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Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Hoover wilderness/Eastern Emigrant Ideas? on 07/11/2013 12:48:52 MDT Print View

Hi Everyone,

I'm looking for some route advice. I'm planning a mid-August, 3 day, ~30 mile trip to Emigrant and/or Hoover wilderness. Ideally, the plan would be to drive over from the south bay on a Thursday night, stay at an organized camp site (or near the trail head), hit the trail Friday morning, and return to the trail head Sunday afternoon.

Seems like the logical points of entry would be Kennedy Meadows, Sonora Pass, the Leavitt jeep trail head, or Leavitt Meadows.
Regarding Leavitt Jeep trail head, we do not have a vehicle which could actually take us to Leavitt lake--we'd need to walk from the trail head at 108 (assuming that we can park there). Regarding Leavitt Meadows, there is a desire to avoid a potentially difficult crossing at West Walker River (although it seems that the river should be low this year; I also heard that there are "log crossings," but I don't know much about them.

Aside from beautiful scenery, considerations include minimal mosquito issues on the one hand, easy access to water on the other hand. Also looking for some place quiet--without tons of people or pack mules. It would also be necessary for the trip to be a loop (i.e., no shuttles, hitchhking, etc).

Some sample trips which seemed interesting include:
(HOOVER WILDERNESS: Leavitt Meadows and the West Walker River)

From Kennedy meadows there are a couple of loops out to Emigrant Lake via Lunch Meadow and back as well

Any additional thoughts from those in the know?

Thanks very much


Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
Hoghway 108 on 07/12/2013 16:05:55 MDT Print View

This is our stomping grounds.

Here are a few options:

1. Kennedy Meadows up Summit Creek and then cross country to Ridge and Iceland lakes.

2. Leavitt Meadows up the river to Fremont, then Cinko Lake.

3. Crabtree Cabin in to Deer Lake, then down to Woods Lake and out.

We have trip reports on all of these on our website, under the destinations for 108.

PM me if you want more info

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Hoover wilderness/Eastern Emigrant Ideas? on 07/12/2013 23:55:05 MDT Print View

A few weeks ago I did a 2 night/ 3 day trip out of Hoover that basically looked like this: Twin Lakes TH ->Little Slide Canyon ->Mule Pass ->Peeler Lake and then out. It was awesome. When you get up Little Slide Canyon its just plain awesome.(x-ctry, sort of, there's a non-maintained use trail climbers use to get to a giant outcrop they call The Incredible Hulk but no trail after, just lots of talus and boulders and then a gorgeous meadow). A ranger there described it to me as "the little himalayas", seems appropriate.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Hoover wilderness/Eastern Emigrant Ideas? on 07/13/2013 01:22:03 MDT Print View

One day, hike from Leavitt Meadow on 108 to Tower Lake. Second day, bag Tower Peak. Third day, return to the highway.

It seems like if you stay on-route and do it right, the peak is only about Class 2.


Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Water availability and mosquito conditions at Emigrant/Hoover--when's the sweet spot? on 07/14/2013 16:15:17 MDT Print View

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. We have the opportunity to go this coming weekend (July 18-21) or put things off until mid-August. On the one hand, we'd obviously like to avoid mosquitoes. But, on the other hand, we want to make sure that there will be adequate opportunities to find water--some of the distances between obvious water sources (like lakes) are large, and I'm wondering if the creeks will be dry by mid-August making water availability an issue.

Any inputs?

Thanks again,