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#52943 - 04/22/18 08:40 AM Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes
Yoseman Offline


Registered: 01/24/18
Posts: 15
Loc: Pennsylvania
I am looking for some help on a possible XC shortcut from Trail Crest north to Wales lake area. I wasn't sure if there was a doable route over Mt. Hale....any help will be appreciated.

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#52945 - 04/22/18 01:54 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Yoseman]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7739
Loc: Fresno, CA
Yoseman, I was once attracted to the idea of hiking up to Wallace and Wales Lakes, and then climbing over the saddle between Wales and Arctic Lakes. I'm glad I didn't try it -- I hiked up from the JMT near Guitar Lk, and had a look at the area, and it looked way too steep to try without some technical gear. On that trip, I continued over Whitney Russell pass, filled my water at Iceberg Lk, then climbed the MR to spend the night on the Whitney summit.

The only way I know of to Wallace and Wales is to hike up from the JMT on the abandoned trail in the Wallace Creek drainage. That one took me about 3/4 hours, and I lost it several times. Having a GPS along helped me figure out about where I was on the map, too. On that trip I camped at Wallace Lake, and then headed up to Tulainyo Lk, and crossed the Russell/Carillon pass, and descended to near upper Boy Scout Lk.

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#52946 - 04/22/18 02:32 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Steve C]
Yoseman Offline


Registered: 01/24/18
Posts: 15
Loc: Pennsylvania
Thanks Steve, I was thinking that to be the case the more I looked at it. I'm looking to shave a little trail time since I want to camp at Wales/Wallace the night after I do Whitney.

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#52949 - 04/22/18 07:06 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Yoseman]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7739
Loc: Fresno, CA
Definitely reachable from Crabtree or Guitar Lk, via the JMT.

The fishing is supposed to be outstanding. Unfortunately I didn't get any bites, but tried fishing after sundown.

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#52954 - 04/23/18 01:03 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Steve C]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 192
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
if you are a fisherman, Wallace will shock you. Having been there a couple times, I was amazed at the size and volume of fish.

paul

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#52956 - 04/23/18 03:28 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Paul]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7739
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: Paul
if you are a fisherman, Wallace will shock you. Having been there a couple times, I was amazed at the size and volume of fish.

Sounds like I need to go back there again.

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#52957 - 04/23/18 03:56 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Steve C]
Paul Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 192
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Okay Steve, check this out (fishing video)...... not me, but found on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFQXXW0rhmc

paul

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#52958 - 04/23/18 08:41 PM Re: Trail Crest to Wales & Wallace lakes [Re: Paul]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7739
Loc: Fresno, CA
Ah yes, RoguePhotonic. I wonder where he's been lately.

Thanks for the link!

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