Jul 20, 2018 philip lz. It's hard to believe that you're only about 8 miles from the nearest road. High Divide Seven Lakes Basin Permit. Length 7.7 miElevation gain 918 ftRoute type Loop The Impreza sits low to the ground, but it handles well off-road with its all-wheel drive. Hiking around the basin there is a trail that heads down the north side of Steelhead Lake. Trails extend into what is commonly called the 20 Lakes Basin. Open Season: The recreation area is open year around. Check road closures and weather forecast before choosing a trip in winter or spring. If you look back and you'll see Mt. Due to the popularity of this trail, a permit is required to stay overnight. Jumping back on the main trail we hopped over another stream crossing and headed to Excelsior Lake, another fantastic place to camp and one that we stayed at during this trip. Lots of water to filter from Show 9 More Check-Ins Aug 15, 2018 Rob Luskey. Copyright © trailpeak.com & trailpeak.ca 2020. One of my most memorable backpacking trips to date, Sabrina Basin encompasses the true Sierra spirit: flower-filled meadows, turquoise alpine lakes, dramatic pinnacles, and even an idyllic waterfall. Find yourself hiking among the "Swiss Alps of Oregon" on this incredible multi-day backpacking trip. Before you turn off to Lundy Canyon (according to the signs), take one last look behind you back to Saddleback Lake. Your message. Just outside of the Yosemite National Park and close to the town of Lee Vining in the Eastern Sierra is 20 Lakes Basin Trail. As you emerge the alpine meadow returns and the bare granite is replaced with lush green grass and shrubbery. One of my favorite parts of this trail is the west side of Steelhead Lake. Permit Info: Backpackers in the Little Jamison Creek and Smith Lake area should have a California State Campfire Permit for their camp stove. Gain: 12,725 ft. El. To start the hike head out of the parking lot and cross the road and cross the dam to your left. The small sun-heated pools make for some good midday soaking. Advance reservation requests will not be … The beginning of the hike takes you along the shoreline of Saddlebag lake. Looking for an easy hike in the Eastern Sierras with the most bang for your buck? You can pick that up on your way in at the Inyo Natnl Park ranger station or you can pick it up at the ranger kiosk at the mouth of the backpackers parking lot. Stay to the right across the bridge and follow the road approx 2 miles (it switches back and forth from paved to dirt).The backpackers parking lot is on your right side (it's a heck of a turn, keep your eyes peeled). Still, I think you could manage to make it to the basin’s parking area at South Mineral Campground in almost any vehicle. No need to bring water to visit water. Ten Lakes Basin answered the call. The path is easy to follow. I built a few cairns to help others keep on the trail and do as little damage as possible to the surrounding area. GPS information for the complete hike is attached (see download GPS). You can do this trail as a 7.8-mile loop but we decided to add an extra .7 miles to go around the other side of Saddlebag Lake. Standing at the top you'll be looking down on Shamrock Lake. This can be a pretty popular trail by wilderness standards, but juxtaposed against where we had been five hours earlier, the trail felt our own private spot in paradise. It’s in the basin of North Peak and hosts many lakes and some of the best camping on the whole of the trail. From this camping spot, we did a few day hikes one of which was to see the Lundy Canyon waterfalls via Lundy Canyon Trail…  I will say this is an extremely difficult hike that we did not fully complete. 2-night backpacking trip around Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin with a day trip to Conness Lakes. Continue on the trail thru the meadow and start to work right. There is also a water taxi from the marina at the Saddlebag Lake Resort that goes to the far end of the lake. Hike Seven Lakes Basin with a Guide. As you proceed you'll start to transition from red volcanic rock to alpine meadows (which the day of our hike was blooming with beautiful purple flowers - purple lupine I think). we picked up our permits from Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining and set out to the trail head. However, cutting fuelwood in the Recreation Area is not allowed. Shamrock Lake is by many people the highlight of the trip and it did not disappoint. Smoke Oct 06, 2020; Easy/moderate day hikes? North Peak is the ever-present menissing mt that stands high above us during the duration of this hike. You can do this loop clockwise, counterclockwise, or in a figure eight with very well-marked trails along most of the route. Jul 13, 2020 - Backpacking or hiking the 20 Lakes Basin Loop in the Hoover Wilderness. This trail starts at just above 10,000 ft but is relatively flat, undulating a few hundred feet of elevation during the hike. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Here is a link of someone that had better luck then we did finding the mine. Your email address will not be published. You just might feel like you’ve tiptoed into the living room of the mountain gods. The daytime temps were in the mid-’70s getting down to the ’30s at night. You hike right on the shores of Lake Helen and then head up a small pass. Duration: 6 Days. The last stop on the north side of the hike was Lake Helen. Guided Seven Lakes Basin backpacking trips are available, and are a stress-free, exciting way to do this trip. We decided to go clockwise along the route to stare up at North Peak as we started the hike. I for one have a hard time passing up a midday soak in an alpine lake. At the stream crossing, you enter the 75 square miles Hoover Wilderness. Weather permitting; camping is available from June through November. Trip Report. We randomly took a chance on this backpacking spot, and we really were not prepared for how beautiful and special this basin would turn out to be. Hike Description: A nice description of the hike can be found as Saddlebag 20 Lakes Basin,Yosemite. Required fields are marked *. Rock Creek Road closed at the Pack Station gate. At the trail T, go right. Lakes Basin Camp has 23 sites, one group site, and is operated by a concessionaire. It’s something that happens at this elevation. Happily, it was not only M's birthday weekend, but it was also a free entrance day to Yosemite, so we went straight to the wilderness office to see what permits were available. Ending Trailhead - Elkhart Lake (requires shuttle) SHUTTLE INFO. From Yosemite take 120 east past Tioga Lake and look for the turn off to Saddlebag Lake on the left. We did however enjoy the waterfalls and had a nice lunch looking over the creek and valley below. You hike high above on the west side of Odell Lake and level out to see Hummingbird Lake. You pass a few more minor lakes along the way, Wasco Lake and Golden Lake before you hit Steelhead Lake. There are very few trails in Inyo National forest that does not limit number of permits per day. Backpacking to Eight Lakes Basin - Aug 18-19, 2018. Saddlebag Lake is just few miles away from Yosemite National Park east entrance. Starting at Saddlebag Lake this trail is a non-quota trail so you don’t need a permit to backpack at this trailhead up till greenstone lake. From here the views start to get more spectacular. We stopped here for lots of pictures! Twenty Lakes Basin via Saddlebag Lake. Preview. Ice Lake Basin is a remote location deep in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, but it is still fairly easy to get to. You can do this loop clockwise, counterclockwise, or in a figure eight with very well-marked trails along most of the route. So I loaded my pack and set off for the Eight Lakes Basin solo. Off Trail %: 30%. Min El. This camp spot more than stayed the required 100 ft distance from the streams, rivers, and lakes required by the Hoover Wilderness. Wallowa River-Lakes Basin Loop Backpacking Guide – Eagle Cap Wilderness, OR. South Lake Road closed at Bishop Creek Lodge. Explore multiple alpine lakes alongside towering peaks in the Eastern Sierra. The next lake on the trail one that we could see from our campground was Shamrock Lake. Horseshoe Meadows Road closed at the lower gate. To your right is a large talus field that if you're adventurous, can provide wide expansive views of Shamrock, Helen and the upcoming Steelhead, Little Steel Head and Cascade lakes. Backpacking Eight Lakes Basin: Three Finger Jack Loop. Walking along the rocky path of Saddlebag Lake is maybe the worst part of the trail but is still a beautiful place to breathe in the 10,000 ft air. Trip Length: ~10 miles. PORT ANGELES, WA – The administrative closure of the Seven Lakes Basin/High Divide area July 9 through July 20 is no longer in effect. As you near the far shore of the lake another lake can be seen to your left, this is Greenstone lake. Do I really have to leave this place, I keep asking myself. We took the opportunity to stop and jump in the lake. Backpacking in Lakes Basin Recreation Area is allowed … The colors of the walls vary from rusty reds to steel blue because of the volcanic nature of this area. You can pick that up on your way in at the Inyo Natnl Park ranger station or you can pick it up at the ranger kiosk at the mouth of the backpackers parking lot. August 23-25, 2008. Permits will be available in person beginning the day before the trip. Join my niece Christine and I on a 3 night/4 day backpacking trip in Washington's Olympic National Park. The glorious scenery and relative ease of the trail make this a very popular hike. Reservations can be made on-line on Reserve America or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Length 7.8 miElevation gain 777 ftRoute type Loop Difficulty: Strenuous. Be careful in this area, the rocks are much steeper and if wet, can be slippery. At the intersections of a lot of trails back at the north end of Saddlebag Lake, there is a ranger house and a nice beach. April 20, 2020. You'll come to a T in the trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. There are great places to camp here if you are ready to take a break or you can continue on the path up to Steel Head, Little Steel Head, Cascade and a variety of other Lakes. Starting Trailhead - Green River Lakes. Trailhead: Crescent Meadow. Nature calling? The walk takes you thru deep canyons with walls of red rock rising up around you. Post by justpeachy » August 23rd, 2018, 4:43 pm I wanted to go backpacking last weekend but Greg wanted to stay home. Hugging Greenstone lake fairly tight around the first corner there is a little stream crossing. The water was crystal blue (with polarizing lenses you can see to the bottom). Hummingbird Lake has a nice running stream where you can get some water for the return journey. Bishop forums . Distance: 45 miles* Elevation Gain: 11,000 feet* High Point: 8850 feet Days: 5** Stunning Alpine Lakes: 8+ Wildflowers: 10,000,000+ Dog-friendly; open to horses and stock*** *Miles and elevation gain are approximate | **See below for alternate itineraries. Just east of Yosemite National Park, Saddlebag Lake is popular for day hikes, fishing and backpacking. Reply to: 20 lakes basin backpacking. September 1, 2016 by Magda. We made it to the trailhead in a Subaru Impreza. Read our community guidelines. Pass one last lake to your right and you'll start to descend thru a corridor of large talus and boulders, the path is a little more difficult to follow, however you see your target in front of you, Helen Lake. It stands high at 12,242 ft and there are a few mountaineering routes (SW face, NW ridge, North Couloir, SE Chute) to get to the top or close to the top to ski down. 20 Lakes Basin Hiking Detail, hiking trail near Lee Vining, Mammoth Lake and Yosemite National Park, California. The best camping is around Cascade Lake although you will have company (this is a popular spot to stop and camp). This is really the only kinda hill of the whole trip. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Please login and have credits (add 1 to get 3) or be a subscriber in order to download GPS. Keep your eyes open, the trail junction is hidden to your left, if you pass the ranger hut turn around, you missed the junction leading you to the basin (it's more visible from that direction anyway). Seeking a slice of solitude on a summer weekend, we ventured up to Lake Sabrina on a Saturday morning for a quick getaway from LA. Last summer I spent a month of sleeping in the woods on various adventures; a number of these adventures included exploring Eight Lakes Basin. At the junction, the trail climbs slightly, take it easy if you've not acclimated to this elevation (sometimes you forget that you are at 10,000 ft!). Explore Desolation Wilderness Permit in Eldorado National Forest, California with Recreation.gov. Green River Lakes to Titcomb Basin to Elkhart Trailhead. Camp 2 - Elbow Lake (side trip to Peak Lake) Camp 3 - Indian Basin via Indian Pass. If it isn’t obvious there’s a lot of water on this hike and don’t often recommend this but if you have a water filter this is a two-liter hike. Plan your hike in the fall for best chances for solitude, close encounters with wildlife, and have one of many alpine lakes to yourself. I guess we should also talk about water here. You'll see Greenstone Lake appear to your right and the path works to the left. But we're in no rush to leave, there are plenty more beautiful vistas to take in as we work our way back. Permits will be available in person beginning the day before the trip. Sabrina Lake and North Lake Roads closed at Aspendell gate. Forest Orders 03-20-15 and 19-20-11 that closed Desolation to overnight camping have been rescinded. We stopped here for lunch, perched on a boulder outcropping looking over a lake. Surrounded by imposing 13ers (Fuller, Vermillion, Golden Horn, Pilot Knob) you'll stroll through the wildflowers to a cerulean blue lake directly out of a dreamscape. 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