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John Muir Trail Side Trips

Postby daw37 » Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:29 pm

Hi,

I'm doing the JMT in August / September. I've seen a lot of ideas for side trips to do, but wondered what people would recommend as the best one(s) to do - I may only have time for one (or none) depending on my progress.

So far I have:
- Mount Solomon
- Split Mountain
- Bench Lake
- Mount Tyndall

Any other ideas / thoughts on which of the above would be best? I know Bench Lake would be easy compared to the others...

Thanks,

David
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Postby Denjem » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:05 am

Minaret lake down by Reds meadow is super cool. I just went there on Monday. Camp around a big lake at the base of the Minarets. About six miles off the JMT. 8)
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Postby sierraman » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:05 am

Bench Lake and Arrow Peak are hard to beat.
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Postby goldenhopper » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:33 am

Sixty Lakes Basin is a nice side trip. Watch out for the frogs and skeeters though. Split is a good choice, don't omit it from your plans.
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Postby daw37 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 6:11 am

@Denjem - Was there last year and it was spectacular (I actually camped on the ridge above Minaret Lake and it made for a very windy night but a great sunrise!!)

@sierraman - I think that is number 1 on the list, particularly given its only a couple of miles of the trail.

@NancyHands - Will look at sixty lakes basin.

Thanks all.
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Postby rlshattuck » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:04 am

David. what are your trip dates . . . I'm headed out hopefully sometime between the 15-20th as I've just found out I've been called for jury duty and hoping I get let go within a day or so. As many times as I've done the JMT I've stayed away from peak bagging, but would be very interested to find someone willing to take the extra time to do it. Thanks, Bob
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Postby foweyman » Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:53 pm

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sierraman wrote:Bench Lake and Arrow Peak are hard to beat.



A longer hike (8 miles one way) to Lake Reflection (with also scenic East Lake in route)

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Postby daw37 » Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:02 am

@rlshattuck - Heading out on 26 August, so a bit late unfortunately. How many days are you planning?

@foweyman - I can only hope my photos are nearly as good!!!
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Postby kevin trieu » Mon Aug 02, 2010 5:45 pm

Schat's Bakery in Mammoth.
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Postby goldenhopper » Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:56 pm

kevin trieu wrote:Schat's Bakery in Mammoth.


+ 1,000,000
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Postby fatdad » Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:58 pm

Man, foweyman's pics rock.

Lake Reflection is gorgeous (in fact it's my profile photo) but kind of ways off the JMT.

Sixty Lakes Basin on the other hand is more or less right there and, IMHO, probably the prettiest spot in the whole Sierra. Big statement I know. Lots of smaller lakes as the names suggests but that gives it kind of a japanese garden feel. All these smaller, intimate little scenes. Just awesome. The frogs are an added benefit since they're so uncommon in the range.

I'd also consider a trip up Banner and possibly Ritter if you're solid on class 3. It's pretty exposed for the grade.

Always wanted to hit Center Basin but haven't made it yet. Since you're planning on making a side trip to Tyndall though, you could take Center Basin to Junction Pass, which drops you down around Anvil Camp on Shepherd's Pass, which will take you right to Tyndall. If you're in the neighborhood, might as well tag Junction Peak as well.
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Postby mrchad9 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:30 pm

Super photo Fletch! I like! Of the type that looks that much better full size than the small version.

Here's another plug for Center Basin...

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Postby fatdad » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:34 am

Recommending another place I haven't been yet but Wallace Basin looks really nice. Checked it out from the summit of Tyndall and couple of years ago and the outlet of its drainage from the JMT on the same trip. So in other words I walked and climbed around it but never set foot in it. Lots of lakes, tarns and greenery. Mount Barnard right there. Looked easy to access from the JMT too.
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Postby Tanngrisnir3 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:45 am

kevin trieu wrote:Schat's Bakery in Mammoth.


How does it compare to the one in Bishop?
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