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Golden Lake
« on: August 08, 2012, 01:23:59 PM »
This is proudly my first trip report. I flew into L.A. and rented a car Saturday July 21st, went to Thousand Oaks for some camping equipment and promptly headed up to East Fork for the night.
Sunday I got up; had breakfast at Tom’s and drove to fish some lakes out of Mammoth. Fishing was good with a few Brookies and a bit of hail/rain for weather mixed in. On the way back to RCL, 395 at the Mammoth Airport had hail on the side that was sticking.  Went to Convict where I got skunked but it was raining. But I came all that way to fish! Stopped by McGee Creek Campground as they had table covers which I could pitch a tarp over as I did not have a tent. Decided to go back to East Fork for the night. There was hail in the shadows when I got there and the weather had cleared so I threw out my pad and sleeping bag on the ground as usual.
Woke up at about 6a to a sprinkle on my face.  Put away my bag and evaluated the weather for the hike to Golden Lake by the way of Half Moon Pass. I decided a go as it was early enough and fit my loose schedule abet it being drizzly. I drove to the pack station; parked and loaded up my gear. I walked through the corrals and turned down the trail along the side of the corrals rather than the trail out from the corner.  The wrong trail meant I burned an hour going the wrong direction without seeing the use trail to half moon.  It was now 9. I found the right trail and followed it up. I lost it and found it a few times. Duks are hard to discern in rock fields. There were a few rain delays spent under trees and rocks. After boulder hopping and climbing I was at the base of the pass.   With precautions for altitude sickness and dehydration as well as spending two nights at East Fork because I’m a flatlander; I made it to the saddle of the pass and could see Golden over my right shoulder and RCL on my left. At that point I was very elated. Got to Golden at 1p. Took a 15 min combat nap.
Fished for 3 hrs and hooked up 4 goldens in the 14-16 in range. Landed only one; a nice 16 incher with a small hooked jaw. Note to self: buy a net and stop using fluorocarbon leader. Could have landed all four and saved hardware.
The hike down took almost 3 hrs. From Golden back to the top of the pass was 45 mins. I tied off two ropes to help on the way down on the Golden side and it helped on the way back. Went to upper Pine Grove, ate and crashed. Tuesday drove to Virginia Lakes and hiked to Cooney Lake, a few brookies and very nice weather. Drove to North Lake in Bishop drainage and staked out a site there.
Déjà vu. I was driving to the pack station to fish the lake and saw a hiker heading my way. When he heard my car he stuck his thumb out for a ride. I rolled up beside him and asked if he needed a ride. He said yes. He put his pack in the trunk. He hopped in and I asked if he was going to the pack station. He said no that he needed to get to the South lake trailhead. He asked that I just take him to 168. I said “buddy; I’m taking you all the way to South Lake.” He began to tell his story about his buddy and his blisters still up Piute Pass. He was amazed by how high the road out of North Lake is. Also, how far South Lake was from where he was. He offered Cliff Bars as payment. I said no thanks but offered him a beer. He enjoyed it on the way. I told him Karma!  Well, a similar thing happened many years ago when I was camping with a friend at North Lake. About 10p a guy stumbled into our camp and said his buddy broke his leg up the trail and he left him to seek help.  I took him in my truck all the way into town. First, stopped by the fire station. Well, being a volunteer organization; nobody home. So I took him to the police station and they helped him. Well the next morning about 7 a Huey thumped overhead up the canyon.  I guess help was on the way.
Enjoy the pictures even though no goldens in them the one that I landed spit the lure out before I could get a picture. Also stopped and talked to the guy surveying the road and said he would be done the 2nd week of August and had no idea when the improvements would start if at all. He was anxious to get back to Denver. I want to publicly thank Sierra Slam for the info and inspiration to have a great adventure.

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Re: Golden Lake
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 01:29:38 PM »
Does not take more than 3 photos at a time:

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Re: Golden Lake
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 02:04:59 PM »
That sounds like it was a fun trip for sure!  Very interesting hearing about the Hikers coming down from North lake too!

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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2012, 03:22:56 PM »
Nice pictures on your trip Tex!  Wished you had one on the goldens!  Oh well.  Sounds like the hike to Golden Lake was exhausting!  Been there many times myself so know that feeling.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2012, 04:37:59 PM »
The stamp (thanks for identifying it) was up in the Mammoth area. Old machinery is very,very cool. There was also a part of a stone cabin/shelter there.  PM me for info where I saw it.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2012, 04:45:07 PM »
Super neat trip report, Tex.  You certainly covered a lot of territory.  I could almost feel the sprinkles on my face when you said you woke up in the morning at East Fork.  Brings back lots of memories, which I thank you and everyone who posts their trip reports here. 

Thanks, Buddy, for taking me out of my office for a few fishing and hiking adventures.
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Re: Golden Lake
« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2012, 08:20:11 PM »
What a great first report, sounds like you had quite an adventure. What is the elevation of Golden Lake, maybe someday I will make it there.
Great pics.


thanks !
gone fishn, hope to be catchn soon !

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2012, 10:38:35 PM »
Very nice report Tex! You defiantly have Good Karma!

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2012, 11:25:41 AM »
What a great trip! love the pictures! How's that veiw from the top of Half Moon Pass? One of the best i've ever seen. Great job on catching a Golden from Golden. I have come back skunked more than once from there. Sorry I missed you in Thousand Oaks. I"ll take you up on that beer on your next trip out this way. Glad you enjoyed. Good fishin!

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2012, 04:47:15 PM »
that thunderstorm by the airport is always present when thunderstorms are in the area...ever noticed that?  At least it seems like it.  When you're at Crowley, there's often a thunderstorm or shower w/ rain or virga in the airport/Convict area when there's thunderstorm activity in the region.  I've seen it numerous times.  Another spot where storms pop is out by Benton.  Ever seen the "storm" that blows up out that way as well on stormy days?  I love the weather on the East Side.
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Re: Golden Lake
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2012, 06:48:19 PM »
That is an amazing trip and an amazing report!

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« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2012, 06:21:05 PM »
What a great trip! love the pictures! How's that veiw from the top of Half Moon Pass? One of the best i've ever seen. Great job on catching a Golden from Golden. I have come back skunked more than once from there. Sorry I missed you in Thousand Oaks. I"ll take you up on that beer on your next trip out this way. Glad you enjoyed. Good fishin!
Well I guess I was catchin; sort of. I couldn't fathom being skunked after such a hike in! Yes, the view is great and appreciated/made better after the last stretch of uphill.

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The elevation of Golden is 10994'. The pass is about 11,500' as near as I can reckon.  :yodel:
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 04:54:21 PM »
what a great trip TEX!    your tale of this adventure is fantastic.. and i am exhausted keepin gup with all that you did.. and i only had to read about it!

ps:  i have no clue how i missed this report earlier! 
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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2012, 06:57:46 AM »
Just what I need...Leggings...For what it's worth I sent them a flaming email, knowing it will not do a damn thing.  But I felt better.
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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2012, 08:04:03 AM »
Tex now that you responded you're on their list

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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2012, 11:17:34 AM »
Not to get off the fishing topic...
Used a bogus email :catfight:
So I believe no trail back to me?
BTW happy post 1200 Freddy! :clap:
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« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2012, 01:02:23 PM »
Awesome report Tex, thanks. You sound like an ole pro in regards to tripm reports.

Like LHR, I guess late is better than never.

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