Our destination was Cottonwood lakes in the Sierra Nevada. This trailhead was about 10 miles west of Lone Pine. This would be a 4.5 mile hike to the lakes with about 1,400 feet elevation gain. A great hike for some young boys backpacking with their dads.
This was a great hike. We had a nice group of 8 of us going. Me and my son Andrew, Alan and his son Zac, Darryl and his son Ben, and Fred who is the grandfather of Ben and Zac. Also along with us was Neal.
We drove up from San Diego on July 25 and camped at Horseshoe Meadows. The next day on July 26, we began hiking about 10am. We hiked a steady pace and ate lunch on the trail. We took our time. We made it to the lakes about 3:00. We set up camp and then spent the rest of the afternoon exploring around. There are several small lakes in this basin.
The next day, we proceeded to try and hike up to Cottonwood lakes pass. We made it to the pass but decided that Mt Langley was a bit too far with the boys and the weather. Neal was able to make it up Langley Peak. Took him most of the day.
The next few days we just enjoyed hanging out and did some fishing. The fish were biting and at one point, I caught 6 trout.
On July 28, Darryl, Fred and Ben headed out to get back to San Diego for a family event.
On July 29, we proceeded to pack up and head out. When we got to the trailhead we hit the road and drove the 7 hours home.
This hike was a great one and will have to come back again. Nice camp area set up for backpackers.