- May 6, 2020 at 10:24 pm #3645572Yuri RBPL Member
I would like to ask for your suggestions on some relatively easy, but pretty hikes that offer good views, fishing opportunities. Ideally a loop so we can go start and finish at the same spot without going over the same trails.
My dad and I used to hike around Mammoth/Thousand Island Lake and adjacent JMT, but he is older now and we need to take things easier. Additionally, I plan on taking my 8 year old with us to have some bonding time.
We would be looking to do 5-7 miles per day, so that kid is not too exhausted and we have plenty of breaks. We will rely on fishing to supplement our food, so the trail needs to be by river/stream/lakes.
Would be looking to spend 2-3 nights and then head back. We are in San Diego so it will involve a fun car trip :)
Ideas, suggestions?May 7, 2020 at 7:28 am #3645601Paul WagnerBPL Member
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
My website, backpackthesierra.com, has a ton of suggestions for hikes just like this. Among those I would recommended are:
A loop out of Marvin Meadows to Lake Seville, Twin Lakes, and Jennnie Lake
Dinkey Lakes out of Courtwright Reservoir
Crabtree to Gem lake, Woods Lake, and Grouse Lake in Emigrant Wilderness
Green Lakes to West lake, Hoover Lake, and out. Not quite a loop, but still good.
Twenty Lakes Basin just East of Yosemite.
Lots of options, Lots and lots of options.May 7, 2020 at 9:12 am #3645612jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
Starting at Echo lake, it’s pretty easy into Aloha Lake in Desolation wilderness. A good route would then be over Dicks Pass to the lakes on the other side to camp, and then a very easy hike out to the road on your third day.
This isn’t a loop, however.
You could day hike out of Aloha and then move your camp to one of the nearby lakes for night two; and then hike back to Echo Lake.
OR, start at the trailhead out of Fallen Leaf Lake and then make a loop taking in Aloha any number of ways.May 7, 2020 at 9:38 am #3645615Ben H.BPL Member
@bzhayesLocale: So. California
Little lakes Valley trailhead is the most spectacular, spectacularly easy, high elevation hiking in the Sierra’s.May 8, 2020 at 5:28 pm #3645884Yuri RBPL Member
Thank you all for the suggestions, I will be checking them out! Love the community here :)May 9, 2020 at 1:13 pm #3645984Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I would second the recommendation of Little Lakes Valley, from the Mosquito Flat Trailhead at the end of Rock Creek Rd. Rock Creek is halfway between Mammoth and Bishop. The trailhead is at about 10000 feet but there are no big climbs if you do a loop around the valley. Great fishing and very dog friendly. The parking is shared between dayhikers and backpackers so the lot fills up quickly especially on weekends. There is a backpacker campsite near the parking area which might be recommended for acclimating if you are driving up from sea level. Permits are avaiable at the Bishop ranger station.
I would also second the recommendation of Crabtree to Gem lake, Woods Lake, and Grouse Lake in the Emigrant Wilderness. You start from a lower elevation than Little Lakes. There are several ridges to cross over but no big passes. You could even spend two nights at Gem Lake. Not as scenic as Rock Creek but the fishing is usually good. There is camping at the trailhead. Permits are available at the Pinecrest ranger station.Jul 21, 2020 at 8:22 am #3665711jennifer rBPL Member
2nd this as about the easiest and most beautiful you can do. Cottonwood also.Jul 21, 2020 at 2:56 pm #3665744Erik GBPL Member
@fox212Locale: Central Coast
+1 to Cottonwood Lakes/Pass area. Cottonwood pass is very easy, and the Big Whitney Meadow area just beyond is pretty spectacular.Jul 21, 2020 at 8:52 pm #3665812jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
I wonder what the poster ended up doing…?Jul 31, 2020 at 6:35 pm #3667794Phong DBPL Member
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Not really Sequoia but very beautiful and at least 4 lakes in a days hike. Go to Tahoe. Take the bus to Reds Meadow. By the Ranger Station on the PCT there’s a stretch north with a bunch of lakes within like 8 miles. Last I was there they have fishing with lures only and golden trout it might be catch and release but I’m not sure.Jul 31, 2020 at 6:46 pm #3667797Phong DBPL Member
Oh this is old sorry about my stupid reply above it fails in many areas. I tried to edit but it didn’t work.
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