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Suggestions? Mammoth to Tuolumne backpack

Postby butitsadryheat » Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:54 pm

Looking at Reds Meadow to Tuolumne via JMT. Any nice spots to avoid the crowds around Thousand Island/Garnet Lake? How crowded does Ediza get? Any nice spots to share in Lyell Canyon? Never been to the area other than dayhikes. This will be a 3 day backpack in late July. I realize it will be very busy in this area during this time period, so I wanted to see if you all had some suggestions about spots off the beaten trail

Thanks in advance
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Postby fatdad » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:41 pm

I've day hiked a ways up Lyell Canyon and overnight hiked to 1000 Island and Minaret Lake on various occasions by different routes (1000 at least), but oddly never by the JMT. Still, the whole area's so scenic, it's pretty hard to go wrong. You may want to tag Banner along the way. Re Lyell Canyon: I know a lot of people climbing Lyell camp on the north side of Donahue Pass where Lyell Creek intersects it, and that's supposed to be nice.
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Re: Suggestions? Mammoth to Tuolumne backpack

Postby mlca » Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:44 pm

butitsadryheat wrote:Looking at Reds Meadow to Tuolumne via JMT. Any nice spots to avoid the crowds around Thousand Island/Garnet Lake? How crowded does Ediza get? Any nice spots to share in Lyell Canyon? Never been to the area other than dayhikes. This will be a 3 day backpack in late July. I realize it will be very busy in this area during this time period, so I wanted to see if you all had some suggestions about spots off the beaten trail

Thanks in advance


Walk 200 yards off the trail and you generally won't see anybody. The camping and fishing is much better at Garnet than Ediza.
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Postby Dave K » Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:10 pm

If you do camp near Ediza, there is a lovely valley just above the lake and below Ritter and Banner that would be a great place to ditch the crowds, though you might occassionally see someone pass by on their way to climb Ritter or Banner. I've never camped there, but it sure looked appealing.
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Postby Bubba Suess » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:16 am

If you are not deadset on Lyell Canyon, you might go over Parker Pass. Far fewer people and awesome scenery.
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Postby cp0915 » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:53 pm

For what it's worth, although I've not been blown away by the Parker Pass area, it is somewhat charming (and rather surreal).
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Postby rhyang » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:12 pm

Dave K wrote:If you do camp near Ediza, there is a lovely valley just above the lake and below Ritter and Banner that would be a great place to ditch the crowds, though you might occassionally see someone pass by on their way to climb Ritter or Banner. I've never camped there, but it sure looked appealing.


I think I know where you mean .. I've camped in this area -- very nice. I went with a group that did R/B and then a cross-country route over to Thousand Island via Garnet. There are some very quiet places along the way.
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Postby Diggler » Thu Mar 18, 2010 6:15 pm

I thought that one isn't allowed to camp at Garnet. If it were possible, that is a spectacular location... While it seems like it would definitely be a detour, Cecile Lake is directly below the Minarets, & is pretty spectacular. Lower down, with more trees, Minaret Lake is a bit more frequented (but still not very), & beautiful. North of Ritter/Banner & right below is Lake Catherine- I remember remarking to myself when we went up there from 1,000 Island that it would be awesome to camp there (N face of Ritter is close too!). Like has been mentioned, the area is so beautiful, you can't go wrong (you just have to share with others).

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Postby thegib » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:52 pm

Rodgers Lake has a use trail to it, is quite beautiful, and has superb wildflowers.
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Postby dshoshone » Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:23 pm

Since you are leaving from Reds instead of the JMT I'd reccomend Minaret Lake..Cecile..Iceberg..Ediza loop. Distance wise, it's about the same to Ediza as the JMT..with much much better views and very few people
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Postby fatdad » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:50 am

Gary Schenk wrote:
Dingus Milktoast wrote:Its easy class 3 but no place for the timid.


Yeah, but well worth the effort.


What are we talking about? Ritter's N. Face? I'd call that pretty funky class 3. The old Roper guide described it as a hazardous route that has claimed many lives. Well worth doing, however, if you have the chops.
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Postby dshoshone » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:03 pm

For Ediza you are allowed to camp on the West side of the lake, but not the East side
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