tbaranski wrote:Thanks everyone. The Mammoth/Bishop area looks awesome. Precisely what I was searching for.
One final question, I think: When do you think is the best time to go to have the best chance of avoiding snow on the peaks? Early August?
SeanReedy wrote:Mid-August through September may provide closer to zero chance of snow and mosquitoes.
SeanReedy wrote:The books mentioned are great resources if you enjoy thumbing through books about hiking/mountains in your spare time, but the Stienstra book leans toward easy hikes, backpacking, and folks who don't bother to climb peaks, while the other probably isn't a must have if you won't be doing class 4-5+ climbing.
Up at Rock Creek Road, you might enjoy a hike like Mt. Starr/Ruby Lake overlooking Little Lakes Valley as a warm up for higher elevations.
tbaranski wrote:Here's another question that just occurred to me. I've been researching Bishop vs. Mammoth Lakes for lodging. I'm wondering if Mammoth makes more sense purely from an altitude perspective -- 7k ft vs. 5k feet. Would staying at 7k be better to reduce my chances of problems at 12-13k? (Highest I've been is 11k.) Or is the difference insignificant?
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