Backcountry Forum
Backpacking & Hiking Gear

Backcountry Forum
Our long-time Sponsor - the leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear
 
 
 
BCG Holiday Sale

Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#178027 - 06/25/13 09:30 AM Looking for weeklong backpacking trip ideas
BlueDevil504 Offline
newbie

Registered: 06/19/13
Posts: 4
Loc: MD
I have been doing an annual trip with some buddies for several years now but this year something came up and our planner can't go. I need to do some quick planning. Target dates are early September. Prefer 50-70 mile route in western US. Have previously done Wind River north, High Sierra Trail, Sawtooth Loop, JMT, Three Sisters Loop. I need some ideas on trips with minimual permit issues since I am starting my planning late in the game.
Larry

Top
#178042 - 06/26/13 12:49 PM Re: Looking for weeklong backpacking trip ideas [Re: BlueDevil504]
wandering_daisy Offline
member

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 2751
Loc: California
Are you driving or flying? Makes a difference. If flying seems like the North Cascades are a good choice since the extra time to get to Seattle, vs SLC is not that much more. If driving, there is another very long day or two days each way. Others will have to chime in on actual hikes in the Cascades since I have not hiked there in over 40 years. Sept. is after school starts so I doubt you would have much trouble with permits, except for the really heavily used areas.

Also, are you willing and able to do off-trail travel? I am not talking major bushwhacking - but fairly easy but off trail (need to be really good at navigation). If so, many options open up. From the no permit standpoint, cannot beat the Wind Rivers. There are lots of areas there different from your previous trip. And there are a lot of non-JMT loop trips in the Sierra, particularly if you are willing to do some off-trail sections. Again, in the Sierra, permits are easier to get in September (as long as you are talking post-Labor Day).

Also, how many do you mean by "some buddies"? Four, two, ten?


Top
#178046 - 06/26/13 05:48 PM Re: Looking for weeklong backpacking trip ideas [Re: wandering_daisy]
BlueDevil504 Offline
newbie

Registered: 06/19/13
Posts: 4
Loc: MD
Flying in, 3 of us. I am a strong navigator so I am open to off-trail adventures. Targeting just post Labor Day for the trip. Any recommendations in the Sierra? We did Mammoth to Yos Valley three years ago and had a great time.
Thanks for your help.

Top
#178058 - 06/27/13 03:15 PM Re: Looking for weeklong backpacking trip ideas [Re: BlueDevil504]
wandering_daisy Offline
member

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 2751
Loc: California
The Sierra is one place that you can actually do a trip by flying and then using public transportation. Reno to the Sierra and back is pretty easy. But if you rent a car lots more trailheads open up for possibilities. If you do the Wind Rivers or Sawtooths I would think you have to rent a car. May not be an issue if you all share costs.

Post Labor Day in the Wind Rivers is going to be more uncertain with weather and nights definitely colder (freezing most nights). September is a great time to do the Sierra. Only problem this year is that we have 20% normal snowpack, so it will look quite dry and there is a high potential of forest fires. Many small streams will be dry.

This is just one suggested loop. North Lake - Humphreys Basin - easy off trail side trips all over the basin, French Canyon - Merriam Lake, x-country to Bear Basin (Feather Pass, class 2, moderately difficult pass- have to deal with talus)lots of great off-trail but easy travel within Bear Basin, faint trail back to PCT, up to Marie Lakes with nice side trips to Melody Lakes, up Piute Canyon back to North Lake. This loop can also be done from the west side taking the Ferry across Florence Lake. Could also go from Humphreys Basin to Granite Basin (trail route via Pine Creek Pass or off trail via Royce Lakes),and then take Dancing Bear Pass (more talus)into Bear Basin. Not a good route if uncomfortable with class 2 passes.

Good guidebooks are "Sierra South" and "Sierra North", if you want to see more all-trail routes.

Top
#178688 - 07/27/13 09:56 AM Re: Looking for weeklong backpacking trip ideas [Re: wandering_daisy]
balzaccom Offline
member

Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 1731
Loc: Napa, CA
Check out our trip report on Leavitt Meadows To Hetch-hetchy. No permit issues at LEavite Meadows, and you could easily do this as something other than a through hike...because the trailhead are pretty isolated.
_________________________
balzaccom

check out our website and blog: http://www.backpackthesierra.com/home

Top
#178704 - 07/28/13 12:09 PM Re: Looking for weeklong backpacking trip ideas [Re: BlueDevil504]
wandering_daisy Offline
member

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 2751
Loc: California
You may want to check out this other Sierra-specific forum.

http://www.highsierratopix.com/community/

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Knife, Fire Starter, Ignition Source
by Jim M
Yesterday at 07:34 PM
Bivvy bag with wired peak
by Petro1234
12/10/17 01:06 PM
How cheap can you go?
by EMT Dave
12/05/17 07:07 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Greetings - and a question
by valongi
Yesterday at 11:35 AM
Just found out about UCO candles
by toddfw2003
11/30/17 08:41 AM
Hitting the eagle rock loop, Ark in 3 days
by toddfw2003
11/19/17 11:31 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
Plant based insulation...
by billstephenson
11/18/17 02:58 PM
lightest grommets to use
by toddfw2003
10/22/17 06:13 PM
avalibility of thin ti rod
by the-gr8t-waldo
01/26/17 04:45 PM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
1 registered (), 25 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
valongi, Atkinson J, Dcarpenter, Woodland, ultralight
12469 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com