First Time in the Sierras

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First Time in the Sierras

Post by llegoz » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:52 am

Greetings! Early in June I will have some time off from school and work and I'm looking for a 2-3 day trip somewhere in the Sierras. I've never been and would love to go. I have plenty of experience car camping in southern California and some experience backpacking. I've taken a few backpacking trips to Joshua Tree, did a partial trip in Catalina, and that's about it. I would like to do about 10-12 miles a day, but doing more isn't a big deal. I am some what concerned about the altitude but I do plan to spend at least one day acclimating myself to the altitude. Also, I'm concerned that there will still be snow up in the passes early in June, and I have no snow experience at all. I've been looking at Kearsarge Pass, Little Lakes Valley, Mono Pass and Bishop Pass Trail. I can't seem to make up my mind. What should my first trip in the Sierras be? Any help/advice would be great! Thanks.








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Re: First Time in the Sierras

Post by sparky » Fri Feb 20, 2015 10:57 am

There is a form you should fill out so we can give you options that are best suited for you. It will tell us what kind of scenery you prefer, milage ect....fill that out and you will get some good advice.

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Re: First Time in the Sierras

Post by rlown » Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:50 am

other than answering the form questions, please refer to it as the Sierra. As it is your first time at altitude, cut your mileage expectations in half, just to help with planning. If you do more mileage, great.

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Re: First Time in the Sierras

Post by Timberline » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:24 pm

Yes, use the form, and listen to what answers you get. In the meantime, if you want to think about scenic value of the options you suggested, I recommend Little Lakes Valley or Bishop Pass as your choices. Remember, that's scenic values talking. They are both superb, and you'll take home memories that can last a lifetime. I cherish both of them for the times I spent there. Good luck, enjoy, and share your experiences here with a trip report!
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Re: First Time in the Sierras

Post by llegoz » Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:36 pm

What level of backpacking experience do you have?
Level 2- Some backpacking trips, using trails

What terrain are you comfortable/uncomfortable with?
Class 2 terrain/pass/x-country

What is your main interest?
Lakes

How many days/nights is your trip, not including travel to trailhead?
3

How many miles did you want to do a day, any layovers?
6 give or take

Do you have a route logistics preference: loop, out and back, point to point
Loop or out and back. Either way works

Is there a particular area in the Sierra that your most interested in
Kings Canyon

Will you be hiking with a dog?
Negative

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Re: First Time in the Sierras

Post by jessegooddog » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:26 am

I am taking a first time sierra backpacker who lives at sea level to the Duck Pass area this summer, and staying below the pass the first night out for acclimation. A fisherman's trail just past Skelton Lake leads to many off trail and private camping areas and lovely hidden Woods Lakes. Lots of trees provide some shade along this trail until Barney. You may want to do more than these 3 miles the first day out but I always had altitude sickness my first night out before I lived up here, and I don't want her to risk it.

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Re: First Time in the Sierras

Post by Jason98165 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:21 pm

Here is a link to some trip reports up in the area. I love mineral king, but you'd need 5-6 days to complete the 5 lakes loop or half loop and actually enjoy it. Snow report will also narrow your choices pretty quick. The following site also has an area for early season trips. Good luck.

http://www.backpackthesierra.com/

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