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July Trip to Mammoth and June Lakes areas

 Trip Dates: - July 19 - July 23, 2017. 

Our July bus trip this year visits the John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas, and the Inyo National Forest outside of Yosemite National Park in the Mammoth / June Lakes area.  It is a land of lofty snow-capped mountains, deep canyons and vast expanses of glacially carved terrain.  This year's precipitation should result in lush mountain meadows, joyous creeks, and full alpine lakes.


More information to follow but here are the current highlights.  Mark your calendars!


July Trip Summary 

Trip #1 - Coldwater Campground Dayhikes
Ldr: Bob Stinton; Asst: Marcy Stinton Rating: E1A
Group size: 11
Optional Day Hikes ranging from 3 miles to 11 miles
Description: Coldwater Campgrounds, located in Mammoth Lakes Basin provides several trailhead opportunities into the surrounding Inyo National Forest. This base camp trip provides the opportunity for range of activities form just vegging out around camp and Lake Mary, to fishing, photography and hiking. There are several planned optional hikes ranging from short 3 miles hikes to 11 mile hike over Duck Pass (10,800 ft) to Duck Lake.


Trip #2Duck Pass Trail Backpack
Ldr: Mike Fry; Asst: KH Chong;  Rating: M5C
Group size: 6
# of backpack days: TBD
# of backpack miles: TBD
Description: This trail climbs through the Coldwater Creek watershed to its origins at Duck Pass and follows a series of spectacular alpine lakes, meadows and geographic features.  


Trip #3 - River Trail Backpack (Basecamp)
Ldr: Michael Taylor; Asst: George Mangual;  Rating:H8C
Group size: 10
# of  backpack days: 2
# of backpack miles: 8 each way
Description: We will hike in on the River Trail. The River trail follows the course of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River inside the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We will basecamp at Garnet Lake. Garnet Lake is stunning, set below the 12,936-foot mass of Banner Peak and framed by ridges of bedrock and pines. Day hikes to Thousand Island Lake and along the High Trail. If conditions permit we will return on the High Trail.


Trip #4 - Shadow Creek Trail Backpack
Ldr: Brian Swanson; Asst: Christian Soria;  Rating: H8D
Group size: 10
# of backpack days:  4
# of backpack miles:  22
Description: Beautiful Sierra backpack.  We travel uphill 2,000 feet on day as we hike the approximate 7.5 miles to our camp near Shadow Lake.  Day two will provide us a day hike opportunity to see more of the high country.  Day three is another backpack positioning us for an early morning departure as we backpack 8 miles, mostly downhill, to catch the shuttle, grab some grub and meet the bus.  With this season's snow and rain, you can anticipate crossing several gushing creeks along the trail; be prepared for beautiful wildflowers and (likely) mosquitoes.


Trip #5 – Silver Lake / Thousand Island Lake: Journey of Amazing Scenery
Ldr: Diane Hargrove; Asst: Kimber Wukitsch;  Rating: H7C
Group size: 10
# of backpack days: 4
# of backpack miles: 25
Description: Hiking bloggers say that this area tops their list for the most amazing scenery. We will start our journey on the Rush Creek Trail head. The trail name "Rush Creek" comes from how fast the water rushes down a steep canyon to Silver Lake. As we leave civilization and the crowds and the heat behind, we will hike along the Rush Creek, which should be rushing this year, and pass by the beautiful Agnew and Gem Lakes and select a great camping spot. The remainder of our 4 day hiking journey will take us by more spectacular scenery including Thousand Island Lake and we will complete our hike at Agnew Meadow. All the while, the mountains including the Peaks of Mt Ritter, Banner, and the Minarets will provide a stunning backdrop.


Cost: $225  (Please read our Reservation and Refund Policy)

Registration opens:  June 10, 2017 6:00am
Pre-trip meeting: July 11th 6:30pm

Departure date: July 19, 2:00PM


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