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Best Lake for a Basecamp
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Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Best Lake for a Basecamp on 01/06/2011 15:20:13 MST Print View

Every year my family and friends car camp at June Lake for 10 days. At the end of the trip, I take a 2-3 day solo hike into the local mtns. I am looking for a place to do that on the other side of the Sierras. Requirements:

1) My friend takes a boat for trout fishing, and we dock the boat just steps from our campground. Any new location would have to be just as convenient for this to work.

2) Must have all the amenities nearby like a bar, groceries, etc.

3) June lake has literally dozens of trout lakes and rivers nearby and dozens of hiking trails nearby to keep me busy.

So why a different spot? Because Ive been going East for 15 years! Its time for something new! Any ideas?

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Best Lake for Basecamp on 01/06/2011 17:07:16 MST Print View

I've never been here, so I can't give you any first-hand knowledge on what's there or what's around there, but what about Lake Isabella?

For your solo trip at the end of the campout, you're right there around the southern portion of Sierra National Forest and the Golden Trout Wilderness. There's some nice hikes off of Hwy 190 on the west side of the sierras. Not very high country, but kinda' neat nonetheless. It's a popular area with the horse packer crowd but I haven't seen too many hikers around the western Golden Trout area over the years.

You could hike along sections of both the Kern and Little Kern Rivers. Some of the gorges along the Little Kern are pretty impressive.

Adan Lopez
(Lopez) - F

Locale: San Gabriel Valley
Thanks Nick on 01/07/2011 09:51:26 MST Print View

I've been to Isabella. The trails there are real good as is the trout fishing in the Kern river. The lake however is not a high sierra lake, it looks more like a reservoir in the desert. Thanks though.