Leading a group on the Rae Lakes loop counterclockwise. First time doing this loop. Going in on Fri, 8/31 and exiting Thursday 9/6. I basically took the trip from the book Sierra South (Wilderness Press), reversed itand did some minor tweeking. Proposed trip itinary is as follows:
8/31 Roads end to Charlotte Creek, 7.5 miles, 2165 gain
9/1 Charlotte Creek to Charlott Lake, 9 miles, 3170 gain
9/2 Charlotte Lake to Rae Lakes, 5.5 miles, over Glen Pass at 11,978.
9/3 Layover at Rae Lakes
9/4 Rae Lakes to Woods Creek Crossing, 7.1 miles, loss of 2053
9/5 Woods Creek Crossing to Middle Paradise Valley, 8.2 miles, loss of 1552
9/6 Middle Paradise Valleyy to Roads End, 6 miles, loss of 1905.
Mileage and elevation gain/loss are estimates taken from a Tom Harrison map. Elevation gain the first three days is about 7000. Total miles are 43.3.
Where are the bear lockers on this loop?
I heard the bear lockers were reserved for JMT hikers, is this true?
On the way in, I am bipassing the tradional overnight of Viddette Meadow and going to Charlotte lake? What do you think?
Recommendations for the layover day? Peaks to bag, etc.
Where are the best fising locations?
Thanks for your help.