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Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
"Ansel Adams Wilderness" on 07/29/2013 22:57:56 MDT Print View

Did a trip with the Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group starting July 25 to the 28. We went over Tioga Pass and when we turned south we could see a haze and as we got closer we smelled smoke and by the time we got to Mammoth Lakes we couldn't even see Mammoth Mountain. A little wind cleared it enough to see the mountain. Evidently the fire, named Aspen, is still burning and at this writing is only 20% contained. It has burned 11,000, acres a little NW of Huntington Lake.
Caught the shuttle out of Mammoth Ski Area to Agnew Meadow TH.

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We followed the JMT north and turned off to go to Ediza Lake. The smoke wasn't too bad and we encountered a thunder shower that afternoon which cleared out the smoke.

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Stayed at Ediza and the next morning headed to Thousand People I mean Thousand Island Lake. Met the ranger on the way out and she said it was a popular place and it was. Set up camp just before it started raining. Climbed into the hammock and watched it rain and just before dinner it let up.

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The smoke moved back in overnight but wasn't too bad. Set out on a day hike to Donohue Pass and by the time we got there it was just starting to rain. Wasn't too smoky up on the pass and the rain cleared it out pretty good on the way down. The rain quit just as we hit camp but the smoke was right behind it.

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The smoke moved in over night and on Sunday morning was pretty thick. We took the PCT out of Thousand Island hoping to get good the good views but the smoke was so thick that we couldn't even see across the canyon.

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All in all a good trip in a really beautiful part of the Sierra

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
On a clear day you can see the mountains... on 07/30/2013 06:46:43 MDT Print View

And here is what the lake looks like on a clear day...



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Edited by balzaccom on 07/30/2013 06:48:09 MDT.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: On a clear day you can see the mountains... on 07/30/2013 11:11:07 MDT Print View

That looks like Banner Peak on a good day.

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Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: "Ansel Adams Wilderness" on 07/30/2013 11:53:17 MDT Print View

Nice report Marc. Too bad about that fire. I've got a similar trip planned out of Agnew Meadows in a few weeks. Hopefully the views will be more like what Paul posted by then.

Edited by csteutterman on 07/30/2013 11:54:13 MDT.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Ansel Adams Wilderness on 07/30/2013 12:00:28 MDT Print View

Nice!!

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
August 23rd on 07/30/2013 12:07:21 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing, Marc. Too bad about the smoke, but it sounds like you still had a good time.

I have a permit for Agnew Meadows TH starting on the 23rd of August for what is suppose to be a nice week in the Sierra. Hopefully, things are cleared up by then. Incident Information System: Aspen Fire

Edited by FeetFirst on 07/30/2013 12:35:34 MDT.