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Title: Summer Hiking
Post by: CMARJEEP on March 26, 2013, 04:33:40 PM
I was driving over Donner Pass yesterday and saw how little snow there was left. None along the freeway and a lot of rocks showing through on the peaks. Can't wait to get out hiking this summer. I just ordered a book from Amazon that has over 150 hikes in the Reno/Tahoe area.

I really want to do Castle Peak and Mt. Rose this year. Anyone got any other suggestions?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Jam86 on March 26, 2013, 04:53:30 PM
Any area or a particular area?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: autumnxtoxsehsa on March 26, 2013, 05:02:38 PM
Been trying for a few years now to find time to do Mt tallac and reach the summit. Always getting rained out when I plan it though, maybe this year we will get lucky
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Day215 on March 26, 2013, 05:39:30 PM
Check out this site, he gives directions to each one with the difficulty of each hike. We did a few last summer, it's really cool.

http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=regionca (http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=regionca)
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: connor0770 on March 26, 2013, 06:04:55 PM
I was driving over Donner Pass yesterday and saw how little snow there was left. None along the freeway and a lot of rocks showing through on the peaks. Can't wait to get out hiking this summer. I just ordered a book from Amazon that has over 150 hikes in the Reno/Tahoe area.

I really want to do Castle Peak and Mt. Rose this year. Anyone got any other suggestions?

Castle Peak is awesome! WHen you hike castle peak go a little past the trail head and check out Peter Grub hut. Its an Emergency hut for snowshoers and cross country skiers in the winter. Ive stayed there a couple times now. Its fun!
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CMARJEEP on March 26, 2013, 09:05:47 PM
If you guys hike near Tahoe leave a post a couple days in advance (if you want company that is). Mt Talac is on my to do list, maybe after a few conditioning hikes though. I've hiked 5 miles in both directions from Spooner, Davis Creek, Wolf Creek and a few sections of the PCT. I don't think I'm up for week long backpacking any more, but day hikes are cool. Let us know if that book is any good.  :usa:

I'll definitely post up. I'm always looking for people to come along. The Mt. Tallac hike looks awesome with great views. I'm going to try to get out every week this summer and try a new hike.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CMARJEEP on March 27, 2013, 09:01:23 PM
Got the book in today. Has tons of great hikes from Graeagle to South Lake. Can't wait to get out this year and some of these.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on December 29, 2013, 09:50:27 PM
Hiking no. But I have camped at Big Pine campground/Glacier Lodge. I'm pretty sure you can hike to JMT from there. I know there are parking lots for hikers up there. Great fishing up there too. I even caught a Golden Trout up there. That was 20 years ago though.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on August 28, 2014, 08:26:58 PM
I did a couple of three day hikes through Yosemite back in '89 and '90. I was carrying a 50lb. pack. Things have sure changed since then. 25lbs. would have been a dream.
 I'm predicting fair weather for you.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on September 08, 2014, 05:39:15 PM
Looks like a good trip.

Did you eat any fresh fish?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 08, 2014, 05:51:46 PM
That is some beautiful country there.
 Did you get any rain? I'm guessing not, with all those blue sky pics.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 09, 2014, 03:45:11 PM
Bill caught some fish, but he is a "catch and release" fly fisherman. One 15" Rainbow at 1000 Island Lake was impressive. Many Brookies in the streams also. No rain, fantastic weather. Probably good thing we chose the 26 mile route and not the longer 35 mile option down to Devils Postpile. A shower came through Monday after we headed home. My body held up great, except for some back pain - I will have a modern pack for the next hike.  :thumbsup:

Bill says we will have trout for dinner. I've heard that before :)

WTH?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: connor0770 on June 04, 2015, 07:49:33 AM
You should hike castle peak. Slippery hike but worth the view. Get off at the boreal exit, take a right. Camp at the trailhead. Hike up the road then you will reach a split in the trail. Take a right up castle peak.   Also if you go straight instead if right it takes you to a winter cabin. I've gotten to stay there when I was in Boy Scouts. Pretty cool
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Anticanman on June 04, 2015, 03:37:30 PM
I just did the mist trail last month in Yosemite and stretched it to the top of Nevada falls. Highly recommended on a weekday.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: norcal_chris on June 10, 2015, 12:21:33 PM
+1 on castle peak.

Castle peak and half dome are my two favorite hikes
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on December 15, 2017, 10:56:01 PM
Interesting post.

 In my experiences with bears, they've always run away when they saw me. In Yosemite, the rangers would tell you, if a bear was after your food, to bang pots together to scare them off.

I remember back when I went to summer camp. The counselors would tell us that if we were bitten by a rattle snake, to cut an X with a knife at the bite, and suck the poison out. Of course that would be if you could actually reach the bite with your mouth. And I always wondered why they were telling us that, because there's no rattle snakes in Minnesota. :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on December 16, 2017, 11:56:40 AM
The only two encounters I've had with rattlesnakes were both in SoCal, in the San Bernardino mountains.

 I was hiking with a girlfriend on a mountain trail. We came over a slight incline, and there was a Rattler coiled up and ready to strike right in the middle of the trail. I turned and said run. I only got about 10 feet and turned around, and it wasn't chasing us. I turned back around, and my girlfriend was 100 yards down the path. :rofl: She was more of an urban girl. :biggrin:

 The other time, I was riding my motorcycle through the fun twisty Hwy 2. Again coming over a slight incline in the road. The Rattler was coiled up on the yellow center line. I didn't have time to react in a safe way, so it took a shot at my leg. Of course I was probably going about 60 MPH, so it may have hit my exhaust pipe or rear tire. :hahaha:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: WJChris on December 16, 2017, 08:04:22 PM
I believe I have heard or read you have hours for rattlesnake bites. A couple maybe.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: pdangerp on December 17, 2017, 08:59:50 AM
Fucking hate bears.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: pdangerp on December 18, 2017, 08:29:36 AM
Ha, still pissed about losing those burritos to the Buck Island Bear? That guy hit up everyone that night. I remember eating cereal at 2am before he got that too. Stupid humans  :hahaha:
Yes, I am still mad at that bear. I figure a 12g slug should dispatch a black bear in case of another close call.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 23, 2018, 09:34:15 PM
I've taken a couple more BP trips with my new gear and comfort makes all the difference.
So what is new and what is the latest and greatest? I still have, (and just for the record, I'm not planning any kind of trips until I know my conditioning, etc.) an older aluminum frame pack. But at the time I though it comfy enough and it's purdy light. It's got a ton of room, and like Ben said... could prolly pack it with 50+lbs of stuff easily.
As far as bucket lists for trails... I don't know why, but I'd kinda like to take a crack @ Yosemite Falls trail!  :eek: Couple thousand ft. straight up almost, but it looks like it can be done in a day. So obviously that is not a BP deal. But I think that would be cool.
There is also another loop trail in the John Muir wilderness I've always wanted to do that intersects with a section of the PCT and comes back into Lake Edison. That could be done in 2-3 days. We shall see... since I thought the Joint trail in Moab was gonna kill me!  :rofl:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on January 23, 2018, 10:30:03 PM
I can't even imagine putting 50 lbs. on my back anymore. I doubt you can either Randy. Those two trips in Yosemite were back when I was in my 30's. The first one was back before my wife and I were married. We started in the valley, and hiked up to the top of Nevada Falls. We were supposed to hike to Tuolumne Meadows. By the time we got to the 2500' top, we were done. So we just hung out the next day, and went back down on the third day. If anyone tries to tell you that going down is harder than going up, they're fucking lying.

The second trip,(on our honeymoon) we had a plan. We started in Tuolumne Meadows, and hiked down to the valley. We spent the first night in High Sierra Campground, and second at Nevada Falls. A much easier hike, and very fulfilling.

 There was one fault in our plan. The park had yet to start their shuttle service back to Tuolumne Meadows. We had to hitchhike back to the car. :peep:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 24, 2018, 08:46:21 AM
Lol, I don't plan to put 50lbs into a pack... just meant it has the cargo space. All said and done... it boils down to the legs, the back and cardio! We shall see. Like I said... bucket list. Doesn't mean it will happen any time soon.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 24, 2018, 05:17:43 PM
Well, definitely we'll have to chat about all this in Moab.  I can't even remember what brand my pack is? (it's out in the shop) I do need a good down bag tho... but one that is long enough for my fat arse. Last time I packed to where I mentioned, I prolly DID have 50+ lbs of crap on my back. But I was a young strapping stud back then... not a broke'n down old fat guy like now.  :peep:
 As far as Bear mace... naw... been up in these hills all my life and I could give a rip about bears.  :shaking: I'll carry a gun before I'll carry mace, and I typically don't carry a gun. Fishing pole, yes... gun... we'll see.  :biggrin:

Mist trail... that is the falls (Vernal) on the Merced river and down stream from Nevada falls. That is a very short hike. Prolly done it a dozen times in the past. Yosemite Falls starts from the valley floor and shoots straight up to the top of Yosemite Falls. I do not believe permits are required for day hikes. IIRC it is 4 miles one way. Zig zagging back and forth thu the rocks up to the top. Never done that one. Would be a challenge for a fat man... but I'd like to try.  :cheers2:

I've never heard of LaConti canyon, but the route I am referring to is going up out of Edison lake, up thru Graveyard Meadows, up thru Goodale Pass and then over Silver pass and back down the PCT to one of the forks of the San Joaquin river and then back down to Edison Lake. 25-30 miles over all IIRC.
But Speaking of Graveyard meadows... FREAKING AWESOME!!!!! Been going there since I was knee high. It sits in-between two mtn's and is about a half mile long and 2-3 football fields wide. Just gorgeous!! I used to take my old FJ-40 up there all the time when that 4x4 trail was still open. Graveyard was the boundry of the JM wilderness. But in the early 80's they moved the wilderness boundary down to Edison Lake and thus closing the trail. And just FYI, that same wilderness expansion almost closed the Dusy/Ershim trial too, but the clubs banded together and got the right of way to keep Dusy open. I still totally disagree with the wilderness expansion (i.e. Sierra Club) b/c there is 5 miles of absolutely nothing but typical forest between Edison and Graveyard... but it is what it is.  :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 26, 2018, 07:08:55 PM
Ropes?>Climbing>?  Confucius say... yu clazy!  :eek:

Where you have been is waaaaay south of what I was talking about.

try this...

 https://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=37.42152,-118.94648&z=13&b=t

and this satellite view. Graveyard is easily seen. Devils bathtub to the NW

https://www.google.com/maps/@37.4116323,-118.9599051,7371m/data=!3m1!1e3

all said and done... everywhere up and down the Sierra's is gorgeous. this is just where I purdy much grew up.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on January 26, 2018, 10:57:05 PM
Yeah it is gorgeous. I used to go camping, hiking and fishing out of Big Pine campground. It was right next to Glacier Lodge. I understand it burned down some years back. :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on January 27, 2018, 11:07:33 AM
yeah, you're prolly right... 2 or 3 days when I was 20!  :biggrin:

But there is always the nuclear option. The Edison pack station!  :rofl: Take the horses/pack mules up to Goodale and then it is a easy hike all down hill.  :biggrin: Or just have them do a drop @ Goodale and it is still down hill. Of course that would require getting up to Goodale by night. lol. Again, I know I could do it in the 'old'n days'! haha.
It would prolly take me a day just to get to Graveyard now.  :shaking:

Just for the halibut. Take a look at the map again. Just above and to the east of Graveyard on the ridge to the east you'll see Arrowhead lake. (on the satellite map it looks just like an arrowhead. you may need to zoom in a bit) Almost due north of that on the same ridge is Feather lake. Great fishing! Back in the day, I could hike that in a day! I've taken Debbie and my daughter there on the horses several times. Way easier on the horses... still a long day, tho.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on June 25, 2018, 08:12:11 AM
Well... I went up to the Dinkey Lakes wilderness area Sat. Hiked my fat arse up to Mystery Lake to fish. That was a dud. So I then  hiked up to Sweed Lake. Just took a day pack and my fishing stuff. Don't think I'll be doing that Graveyard trip any time soon!  :shaking:  I 'maybe' did 5 miles total and by the time I got back to the Jeep my legs were rubber!  :rofl:
The good news is I didn't stroke out and I at least caught a few fish! If I keep trying to get into better shape, I think I could prolly do that whole loop... which I have never done. Just the 2 lakes mentioned. Great scenery and mostly not a bad hike for most of the trail. Just a few good inclines and then it mellows a bit. This loop for sure could be done in 2 days.
What do you think, Doug? Wanna try it later this summer.  :biggrin:

Just one downside item... I did pick up a Kelty down bag this spring. Tried it out. Even tho I got the extra long version. Barely could get the stupid thing zipped! Too freaking narrow! WTF?!  :pissed: So now I'll prolly have to fork out another couple hundred (or more) to find a larger size down bag!!!  :shaking:

Oh, btw... tried a pack of dry food for the first time. Got the Ham n' Egg breakfast one.  Not great, but not bad. Could have used some salt and pepper that I did not have.  :shaking:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Camilo98 on August 10, 2018, 03:41:42 PM
My wife, my daughter (19mo), and I went up and backpack the Loon Lake trail (south part of the lake) about two weeks ago. Trail is about 4mi to the campground on the east side of the lake. The "backpacking" campground is near the boating only campground on that side.
Great hike, very minimal elevation change, and the water was spectacular! We took a campsite with a table right next to the water. I recommend this hike for a long day hike (with no kids) or a one night stay. If you go further you can make it all the way to spider or buck lake as well.
Overall our first backpacking trip as a family of 3 + the dog went great and looking forward to more backcountry trips.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on September 18, 2018, 08:29:10 PM

  Interested?
yes... in a trip report.  :biggrin:

and pics...  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 21, 2018, 10:22:57 AM
Ha. We are a day behind already. The Jeep trip thru the Rubicon was full of issues (report later).

 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 25, 2018, 03:23:42 PM
Nice trip report Doug.

 One question though, doesn't anyone wear winch gloves but me?
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on September 25, 2018, 05:45:34 PM
One question though, doesn't anyone wear winch gloves but me?

Prior to the accident, Bill hadn't been touching the cable.  As is frequently the case with an accident the perfect storm of things all happened at once. He decided one time to move the cable (I was stopped) at the exact same time my rig decided to slide backwards off a slick rock.

Doug's report is accurate.  I made it down the Big Sluice to the base of Cadillac Hill in what I thought was pretty good time, but Cadillac Hill took several hours.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on September 25, 2018, 09:54:54 PM
Gloves don't prevent pinches.  Ever pull a finger out of someones glove?  Amazing how tight those suckers get in there.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on October 07, 2018, 08:33:38 PM
Nice!  I wasn't sure if you'd go with the predicted wet weather.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on October 09, 2018, 11:06:00 AM
Those are great pictures.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on October 16, 2018, 03:01:55 PM
Man, I almost forgot about this thread.   :biggrin:

Thanks for the pics! Bummer on the other Rubi trip. At least in Sept. when Bob and I were there the new PS pump and box did well. (knock, knock.  :knock:)

Ran up to Chicken rock camping area on the Dusy trail this last weekend... fishing suked! Oh well. Freak'n cold, tho. Tried my back pack bag just for the hey of it (rated 20*) and about mid way thru the night it got cold, (down to freezing) so pulled my regular bag over the top and was ok. It is really about a 35* bag at best to stay comfy. Prolly it for this year in the mountains. Maybe another desert Calico trip later.

Yeah, I still need to get into condition/shape to even remotely do what you do Doug, but I'd really like to try the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness loop next summer, if you'd consider coming down this way? You can even bring the Jeep and then we could do Swamp lake loop in the Jeeps. A 2 for 1 trip!  :biggrin: :cheers2:

Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on October 19, 2018, 08:09:33 AM
 
Yeah, my 15* bag was marginal at freezing temps also. I think they rate them for survival, not comfort. My mat only has a 4.7 R  rating. I wear a base layer, beanie and dry socks at night. It's definitely warmer in a tent not dealing with wind chill.
This last overnight-er we just hung our food. Loaded with 2L of water my pack was under the 25lb goal.  :thumbsup: 
Randy, I need to fill some gaps in the PCT down your way. Maybe we can find something next summer.

ULTRA4 Fri and Sat then need to fix TwoBeer's rear diff.
Well, that Graveyard loop I mentioned earlier in this thread is something I've always wanted to do and the back half is PCT. I'd really have to buckle down on the conditioning for that one!  :biggrin:
Then my friend Leonard, who came with my on the '15 Moab trip, wants to go to Lake Italy... that is about Half way between Florence lake and Edison lake on the PCT. Me think he clazy! I did a section of that back in my twenties and that is a looooong way back there! Awesome scenery, tho. He says he has a friend with horses. Even then it is a 2 day ride ONE WAY!!! We'll see if he makes that happen! lol.
Then again, depending on what dates, some of the 4x4 trails could be open.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on February 13, 2019, 06:23:27 PM
Kudo's to you for doing that... me thinks it's a bit out of my league. Although I'm still going to try to do a couple short trips here locally. Problem is, I really have no one that would do it. Most of my friends my age are half crippled and the other half is not interested. Kinda like snow skiing, I usually go by myself. 
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on February 13, 2019, 09:48:52 PM
"Most of my friends my age are half crippled"

That would be me. I spent 31 years down on my knees, praying to the God of Xerox. I can still hike, but I don't think skiing is in my future anymore. I also don't think a 40-50# pack will work too well either. Day trips, I think I could still do that.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on February 24, 2019, 03:52:40 PM
I was thinking I'd join you, but I'm not sure you can carry me and my beer cooler that far.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on April 18, 2019, 09:35:09 PM
I've been testing some new gear trying to lighten my pack base weight. Sold my 2 lb Fly Creek UL-1 tent, too confining. Z-pack Duplex is the preferred tent at about 1 lb but $600 is a bit much. Nemo Hornet Elite or 2p might work. Altra trail runners are great. [img width=483 height=860]https://uploads.tapatalk-

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Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Two Beers on June 26, 2019, 08:16:53 PM
Wife is discouraging me on a regular basis. 

Grace is a smart woman.   ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on September 19, 2019, 09:50:35 PM
The 21st and the 24th look good.



Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CJ-5 Renegade on September 30, 2019, 09:21:35 AM
 Doug you are an animal
 Canít wait for the pictures good job
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: CJ-5 Renegade on September 30, 2019, 07:06:51 PM
Amazing picture
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on October 01, 2019, 10:51:38 AM
Wow, that looks like an awesome trip. 

Have you given any thought to getting a spot gps locator?  They're pretty inexpensive and you can set predetermined messages to send out or the obvious SOS with your coordinates.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on October 01, 2019, 12:25:03 PM
Mark has one but I didn't borrow it. Just think of the weight savings.  :hahaha: :rofl:
Actually, lots of people I passed on the trail had them and I asked for weather updates. That is why I pushed hard to get over the final pass before the snow came in. Yes, awesome. Sorry I didn't have a better camera with me or at least had mine set on landscape mode instead of macro or whatever.  :shaking:

Yeah, you are a crazy man. The pictures look great by the way.  :2thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mr.B on October 06, 2019, 06:49:25 AM
What were you using on the last hike? Those were pretty good pictures.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: Mase58 on October 06, 2019, 03:44:11 PM
BEAST MODE! Excellent Doug. I am glad to hear it all worked out favorably and you got back safe and sound. Really looks like an awesome trip. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on October 15, 2019, 09:16:29 PM
Yes awesome. I'm already planning next years leg of the JMT (John Muir Trail). It looks like I will be coming in over Bishop Pass again but this time heading north on the PCT/JMT to Florence Lake or maybe Lake Thomas A Edison for a 50 or 60 mile section. A re-supply here then on to Devils Postpile would be logistically easier. The additional 30 trail miles will be a push and the plan was to do this in two hikes. My last section from Postpile to Yosemite will complete the 211 mile total minus 5 mile Glen Pass and Whitney. Damn weather  :pissed:

https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7016157/jmt-segment-5-muir-trail-ranch-to-bishop-pass-at-leconte-canyon
Well, assuming my knee heals properly, I still am wanting to do my little section from Edison to Goodale/Silver pass's and back to Edison. I can pick you up @ Florence and bring restock supplies and we'll head on over to 'my' neck 'o the woods.  :biggrin:

(of course... that means lots of work in the off season) Lol.
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: timatoe on September 08, 2020, 06:59:47 AM
Yep, also a hot topic at the moment.  Rubicon is CLOSED, no ramblers trip!!
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on September 26, 2020, 07:58:49 AM
Yup, I've been up in Oregon off and on for the last 3 weeks and they got some big fires up there also. One started up right in front of us coming down I-5 in Medford on the side of the freeway! Crazy! We drove right past it before the fire trucks were even there and before they closed the freeway! Burned at least a couple miles or so. Some authorities suspect Antifa starting them. Good news is they've been getting some rain up there and things are calming down. Obviously we need some rain down here big time! This fire down here is literally burning up the entire Sierra national forest. I'm not sure, but I believe every trail down here is burned up save for maybe the Dusy! And the fire is STILL burning!  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on November 18, 2020, 11:14:13 AM
This was an interesting video of Graveyard Mdw above Thomas A Edison Lake. Creek Fire. Hope the link works. Click on it for full screen and sound.
https://www.facebook.com/SierraNF/videos/1031337637312654
Thanks Doug.
Pretty sickening to watch. I 'think' they got some rain up there a week or so ago. I was again up in Oregon all week. But when I got home the air was pretty clear and I couldn't see any smoke over the mtn's from home. Hoping the rain put it out. Wondering if the pack station and/or resort store got hit? Hope not. That would purdy much be all my childhood memories burned up!  :shaking:
Took a drive up that way before I left, and even tho many homes were lost in the lower elevations, looks like they saved all of the town of Shaver. The fire went across Tamarack ridge/pass and likely burned much of my fav. camping spots. But looked like it missed Huntington lake, but obviously went north and around and on up to Edison.  :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:
Most of the roads are closed for fire crews and logging crews. Prolly won't know the full extent until next spring/summer.  :dunno:
Title: Re: Summer Hiking
Post by: RockWoRM on November 20, 2020, 05:24:56 AM
78% doesn't sound that good after watching that video.  :shaking:  I'm not good with dates anymore... one day leads to the next... but I 'think' the rains came after the date of the video. Still, the fire being waaaaay up there is very disheartening. That very same ridge is where I used to deer hunt many moons ago. I've been up and down that thing literally dozens and dozens of time. Fished Arrowhead lake, that was mentioned in the video and the fire was almost to it. Who knows how much further the fire went?. Not that far as the crow flies to JMT. Good luck planning the hike again. I wouldn't be surprised if they (gub'ment) keeps the whole thing closed after all this.  :shaking:
If that happens, then just one more reason to get the hell out of this screwed up state!!!   :pissed::thumbsdown: