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Rocky Basin LakesSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2017
John9L
Hiking13.05 Miles 1,909 AEG
Hiking13.05 Miles
1,909 ft AEG
 
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While on a five day backpacking trip to the Golden Trout Wilderness, we spent day four hiking to the spectacular Rocky Lakes Basin.

We set up a base camp in Big Whitney Meadow and started hiking the next day around 8:30am. The trail is in excellent condition as it climbs a few hundred feet over a couple of miles. From there it drops down to a four way junction where we connected onto the Rocky Lakes Basin. The trail leading to the basin is in excellent condition as it climbs just over 800 ft. We took our time and enjoyed the creek that drains the basin. Once up top we took a break and admired this amazing area. The basin sits at roughly 10,800 ft and is breathtaking. We took a variety of pics and soaked it in.

After our break we started exploring the basin. The going is fairly easy and the views are really nice. There is a cluster of at least a half dozen lakes that range in size from small to medium. There were a few patches of snow that added to the beauty. We also saw a few groups camping. This would be a great area to camp but keep in mind fires are not allowed due to the elevation. We worked our way around and then headed down the creek that drains the lake. The hike down is fairly straightforward and feeds into another lake. We took our time as we hiked down and eventually returned to the four way junction.

Once back at the junction we took another break and looked at our options. We decided to continue south on a trail that drops back to Golden Trout Creek which we hiked up the day before. The trail down was faint in spots but we didn’t have any issues figuring out the route. The topo had a route but the lower half was significantly different. With some effort we reached Golden Trout Creek and took another short break. We had all day and were in no rush to get back to camp. After our break we headed north and worked our way back to camp but split up about a mile out. I chose to stay on the trail and was the first to return to camp. Once back it was mid-afternoon and it was nap time!

The Rocky Lakes Basin is a fantastic area and I’m glad we made the effort to explore the area. The lakes are beautiful and there are plenty of camp options. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend visiting here. It’s well worth the effort!
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