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David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Nor Cal BPL Meetup 6/5 to 6/6 on 05/30/2010 23:08:48 MDT Print View

Anyone up for a hike this coming weekend (June 5 and 6)? I am planning to hike out of Cherry Lake to Many Island Lake, both of which are just inside the Yosemite Park boundary. The trailhead at shingle spring starts out just above 5k feet and climbs to about 7300 feet at Many Island Lake. I believe the distance from the trailhead is about 7 miles. I open to going further if others coming along wish to do so and as conditions allow. There should be some great fishing opportunities and I plan on bringing my pole.

I will be leaving from Modesto on Saturday morning. If others are coming and wish to carpool, they are welcome to park at my place at join me. I have room for four in my car.

Hiking out of this trailhead will be a first for me, so I cannot provide too many details beyond what my Emigrant Wilderness book describes. Perhaps others here can assist. Due to its relatively low elevation this area should be a good opportunity for an early season hike. I dont think permits should be much of any issue in the lesser used area of the park.

I hope others can join on such short notice.

Cheers,

David

Many Island Lakemany island

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: warning about conditions on 05/30/2010 23:51:52 MDT Print View

I was backpacking in the Hetch Hetchy Valley very near there over May 27-29. We got snowed on about one inch, and that was at 4600' elevation. It cleared and warmed up, but the snow was lingering at 6000-7000'. The good thing was that it was cool enough for zero mosquitos.

--B.G.--

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Re: warning about conditions on 05/31/2010 13:00:11 MDT Print View

Bob,

Thanks for the heads-up. I anticipate there will be some snow left between 6k and 7k feet. Much of this trail is on a south facing slope so I am hoping the snowpack in this area will be melted. Highs all week are forecast to be in the 70s.

If the snow on the ground is to much, I am definitely open to improvising. Many Island Lake seemed like a good destination to shoot for but if the conditions don't allow, so be it.

Edited by Davidpcvsamoa on 05/31/2010 13:02:10 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: warning about conditions on 05/31/2010 19:46:19 MDT Print View

Dave, I would love to go but I am dealing with some nasty back stuff right now. Hope the trip is a good one

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
timing on 06/01/2010 06:55:31 MDT Print View

I was just up at Tuolumne Meadows, Lake Eleonor and Cherry Lake this last weekend with my daughter.... We didn't go as high as you will be going, so we didn't encounter any real snow. Mosquitos, yes but not too bad. Have fun.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: timing on 06/01/2010 18:36:15 MDT Print View

Tuolumne???

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: timing on 06/01/2010 19:19:22 MDT Print View

(Tuolumne Meadows is not open since the road is still closed.)

--B.G.--

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: timing on 06/01/2010 19:49:33 MDT Print View

Katharina, I think you meant Yosemite Valley? Man, I am sure the falls are pumping now. Would be a nice weekend to go to Rancheria!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Re: timing on 06/01/2010 20:04:44 MDT Print View

"Would be a nice weekend to go to Rancheria!"

It was pretty wet and snowy last weekend at Rancheria, but then it was drying out and warming up as we left on the 29th. The wildflowers were starting to show up better.

However, I have to believe that the trailhead quota was maxed out every day. Since nobody can get up into the high country, they are heading low to places like Rancheria.

--B.G.--

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: timing on 06/01/2010 20:29:12 MDT Print View

Ken, Sorry to hear about your back. Back pain is no fun. Last weekend was my birthday and my wife got me a $20 1 hour reflexology foot massage. One hour at this place and you will be as good as new! I couldn't help thinking about how good it would have felt after our trip last summer.

Kat, Thanks for the conditions update. Sorry about the bad timing. I just missed you. Hope to see you on the next one.

FYI, Sonora Pass is now open. I was told there was not as much snow as most would imagine in this part of the Sierras. Only a about a foot at Kennedy Meadows. The passes further north are also clear for travel but have much more snow. My boss did a driving loop over the weekend.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
tuolumne on 06/02/2010 06:56:04 MDT Print View

My bad, we drove into Yosemite, my daughter hoping to see the valley, then we got overwhelmed by the crowds, thought of going to Tuolumne Meadows, then headed out and went to Camp Mather and then the lakes. It was a long weekend and we didn't even plan to go as far as we did, we were just going to stay at the first swimming holes. Lots of driving, lots of signs, got confused.
Have a great trip.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re trip on 06/08/2010 20:23:39 MDT Print View

Don't want to hijack this thread but this is for Ken H or any one else, are we still on for something in mid Aug. May be Kearsage to roads end? 4 day trip? Jack

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: re trip on 06/08/2010 20:30:38 MDT Print View

"May be Kearsage to roads end? 4 day trip?"

Kearsarge Pass to Roads End makes a good long dayhike.

--B.G.--

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
re trip on 06/08/2010 20:47:56 MDT Print View

Yea Bob I know but I want to spend some time at Rae Lakes and do some fishing and just take my time.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: re trip on 06/08/2010 21:23:37 MDT Print View

Rae Lakes is an excellent place to take your time!

You could spend a day or two just counting the lakes in the Sixty Lakes Basin.

Last two times that I was there, I photographed bighorn sheep.

--B.G.--

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Nor Cal BPL Meet up on 06/08/2010 21:30:24 MDT Print View

Hey BOB -Why don't you post some pictures of the Bighorn Sheep on UL Creatures.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Nor Cal BPL Meet up on 06/08/2010 22:32:28 MDT Print View

There is one photo of the bighorns, but it is published on my web site with an ugly copyright symbol over it.

http://www.imagetransactions.com
(That has a link to the actual gallery.)

I was looking for the bighorns several miles away, east of the crest, and then there they were. I spoke to a park ranger the next day, and she hooked me up with the park wildlife biologist, who then hooked me up with the bighorn expert for all California. He explained that it was a male herd, and that was one of their favorite spots.

(A similar shot is now in UL Creatures.)
--B.G.--

Edited by --B.G.-- on 06/08/2010 23:02:41 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: re trip on 06/09/2010 15:21:00 MDT Print View

Jack I am down...as long as my back holds up. I am on the mend but it has been touch and go. Been taking anti inflam meds and I actually saw a chiropractor for the first time last week...loved it! Let's pick a date and go from there. I am even down for doing Rae Lakes loop...Bob is right, Kearsarge to Roads End is pretty easy and can be done in a day.

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Re: Nor Cal BPL Meet up on 06/09/2010 19:24:08 MDT Print View

Due to unanticipated reasons I was unable to hike last weekend but I do have Friday June 18th off from work and I am going to make another go of it. Is anyone interested in hiking from the 18th to the 20th. I am thinking about going to the Huckleberry Lake area in the Emigrant Wilderenss using the Crabtree or Cherry Lake trailhead.

Any takers?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Nor Cal BPL Meet up on 06/09/2010 19:26:23 MDT Print View

Dave, I'm not sure the Crabtree TH is open yet....I could be wrong though. I am on vacation and would love to join, but my back is JUST starting to feel a LITTLE better...I am a month away from hiking again.