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4th of July with John Muir’s Wilderness – Inyo National Forest ~ 18mi RT

  • Jul 3, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Friggin’ Sweet!  Continuing on with the permit momentum here, today, I secured permits for 9 people in the John Muir Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest just outside of Bishop, CA…this is going to be awesome!  The area is absolutely gorgeous…all of it…in every single picture I have seen.  I can think of no better way to celebrate our independence than to immerse ourselves in the spectacular lands that this great country offers.  Who the hell needs fireworks?!?!? 


Day 0 – Thursday Night/Friday Morning

This one I am still working out…  I’m trying to keep travel time and the fact we have to stop at the ranger station in Bishop to pick the permits up in mind.  I think we’ll either push-through Thursday night and camp somewhere right near Bishop and head to the trailhead Friday morning, or we will camp somewhere along the way to the Bishop area (but closer to the half-way or 2/3 way mark of the drive) and just pick up the permits on the way to the trailhead.  I’ll update this once I figure it out.  Depending on where we do camp, we can have a Friday Thursday night.


Day 1 - Friday – Pine Creek Pass Trailhead to Pine Lake – 4mi

This is a short day distance wise, but do not let that fool you…this will be a tough 4 miles.  At 2550ft of elevation gain over the 4 miles, think along the lines of the Grand Canyon.  Remember, this trip is in July…you have PLENTY of time to get ready…we are in no hurry…we’ll also be dealing with elevation…we’ll go slow and steady…we’ll all get there.  As a note, I will reserve the right to prevent your attendance if I do not feel you are capable. 

Anyways, the route for Friday is simple.  We are starting at the trailhead just beyond some ruins (just before the mill) and going to be stopping at Pine Lake (also referred to as Lower Pine Lake).  I chose the lower Pine Lake because we will be camping just below 10,000ft.  The significance of the 10,000ft mark is that we can have a campfire BELOW it, but NOT above it.  A cool thing about this being a short day is that there are TONS of areas to explore as day-hiking opportunities…from everything I have seen, this is an absolutely stunning wilderness and the relaxed pace of our trip should add some depth to the experience.


Day 2 - Saturday – Pine Lake to Moon Lake – 5mi

Five short miles today, and much, much less elevation!  The total gain for the day is 1154ft, or less than half of the previous day, in a longer distance.  The trail appears straight-forward and will take us up and over Pine Creek Pass, until we start to drop (a little) into the French Canyon area, and camping right next to Moon Lake.  Unfortunately, we’re above 11,000ft so we cannot have any campfires tonight, but shortly after coming over the pass, we can do a side-detour of a mile down the French Canyon Trail and check out some pretty epic waterfalls.


Day 3 - Sunday – Moon Lake to Trailhead – 8.9mi

This is our long day…but worry not, it’s all down-hill…literally! We have to hike the entire trail that we covered over the previous 2 days, but again, those were really short days.  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this will take us right about 3 hours.  If we break camp at 7am (kind of early, but we’ll get an epic sunrise), we can be back to the cars at 10:00am, eat breakfast in Bishop, and get back to Phoenix somewhere in the 7pm – 9pm range.


Costs

I’m charging $19.38 for this meetup.  The money is covering the permitting costs and all camping/firewood/etc. costs of camping Thursday night on the way to Pine Creek (once we’re there, the camping is free!).


**Special Notes**

The Recreation.gov website states: “ICE and SNOW ALERT- Mountain elevations in this area traditionally have ice and snow until late June or early July.” This shouldn’t be anything to worry and is no different from our Grand Teton Trip a week and a half later.  Bring an ice-axe.  Crampons can be brought at your discretion.


Pine Creek Entrance Details - http://www.recreation.gov/entranceDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72203&entranceId=315505

Inyo National Forest Website - http://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo/


Route/Topo Map – 

http://hikearizona.com/map.php?QX=3202

http://hikearizona.com/map.php?MY=5842&M=6

Driving Directions – https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=phoenix,+az&daddr=Bishop,+CA&hl=en&sll=34.168218,-111.930907&sspn=11.27955,19.753418&geocode=Fblh_gEdy-JR-SnLeaFQ7RIrhzGsG0o1-MdpjA%3BFRAXOgIdUF3x-CkHZKaeARa-gDEWiemVTR7NEw&oq=bishop&mra=ls&t=m&z=7


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  • Poochie

    The Sierra is a truly special place!

    July 7, 2014

  • Chris R.

    Here's a video I put together of the trip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3FCibGpLtQ&feature=youtu.be

    July 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very cool video Chris....well done!

      July 7, 2014

    • Liz

      Very very cool!!!!

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weekend away from the fireworks! Thanks Poochie.

    July 7, 2014

  • Poochie

    Not sure if anyone else is bringing fishing gear...but Saturday, July 5th is one of only two free fishing days (no license needed) of the year in California.

    July 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sweet! I'll be bringing mine then.

      July 3, 2014

    • Liz

      Guess I will have to then!!!

      July 3, 2014

  • Chris R.

    Just talked with Poochie, we're going to split into an early and late group. Lee and Liz, please contact me at[masked] so we can arrange a meeting time and place for the early group. Thx

    July 2, 2014

  • Poochie

    Hey everyone...did we get a feel for departure time? I know Chris is available to leave like wayyyy early, but what about everyone else?

    June 30, 2014

    • Juhee M

      That's ok, I'll remain with later group, gotta go to REI to rent(or buy) bear can tmrw afternoon anyway..

      July 2, 2014

    • Liz

      So who is going and driving early?

      July 2, 2014

  • Liz

    I can probably leave some time after noonish.

    July 1, 2014

  • Poochie

    Thursday night... We'll be going to the pleasant valley campground on the Owens river, just below the reservoir. Looks like they're $10/night per site and are right on the river. They are first-come first-serve like everything else in the area, but there are well over 100 sites at this campground alone.

    June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Poochie, glad to see you back in CA, and that I caught this hike. Check out this link, how many lakes can we jump into next weekend? http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5337632.pdf

    June 28, 2014

    • Poochie

      Lots! I'm bringing my fishing gear for sure!

      June 30, 2014

  • Poochie

    Hey eurrbody...remember that we need bear cans for this one. i know the REI in Tempe rents them.

    June 25, 2014

    • Poochie

      Since Sara backed out on us... I have room in my bear can someone can use. But if I'm carrying your food, you're going to carry my 6-pack!

      June 30, 2014

    • Poochie

      Boo...Sara Lame...Booo Hisss!

      June 30, 2014

    • Poochie

      30's at night?!?! I CAN'T WAIT!!! Thanks for the forecast Tina!

      June 30, 2014

  • Chris R.

    Are we really not leaving Thursday until 6 pm? Would anyone else be available earlier? I could sneak away as early as 1 pm. Would be nice to drive in the daylight and get a decent night's sleep

    1 · June 27, 2014

    • Chris R.

      No problem, just wanted to throw it out there as a possibility

      June 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Poochie, I just sent you a detailed text. Looks like I work until 9 that night and they offered me a healthy bonus for doing so, and I have the opportunity to do a kayak trip in CO leaving Friday. Sorry to miss out, but at least now no one will have to wait for me to crawl up the mountain!

      June 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Regarding the "Ice and Snow Alert": Kahtoola Microspikes are a lighter, less technical, less expensive and more user-friendly alternative to crampons. They slip on easily over any hiking boot or shoe.

    June 30, 2014

  • Chris R.

    This looks really amazing. Looking forward to it

    February 18, 2014

    • Poochie

      They require the full bear cans...all of Inyo does

      April 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well then, it looks like I'll have a giant bulky can strapped to my pack. Grr...that was my impression of a bear being pissed that he can't get to my food!

      April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't know how I didn't see this trip posting before, but I'm PUMPED!!!

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    wow…this looks sooooooo amazing. Corey…you really know how to plan it out….

    1 · January 30, 2014

    • Poochie

      Soooo just felt weird there clicking like on a comment about me...'eh. Lol

      January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      love thyself…for love cometh from within. haha...

      January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this and Tetons considered cold weather camping at night? As in below 40 degrees? Just trying to get a gauge on what bag to bring. I usually have colder weather clothes on all winter trips regardless. I just change out my bag depending on the temps

    January 17, 2014

    • Poochie

      There's one that's really good but can't think of it...lol

      January 27, 2014

    • Poochie

      Check out http://www.mountain-f...­ It's really an awesome site. Put in any mountain and it will give you the exact weather at different elevations. I've used it to plan a lot of my flagstaff trips.

      January 27, 2014

  • Poochie

    Jason, this is for you from the FS website...

    "Opportunities to fish on the Inyo National Forest are endless. With over 400 lakes and 1,100 miles of rivers and streams take your pick of where to experience a fishing trip. Waters here are home to rainbow, brook, brown and golden trout.". I'll find out more from CAFW

    January 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can pick up a 1-day or multiple-day fishing license in Bishop, and they are fairly inexpensive. I have backpacked west of Bishop a couple of times, and have pulled a LOT of golden trout out of those streams.

      January 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      ill check online to see if i can purchase licenses like the Gila Wilderness trip. I'm not a huge fisher, but being able to have fresh fish a couple nights on this trip would be nice :) As long as the bears stay away lol. Gonna check for the Tetons as well. Plus its an extra activity to do once all the hiking is done for the day :)

      January 23, 2014

  • Poochie

    Speaking of bears ... You know...we aren't too awfully fake from palm springs!

    I heard some shit today that there were recently bear on the ski slopes near Tahoe! Hmmm. Wonder if they were the palm springs type of bear or black bear...hmmmm

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shut just remembered no carrying in ca. Bear spray!!

    January 17, 2014

    • Poochie

      I treat states like CA like the navy used to treat it's sailors...don't ask...don't tell...

      January 17, 2014

    • Brenda

      Lmao...so, I can carry a €u^. ???

      January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    2 trips in 2 weeks Poochie. People with start to think we are dating .

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds incredible. I have always wanted to hike this area... I should be a "yes", too. Just have to check my sched at work today.

    January 17, 2014

  • Poochie

    Hahaha! Love that there's someone else signed up and all I posted were dates! lol The trip will be awesome...details coming soon!

    1 · January 16, 2014

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