20-23 June 2014
Dusy Basin Trail
Partially this trail is part of Famous John Moore Trail. This is in Kings Canyon National Park.
Friday - 20th June 2014
We traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles in the evening reaching LAX at
10:30pm. Avishek, Ashwin, Abhay already reached waiting for my call
having Car booked for further travel. They explored the LAX and area
while on wait. After 1 hr Nalin reached and having him picked along
with some munch we moved to nearest place close to Bishop. Reaching
early morning to see the Mobius arch.
Saturday – 21st June 2014
to Mobius Arch at Lone Pine : Lone Pine is located roughly 3 hours
(driving time) north of the Los Angeles area. The total trip distance
to Lone Pine, from either downtown L. A. is just over 200 miles. Lone
Pine sits at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains and, when
the sun begins to set, Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48
states, casts its long shadow over the town. One of the you tube link
those who are interested to visit this area: Link
7:30am we drove to Bishop visitor Center to pickup the camping permit
along with must carry canister to save from Bear in the mountain. We
reached South Lake Wildflower Trail at 10:00am. We found our vehicle
gas indicator was at E (nearly empty) at this time. Less worried at
this time, we had change of trail cloths, packed our backpacks and
ready to move at 10:30a. Most of our bag packs weighing close to 20kg.
We expected to reach in 4 hrs trail max 5 hrs. As we began it was
perfect whether for such hikes. Only challenge left is altitude. We
started at around 7200ft and target was close to 12000ft passing that
is through Bishop Pass. After initial warm-up everyone felt comfortable
and walking with the comfortable pace of individual. IT was expected
that Abhay will be the last person and learned Ashwin/Nalin are having
similar pace while I was rotating my pace among. Avishek was leading
the trail with his own fastest pace among the team.
The Trail was very scenic for me passing through 3 visible lakes on the
way, Longs, Saddlerock, Bishop. At this time we already crossed 11000
ft when we reach the crooks of the trail where steep scrambling
required though the trail route was good enough to surpass this easily.
Both Aswhin, Nalin already had some altitude symptoms at this point
hence it was advisable to cross this pass and move to lower height to
lessen the impact of altitude. While Ashwin did overcome his altitude
sickness but Nalin had to boost him morally during the snow patched
route cross which has exposed downhill view. We reached the Bishop
Trail Pass at around 3pm.
Later they reached the campsite in next hour. It took overall 7 hrs to
reach the campsite. Myself and Avishek explored the campsite area
before fixing the tents. Though Avishek had interest in going down
further close to Dusy Basin lakes but that was another 30 minutes trek
downhill covering another 200 ft descent as against planned 11600ft
Camp site. Abhay joined us after 2 hours.
We were eased
out with some tea and food but most of us except Avishek had headache
due to altitude hence decided to have early dinner and hit the bed. We
closed our day at 8pm while Avishek was still exploring his sunset
photography near the upper lake. He got some nice shots during this
Sunday – 22nd June 2014
Midnight to early Morning Temperature was around 30 Fahrenheit. We all
woke up at 6:30am had usual morning course and get ready for the next
exploration in the same area. Instead of Mt. Agassiz (13900ft) we
decided to visit another pass close by around 2 miles of distance . The
pass is between Dusy Basin and Palisade Basin which is at south side
where Bishop pass is on east side. We visited two lakes lower and upper
on the way which had given us beautiful views of the surrounding peaks.
Lot of cairn helped us to track the route while Ashwin, Nalin decided
to enjoy the sun near the lake while we three attempted the pass which
is at 12400 ft.
We took total 2 and half hrs to reach the pass through moraine using
left side rocky mountain. We had another beautiful view of the Palisade
basin on south while Dusy basin on north. After quick photo session, we
descent down to Base. While enjoying lunch Abhay found that the Marmot
had tested his Teva sandal on one of the strap. In the evening we
decided tomorrows return plan to start early to cover up the distance.
Avishek had plans this night to capture the Milky way and like a
dedicated monk he made it happen and got beautiful capture of the Milky
Monday - 23rd June 2014
woke up at 4:30am, packed our bag packs and ready to move at 5:30am.
While Avishek decided to join 1 hour later. Nalin had dreams of the
same patch which he fearfully enjoyed while ascent that night. He made
sure to convey the same to me and confirmed that we will get him
through the same without any issues. Almost after 1 hr after passing
the Bishop pass he and successfully passed the snow clad path which was
bit hard in the morning. After 2 hrs of descend we took 1st
break near the small wood bridge where other team caught us on the way
coming from other trail route, they were surprised to see ahead of
them. Immediately in next 30 minutes we saw Avishek covered up. We saw
few new trails on the way mainly Ruwau lake. Also got little glimpse of
a dam build on South Lake. Happily we all reach to the Parking lot
where we parked our car near the south trail at 9:30a. We prayed to god
that our rented car will not stop due to empty tank and Avishek manage
to take advantage of the mountain descending road with less foot on
gas. We took advantage of the early completion to fresh ourselves on
the way and had lunch driving through highway 395 in the 100 degree
Fahrenheit. Reached Los anageles airport around 5:30pm.
It was one of the tiring trail for me though I don’t do it regularly
now days. But it was definitely coolest and beautiful venture we
undertook these season. Love to go again and again. Thanks to Avishek
for organizing this hike. Thanks to all wonderful company of Nalin,