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Anybody interested in a backpacking trip?

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I'm planning on backpacking part of the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia NP the last weekend of the month and wondered if anyone was interested in tagging along. 

 

General plan would be to meet in Sequoia NP at the Lodgepole Campground on the evening of Thursday the 28th. I have site 21 reserved for Thursday night. Wake up early, head to the wilderness permit office when they open at 7 at the Lodgepole Visitor Center and pick up a walk up permit for the HST either leaving from the Alta trail head or the Crescent Meadows trail head. Drive to which ever trail head we can get a permit for and get packing. Depending on the pace we can keep I was planning on camping the first night at either Hamilton Lakes.  Saturday morning wake up hike up to the Kaewah Gap past Hamilton and Precipice lakes and either go bag Eagle Scout peak to the south of Kaewah Gap which is a 12K class 2/3 scramble or explore the nine lakes basin to the north of the Kaewah Gap. After we get done doing whatever on Saturday begin hiking back down and make it to Buck Creek or Nine Mile Creek to camp for Saturday Night. Sunday morning wake up early and hoof it back to the trail head and head for home.

 

Approx mileages:

 

Friday:

Alta TH to Hamilton Lakes: 13 miles

Alta TH to Kaewah Gap: 17 miles

 

Saturday:

Hamilton Lakes to Eagle Scout Peak or Nine Lakes Basin: 5 miles

Eagle Scout Peak or Nine Lakes Basin to Kaewah Gap: 1.5 miles

Kaewah Gap to Buck Creek: 8 miles

Kaewah Gap to Nine Mile Creek: 9 miles

 

Sunday:

Buck Creek to Alta TH: 9 miles

Nine Mile Creek to Alta TH: 8 miles

 

The mileages and camps are just a rough guideline - we can play it by ear as to what pace we are keeping, how we are feeling and what the weather is like. I'm not planning on carrying a bear canister so we are limited to camping at locations on the HST that have a bear box. If those mileages seem a bit much we can tweak it. I'd like to at least make to Precipice lake on this trip which is about 3 miles beyond Hamilton Lakes. If we turned around there and didn't climb up to the Kaewah Gap and hit either Eagle Scout Peak or the Nine Lakes Basin on Saturday I wouldn't be heartbroken.

 

Anyhow, if this sounds like it might be up your alley, let me know as I wouldn't mind having some company on this trip.

 

Pics for Inspiration:

 

Looking to Valhalla from HST:

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From Hamilton Lakes looking west to Angel Wings:

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Precipice Lake with Eagle Scout Peak above:

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Those are just stunning pictures........damn. 

 

What's the elevation gain for those days? 


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Those are just stunning pictures........damn. 

 

What's the elevation gain for those days? 

 

Chad,

 

I just threw together 4 segment tracks on Caltopo. You can check out the tracks here: http://caltopo.com/m/G4GE

 

You can click on each segment on the left and it will bring up a pop up, select terrain statistics and it will show you the elevation profile, distance and how much elevation gain and loss per segment.



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sooo.. anyone feeling adventurous and want to go backpacking on one of the best trails in the sierra?



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Looks stunning. I think I'm too out of shape right now to do that though. Need to work my way back up to some longer trips, the backpack is sitting in my garage asking me why it's being ignored...lol

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I was planning on going solo, but my wife has decided to be all paranoid and insists that I go with someone. It's not like I'll be out there all by myself as there are a lot of people on the HST that time of year and I have a SPOT device in the event that things went pear shaped.

 

Boy Scouts is coming back to bite me in the ass on this one - we preach to the boys to always go with a buddy. Wife is all like you need to practice what you preach, lol... *le sigh*



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*le sigh*

 

Pepe La Jake?


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*le sigh*

 

Pepe La Jake?

 

Indeed.. My plan has been skunked unless I find someone to tag along.. :(



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Sorry, won't be me I'm afraid.  Though the pics do look pretty spectacular.


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Sorry, won't be me I'm afraid.  Though the pics do look pretty spectacular.

Backpacking??? That means you gotta walk?? err..no thank you!

 

Beautiful place though!  Is it possible to drive to those places?

 

 

Have fun!


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Backpacking??? That means you gotta walk?? err..no thank you!

 

Beautiful place though!  Is it possible to drive to those places?

 

 

Have fun!

 

Lol.. nope.. only way in is to hoof it, being wilderness and all..

 

Anyhow.. Looks like I'm going to postpone this trip until mid august when a friend can tag along.



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When the stupid summer dies, I may be interested... so if that doesn't happen in August, let's sync up later on...






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