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TR -Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes

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TR -Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes

Postby Grzldvt » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:55 pm

Been incredibly busy so I have had not time to post the trip report. So We started at Virginia Lakes, through Virginia Canyon, up Matterhorn Canyon, down Slide Canyon to the Slide, up to Snow Lake and out to Twin Lakes/Mono Village
Weather was nothing short of gorgeous. Daytime temps started in the 80's and slow dropped into the low 70's. Everyday was T-shirt and shorts. Evenings were windy on Monday night, balmy Tuesday - Wednesday, and most of Friday night. Very early Friday morning the temps dropped and the wind came up. We knew Friday was going to cool off, but not that bad.
Had a very late start on Monday, due to my getting caught behind a very slow moving lumber truck on 108, then sat for a hour on 395 due to construction.
We finally get moving around 2 PM, and got as far as Summit Lake and camped.
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The next day we headed down to Virginia Canyon and camped at the head of Matterhorn Canyon. The view just before we dropped down to our site in Matterhorn Canyon. You can just see the Sawtooth Ridge.
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From that campsite we headed up Matterhorn Canyon to Burro Pass
Matterhorn Canyon from Burro Pass
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The Sawtooth Ridge
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A look down Slide Canyon

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The Slide
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A good Idea of how enormous the Slide is - My hiking partner is on the right hand side of the picture

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The climb out of Slide Canyon

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Camp site view from Snow Lake
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Headed down from Snow Lake
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Just a few switchbacks to get down
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I really like the color of this pond

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Was a great trip with great views and excellent hiking.
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Re: TR -Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes

Postby balzaccom » Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:06 am

Excellent. That's a great part of the park.
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Re: TR -Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes

Postby Phil » Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:26 am

Great photos, Steve. That slide is enormous, and the shot you took of your partner really puts it into some perspective. Man, I can't even begin to tell you how much I wish I was there right now instead of here. I needed a boost in morale today, and seeing that really helped me out. Thanks.
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Re: TR -Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes

Postby Grzldvt » Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:02 pm

balzaccom wrote:Excellent. That's a great part of the park.

Thanks it is my 5th time in that area and it never gets old
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Re: TR -Virginia Lakes to Twin Lakes

Postby Grzldvt » Sat Oct 15, 2016 9:05 pm

Phil wrote:Great photos, Steve. That slide is enormous, and the shot you took of your partner really puts it into some perspective. Man, I can't even begin to tell you how much I wish I was there right now instead of here. I needed a boost in morale today, and seeing that really helped me out. Thanks.

Glad to help!!!! ya I am suffering from post hiking blues myself. Knowing it may have been the last hike for this year...
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