South Lake to North Lake: Plans

Getting ready to leave on what should be an epic backpacking trip through the high Sierras out of Bishop, California. Here are the itinerary and menu (vegetarian, except for other choices for lunch).

Wednesday, August 31
  • Breakfast at Rainbow Outfitters
  • Car shuttle to North Lake
  • Take in from South Lake Trailhead
  • Cross Bishop Pass
  • Camp in Lower Dusy Basin (8 miles)
Lunch and Snacks

  • Johnny cakes
  • Flatbread with hummus
  • Summer beef sausage and Westminster English cheddar on Melba toast

Dinner

  • Red curry with chicken, sweet peppers, garden-grown cabbage and string beans
  • Steamed rice

Dessert

  • Hot cider
  • Godiva 72% dark chocolate
Thursday, September 1
  • Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Camp in Upper LeConte Canyon (9 miles)
Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit and nut mix
  • Starbucks Via, Colombia medium

Lunch and Snacks

  • Johnny cakes
  • Trail mix
  • Summer sausage and Westminster English cheddar on wheat crackers

Dinner

  • Black bean soup with lime
  • Chili with tortillas

Dessert

  • Hot cider
  • Godiva 72% dark chocolate
Friday, September 2
  • Cross Muir Pass
  • Pass Wanda, Sapphire, and Evolution Lakes
  • Enter Evolution Valley
  • Camp in McClure Meadow (12 miles)
Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit and nut mix
    Starbucks Via, Colombia medium

Lunch and Snacks

  • Johnny cakes
  • Trail mix
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Aged parmesan with Melba toast
  • Habanero smoked almonds

Dinner

  • Tom yum soup with chanterelle mushrooms
  • Thai peanut noodles with lime topping

Dessert

  • Hot chocolate with cayenne pepper
  • Dark chocolate cheesecake
Saturday, September 3
  • Hike through Evolution Valley
  • Descend to the South Fork San Joaquin River
  • Camp in Piute Canyon Junction (8 miles)
Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit and nut mix
  • Starbucks Via, Colombia medium

Lunch and Snacks

  • Vegetarian black pepper jerky
  • Glazed pecans
  • Trail mix
  • Summer sausage with aged parmesan on wheat crackers

Dinner

  • Miso soup with tofu
  • Japanese chicken curry with onions
  • Steamed rice

Dessert

  • Hot chocolate
  • Godiva 72% dark chocolate
Sunday, September 4
  • Ascend along Piute Canyon
  • Enter Humphrey Basin
    Camp at Upper Golden Trout Lake (9 miles)
  • …if there’s time, cross Piute Pass to Piute Lake
Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit and nut mix
  • Starbucks Via, Colombia medium

Lunch and Snacks

  • Vegetarian sweet and spicy jerky
    Habanero smoked almonds
  • Trail mix
  • Smoked salmon and Westminster English cheddar on Melba toast

Dinner

  • Minestrone soup
  • Spinach tortellini tossed in pine nut basil pesto topped with shaved aged parmesan

Dessert

  • Hot cider
  • Tiramisu
Monday, September 5
  • Cross Piute Pass
  • Descend along North Fork Bishop Creek
  • Take out at North Lake (7 miles)
  • Drive home
Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Fruit and nut mix
  • Starbucks Via, Colombia medium

Snack

  • Clif bars

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