[pct-l] looping south from Reds Meadows

David Hough reading PCT-L pctl at oakapple.net
Sat Aug 18 08:58:20 CDT 2018

Reds Meadows is a good starting point for short backpacks for people trying
to do the PCT in small pieces.     Going north, one can take the JMT
and return on the PCT from Thousand Island Lake - they are separate trails

Going south, one can take the PCT over Virginia Lake to Fish Creek, then
back along Fish Creek to Island Crossing, stopping off at Iva Bell hot
springs.     Or, instead of following the Fish Creek trail, climb up to
Squaw Lake and take the Goodale Pass trail for a short distance, then
visit Lake of the Lone Indian and Minnow Creek to the Sharktooth trail
down to Fish Creek near the hot springs.     It's the route less traveled -
aside from the hot spring, saw just one other hiker in early August.
You won't be bothered by livestock, as the route is blocked by major
logpiles in the Sharktooth Creek avalanche chute, and by a lesser pile
south of Grassy Lake.     Camping is fair at Lost Keys Lakes, which are
adequate but not quite alpine gems, shallow and grassy around the edges.

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