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Banner Peak (2009)
Big Margaret Lake (2009)
Dinkey Lakes (2009)
Graveyard Lakes (2009)
Kaiser Wilderness (2007)
Darwin Canyon (2006)
Upper Twin Lake (2006)
Redwood Canyon/Big Springs (2006)
Upper Twin Lake (2005)
Mt Whitney (2005)
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness (2005)
Cliff Lake/Dinkey Wilderness (2005)
Kaiser Wilderness (2004)
Blaney Meadows (2004)
High Sierra Trail (Mt. Whitney) (2003)
Mt Whitney Day Hike (2002)
Hell for Sure Pass(2000)
Marie Lake/Selden Pass (1999)
Sandbeach Lake (1994)
Big Spring (1994)
Graveyard Lakes
Hidden Lake and Kaiser Peak
Darwin Canyon via Lamarck Col
Redwood Canyon/Big Spring
Twin Lakes
Dinkey Lakes
Cliff Lake
Kaiser Peak
Blaney Meadows
High Sierra Trail
Mt Whitney Trail
Hell for Sure Pass
Sandbeach Lake
Selden Pass

Blaney Meadow Backpack

2004 Trip

Trail Location and info: The trailhead is at Florence Lake in the Sierra National Forest. You can get there by taking 168 from Fresno up to Huntington Lake and turn right on to Kaiser Pass Road. You go over Kaiser Pass and see the high peaks of the Sierras. It is very beautiful in early spring with the snow covered peaks. You will soon get to a fork where one road goes to Lake Edison and the other to Florence Lake. After you get to Florence Lake you can take the ferry across, which I recommend,  or you can take the trail around the lake. If you take the trail around the lake you quickly get above the lake and go up a little a long then way, then you go back down just before you get to the South Fork San Joaquin River. You cross over the beautiful river on a bridge and then continue on your way. Shortly after the river is where the ferry comes in. You save about 4 miles if you take the ferry. You go up a little ways and then go down shortly before the springs. There are a few meadows along the way. After you get there and set up camp the hot spring is next to the Muir Trail Ranch fence. Cross the river and then follow the fence and you should easily find the spring (However both times I've gone, we didn't find it very easily). The trail doesn't end at the springs. It meets up with the Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail and continues for many miles. You can also continue up to Evolution Valley, Hell for Sure Pass, Mt Goddard, even eventually Mt Whitney. A few years before this trip I went on a trip from Courtright Reservoir to Florence Lake via Hell for Sure Pass, click here to read about that trail.

Links: Topo Map, Muir Trail Ranch, Florence Lake, Kaiser Pass Road Survival Tips

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