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another help for a family backpacking trip plz!

Postby hjldennis » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:13 pm

Last year we did Little Lakes Valley with our 7 & 9 yr olds based on inputs from this forum and had fantastic time. We camped at Chickenfoot lake for 2 nights with day trips. Great fishing and stunning views right off the bat!

This year we're looking for another great trip. I am considering Mineral Kings since I heard so much good things about it, but we are still wide open. Looking for a great route with about 20 miles or so over 2-3 nights. Something not too challenging for kids. Fishing is a plus.

I know this is an impossible question for many but what would be the top recommendation?

Thanks guys!

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Re: another help for a family backpacking trip plz!

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:32 am

Mineral King is challenging for most adults I know - you get on any trail and you are going UP, sometimes 3,000-4,000 feet of gain to the lake of choice.

I would take kids to Kaiser Wilderness, Dinkey Wilderness, Jennie Lake Wilderness, Camp Nelson/Golden Trout - something short and not steep.
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Re: another help for a family backpacking trip plz!

Postby hjldennis » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:02 am

Ok. So we should wait on Mineral King for a while...That leaves us wide open.
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Re: another help for a family backpacking trip plz!

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 10, 2014 6:33 pm

Hi Dennis,

Yes, Mineral King is way to much for that age, even some trails are to much for
many hikers.
To AT's list I would add 20 Lakes Basin just east of Tioga Pass. You can take the
ferry across Saddlebag Lake which will be fun for the kids. There a numerous lakes
with fish, and the scenery is sub-lime. The terrain is only a little more difficult that
LLV depending on where you go. Conness Lakes is beautiful, you and the kids
will love them.
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Re: another help for a family backpacking trip plz!

Postby hjldennis » Thu Jul 10, 2014 10:05 pm

Thanks AT and Maverick!

I think I am going to narrow down the choices to either 20 lakes or out of Sabrina. Sabrina looks to be tougher, and my wife wants to push a little more this time. Other than more climb what would be other differences?

AT gave us too many options LOL. Actually Dinkey or Jenny lakes are places I've been reading up on and wanting to go. So many places go....
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Re: another help for a family backpacking trip plz!

Postby hjldennis » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:40 pm

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a non-refundable airline tickets to Glacier International Airport on an impulse =) so we went on a 6 days (4 in the backcountry) backpacking journey to Glacier NP instead. Glacier was breathtaking. we'll try to squeeze in 20 lakes over the Labor Day weekend.

Short trip report in "Beyond the Sierra" section...
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