Dec 21, 2010 at 9:26 am #1266802
@fuzzLocale: Sunny San Diego
OK, father planning summer trips with little ones here. We've done the San Jacinto / San Gorgonio / deserts etc around San Diego. I'd like to get a trip planned for a three day backpack after snows clear in a days drive from San Diego. Let's say mountainous with fishing… not necessarily all the way up to yosemite or sierras… just south of there. Ideas? Kids are 9 /8 / 6….. Thanks as always for the brain bank here.
EdDec 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm #1676631
@tacksman99Locale: So Cal
You and me both Edward are interested in finding a new area. I'm north in Ventura Co.Dec 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm #1676808
@highsierraguyLocale: Northern California
Have you guys ever tried hiking around Kings Canyon or just north of there by like the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness or the John Muir Wilderness?Dec 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm #1677138
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
How about the southern sections of the Golden Trout Wilderness/Sierra National Forest (not park), accessed off of Hwy 190 behind Springville and Porterville?
It's a bit lower in elevation, say 6,000'- 8,000' high… you can easily still have to deal with snow during the winter, but come spring, it clears up pretty quickly.
It's a popular area in the summer with horse packers but I haven't seen too many hikers out that way over the years. A friend's family has a private inholding out that way, so I head in there once or twice a year for a visit.
I don't know about lakes in the area off the top of my head, but you've got the Kern and Little Kern to fish along with smaller creeks and tributaries.Dec 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm #1677459
@fuzzLocale: Sunny San Diego
Thanks guys. I'm looking all those ideas up. I've done some minaret / mammoth area hikes before, but none of those areas are familar to me. Something to read up on … thanks!Dec 26, 2010 at 5:27 pm #1677785
@jumpbackjackLocale: Armpit of California
Try Gem Lakes out of Bishop. Head north through Bishop on hwy 395 towards Mammoth, when you get to Tom's place make a left and follow it till the road ends, at Little Lakes T.H. The hike is 3.3 miles one way with only 600ft elevation gain, great fishing and picture taking. The Lake will look Emerald green when the sun reaches about 12 noon, or when ever it tops over the mountain, this is one of my favorite hikes. I will pm you with a link to view my pics.Dec 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm #1678098
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
When I was hiking the PCT, a lot of fishermen were seen heading to the Kern River in the Rockhouse basin area south of Kennedy Meadows. Others were just north of Kennedy Meadows, also on the Kern. I hear this gets a little hot further into the summer, so it might be a great choice for late spring/early summer and fall.
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