N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

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N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by cahiker » Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:56 pm

Just got out from 2 nights at the lakes up the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. We started hitting patches of snow around 9200 ft. Travel was easy up to 3rd lake. We hiked about halfway to 4th Lake, but the snow patches were getting longer, steeper and more frequent so we turned back (around 10,500 ft, in the trees).

I'd never been there before and it was gorgeous. Wildflowers were in full bloom on the lower trails - Cliff rose, manzanita, penstamon, wallflower, paint brush, lupine, white mariposa lilly, pink thistle, blue Dick, a cactus with orange flowers and many more.

No mosquitoes to speak of for the first two days, but I got a couple of bites this morning and they were swarming near water on the way out so I expect they'll be getting worse (it's supposed to be about 30 degrees warmer on Bishop on Friday than it was on Monday).


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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by maverick » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:05 pm

Thank you, hoping that a few photos will be added. :)
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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by Trollman » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:51 am

Thanks for the report......are the lakes fishable? :tear:

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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by maverick » Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:07 am

Hi Trollman,

Welcome to HST! Browns, Brooks, and Bows up to 12 inches in all three species.
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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by Trollman » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:43 am

Thanks for the welcome....much appreciated :nod: I just wanted to confirm if the first three lakes are currently still frozen or thawed enough to get a line in.....I have a permit for next week :D

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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by cahiker » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:55 am

The first 3 lakes are all thawed.

Water was running high in the creeks. Image

There was only one wet crossing, however, and that was only about 3 steps on less than ankle deep submerged rocks.



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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by maverick » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:01 pm

Thanks for adding that photo, any of the lakes and picture towards the Temple Crag/Palisades? Looking for a condition update on the area for a photo shoot I have planned for that area. Thanks
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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by cahiker » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:02 pm

There were patches of snow in the trees around 1st Lake.
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There was more snow on the side of the lakes away from the trail.

1st Lake:
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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by maverick » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:11 pm

Cool, thanks, the last two shots let me know what I was looking for. :nod:
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Re: N Fork Big Pine Creek 6/13-6/15/17

Post by Trollman » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:28 pm

THANK YOU GUYS!!!! Great report/////much appreciated :thumbsup:
Appreciate you guys taking the time to replay back!!
Starting to pack!!

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