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Old 04-21-2010, 07:01 AM   #1
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Mammoth/395 Trip Help Planning Mid May Update 29 April

(i changed the first post)

heres the deal:
I can leave So Cal about 1 pm on a Thursday
Gotta be back Sunday night

Tentive Plan

Night One: Whitney Portal/Alabama hills

Night Two: open
(want to get to hightest elevation for wife to see the Sierras)

Night Three: open
(want to get to hightest elevation for wife to see the Sierras)

Questions:
Night arrival and finding a good spot @ Whitney Portal/Alabama hills
will we have a problem??

Thoughts:
Maybe Day two we drive up to Mammoth and check snow pack and availablity
and work our way down??

FYI:
got a very cool ATLAS from national forest website for Inyo Natl Forest
spiral bound pages and has a Large fold out map

There is a Lifetime of exploring just in this one area......

(wife is out of school noon on thursdays and back mondays,
and she doesnt want to miss any class

thanx in advance

bw
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Mammoth Trip Help Planning Mid May

Every year for the past 5 years, I head to Mammoth Lakes for some dirt bike riding. We usually camp at Big Springs. Just a small and free camping spot that we can ride from. Last year drove the van up to Bald Mountain and up Look Out Mtn also. This year not goin until August.

Laurel Lakes is always a good place for the canoe. Water goin to be cold!
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Every year for the past 5 years, I head to Mammoth Lakes for some dirt bike riding. We usually camp at Big Springs. Just a small and free camping spot that we can ride from. Last year drove the van up to Bald Mountain and up Look Out Mtn also. This year not goin until August.

Laurel Lakes is always a good place for the canoe. Water goin to be cold!
I also head up 2-3 times each summer for moto and MTB riding. The riding there is outstanding.
My favorite 'developed' camping around Mammoth is the Rock Creek area. The scenery there blows me away, there are several USFS campgrounds, and there are some excellent MTB trails and fishing nearby. We prefer Iris meadow or Big meadow. Neither take reservations.

If you want to boondock, I've got a nice place off of Casa Diablo Road, about 10 miles out of Mammoth. Nice scenary, and very remote. Let me know and I'll try and locate the GPS coordinates.

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Old 04-22-2010, 09:05 AM   #4
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Re: Mammoth Trip Help Planning Mid May

Sand Canyon Road out of Swall Meadows up Rock Creek.
Casa Diablo 4wd trail out of Fish Slough.
Andrew Mountain Loop, up Mazurka Canyon Roar out of Independence and out on the Eureka/Saline road out of Big Pine.
Up Silver Canyon out of Laws, down Wyman Canyon into Deep Springs Valley.
Sawmill Meadows on the back of the Glass Mountains via Watterston troughs.
Crater Mnt lava tubes and McMurry meadows out of Big Pine.
Adobe Valley to Pizona to Truman Meadows to Hwy 6.
4wd road to same elevation as Spark Plug Mine Camp, then traverse hike to Black Eagle Camp.
Betty Jumbo Mine road to hang glider launch(Mazurka Canyon).
Up to the Coyote Warp out of Bishop.


Kayak Floats-
Benton Crossing Bridge to Crowley Lake
5 bridges to E. Line St
E. Line St to Warmsprings road.
Warmsprings road to Big Pine/Death Valley road(168)
168 to Tinnemaha Reservoir
190 to Owens Lake (recently rewatered)
Paddle to fake volcano film set on Mono Lake (Krakatoa Islet)

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Coyote Flats is pretty nice outside of Bishop. Although it might possibly have snow still next month. This area is super cool, high elevation backwoods camping. Lots of hiking options out of there also.
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Re: Mammoth Trip Help Planning Mid May

Bill -

I may be shifting my mid-May Oregon trip into a Hwy 395 corridor trip. If so, I'll keep a lookout for you. With all the late snow I'm not sure how many of the higher elevation places will be accessible. I think I can write off using Tioga Pass to get over there for sure.

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Bill -

I may be shifting my mid-May Oregon trip into a Hwy 395 corridor trip. If so, I'll keep a lookout for you. With all the late snow I'm not sure how many of the higher elevation places will be accessible. I think I can write off using Tioga Pass to get over there for sure.

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Re: Mammoth/395 Trip Help Planning Mid May Update 29 April

Also, anyone up there13-16 may??
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Re: Mammoth/395 Trip Help Planning Mid May Update 29 April

Rob,

We have decided to do the 395 corridor for our trip and will be starting out at Alabama Hills as well. We'll get in late Friday night. We'll work our way north and either return to SF Bay area via Tioga Pass if it is open, or through South Lake Tahoe. I'm going to put together a list of potential places to explore and let the weather, snow level and our mood determine where we end up each day.

I've seen some great photos from Alabama Hills somewhere on this forum before. If anyone has a good "secret" place you can send coordinates for in AH would be great. It's nice to know what your are shooting for when you drive into an unknown area late at night.

Hope to bump into you on the trip.

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Rob,

We have decided to do the 395 corridor for our trip and will be starting out at Alabama Hills as well. We'll get in late Friday night. We'll work our way north and either return to SF Bay area via Tioga Pass if it is open, or through South Lake Tahoe. I'm going to put together a list of potential places to explore and let the weather, snow level and our mood determine where we end up each day.

I've seen some great photos from Alabama Hills somewhere on this forum before. If anyone has a good "secret" place you can send coordinates for in AH would be great. It's nice to know what your are shooting for when you drive into an unknown area late at night.

Hope to bump into you on the trip.

Phil
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Looks like i will beat you there thurs nite
Plan on looking around in the day light
If Mrs. Wilson happy, may hang there
Very least i can communicate w/ you with were we wound up with some current first hand info
PM me your phone #
Sending you mine
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