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Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Sierra Nevada backpacking next weekend on 07/07/2010 19:37:26 MDT Print View

hey all
So I got next weekend off and I wana head up to the mountains to put some miles on my new boots!

I am lookin for a spot to go up in the sierras with some good lakes. Im gonna have 4 days worth of actual hiking..lookin to do 6-10 miles a day.

I was thinkin the mosquitoes are probly bad at lower elevations, but if I can get up high enough it still may be cold enough to not have mosquitoes be a problem. Anyone know how the mosquitoes are right now?

Any recommendations? Thoughts? Ideas?

Ben Crowell
(bcrowell) - F

Locale: Southern California
mosquitoes on 07/07/2010 19:41:02 MDT Print View

Mosquito info: http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5088

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Snow or mosquitoes or both on 07/08/2010 09:12:51 MDT Print View

You would have to go WAY up in the snow to avoid the skitos and the best part is when you are postholing through the snow AND swatting the bloodsuckers.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
yikes.... on 07/08/2010 09:46:51 MDT Print View

Sounds like it could be an interesting weekend! haha. regardless...any ideas of spots to go?

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
after making a few phone calls.... on 07/08/2010 10:14:00 MDT Print View

I think I have narrowed my search to the Desolation Wilderness, Dinkey Lakes Wilderness or the Mokelumne Wilderness. Has anyone been in these areas that can give some recommendations of where to go?

...or do any of you still have better ideas of areas to go?

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
Just got back from Bear Creek in the Sierra NF on 07/08/2010 11:59:57 MDT Print View

Lots and lots of water. So any iffy crossings are probably no-goes. Day hiking I got stopped by the side creek coming down from Lake Italy. That was a surprise. I might have risked it if I was not solo, and I didn't have my dogs with me. No way they could have crossed.

Surprisingly few mosquitos down lower, but up higher there were a lot more, by higher I mean 9k feet. Maybe because where I was camping down lower there were no wet meadows. The only water was running a zillion gallons a second. Snow was a non-issue at 9K. I suspect that in any of the areas you mention it won't be a problem.

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Dinkey Lakes and Skeeters on 07/08/2010 13:43:27 MDT Print View

I was in the Dinkey Lakes a few years ago in early August. No skeeters to speak of. However, I have some friends that took a trip early in the season one year and said that you could not see your clothes because they were covered with them. And, when they left the confines of the tent to take a dukey the skeeters would just tear into that exposed flesh.

So, my suggestion is if you go to any of these places is to take a headnet and make sure you can also keep the bugs out of your sleeping area whether it be a bug net or a tent with netting. It's been a long slow, wet runoff this year.

Scott

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
10 lakes? on 07/09/2010 10:14:08 MDT Print View

Hey...anyone been up to 10 lakes out of Tuolumne? A buddy of mine recommended it to me...curious if anyone has any current trail conditions? or just what people have thought of the area?

THANKS!!
Dan

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
narrowed it down. on 07/12/2010 16:09:01 MDT Print View

So I got my options narrowed down to either somewhere in the desolation wilderness, 10 lakes out of Yosemite, Dinkey Lakes or maybe somewhere in the Trinity Alps. Any thoughts or recommended trips in those areas? still open to suggestions of other areas.

I think my goal is to get as high in elevation as possible as quickly as possible. My thought being that the mosquitoes are gonna be really bad in the lower elevations, but up high it might still be cold enough to not have a mosquito hatch yet. What do ya'll think? AND....any trail heads you know of that start at a high elevation?

THANKS
Dan

Mark Regalia
(markr) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz
no escaping the mosquitos on 07/12/2010 16:30:41 MDT Print View

This time of year going high will probably not offer much relief from the little blood suckers. It just isn't cold enough. Wind is your best protection, so high AND exposed may help you. But then wide open high country tends to be filled with wet meadows and pools, especially this year. So there is that problem. Good luck

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Re: narrowed it down. on 07/12/2010 18:00:44 MDT Print View

I predict a lose of a quart of blood if you hit 10 Lakes. The areaon both sides of it was very wet last year in June which will be about like July this year. But it is very cool and worth a quart.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
trip on 07/12/2010 18:38:26 MDT Print View

I dont think I am gonna do 10 lakes. I am taking someone with me and I dont think they will be up to make the 10 lakes loop in 3 days. I am leaning towards Dinkey Lakes. But I am just worried that area will be swarming with skeeters.

Can anyone think of a spot that might be dryer, or more windy?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: trip on 07/12/2010 18:56:10 MDT Print View

Thing is, probably wherever you go, you are going to get modquito issues. The snowfall was greater than normal this year and the melt was slow. We are basically a month behind. I am sure though, that wherever you go, you will have a great time. I am also heading out this weekend too.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: trip on 07/12/2010 18:57:43 MDT Print View

"Can anyone think of a spot that might be dryer, or more windy?"

Dan,

Humphreys Basin, I'm thinking Desolation/Mesa/Tomahawk Lakes, is up on a high, often windy plateau at ~11,500' or so. There are broad flat areas above all 3 where you could camp away from water but with easy access. You could also drop down and fish Paiute Creek and Golden Trout Lakes from a camp up there. You'd want to call White Mtn Ranger Station in Bishop to check on snow levels first, though. It's about 8 miles from the trailhead to Desolation Lake, BTW, with a total elevation gain of ~2100-2200' from TH. One additional consideration: The TH is at 9400' and Paiute Pass is 11,450', which means that, although the gain is only 2000', you are starting at 9400'. If anyone in your party has trouble with altitude, a day of acclimatization might be in order.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Humphry Basin on 07/12/2010 19:40:04 MDT Print View

Tom...that area looks killer! How exactly do you get to the trail head? If I am coming from the bay area...would I have to go through Yosemite and then all the way back down south to reach it?

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Humphry Basin on 07/12/2010 21:29:11 MDT Print View

Dan,

From the Bay Area, you could cross Yosemite to US-395 and put up with the hordes of Airstreams and RV's or, alternatively, go across I-80 or I-80/US-50 to the Reno area and south on US-395 to Bishop. I-80/US-50 is longer, but faster and less hassle. Going through Yosemite is beautiful, but the drive is a real headache once you get past Oakdale, as far as I'm concerned. Once in Bishop, go west on Hwy 168 past Aspendell(a mountain village) to the North Lake turnoff and take it to the parking area by the horsepackers station. It's about 18 miles from Bishop and will take you ~1/2 hour. You will have to walk about 3/4 mile from the parking lot through a USFS campground to reach the TH. The hike up to Paiute Pass is pretty laid back and very scenic. If you wanted to acclimatize there are numerous spots to camp 2.5-3 miles up the trail between ~10,200-10,700'.

Another possible way to get there would be to take 108 over Sonora Pass and pop out on 395 around Bridgeport. That is less of a hassle than going through Yosemite and shorter than I-80.

Nathan Moody
(atomick) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Sierra Nevada backpacking next weekend on 07/12/2010 22:03:47 MDT Print View

I'm going to Humphrey's Basin myself in 1.5 months. If you're willing to drive that far for mosquitos, the trails are just opening up in the alpine areas of Trinity Alps, northwest of Redding - not the Sierras, but I was there two weeks ago and there were mosquitos, but I got maybe one bite a night on exposed skin and didn't need to apply any bug dope at all.

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Sierra Nevada backpacking next weekend on 07/12/2010 23:20:30 MDT Print View

I'd recommend using Sonora Pass Hwy 108 to get to Hwy 395 from the Bay Area. It usually takes me 3.5-4 hours vs. 4.5-5 hours to go thru Yosemite. Sonora Pass is very spectacular and once you get past Kennedy Mdws traffic usually isn't bad at all. It's just too narrow and windy for the RVs.

Enjoy.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Sierra Nevada backpacking next weekend on 07/12/2010 23:48:16 MDT Print View

"It usually takes me 3.5-4 hours vs. 4.5-5 hours to go thru Yosemite."

What you are overlooking is that you will be on US395 for more than an hour just getting back south to Lee Vining, so CA Hwy 108 offers no time advantage.

--B.G.--

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Sierra Nevada backpacking next weekend on 07/13/2010 00:28:11 MDT Print View

"What you are overlooking is that you will be on US395 for more than an hour just getting back south to Lee Vining, so CA Hwy 108 offers no time advantage."

Hwy 395 is a high speed route and just easier to drive than through the Yosemite. You don't necessarily save the whole hour, but I find it an easier drive. And 395 is very pretty as well.