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Chocolate Lakes & Treasure Lakes, CA
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Chocolate Lakes & Treasure Lakes, CA 
Chocolate Lakes & Treasure Lakes, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.97 Miles 3,076 AEG
Hiking11.97 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   2.42 mph
3,076 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
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our third hike started from south lake, giving us a representative hike from each trailhead
we originally planned to go up to bishop pass and find the overlook into dusy basin
it was so windy monday morning that we got to long lake and executed another plan b, putting together two alternative hikes in denny's book: the chocolate lakes loop and an out and back to treasure lakes
every hike from north lake, sabrina lake and south lake goes up at a pretty good grade, and bishop pass trail was no exception
two miles and 1200 feet to scenic long lake, which the trail then followed
just short of three miles, we made the call to take the trail to ruwau lake, as clouds were racing by on bishop pass
a good ascent to the lake, where we took a short break
found the cairned use trail up and over a saddle to the first chocolate lake
a chain of three, and a nice basin before dropping to bull lake
we rejoined bishop pass trail and went back north, taking a little extra credit hike up to marie louise lakes
no one else there as we had some lunch
returned to the treasure lakes turnoff and discovered there was more elevation gain in store
descended to cross several drainages into south lake, then climbed several hundred feet to treasure lakes
well worth it, as this was a beautiful area
spent some time here for photos and snacks
headed back to bishop pass trail, enjoying good views of south lake and plenty of running creeks along the way
had originally planned to camp another night, but revised that to head home after the hike
done hiking at 2:00 p.m.
denny treated us to burgers at appleby's halfway home while we caught a little monday night football
back to the valley at 1:00 a.m.
nice bit of driving, denny :) thank you
three very different hikes from different trailheads, all within ten miles or so
enough we didn't do that could fill another trip
thanks to john for setting the pace and doing the off trail route finding, and to denny for doing all the research from his sierra book
since i was the only one who could read the fine print, i was map-reader and gps route-keeper
a great time with the boys :y:
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