the summit
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-Young Lakes (Yosemite) - awesome campsite above the upper lake
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I'm a relatively experienced backpacker and I'm comfortable with cross country travel. Would prefer class 1-2, maybe easy class 3. Comfortable with 8-10 miles a day and a few thousand feet of elevation gain, but not opposed to easier stuff! Thanks in advance for any suggestions!



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Re: Suggestions for peak bagging overnighters?

Postby zacjust32 » Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:49 pm

In SEKI there's plenty of peaks in Mineral King the may fit your profile, and the area is very photogenic. Some of my favorite hikes near Lodgepole are Alta Peak/Pear Lake/Tablelands and Mt. Silliman, both of which I have done as overnighters. They both offer views of the GWD. You can find my trip reports below.
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Re: Suggestions for peak bagging overnighters?

Postby maverick » Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:03 pm

If you don't have Secor's book, then get it and familiarize yourself with the peaks of southern SEKI, categorize them according to your abilities, then use Google Earth to get views from the summits and the ridgelines. Also, check out TR's to the summits, which many have pictures included, here on HST, Summitpost, Supertopo, and Mountain Project, the more intel you have the better your chances of success.
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Re: Suggestions for peak bagging overnighters?

Postby gbrown09 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:05 am

Thanks Zac & Maverick for the suggestions! I checked out those peaks online, I'm just having a hard time figuring out if there are any bivvy spots on or near those summits since I don't want to climb in the dark. Also came across Sawtooth Peak in the same area which looks awesome as well. And I'll definitely get my hands on that book.

Anyone have any other ideas? Any easy peaks in the Eastern Sierra (preferably no farther north than Bishop/Mammoth) with bivvy sites on the summit?
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Re: Suggestions for peak bagging overnighters?

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:42 am

When you get a wilderness permit for the Alta trail, they will tell you it's illegal to camp on Alta Peak. It's also the case for other high places that are very popular such as Half Dome. If legalities are a concern that's one of the questions you should ask, particularly in places that are patrolled by rangers, like the Alta/Lakes Trail region -- there's a ranger living at Pear Lake, after all.
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Re: Suggestions for peak bagging overnighters?

Postby gbrown09 » Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:40 am

AlmostThere wrote:When you get a wilderness permit for the Alta trail, they will tell you it's illegal to camp on Alta Peak. It's also the case for other high places that are very popular such as Half Dome. If legalities are a concern that's one of the questions you should ask, particularly in places that are patrolled by rangers, like the Alta/Lakes Trail region -- there's a ranger living at Pear Lake, after all.


Good point, definitely not trying to break any rules.
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