Emigrant trip advice around Big/Hyatt lakes area

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Re: Emigrant trip advice around Big/Hyatt lakes area

Post by Wandering Daisy » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:35 am

I have hiked from Lord Meadow to Huckleberry Lake entirely on the south side, avoiding any creek crossings. It was not bad, just some easy x-c travel.

My interest in 2018 was to go up the NORTH fork of Cherry Creek, staying on the NW side. Has anyone done that?








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Re: Emigrant trip advice around Big/Hyatt lakes area

Post by SSSdave » Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:54 am

The East Fork is the largest fork and will probably be impossible to cross till mid August. North Fork early season is rather impassable too as it drains all that snowy high volcanic geology about High Emigrant Lake. Recall one time looking at the Cow Meadow crossing in July that would have been a cold swim. For decades have wanted to visit Huckleberry and Letora mid summer when most green after damselflies and dragonflies hatch, however is a long effort to reach there and only practical in drier winters when streams might be crossed and mosquitoes have less standing water to propagate in. That noted, Letora Lake along with Huckleberry and Cow Meadow Lakes beside it has to be the worst place for mosquitoes in the range as there are ridiculous numbers of small shallow bedrock ponds as well as swampy areas in the 2 canyons.

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Re: Emigrant trip advice around Big/Hyatt lakes area

Post by mschnaidt » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:01 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:35 am
I have hiked from Lord Meadow to Huckleberry Lake entirely on the south side, avoiding any creek crossings. It was not bad, just some easy x-c travel.

My interest in 2018 was to go up the NORTH fork of Cherry Creek, staying on the NW side. Has anyone done that?
I have done a bit of it. This is hand drawn but close. It was in late July or early August so the creek was low. The views and solitude were great and the going was easy on open granite while in the canyon.
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