Description: A backpacking/camping adventure in the Sierra Nevada Mountains! On Sunday September 2nd we will drive to Lone Pine California (8 hour drive) and spend the night in a motel. On Monday morning (Labor Day) a short drive to the trailhead and a full day ascent up the mountains. The eastern slopes are much steeper than the west side so with a fairly strenuous full day hike, we will reach the high elevation back country (8 miles, 3500’ elevation gain) and set up base camp at 3rd lake. We will go on day hikes Tuesday and Wednesday to a glacier and the upper lakes and then head back down on Thursday. We will spend Thursday night in Lone Pine before heading back to Phoenix Friday morning. Trip details here (http://www.americansouthwest.net/california/big-pine-lakes/index.html).
Difficulty: Difficult (due to backpacking/elevation gain and 3 nights camping)
Distance RT: 8 miles each way to base camp, plus 3-4 mile day hikes.
Elevation Gain: 3,500 (base camp) 5,000 total with day hikes.
Drive Time: 8 hours each way, Water to Bring: 2-3 liters plus water filter
Meeting Time/Place: 8:00 am, Pyle Recreation Center
Leaders: Mark and Eric
RSVP By: As soon as you are able to hold your spot – limit 8 - $100 non refundable deposit required 30 days in advance.
Special Instructions: We will have a planning meeting to go over equipment and packing requirements this summer. To ensure a great hike experience this backpacking trip will be limited to reasonably experienced hikers with at least one backpack experience. Monday September 2nd is Labor Day, so 4 only days vacation required.
Not sure what to bring? Checklists are available here (http://www.meetup.com/Wandering-Soles-Hiking/files/).