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Ryan Degnim
(rdegnim21) - F
SHR from Onion Valley on 05/15/2012 18:43:26 MDT Print View

Hi, I have backpacked in the Sierras both on the JMT and SHR.

I am looking for suggestions on going to the SHR from Raes Lakes/60 lakes basin. Particularly, any thing which could enhance this route experience (high alpine lakes, secluded off trail sites). If anyone has details, or photos they would like to share it would be greatly appreciated.

Starting point is tentatively Onion Valley (Kearsarge pass) to Raes lakes, and 60 lakes basin. Then heading North preferably off trail and staying high, until our group can intersect Roper's High Route. End point is Bishop pass trailhead. Have 8 days or so to complete.

Thanks,

Ryan

Brent Mahan
(thenerb)

Locale: Southern New Hampshire
When? on 05/16/2012 10:42:20 MDT Print View

When are you guys going?

I'm doing the full SHR starting 7/13 from Road's End and finishing up at Mono Village/Twin Lakes on 7/31.

Curious if I'll see your group when I'm there.

Have fun. Sounds like a nice route. I've never been to the Sierras, so my suggestions probably wouldn't be too helpful.

Ryan Degnim
(rdegnim21) - F
Reply on 05/16/2012 18:03:46 MDT Print View

Headed out their in Mid to late August.

Anybody with cool side trips/ secluded alpine lakes/crags/valleys worth exploring while taking that route. Will more than likely have 8 days to do the 70-80 or so miles between kearsarge and bishop pass.

Would anyone be able to convince me of heading north from Bishop pass area to Mammoth? Is the SHR as scenic as what I am tentatively planning?

Nathan Hays
(oroambulant)

Locale: San Francisco
Storm damage on 05/16/2012 18:39:32 MDT Print View

Highly recommend you look at the trail damage done by a windstorm last Nov. Many, many miles of sappy bushwacking over downed trees from Island Pass to at least as far south as Muir Pass. No info on points south of there yet:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/home/?cid=stelprdb5355082

I have a party of 6-7 JMT SOB starting 6/28 down Lyell Canyon and I'm not looking forward to a trail through a sawn timber forest. It'll smell good for the first quarter mile...

I suspect that some areas of the SHR will not be passable, at least not pleasantly for a good long while, perhaps not even this year. The good news is that the SHR is mostly above the tree line.

I have yet to see any trail reports through SEKI yet. I keep an eye on the PCT Assoc. and the SEKI report:

http://pcta.org/planning/during_trip/current.asp
http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/trailcond.htm

No longer relevant, but the snow report is good to watch while spring thaws:

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/snowapp/sweq.action