Maverick's 2019 Annual 7/25-7/26 HST Meet-up

A forum to initiate member meet-up. Looking for a hiking/climbing/fishing/skiing/etc. partner, or are you planning a trip where you wouldn't mind having some company? Last minute invites can be just as fun as a well-planned group trip (sometimes even better) so don't be shy! And be sure to post a trip report to the appropriate forum when you get back.
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Re: Maverick's 2019 Annual 7/25-7/26 HST Meet-up

Post by rightstar76 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:34 am

I like your choice, Maverick. It shows wisdom. You picked lakes where the impact from camping will be the least. Also, since there are so many ways to get there, people can come from a variety of trailheads and take as much or little time as they need.

If I go, it will be from the Big Meadows area. I will probably take a leisurely 2 days before going up to the lakes on the third day. And to the mountain gods: please no thunderstorms or forest fires that week. :)








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Re: Maverick's 2019 Annual 7/25-7/26 HST Meet-up

Post by oldranger » Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:09 pm

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Is there enough room for a group to camp up there? I have camped at the western lakes but not the lakes in the Josephine cirque. I honestly did not think the western lakes were that great, so I assume you mean the Josephine lakes. Right now my favorite spot in that vicinity is Big Bird Lake. Josephine has always been on my "to do" list. Hope I can make it.
Daisy, I guess we differ I've always thought the western basin one of the nicest in the Sierra. I've camped at both of the Lakes that Maverick has mentioned. Most of the sites at these lakes are not spectacular but if you walk a bit to the west the views across Deadman Canyon are really great. I like wandering thru the upper basin. If there had been fish in the basin I would have visited more often. When Roaring River Ranger I thought that my ashes should be spread off one of the viewpoints to the w. of the lower lake. Around 2000 I returned there with my son and after dropping down to lower ranger I decided I couldn't ask anyone to carry a few pounds of dust up that route. Like the Josephine side if you hit it right it is a piece of cake ( just s of lower ranger meadow is the starting point) but winding thru the brush in the lower 3rd of the climb correctly probably involves more luck than route finding skill. I've marveled at the ease and other times come back with scratches.

Mave on the n. side of josephine there is a large campsite suitable for quite a few people that in the 80s and in 2000 was heavily impacted. Seemed like few people camped on the w. side of the divide. Don't remember a single fire ring from back then, really no signs of people at all. Should note that somewhere in the southern part of the upper basin there should be an oxygen bottle that fell out of a navy helicopter during a medivac in the late 80s. Something else that looked like a flat piece of metal fell out s of the upper lake on the josephine side of the divide. Somethings to look for. I spent a little time but not much.
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Post by maverick » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:23 pm

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Daisy, I guess we differ I've always thought the western basin one of the nicest in the Sierra.
Yes, it is quite pretty, and love the beautiful and very old Foxtail Pines around the lakes too. :nod:
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Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:46 pm

I day hiked up there July 8, 2006 from a campsite south of Ranger Meadow, getting to upper Deadman from Tablelands via the pass east of Lonely Lake. It was not a bad day-hike but at the time I recall being glad I did not haul up a pack.

I started up about quarter mile south of the south end of Ranger Meadow, about 100 feet above the actual meadow. Based on the time on the photos, I got up there in about 1.5 hours, and about 4 hours visiting all the lakes except the uppermost. Got back to my camp mid-afternoon. So, yes, if you were to camp in Ranger Meadow you could easily go up for the day. Of course it would likely take more time with a pack if you wanted to camp up there.

OR, do you think a day-hike/fishing outing to Josephine Lake would be do-able from the meetup site?

Here are a few photos from that trip. Sorry but the photos are not that great. But you will get an idea of the area.
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I think the photo above is the lake at 10,000 feet. Do you think that is correct?
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This photo above is one of the upper lakes, but not sure which one.
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The photo above is a view down the route I took. I do not think it is the route you refer to.
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One of the upper lakes, again, I am not sure which one exactly.
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Post by maverick » Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:31 pm

First lake looks like Lake 10004, second is Lake 10601, and the third is the lake NE of Lake 10601.
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Post by maverick » Thu Oct 25, 2018 4:37 pm

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And to the mountain gods: please no thunderstorms or forest fires that week.
We totally agree on the "no fires", but disagree on the thunderstorms! :unibrow:
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Post by rightstar76 » Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:52 am

Wandering Daisy, no need to be sorry. It's an act of generosity to post pictures. So thank you for sharing them. The wildflowers are beautiful!

Maverick, I thought you might take issue with me asking for no thunderstorms. Clear skies aren't the best conditions for dramatic photography. So I revise my request to the mountain gods: a few mild thunderstorms with clouds at sunset. :)

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Post by maverick » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:13 am

Thank you. :D
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Re: Maverick's 2019 Annual 7/25-7/26 HST Meet-up

Post by oldranger » Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:55 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 3:46 pm
I day hiked up there July 8, 2006 from a campsite south of Ranger Meadow, getting to upper Deadman from Tablelands via the pass east of Lonely Lake. It was not a bad day-hike but at the time I recall being glad I did not haul up a pack.

I started up about quarter mile south of the south end of Ranger Meadow, about 100 feet above the actual meadow. Based on the time on the photos, I got up there in about 1.5 hours, and about 4 hours visiting all the lakes except the uppermost. Got back to my camp mid-afternoon. So, yes, if you were to camp in Ranger Meadow you could easily go up for the day. Of course it would likely take more time with a pack if you wanted to camp up there.

OR, do you think a day-hike/fishing outing to Josephine Lake would be do-able from the meetup site?

Here are a few photos from that trip. Sorry but the photos are not that great. But you will get an idea of the area.

16_TBL_GlacRdgLk1.JPG
I think the photo above is the lake at 10,000 feet. Do you think that is correct?

19_TBL_GlacRdgLk2.JPG
This photo above is one of the upper lakes, but not sure which one.

24_TBL_FlowersGlacRdg.jpg
The photo above is a view down the route I took. I do not think it is the route you refer to.

22_TBL_GlacRdgLk5.JPG
One of the upper lakes, again, I am not sure which one exactly.
Daisy, I'm sure you could handle a day trip to Josephine. But fishing has always been a bit spotty and the rainbows probably average about 10". Personally it is not a lake I would target specifically for fishing.
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