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Backpacking Mildred Lake, Convict Canyon

Backpacking Mildred Lake, Convict Canyon

Backpacking Mildred Lake, Convict Canyon

From Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan tickets booked months in advance to Outdoor Retailer, August was a pretty jam packed month for me. I took a look at my calendar, saw one free weekend and knew I had to capitalize on it or be sad forever. I texted my friend Bobby and put together a game plan. We were going to head to Mildred Lake up Convict Canyon for some epic and mellow backpacking.

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Inyo National Forest: Meysan Lake

Hike: Meysan Lake
Where: Inyo National Forest
Trailhead: Whitney Portal
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 7 hours
Length: 11.2 miles out and back
Gear: [sn] Super.Natural W Base Tee 140, REI Sahara pants, Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid jacket, CamelBak Aventura, Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking poles, Arc’teryx Covert Hoody, and Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX boots
Cost of Parking: Free

Fresh from sea level and running on about 6.5 hours of sleep, the beastly David Wherry and I set off with a friend on a Friday morning to acclimatize for our Whitney hike back in September. Our destination was Meysan Lake at approximately 11,500′. The trail begins at the Whitney Portal Family Campground by the summer homes, a short walk across Lone Pine Creek from our campsite. Starting elevation is 8360′, so if you’re not used to the altitude, expect to be huffing and puffing.

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Mt. Whitney via Mt. Whitney Trail

Hike: Mt. Whitney via Mt. Whitney Trail
Where: Inyo National Forest
Trailhead: Whitney Portal
Level: Strenuous
Duration: 17 hours
Length: 22~ miles out and back
Gear: Icebreaker BodyFit 200 Oasis Crew Long Sleeve, Triple Aught Design Artemis Hoodie, Icebreaker BodyFit 260 Compass Legging, REI Sahara pants, Arc’teryx Alpha SL Hybrid jacket, CamelBak Aventura pack, Black Diamond Ultra Distance trekking poles, Outdoor Research Longhouse Gloves, Arc’teryx Bird Toque beanie, Outdoor Research Echo Ubertube, and Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX boots
Cost of Parking: Free

At some point last year, I decided that I wanted to tackle Mt. Whitney as a day hike. Applied for permits in February, got one, and assembled a crew of crazy folks, David Wherry of Hiker Adventures & Christopher Sunnen the Last Adventurer.

We spent the day meticulously preparing for the hike! We drove down to Lone Pine to pick up permits and postcards at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center. We stopped in the Alabama Hills and visited the Mobius Arch and Lathe Arch. Absolutely breathtaking. It’s hard to believe things like these aren’t photoshopped!

Inyo National Forest: Mt. Whitney via Whitney TrailAlabama Hills Recreation Area
We ate a bunch of candy and snacks while playing a very sober, yet still disturbing game of Cards Against Humanity. We also tackled an Italian-made, slightly Japanese game called Samurai Sword. Many battle cries could be heard from camp.

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