High Sierra Golden Trout Grand Tour 2013!
Well with me heading off to Marine boot camp October 20th my Dad (Captain Tahoe) and I wanted to head out on one last backpacking trip together before I leave. We planned on spending 16 days hiking 60 or more miles and visiting 20 or more lakes, in search of giant golden trout in the heart of the high sierra. On September 21 with our packs all packed up we headed down to get our permit and meet our friend that would shuttle our truck to a different trail head were we would be coming out in 16 days. Once we got all that taken care of it was time to drive to the trail head and get ready for some serious hiking with our 85 plus pound packs in the morning. That night the weather decided it was going to take a turn for the worse so we woke up to an inch of snow. After a little bit the sun came out and melted the snow so we took off hiking in search of our first destination. After taking our time we arrived in the evening at the first lake we would be visiting. After making dinner we set up camp and called it a day. The next morning we woke up and I fished a little bit with a barbless kastmaster catching a few Golden's to 13 inches. With the morning over we decided to head over a pass to the next basin. Once we reached the top of the pass we were treated to some great views of the area and of some California Bighorn Sheep. After watching them graze for a while and taking some pictures we continued on to the next lake we would be staying at. Once we arrived we set up camp and cooked some dinner. We then fished for a little bit and then called it a day. The next morning we hiked a good distance to our next destination were we would spend two days fishing and relaxing. After the first day it got freezing cold and started to snow a few inches. With that happening we were glad we brought extra warm cloths and lots of hot chocolate and coffee. The next week after that was spent hiking and fishing some lakes, with us catching some Giant Golden's with a variety of lures/baits like kastmasters, panther martins, trout traps, fly and bubble combo, small pieces of power bait and some stick baits. During our stay at one lake during the trip we even got to witness some rock climbers climb the face of a giant mountain, which was pretty cool to watch. After fishing a few more lakes with us catching and releasing some nice Golden's and keeping some for us to eat we started to head off for a far away lake. After a few days of hiking many miles we made it to our final lake we would be camped at. We fished and caught many Golden's keeping some to be cooked for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a batter of Rits crackers and some maple syrup with a hint of olive oil in the pan. Those fish are absolutely delicious by the way. After a few days it was time for us to make the long trek back to our truck with me stopping at one lake along the way catching some nice rainbows. On the last day hiking out we came across a few sections of the trail that had been completely washed out by flooding, causing a 20 to 30 foot deep gully with near vertical sides. With us passing those sections carefully we made it down the trail spotting a few mule deer along the way with us finally making it down to our truck later in the day. Then it was time for us to get a great cheeseburger with fries and a shake at the nearest town. With us full it was time for us to take the long drive back home. Overall this trip was the best backpacking, fishing trip that I have ever had and it will always be in my memories. Thanks Dad for taking me on an awesome backpacking adventure I will never forget. Now for some awesome pictures of our trip! EricBack To Reports