I'm looking to do the Rae Lakes Loop either on September 16-19 or September 30-Oct 3, 2011. Just reading the posts and looking at the pictures posted by the members here about Rae Lakes loop, I know this is something I really want to do.
I'm new to back country wilderness hiking and camping, This will be my first hiking and backpacking trip to span 4 days, But I will be definitely be packing light, just carrying my backpack, sleeping bag, tent, and cooking gear, and one set of clothes with layers to remove and put on depending on the condition. I'm not sure how fit I am, but I run 2 miles about 3-4 times per week, and completed 3 full marathons in the last 5 years. Okay enough with the rant,
This is my itinerary on the Rae lakes Loop for either September 16-19 or September 30-Oct 3. I work nights, and I get off work Friday 730 am, then I have to go back to work Monday Night at 7 pm. So I'm limited on time.
Friday Day 1: Arrive at the start by 2 pm, and continue either counterclockwise or clockwise until just before the sun sets, and set up camping.
Saturday Day 2: Get up early just at daybreak and continue on with the loop
Sunday Day 3: Same as Day 2
Monday Day 4: Get back to the starting point/area by 830 or 9 am, and go home to Fresno, hopefully a 2 hour drive.
I'm just wondering if the Rae lakes is doable in that time frame, basically we're looking at 2 full days, both days waking up early, and continuing on just until before the sun sets. any tips and advice is appreciated.