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Backpacking Loop from Kings Canyon Roads End 9/4 - 11, 8 days, 70 miles Have permits for an on-trail backpacking trip starting from Roads End / Lewis Creek Trailhead going northeast through Paradise Valley, to the JMT north to Pinchot Pass, on to Mather Pass and through the palisades down the 'golden staircase' to Middle Fork Kings River, then south to Horseshoe Creek, slowly up the Theodore Solomons trail to Doughtery / Granite Creek area, then back down to Roads End. The highest elevation for this trip will be 12,139 feet and half of it will be around 10,000 feet. Small group, moderate pace, and no big passes at the end of the day.
Looking to squeeze one more backpacking trip in before it gets too cold. May still be warm enough to take dip in those gorgeous Alpine Lakes. Below is the approximate route. This can be refined/modified based on group feedback. 24 miles, Elevation: ~2500 ft Friday (depart at CrabTree TH by 3pm): 3.8 miles to Bear Lake Saturday: 7.7 miles to Gem Lake Sunday: 7.2 miles to WHite Meadow Monday: 5.5 miles out to car and HOME I dont think permit will be an issue, but thinking group of 4-6ish works well in general. Carpool is always preferred. Start date/time can be adjusted depends on group schedule. Fee/cost will include the permit fee, and of course, carpool/gas/toll, and etc. Danny
This is another attempt at a trip that didn't happen last July. NOTE THAT THE TRIP START LOCATION WILL REQUIRE YOU TO EITHER DRIVE 560+ MILES FROM THE S.F. BAY AREA TO NORTH OF BEND, OREGON OR YOU CAN CHOOSE TO FLY INTO REDMOND, OREGON. IF YOU FLY I WILL PICK YOU UP AND DROP YOU OFF AT THE AIRPORT (SCHEDULES MUST BE COORDINATED!) PLEASE DO NOT RSVP IF YOU ARE NOT CLEAR ABOUT THE ABOVE OR IT DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU! EMAIL QUESTIONS ARE ENCOURAGED. Perhaps this slightly unusual trip will interest some of you. Mount Jefferson is the 2nd highest peak in Oregon, after Mt. Hood. This hike will start on the southwest side of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. This is on the west slope of the Cascade Range where the forest is amazingly lush. We will hike 2 miles to the Pamelia Lake permit only LEA (limited entry area). I have a permit for the trip dates for four people. On the second day we will explore Hunt's Cove and then head north partly via the PCT to scenic Jefferson Park, then exit at Olallie Lake. Since the elevations are lower than in the Sierra Nevada, hiking should be easier, emphasis on "should". Apparently bear canisters are not required, but I will verify that and update this description after doing so. This is a shuttle trip requiring 2 vehicles. One vehicle will be left at Olallie Lake for transport back to the other vehicle at the Pamelia Lake trail head. If a second vehicle won't be available, the trip will be modified to an overnight trip at Pamelia Lake; the un-used hiking time can be used to explore the greater Bend area. If a second vehicle is committed I will edit this description. We will start and end at or near my 2nd home in Terrebonne, Oregon, which for general location purposes is near Bend and the geographic center of Oregon. I will drive from there and can accommodate 2 others one of whom gets to ride in the back seat with my friendly dog who will be hiking with us. It is approximately 100 miles from the home to the trail head. If a second vehicle is committed my 4WD vehicle will be left at Olallie Lake because the road to it is rough. An easily obtained permit is required for the vehicle left at the Pamelia trail head. The trip is limited to 3 people including myself if a second vehicle isn't available. Maximum group size is 4 including myself (three people if a second vehicle isn't available); all RSVPs go on the wait list so I can discuss the trip with you. Do not make travel arrangements until you are confirmed for the trip. If you want to fly rather than drive to the area, I will pick you up and drop you off at the airport, Roberts Field in Redmond, Oregon which is about 20 miles from my home. Redmond is served by several airlines including United who have two non-stop flights daily from SFO. You will probably have to fly in the day before and leave the day after, in which case you can stay at my house where sleeping for all can be outside, in one of the many covered spaces, or depending upon the group size, in a bedroom. Don't make flight reservations until I confirm you for the trip. If others confirmed for the trip have made flight arrangements, I will encourage you to adjust your arrival time to minimize trips to the airport. I don't know about the availability of backpacking supplies in Redmond so you should plan for your pack to be ready to go when you arrive; items not needed for the backpack trip can be left at my house. Bend, about 20 miles away, will have plentiful supplies, but it is simpler to not make that extra trip. However, I will receive food and small items that you may prefer to ship rather than transport in your pack; please plan to leave none of that with me after the trip. The trip cost is to share the costs of gasoline and permits. If you are interested don't hesitate to ask questions.