Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

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Re: Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

Post by CAMERONM » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:15 pm

I believe that most shuttle drivers will not take you very far up to Taboose, even the ones with 4WDs.

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Re: Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

Post by robertseeburger » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:18 am

I have done both trips and would add comments to what others have said. Both are great areas.
I posted both of my trip reports, one in the backpack section and one in the fishing section.

I call the upper Bear Creek area one of my two favorite areas in the Sierra. (the other being the upper Kern.) Somehow the view of Seven Gables never ceases to amaze, especially over a lake... (most any but my favorite is Vee lake). So, in terms of scenery, I would rate this area higher.

At the same time, when asked about my favorite backpack trips I have ever done, somehow Dumbbell Lakes comes to mind. I have been there twice, once in the 70's and a return trip a couple of years ago. For some reason, I have always found this area special. I honestly am not sure why. It does feel more isolated. I found Lake Basin not as spectacular as one of the mosts mention, but very delightful.

Agree with some comments though.
Up Pine Creek is medium difficulty, but over Taboose is hard. The passes are harder to me in general if you do Taboose/Cartridge. Agree this year the cornice over the pass between Dumbbell and Amphitheater may be very difficult. I had some challenge end of July in a medium year. And lastly, agree camp at Marion of the top 10 lakes in the Sierra..

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Re: Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

Post by Mocs123 » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:38 pm

I am planning a trip that passes through Bear Lake Basin this August. My route is below in Caltopo. I would love to hear some options and get some input on it. If I should post a new thread let me know.

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Re: Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

Post by maverick » Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:56 pm

If I should post a new thread let me know.
Yes, please do. Thanks

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Re: Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

Post by sekihiker » Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:35 pm

Here are two trip reports that have photos of the Lake Basin:

... and here is is one for the Bear Lakes area:

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Re: Lake Basin vs. Bear Lakes/Royce

Post by mokelumnekid » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:42 pm

Coming in late on this but having been over/into both multiple times, I treasure my times in Lake Basin more than the other. I just like the intimate gardens and little surprises of Lake Basin, the odd sight lines, the hop over the hill to day hike Dumbbell Lakes, the challenge of that first big day- we usually go over Taboose (starting in the dark) all the way to the foot of Cartridge Pass and camp by the river. Cartridge is a fun puzzle that seems to be a kind of gated mystery 'entry' to the expanse of Lakes Basin. Bench Lake is okay but often buggy, not super high on my list but the scramble of Arrow is fun. Lakes Basin seems more strenuous, remote and magical. Your mileage will vary :-)

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