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fibonaccifemme

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Unexpectantly, I have
« on: June 08, 2013, 11:07 PM »
a week to myself at the end of the month.
My first impulse is to head for the mountains.
Over the years, I've backpacked throughout the central Sierra: Emigrant Gap, Desolation Wilderness, Yosemite High Country, and Ansel Adams Wilderness; always happiest near or above tree line, 9-11K'. Now with with eyes newly appreciative of bonsai forms, I want to hike areas that might afford me the best chances to see those trees.
Living currently in Santa Maria, on central California's central coast, I'm wondering: the Whites? An eastern approach from Bishop?
If any one (Yenling83?) has any thoughts, I'm open.

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Markyscott

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Re: Unexpectantly, I have
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2013, 09:33 AM »
If you've not been to Shulman Grove and walked the Methusula Trail to see the bristlecones, it's worth the trip. It's only a five mile hike, but there are a lot of back country trails in the Inyo if you're looking for a more serious wilderness experience too.

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Larry Gockley

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Re: Unexpectantly, I have
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2013, 02:41 PM »
Sounds like tons of fun. Wherever you go, take pictures. ;D
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Unexpectantly, I have
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2013, 07:22 PM »
Scott, I haven't seen the bristlecones, but it seems like the best bet to see awesome trees.
The area looks arid, without shade plus it's bear country. Bears, I understand, but no water for a week, not so much. Do you think it's a good bet as a day hike while keeping a campsite somewhere west of Bishop?

Larry, you know I'll take pictures, hiking alone means never having to say you're sorry for going back for that *perfect* shot.

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Re: Unexpectantly, I have
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 07:47 PM »
There's a campground at Cedar Flat an the way to the Bristlecones but its pretty rustic and you'd have to haul in water. If you prefer more comfort there is an RV campground at the south end of Bishop and another at Big Pine.
Every bonsai nut should see the Bristlecones at least once, and there are a lot of cool Utah Junipers on the way there.
 

Yenling83

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Re: Unexpectantly, I have
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2013, 01:27 PM »
Like MScott said the Shulman Grove is a must see IMO!  There are some nice camp sites on off the same road up to the Shulman grove.  You will be camping among Utah junipers, very beautiful area.  I just PM'ed you my email address, we should chat. 
 

fibonaccifemme

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Re: Unexpectantly, I have
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 02:01 AM »
Thanks for the Cedar Flat tip, Paul. I am completely happy with rustic. I try to avoid the rumbling of RV generators.

Yenling83, since we're neighbors, I was hoping to hear from you! Just sent you a message.