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Aug 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm #3604460
Thats awesome! We didn’t want to risk trying to get one of the last minute permits. So we are going to go into the Sierra from the west side where permits are easier to come by. We are going to head towards Graveyard Lakes and then head over one of the unnamed passed towards a few of the lakes kinda Northwest of the Graveyard lakes and explore around.
Sounds like you’re gonna have an awesome trip…cant wait to hear all about it. I am guessing you aren’t going to have much trouble with snow on any of those passes…it seems to be melting pretty quick now. Have fun and be safe!Jul 25, 2019 at 6:05 pm #3603417
Dang! When did permits become such a hot commodity?? I called the ranger station in Bishop and she informed me that we would pretty much have no chance of snagging a trail permit the day we were planning to head out. (That was our plan). In your guys experiences is this true? Ive done most of my backpacking out of Florence Lake area and never had an issue getting a last minute permit, so I figured it would be the same from the East Side. Any suggestions?
P.S. That labeled photo was SUPER helpful. THANKS!Jul 25, 2019 at 3:53 am #3603358
Thanks for the photos, they are super helpful! Would you be able to orientate me a little on the last photo of Puppet Pass? Where am I looking from? Where in the photo is Puppet Pass?
THANKS!Jul 23, 2019 at 4:58 pm #3603117
What route do you plan to take to and through Bear Lakes Basin?Jul 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm #3603113
Thanks the update…super useful! We are going to be heading out of North Lake on the 3rd. Hoping to make a loop out of Puppet Pass if we can. What about you?
FYI…if your lookin for good food in Bishop…I HIGHLY recommend a deli sandwich from Erick Schat’s Bakery.Jul 13, 2019 at 8:50 am #3601714
That’s awesome! What route are you planning to take? Are you concerned about snow conditions, or think it will mostly be melted off by August?Jul 13, 2019 at 1:39 am #3601693
thanks for the tip…ill definitely check it out!
Where in Humphreys Basin will you be going?Aug 14, 2016 at 1:11 am #3420098
Id go with the synthetic quilt. I hiked that trail maybe 15 years ago, so its a distant memory, but I remember lots of moisture.Jun 19, 2016 at 4:12 am #3409627
I havent read all the replies, so this may be redunant….
I take my dogs in CA bear country all the time. As a service dog, I am assuming your dog is well trained with good obidience. My dogs all go off leash with me, but with a simple comand they will come to my side and sit. I use this anytime I pass other hikers on the trail. On the numerous occaions I have seen bears, I put my dogs in a down and wait position…even if they are mid sprint after an animal, they will stop and lie down. Good obidience is very important in the backcounty…for wild animals, other hikers, dangerous stream crossings, and tough off trail routes. If yours isnt at that level, you have some time to work on that. its MUCH more enjoyable for you and your dog when they can be off leash. I am also a big supporter of remote shock colars (I am sure ill get some issues with this from people). But if used properly and safely they can be an amazing tool. My dogs LOVE their shock collars…when they go on they know fun and adventure awaits. if your interested in these check out TriTronics (now owned by Garmin). They are very high quality colars with a long range and fully waterproof.
On another note, check out The Honest Kitcken Dehydrated Dog food. Kibble starts to add up quickly and take up a lot of weight and space. The Honest Kitchen makes some great dehydrated food that my dogs love, is good for them and packs plenty of nutrition for long trail days. All at half the weight and space. My dogs keep most, if not all their food in their packs (depending on how long we are going for). I keep the food in zip locks and then in small dry bags. My dogs love to swim, and the last thing you want is to get their food all wet.
Check out Mushers Seceret. you can get it in Amazon. its a waxy like balm you rub on your dogs paws for protection…I find it works MUCH better than booties. I apply it to my dogs paws ever morning before we hit the trail…after weeks of hiking on granite, my dogs paws dont have any tears or rips or raw spots. Also consider talking to your vet about getting some medications to bring for your dogs…there are very specific human medications that your dog can and cannot have. See about some good pain medication and an antiimfalmatory as well as a antihistamine like benedryl. Ask your vet about correct dosages for your dog.
Hope this helps a little! Hiking with a dog is so much fun!
if you have any questions about specific dog training to get your pup up to a good level of obidience off leash feel free to PM me.Jan 15, 2016 at 10:48 pm #3376103
I guess hot is all relative. I am content with anything under 95-100, and am happy with a few days being a little over 100.Jan 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm #3376100
SImilar to Chico? Meh, ya not really what I was looking for. I didnt think Grass Valley or Placerville got that hot in the summer.Jan 14, 2016 at 4:35 am #3375735
crossings can get real bad in June. I have some pictures of some bad stream crossings in Kings Canyon in June 2010. But not really sure how to upload the pictures onto here….Jan 7, 2016 at 4:04 am #3374337
its a very doable XC route…I did it a few years back. The first part is a TON of big boulder hopping, and as you approach Goddard Canyon it turns into a lot of bushes and shrubs. Once you cut over from Wanda Lake to Davis Lake be sure and stay on the South side of Davis Lake, then cut across the peninsula in the middle of the lake to the north side of the lake. Then connect with North Goddard Creek and follow that all the way down to the Canyon. The trail the heads up to Hell For Sure Pass can be easy to miss if your heading down canyon, it cuts off the main trail at an awkward angle and is easy to pass.Dec 31, 2015 at 12:29 am #3373361
Look into Bear Lakes Basin in the John Muir Wilderness.Nov 6, 2015 at 12:59 am #2236363
What about Auburn or Grass valley? I am originally from the Bay Area, CA (moved to Arizona a few years ago for work). I am wanting to get back to CA ASAP and have been pondering the same questions. I was looking at Auburn, Grass Valley and Placerville. I don't know much about the schools in these towns. BUT…they are close to the mountains, and still close to the Bay Area and Sacramento. Lots of access to the high country. You are low enough in elevation to not get a ton of snow. I am a ER/ trauma nurse, so one of my requirements is being within a reasonable commute to a hospital. Having Sacramento close would leave many options. What are people thoughts on those areas?Oct 23, 2015 at 4:48 am #2233551
What about the good ol' taught line hitch? It holds really well and is "0" extra weight….Oct 23, 2015 at 4:37 am #2233550
Im not super savvy on material types. Looking at the Oware Flat Tarps…is 30d silnylon a durable material? Would I need to worry about it tearing in heavy winds? How water proof/ resistant is it?Aug 27, 2015 at 6:09 am #2223318
Ya, I only filter water that I drink. I never filter water for cooking or cleaning. But even still…I normally filter 3-5L a day while hiking, then another 2-3 when I get a to camp (I drink a lot of water in the back country. If you multiple that by 2-4 people….your looking at 15-30L a day of purifying. That adds up quick. The comment about chewing through batteries with streipens…I had heard that years ago….guessing their technology and efficiency has gotten MUCH better over the years. If you use a camelpak bladder, do you use a litter water bottle to "zap" then poor into the bladder? I was looking at the Platypus Gravity Works system….looks pretty interesting and efficient, but not as light as a steripen. Has anyone had experience with the Gravity Works system?Jun 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm #2205157
Anyone have any experience in this area?Mar 20, 2015 at 2:30 am #2184357
I was looking into the Wind River Range? What are peoples thoughts on that area? Any suggestions for places within the wind river Range?Feb 26, 2015 at 4:57 am #2178029
The buckets aren't just for mouse proofing, they make transporting them for the MTR staff A LOT easier. When we are stacking several hundred in the back of the Unimog truck….the boxes end up getting crushed and it makes packing tricky both on the truck and in the pack saddles when we uses horses for transport. I can tell ya the MTR staff gets REALLY frustrated when resupplies come in boxes. Please please please follow the guidelines and pack in bucketsFeb 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm #2171842
Almost every time I go backpacking with friends we share gear, and it works out great! We only bring one water filter, one stove…etc. it makes things a lot easier and lighter for everyone. having said that, if I did not know the people I was going with very well, I would be more reluctant to share gear. I have one friend that I have been backpacking a lot with over the years, and we have a great system of sharing gear.Jan 30, 2015 at 3:25 am #2169662
Joshua Tree can get pretty cold in March.
Some other places to consider are:
Big Sur….lots and lots of trails here….but Sykes Hot springs is popular
Big Basin; Skyline to Sea Trail
Point Reyes National Seashore….weather can be hit or miss there, but I've spent some beautiful days there in March.
Catalina Island and the Trans-Catalina Trail.
Could also consider many of the different trips in Southern Utah or Arizona.Jan 22, 2015 at 1:52 am #2166887
I think most have already said this, but ill chime in. There are many different levels of medical issues relayed to hyperthermia. heat stroke is on the extreme end of that. I believe your concern is more related to heat exhaustion (the two are often mixed up)….heat exhaustion being the less serious of the two.
But for a long story short…if your paying attention to your body and what its telling you, I don't think you'll have a problem. Keep covered and drink lots of water….stay hydrated, stay hydrated, stay hydrated.
If for the reason you were to feel like the heat is getting to you (most likely heat exhaustion), take a break in a small shady area, hydrate and cool off before you continue.
if your going to carry a few extra ounces, consider Oral Rehydration Salts to add to a L of water.
In a serious hyperthermic situation, such as heat stroke, one small ice pack will do nothing for you…..not worth the effort or the weight.
be smart, hike smart and avoid any issues all together.Jan 19, 2015 at 12:48 am #2165905
What about Jedediah Smith State Park? There are some impressively massive redwoods up there and the Smith River is breath taking. I haven't don't any backpacking there, but I have heard of some longer trails in the area.