Aug 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm #1306472
@jacobdLocale: North Bay
David W. and I headed up to Tuolumne Mdw. the other day in hopes of getting a permit for Young Lakes with plans to go XC to Roosevelt and maybe bag Mt. Conness from the West side. A couple weeks prior the quota was full so we held out hope for a walk up but alas, no luck. Rather than plan-b something that either of us had already done, we decided to explore somewhere new and tried McCabe Lakes via Saddlebag Lake.
The weather was nice, 70's/20's, no bugs, clear skies, lots of stars and meteors.
The rock scramble over McCabe Pass was a good one. For those at Trinity Alps trip a couple years ago that did that scramble, think higher, steeper, and with more ledges and loose crap.
We stayed at Upper McCabe and day hiked to the middle and lower lakes. The scenery was great.
Followed it up with another nice evening with beers (Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Russian River Damnation), stars, and meteors.
We found our way out the next day via a different route than we came down, neither of which were the recommended routes to take, but there's always more than one way. Good stuff to get the lungs and heart pumping. I've not been the most active this year and I could feel it a bit.
All in all a short but fine trip. I think my lungs finally caught up by the last day. I feel ready to get out there a bit more, but I don't know if my schedule will permit, unfortunately. Here are a few photos…
We destroyed a fire ring and in the process found some old trash to pack out. Canned bacon anyone??
Full trip report here with more photos. The shelter pictured is an Ultamid 2. HMG sent me one to check out. I'm up to speed on the chatter about it and I'll be posting some thoughts on it later this week.Aug 12, 2013 at 7:46 pm #2014780
Nice quick trip to beautiful country! Good one!Aug 12, 2013 at 7:53 pm #2014784
Love the east side. Picture perfect weather. So glad you moved closer Jacob. Could mean more trips for both of us.Aug 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm #2014813
@davidpcvsamoaLocale: East Bay, CAAug 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm #2014831
@andrew-fLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Cool trip guys. Ellen and I must have just missed you – we were in Tuolumne last weekend and climbed the north ridge of North Peak which is just south of Secret Pass where you guys crossed over to Upper McCabe Lake. One of my favorite trips which I have done a bunch of times now is to loop around Conness via Upper McCabe->Roosevelt Lake->Young Lakes->Skelton Lakes->Gaylor Lakes->Spuller Lake->back to Saddlebag. Conness is a fun climb too via the east ridge. Twenty Lakes Basin in general is just a fantastic area. Did you indulge in the water taxi across Saddlebag Lake? :)
North Ridge, North Peak
Upper McCabe Meadow, from September 29th 2012
Aug 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm #2014833
@meldLocale: The here and now.
Nice looking country and great pics. Looks like you had a great time.Aug 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm #2014836
@jacobdLocale: North Bay
Hey Andrew. Yeah we were down there while you guys were on the rock. Small world! Your loop sounds great. We were kicking around the possabilities out there.
Oh, and we skipped the taxi this time. I did take it with my kids n wife the last time.Aug 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm #2014838
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
The standard trip starts from Saddlebag Lake, goes up to Steelhead Lake, crosses up and over the crest and down to Upper McCabe Lake for the first day. For the second day, you go south over a pass which has been named "Don't Be a Smart Pass" which brings you down to Roosevelt Lake. You head south and southeast, contour at the 10,000 foot level, and camp the second night at one of the Young Lakes. On the third day, you cross up through Ragged Peak Pass, optionally climb the peak, and then continue all the way south down the standard trail to the T.M. stables. Then hitchhike back to Saddlebag Lake to retrieve the car.
–B.G.–Aug 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm #2015030
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Nice report guys…..I too have done the same trip. Some of my favorite areas of the Sierra. 20 Lakes Basin is a gem and a half too!
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