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Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin, CA
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Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin, CA 
Charlotte Lake and Rae Lakes Basin, CA
 
Backpack avatar Sep 14 2014
Tortoise_Hiker
Backpack26.25 Miles 7,250 AEG
Backpack26.25 Miles3 Days         
7,250 ft AEG
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John, Kelly and I headed out early as we had a lot of miles to cover. The plan was to get our permits and get to Onion Valley and hike to Charlotte Lake before dinner time. Kelly and John brought food for the drive and we didn't even need to stop for lunch.The weather forcast was sunny :roll: for the whole trip.
We started our trip in good time and except for the light rain it went well. The mix of vegatation, small lakes, and high mountain ranges seem to come together to create such a WOW factor! Once over Kearsarge Pass we took the low trail by Kearsarge and Bullfrog lakes. We would take the high trail on our way back so we could see as much as we could in our trip. Good choice as this was a cool little area. We made it to Charlotte Lake. John and Kelly picked us out a nice camp spot. Ranger not on Duty(be back Tuesday note). Rain stopped for dinner but came back later that night for a little while. Kelly and John had extra snacks so I helpped lighten their packs :) .
We got up early but hung around for a couple hours. Kelly and John like their coffee :DANCE: .We headed for Glen Pass and from talking to a few people found out Rae Lakes got hit harder with rain. That turned out to benefit us as the weather was better and a lot of people left. That would leave us plenty of camp spots. The climb up the Pass wore me down but the views help make you feel better ;) . Painted Lady, Rae Lakes, Fin Dome, etc. Very nice area. Kelly and John picked us out a great camp spot. We ate lunch,set up camp, and recharged ourselves for our dayhike adventure :o :y: . We finished our dayhike just after dark.We ate dinner and hung out at Johnnys. I actually stayed awake until 9:30! Great day and hiking without the Pack was nice.
Today we had to hike Glen Pass and Kearsarge Pass. Kelly was full of energy and lead the way while John stayed back to keep me motivated. We still made good time and it went pretty well. The views were still great but we said our goodbyes to the Rae Lakes and 60Lakes basin :cry: .
The views of Charlotte Lake and Mountain ranges going back in better weather stood out even more. We took the high trail to Kearsarge Pass on the way back and were glad we did. Not only for the different views of Kersarge and Bullfrog lakes but also for a little less climb. Great views and looking down on where we were 2 days ago was cool. We made good time until the pass.From there John and Kelly gained more energy and I lost mine and dragged behind. They waited for me and and then we headed for Lone Pine for Lunch. We stopped in to report our Bighorn Sheep sighting(dayhike) at the Ranger station. Frrom there it was off to the cafe where Kelly bought us burgers and fries and a cold beverage.
I was the youngster on this trip but only in age. These two are :worthy: :worthy: .
Thanks for all the planning,leading,lunch, snacks, and friendship! You guys rock!
Great Trip! :y:
The drive home. :zzz:
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