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Postby ridgeline » Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:07 pm

I would count on boiling water, I have never seen a bear in the area, in the summer the bears stay down low and hastle the fisherman.



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Postby Trekker » Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:54 pm

Don't remember bears being an issue last May, even though I took my bear canister. Didn't take it in Feb, although Snow Nymph had hers. Best to ask the rangers, ( or your local bear expert ). Maybe Bear lover has an insight on this! As for water, we melted snow until Snowy found a hole in the creek below the bridge at the trail head, so I'm assuming it will still be there, or relatively easy to break through to.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:20 pm

ridgeline, do you have the number to call for the snowmobiles? And where are you camping now since the hut is taken?

There should be water holes all over . . .
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A few years ago we camped at Mack Lake and found a water hole nearby. I think we'll have plenty of water sources.

Last month we were camped at Mosquito Flats TH. The restroom was open (and stinky), and no bear boxes. I've never seen a bear there either, but I bring the bearikade anyway.
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Postby wingding » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:35 pm

I think I'll leave the Bear Canister behind. I'll have enough weight to carry as it is. I think I'll just start hike/snowshoe in from the parking area. I might take Monday off so that I don't can stay late on Sunday. Maybe I can have dinner on Sunday at the lodge and then catch a ride back to the parking area? I guess I'll call and check on this. It looks like 6 miles, but only 1700 feet of gain to Mosquito Flats from the parking area and it looks like the road.

The road to Mosquito Flats looks like it's packed down most of the time from pictures. Are snowshoes needed on the road or do people wear snowshoes on the road because they don't want to carry them or because they need them?
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Postby wingding » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:49 pm

Okay, never mind snowshoeing the whole way.

I called Rock Creek Lodge. They are going to pick me up at 8 am at the parking lot and give me a ride on the snowmobile to the lodge and feed me breakfast for a cost of $20.00 (breakfast and ride) on April 8th.

On April 9th I'm going to snowshoe over to the lodge for dinner at 6 pm and they are going to give me a snowmobile ride back to the parking area after dinner for a cost of $40.00 (ride and dinner).

I'm supposed to call them and remind them to pick me up about an hour before they come get me - they said phone reception will be available at Tom's Place.

The number to call is:

1-877-935-4170

They said that if anyone else is interested in the breakfast/ride or dinner/ride deal just give them a call.
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Postby ridgeline » Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:54 pm

The number for Rock creek lodge is 877-935-4170 to call for a ride from the parking to I think the lodge, Im not sure if they go all the way to mosq flats. I will be camping at mosq flats with Trail bud, one large tent or two small ones. The road can be icy at times and snow shoes off to the side seems to work better, it really varies as far as conditions.
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Postby wingding » Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:02 pm

They only go as far as the lodge. They said it's 3 miles from the lodge to Mosquito Flats.
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Postby ridgeline » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:01 pm

wingding, didnt see your last post before mine, anyway, we will see you at breakfast on Sat. at the lodge. We wont be on the ride up in the morning, decided to go up Fri. stay one night at the lodge and head to mosq. flats Sat after breakfast , set up camp , and would like to head back into the valley the rest of the day. What about everyone else?
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Postby copeg » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:09 pm

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it. That drive would be a killer too. I'm thinking of heading up to Yosemite high country soon as a consolation :-k
Have fun everyone!
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Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:48 am

I think I'll go for the Snowmobile ride, but skip the breakfast. I'll be coming from sea level and can use all the help I can get. I hope we can get up there early enough to hike around LLV.

Thanks for the number, Kathy. I'll call to make reservations.

I will leave my avy gear since no one else is bringing it. There was a mini slide on the way up to the Sno-Park on Sunday.

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Postby ridgeline » Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:51 am

Cool slide shot, looks like around 35 to 40 deg west facing slope, still not a heck of alot of snow this year. The area has so many safe ways to move through it, dont need av gear unless you want to stick your neck out, no pun intended.
Dont forget to bring change, ones and fives to put into the self pay snowpark pass drop at the parking. Five bucks, one day, not sure the rate for two or more. Read instructions for parking so as not to interfere with the snow clearing.
Breakfast at the lodge has always been awsome, pick from any or all of the items cooked/baked that day.
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Postby wingding » Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:15 am

How limited is parking at the sno-park lot? Is there usually plenty of room? I'm going to stay in Bishop on Friday night and drive up to the parking lot on Saturday morning.
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