Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

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Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by eir0j » Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:18 am

Hi there!

I'm trying to plan a 2 night backpacking trip for early July in the Sierra. I've already done Rae Lakes, North Lake to South Lake, up and over Kearsarge, Langley via New Army, and much of the PCT/JMT in Yosemite. I was thinking Forester to Whitney, but I think it will be too early in the season given the snow pack this year.

Any thoughts welcomed! Thank you in advance.








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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by rightstar76 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:46 pm

Since you've been to the Southern and Central Sierra a few times, why not try the Northern Sierra? There's Desolation Wilderness out of Tahoe. I'm thinking Eagle Falls, Glen Alpine and Echo Lakes trailheads. Great for 2 nights. Only thing is getting a wilderness permit is a challenge. Another option just south of Tahoe near Carson Pass is Fourth of July Lake out of Woods Lake. Still might be tough getting a permit. Alternate: Go to Fourth of July Lake out of Upper Blue Lake, but camp in Summit City Canyon instead and dayhike to the lake. Much easier permit to get. Note: For this option, last few miles to the trailhead are on dirt road:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/eldorad ... 3&actid=51

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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by Wandering Daisy » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:36 pm

I am confused about what you mean "Forrester to Whitney" as a 2 night/3 day trip. That must mean Onion Valle to Whitney Portal TH's. IF so, that is a LOT of miles and elevation gain each day! Am I correct in assuming you want an all-trail trip where you can more fast? Are you interested in slowing down and doing off trail? Can you give more details on what you are looking for? How much snow are you willing to deal with? Are you OK with point-to-point? If so, public transportation between trailheads would limit choices.

Early July is mosquito season and the biggest problem can be river crossings if there are no bridges. Northern Sierra actually melts out later than southern.

As for Desolation, with creativity you can make a 35-45 mile loop and basically see it all. I did a Desolation trip June 6-9 2015 (a very low snow year) with few snow or river crossing issues. However, I did a trip July 12-16 in 2011, a high snow year, and it was nearly solid snow on much of the trip. There is a basic loop through Desolation, and you can enter from many trailheads, so if you are flexible, getting a permit is not that hard. I get a first-come permit and do not reserve. Lots of people cancel the last minute. Plus, that early I doubt every permit space would be taken. If your "style" of backpacking is fast and light, I doubt you would like the area out of Carson Pass.

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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by rightstar76 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:08 am

WD, since July 4th is on a Thursday this year, I speculate the whole week will be hard to get a permit for Desolation. Maybe Monday the 1st might be a little easier.

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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by balzaccom » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:54 am

If permits are a concern, you should also consider Emigrant Wilderness, just north of Yosemite. No trail quotas, and some of the trailheads are self-register.
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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by Wandering Daisy » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:54 am

The post said "early July", so not necessarily 4th July week. Again, we need exact dates to make recommendations, since the permit issue on holidays is a big factor. Hopefully "eir0j" will get back to us with more information.

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Re: Trip Plan Advice: Sierra Backpacking Trip Early July

Post by balzaccom » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:59 am

Or not, We'll still have fun in July!
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