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Best "Sierra Like" backpack near Southern California with lake and fishing.
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Edward Z
(Fuzz) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
Best "Sierra Like" backpack near Southern California with lake and fishing. on 12/21/2010 10:26:10 MST Print View

OK, father planning summer trips with little ones here. We've done the San Jacinto / San Gorgonio / deserts etc around San Diego. I'd like to get a trip planned for a three day backpack after snows clear in a days drive from San Diego. Let's say mountainous with fishing... not necessarily all the way up to yosemite or sierras... just south of there. Ideas? Kids are 9 /8 / 6..... Thanks as always for the brain bank here.


(tacksman99) - F

Locale: So Cal
Me too! on 12/21/2010 22:17:42 MST Print View

You and me both Edward are interested in finding a new area. I'm north in Ventura Co.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Southern Sierras on 12/22/2010 13:20:56 MST Print View

Have you guys ever tried hiking around Kings Canyon or just north of there by like the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness or the John Muir Wilderness?

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
southern sierras on 12/23/2010 15:15:31 MST Print View

How about the southern sections of the Golden Trout Wilderness/Sierra National Forest (not park), accessed off of Hwy 190 behind Springville and Porterville?

It's a bit lower in elevation, say 6,000'- 8,000' high... you can easily still have to deal with snow during the winter, but come spring, it clears up pretty quickly.

It's a popular area in the summer with horse packers but I haven't seen too many hikers out that way over the years. A friend's family has a private inholding out that way, so I head in there once or twice a year for a visit.

I don't know about lakes in the area off the top of my head, but you've got the Kern and Little Kern to fish along with smaller creeks and tributaries.

Edward Z
(Fuzz) - MLife

Locale: Sunny San Diego
Those are all new on 12/24/2010 23:33:59 MST Print View

Thanks guys. I'm looking all those ideas up. I've done some minaret / mammoth area hikes before, but none of those areas are familar to me. Something to read up on ... thanks!

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Hikes on 12/26/2010 18:27:49 MST Print View

Try Gem Lakes out of Bishop. Head north through Bishop on hwy 395 towards Mammoth, when you get to Tom's place make a left and follow it till the road ends, at Little Lakes T.H. The hike is 3.3 miles one way with only 600ft elevation gain, great fishing and picture taking. The Lake will look Emerald green when the sun reaches about 12 noon, or when ever it tops over the mountain, this is one of my favorite hikes. I will pm you with a link to view my pics.

Edited by jumpbackjack on 12/26/2010 18:28:32 MST.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Re: Best "Sierra Like" backpack near Southern California with lake and fishing. on 12/27/2010 19:28:22 MST Print View

When I was hiking the PCT, a lot of fishermen were seen heading to the Kern River in the Rockhouse basin area south of Kennedy Meadows. Others were just north of Kennedy Meadows, also on the Kern. I hear this gets a little hot further into the summer, so it might be a great choice for late spring/early summer and fall.