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Sierra 06

Emigrant Wilderness
Sierra Nevada, Ca - Sept 2006

Our third trip to the Sierras started out at Sonora Pass and ended at Kennedy Meadow.

Roger at Upper Emigrant Lake

Photos titles ending in "b" are by Bill, in "a" are by Allison, and in "r" by Roger.

Troop 24 Kickass Trekkers: "The High Adventure Troop" Alumni Backpacking Trip
-Cascade Bill Mooseker


Date(s): September 2006. Album by Cascade Bill. Photos by WHM/ Roger/ Allison. 1 - 143 of 143 Total. 2747 Visits.
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Trailhead at Sonora Pass

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Shelby

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Getting ready to head out - Bill, Allison, Shelby.

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Roger, Shelby, Allison heading out at the start of the trail.

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Checking out the Reader Board.

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The trail traverses the moutain beyond below the snowfields and then turns back to crest the ridge just to the right of the large snowfield at the center.

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Allison climbing the trail just before the crossing of Sardine Creek.

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Looking back at our car parked at Sonora Pass - this was about 35 minutes from the trailhead (as measured by slow old Bill)

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As we get higher, the views expand - this is looking towards the northeast.

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Another view.

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View of the trail as it gets to the eastern side ridge to begin the main traverse.

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Roger and Shelby heading up the trail.

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Still Climbing - view to the east.

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Looking back at the trailhead.

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You can see the trail below as it winds along .

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Roger and Shelby taking a break at the ridge top - about 10800'.

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Roger strikes a pose. You can see Highway 108 below as it climbs up to Sonora Pass fro the east.

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Looking south from our break point.

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After our break at the ridge we head south on a long traverse - Deadman Lake is in the cirque to the right. Leavitt Peak is the peak to the left.

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Shelby, Roger, and Allison heading out along the ridge.

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Looking back along the trail you can see Bill (the white dot) on the trail

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Looking west from the ridge you can see the Deadman Cr valley (location of Route 108).

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Close up of view to west - if you zoom in you can see Rt. 108 at the bottom left of the photo.

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Small tarn to the east of Deadman Lake just below Leavitt Peak.

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Another view of the small tarn

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Creek draining the cirque.  Deadman Lake is in the cirque at the far right.

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We take a short break at the point the trail swings over to the other side of the ridge.  You can see the steep climb to the ridge above Latopie Lake at the center of the photo.

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Close up of ascent to the ridge above Latopie Lake - as it was getting late we decided to camp above the small tarn in the basin just below the ridge in the picture.

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Looking to the east from the point where the trail crosses the ridge.

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Another small tarn that lies to the right of the trail crossing the ridge.   We camped here the first night.

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Shelby looking at the pond.  The trail crosses the pass at the center of the photo.

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Day 2: The old heart was pumping as we climbed to the pass (+10800') through the ridge.  Bill and Shelby are taking in the view from the south side of the ridge.

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Looking down to Koenig Lake and the larger Leavitt Lake (Elev 9556 ft).

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Koenig Lake below to the left and Latopie Lake to the right.

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Latopie Lake - the trail traverses to the right and disappears in the snowbank at the upper right.  If you zoom the photo you can see it.

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Another view.

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A telephoto of Latopie Lake - you can see some deer at center of the photo near the bottom.

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Leavitt Lake can be reached with a 4 wheel drive.  An old mining road continued up and over the ridge near the snowfield at the center of the photo and down the other side.  We would join up with that old road much later in the day.

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Roger on the trail: After losing the trail in the snowfield, we climbed up a couple of hundred feet and had to make a descent down the the trail as it traversed this desolate basin on the other side of the ridge.

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Hiking along the trail as it traverses on the opposite side of the ridge from Latopie and Leavitt Lakes.

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Looking down into Leavitt Lake - you can see the 4 wheel drive road below.

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Shelby at overlook to Leavitt Lake.

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This is where the ridge trail meets the old mining road.  You can see Leavitt peak in the far distance.  Shelby says we go "That a way!" (someone had made an arrow in the dirt).

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Looking across the valley.  You can see Lost Lake and Molo and Kennedy Peaks to the right.

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You can see the old mining road as it switchbacks down into the valley.

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Our route took us along the old mining road up and over the peak to the far right in the picture.

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Looking back along the ridge towards Leavitt Peak.  If you zoom you can see the traill traversing the ridge.

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Our camp for the 2nd and 3rd nights was at the head of Kennedy Creek, which has a nice spring.  You can see our tents below.

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Close up of our camp.  We had expected Eric and Danny to arrive on the 2nd day but they didn't show up.   On the third day it got very cold and windy, slowing up Danny and Eric who didn't show up until very late in the day, much to our relief.

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Looking down Kennedy Creek from the spring.

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Camp deer.

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A lot of nice spots in the woods for the deer to hide.

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Some other "wildlife" in the meadows too.

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These critters were pretty wild.

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Roger, be careful, I think that cow is looking for romance.

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A grouse near our camp.

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Grouse - note the camoflage coloration.

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Whether its a scorpion or a grouse it can't hide from Shelby (this was strictly catch and release).

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Shelby and Danny.

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Shelby and friend.

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Eric at camp.

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Day 4: Starting out on our fourth day, it was bitter cold and very windy.  It looks nice but you wouldn't want to hike in it.  Our camp was to the right of center.

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Ice, Ice, Baby!  This creek was covered in ice.

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Looking back at our camp and the old mining road as it switchbacks down the ridge.

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Telephoto view of our camp.

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Shelby and Eric head up the trail.  Bill is further up the trail to the right.

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Looking down the valley at Kennedy Lake.

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Looking back the way we came (our camp is almost out of sight on the right).

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Shelby and Eric (Bill far below) - you can see we have every bit of clothes on we can.

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Man it was so cold going over the mountain (no pass just over the top of the 10825' peak) and then switchbacking down the other side.  Allison braved the cold to get this shot from near the top.  You can see High Emigrant Lake to the Left, and unnamed lake, the larger Emigrant Meadow Lake, and Middle Emigrant Lake in the far distance.  You can also see the trail far below.  It then turns to the left going to the outlet of High Emigrant Lake.

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I got the same shot too.

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Eric on the way down.

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Allison - Molo mtn in the background.

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Taking a break in a semi-sheltered spot along the trail.

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High Emigrant Lake.

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High Emigrant Lake - we found a sheltered spot in the rocks that was out of the wind to have our lunch break.

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Rocks at High Emigrant Lake - we saw a couple of horsemen go up the trail and camp there. Man it was too cold for me.

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Eric at High Emigrant Lake.

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Roger at High Emigrant Lake.

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Bill at the outlet of High Emigrant Lake.  Emigrant Meadow Lake is below, we went cross country to pick up the trail there.

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Outlet of High Emigrant Lake.

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High Emigrant Lake

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Eric and Danny at outlet of High Emigrant Lake.

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Outlet stream from High Emigrant Lake.

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Heading cross country toward Emigrant Meadow Lake.

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Telephoto shot of Emigrant Meadow Lake.

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Our cross country route.

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Hiking along Emigrant Meadow Lake - the clouds have come in and it is still cold as hell.  You can see the guys strung out along the lakeshore.  You can also see that mad mother of a mountain we came over as well.

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Shelby and Danny hiking around Emigrant Meadow Lake.

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Day 5: After passing Emigrant Mdw Lake and Middle Emigrant Lake, we found no suitable campspots and kept hiking until we reached the very large Emigrant Lake where we found a good campsite.  The next morning the weather had warmed up considerably so I tried some fishing in the lake - a beautiful Sierra lake.

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Another view of Emigrant Lake - this picture is looking north.

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A nice brook trout from the lake.

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A long and lanky rainbow as well.  The fishing was pretty good.

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A view looking south.

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Near the upper end of the lake.

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The lakeshore trail as it winds along the northern end of the lake.

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Eric and Shelby letting off a little steam.

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Shelby and Eric.

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Eric

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Eric and Shelby goofing off.

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Bill getting water.

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Serene bay near our campsite.

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Day 6: Leaving the lake the next morning - looking south.

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Roger

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Meadows near Emigrant Lake on the way out.

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The trail heads up this valley.

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Granite Buttress along the trail.

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Shelby going up the trail.

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Nearing the top of the pass.

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Eric taking a break near the pass.

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Granola bar time.

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Eric.

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The pass is a long fairly level stretch in which the trail winds along through the rocky landscape.

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Roger, Danny, Shelby, Eric, and Allison: Break time at the junction of our trail with the trail that goes up Summit Creek.

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Shelby.

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Danny

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Summit Creek below Lunch Meadow.

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Found a nice camp in the woods for our last night.

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Roger & Shelby

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The main course - Grub!

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No! No! We have to cook it first.

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Getting the chili ready.

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Sauteing the Grub (with onions)

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Yummy

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Grub stir fry!

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Campfire time.

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Heading out!

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Eric

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Along the trail.

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The Relief Reservoir is off to the left of the trail.

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Looking back at the upper end of the relief reservoir.

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Another view.

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The upper end of the Relief Reservoir.

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Allison along the trail.

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The trail climbs up a ways for this view.  You can see the dam at the end of the lake.

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Eric - the trail climbs high above the Reservoir.

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On the final leg - the trail below the Reservoir to Kennedy Meadow crosses this footbridge over Summit Creek.

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Shelby and Roger checking out the gorge.

 
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