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#3655 - 04/20/10 01:11 AM Grinnell Lake
RoguePhotonic Offline


Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
Has anyone ever been to Grinnell Lake which is West of Pioneer Basin up the Laurel Creek Trail?

I'm considering a detour to it this summer and I can't seem to find a single image of it to see if it's worthy of spending an extra day on.
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#3657 - 04/20/10 08:49 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7225
Loc: Fresno, CA
I had to go look it up since I haven't heard the name. Given the state of the Forest Service budgets, that trail might even be hard to find.

But I bet it would be a nice place to see -- doubt you would see a soul at all. And it would be cool to get to the top of Red and White Mtn -- I think it is a pretty rugged and colorful peak looking from the Mammoth side.

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#3658 - 04/20/10 09:46 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
CaT Offline


Registered: 09/24/09
Posts: 694
Loc: Blacklick, OH (formerly SoCal)
RP,

Here's the results of a search on Flickr for "Grinnell Lake".
Looks very nice, indeed! Trying viewing as a full screen slideshow.

Edit - Well, after scrolling through a ton of pics on this slideshow, I ran into one with a reference to Glacier Natl Park (and I'm pretty sure all the other pics are of the same lake and area). So maybe the wrong Grinnell Lake came up in my search.

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Edited by CaT (04/20/10 10:09 AM)
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#3659 - 04/20/10 10:07 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: CaT]
Ken Offline


Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles
Great photos,CaT, unfortunately, the wrong lake! Those are in Montana, he's asking about the one in Ca, below Red and White Mountain.

I was up there when my group did the first ascent of the N face of Mt Hopkins. Beautiful lake, in a desolate rocky alpine setting (if you like that!)

Here's a picture of Red and White, and Grinnell lake:



Edited by Ken (04/21/10 11:12 PM)

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#3660 - 04/20/10 10:09 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: Ken]
CaT Offline


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Yeah ... just discovered that about the time you posted.
Oh, well...
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#3661 - 04/20/10 10:20 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: CaT]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
Wow, the one in Montana is beautiful!

I did a Google Image search using the string:
    "grinnell Lake" sierra -glacier

and found this picture from this thread in High Sierra Topix.  There is one more picture of Grinnell Lake just below that one in the thread.



And a second from that thread, titled "Looking back at Red & White"




Ken, you participated in that thread from High Sierra Topix, about hiking with a badly bleeding shin.

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#3664 - 04/20/10 10:59 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: Steve C]
Ken Offline


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I'd completely forgotten about the discussion.

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#3665 - 04/20/10 01:28 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
RoguePhotonic Offline


Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
Thanks for the info, I had almost noted the fact that there was the other lake in Glacier National Park since I found it while trying to search.

This is one reason why I like taking lots of pictures and labeling them the best I can to have an archive of locations in the Sierra.

I think i'll go to Grinnell Lake from VVR and then to Pioneer Basin and resume.
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#3667 - 04/20/10 02:46 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 2208
Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
WR is ?? - should it go in the acronym list?

Oh VVR - never mind.


Edited by wagga (04/20/10 02:47 PM)
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#3668 - 04/20/10 02:57 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: wagga]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7225
Loc: Fresno, CA
And VVR ( V.V.R ) stands for Vermillion Valley Resort, the name of the outfit at Edison Lake running the ferry and restaurant/resort. In most fonts, VVR looks like WR.

They have a web site, http://www.edisonlake.com/

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#3672 - 04/20/10 10:02 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: Steve C]
Bee Offline


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Loc: Northern California
Hi Steve,

The peaks in this area are familiar from my Pioneer Basin trip; how far away is it from the PB? I loved the area; the meadows and mini lakes were just soooo sweet (thanks Laura!)

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#3673 - 04/20/10 11:09 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: Bee]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
Grinnell Lake is just two miles due west of the Pioneer Basin, but there are two ridges (11.5 to 12k) and a 10.5k valley in between.

Here's a MyTopo link. Be sure to click the "MyTopo" button in the upper right corner of the map so you can see the contours.

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#3674 - 04/20/10 11:31 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: Steve C]
Bee Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Northern California
Excellent -- thanks, Steve! I specifically remember standing by one of the lakes and staring up at Hopkins, so I know exactly which direction the area you speak of would be. It is funny, though, that one would never envision a whole other valley/ridge beyond what I could see. It was my first time to the SeKi area, so I was overwhelmed by the recesses and personalized mini-lakes.

Laura's pictures of the Pioneer Basin area:
Pioneer Basin

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Edited by Bee (04/21/10 09:37 PM)
Edit Reason: add photo link
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#3675 - 04/20/10 11:36 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
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I wasn't planning a cross country trek to Pioneer Basin, i'll just go back to the trail and go that way, it's only like 11 miles from Grinnell Lake to Pioneer Basin, i'll probably make the 0.4 mile detour to see what Laurel Lake looks like also.

Since my loop East from VVR was only 4 days to MTR I thought might as well add another detour. smile
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#3676 - 04/20/10 11:50 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
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Posts: 742
Loc: Los Angeles
The trip from vvr is a great way to go. Pioneer Basin seems to be "the" place to go in the region. personally, I like the Fourth Recess, for many reasons: the beautiful lake, the wonderful waterfall, the last place Norman Clyde camped in the Sierra. Lotsa history up Mono Creek.

By the way, if you have Secor, he has the shortcut I described to him for getting from the jct with the PCT up Mono Creek, rather than the trail, which is a mile out of the way and extra climbing. (I was a volunteer ranger in this area)

The owner of VVR is Jim Clement, my old hiking and climbing partner. He's a great guy, and the resort is a kick, if you've never been there. More of a rustic ranch.

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#3677 - 04/21/10 01:08 AM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: Ken]
Bee Offline


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Loc: Northern California
I completely agree with you, Ken, that Fourth Recess is impossibly beautiful. In one location, all of the scenic and photographic ingredients are in check. I found the mystery and depth of the recesses to be most intriguing.

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#3689 - 04/21/10 02:08 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
RoguePhotonic Offline


Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
Got any good photos from the Fourth Recess? seeing is believing! =P

Do you consider Fourth Recess Lake to be the highlight or do you travel all the way up to Snow Lakes?
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#3690 - 04/21/10 02:22 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
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Registered: 10/07/09
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Loc: Humbug Reach (Pop. 3)
On a TSDH from RCC to VVR you see all four Recesses in one day.
4th. is unbelievably beautiful.
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#3691 - 04/21/10 05:26 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: wagga]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7225
Loc: Fresno, CA
Ummm wagga....

Give 'em a break on the acronyms. wink

TSDH = Trans-Sierra Day Hike
RCC = Rock Creek Complex
VVR = Vermillion Valley Resort (aka Edison Lake)

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#3692 - 04/21/10 06:00 PM Re: Grinnell Lake [Re: RoguePhotonic]
RoguePhotonic Offline


Registered: 12/08/09
Posts: 558
Loc: Bakersfield CA
It's all good unless we start using Lolspeak! cry
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