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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State
by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)
© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.
If you enjoy swimming in pristine lakes surrounded by granite peaks and lush foliage then I would recommend this hike. I did this trip in five days and I wish I had alloted myself seven. Here are a few suggestions. On day one start out early, eat lunch at Peeler lake and play, then hike to smaller and secluded Arndt lake to camp. On day three hike from Benson lake to Smedburg lake instead of going all the way to Matterhorn canyon. Once you arrive at Smedburg, do a day hike to surprise lake (bring a 7.5 min topo). Camp cowboy style under the stars at Smedburg lake and enjoy the planetary show! Enjoy. This trip is truly spectacular!
Barney Lake! Amazing. Some of the best scenery I've seen in the Sierra and it's only a short 4.5 mile hike to get there.
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