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Evolution "Loop" Solo
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Erik Dietz

Locale: Los Angeles
Evolution "Loop" Solo on 04/19/2012 10:55:16 MDT Print View

So I'm planning on doing this trip in mid August and after reading B.G.s trip report from last summer (?) and looking at my newly acquired map I realized it's actually not a loop. Either you have to hitch hike between trail heads which I'm fine with or I could try to find some connecting trails. According to my map there is a trail that goes east from Lake Sabrina, up and over Table Mountain and connects to the road to South Lake where my car will be parked. This trail goes by George Lake and Tyee Lakes if that helps at all. Does anyone have any experience with this trail? Or do you think hitch hiking would be easier/less time consuming?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Evolution "Loop" Solo on 04/19/2012 17:11:01 MDT Print View

Their is a use trail. I forgot the mileage. You might have pretty good luck hitching a ride as the roads are pretty well traveled (both North Lake and South Lake) it is a beautiful hike BTW. Have fun!

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Evolution "Loop" Solo" on 04/19/2012 22:00:29 MDT Print View

If you mean the North lake/South Lake loop, don't worry about hitch-hiking the few road miles between trail-heads. There's lots of day-trippers and fishermen out and about who are friendly and familiar with your situation. Some of them will help. At least that's been my experience. And yes it's a great hike. (You could carry a little cardboard sign that says "my car's at South Lake" but that's probably overkill.)

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Evolution "Loop" Solo on 04/19/2012 23:16:41 MDT Print View

"This trail goes by George Lake and Tyee Lakes if that helps at all. Does anyone have any experience with this trail? Or do you think hitch hiking would be easier/less time consuming?"

Erik, I had that trail scoped out in case I needed to use it. Then I decided that hitching from one lake to another would be easier and quicker. Hitching proved to be just a bit problematic, but it worked. Maybe I should have washed my face and combed my hair to speed that up.


Erik Dietz

Locale: Los Angeles
Thanks! on 04/21/2012 18:23:24 MDT Print View

I guess I'll pack some extra food and have the trail as my back up in case I'm not pretty enough to get a ride.

Andy Duncan
(bluewater) - M

Locale: SoCal
South Lake/North Lake/South Lake Full Loop on 04/21/2012 21:58:22 MDT Print View

Eric, I've been looking into the same loop. The trail from the South Lake TH to the North Lake TH is about 11 miles. Here's a link to a trip report about the full loop hike:

I already have permits for late August (starting at North Lake). Can't lose no matter how you get into Evolution.

Erik Dietz

Locale: Los Angeles
... on 04/22/2012 10:55:29 MDT Print View

Andy, thank you for the link. It was nice reading about that section over Table mountain and it looks like some of the trail can be hard to find. Thankfully I'm getting up there a day or so earlier and I can scout it out some. I'm going up mid August and I can barely wait.