Trip 1993, Sequoia National Park

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1993, Our very first backpacking trip together was  to Twin Lakes via Lodgepole, in Sequoia National park.  That trip included a couple of guys who have since retired their hiking boots, Vince and Tim.   Boy were we confused about what we wanted out of a vacation.  This trip starts from Lodgepole and procedes to gain almost 3,000 ft over the next 7 miles.  The trail is beautiful and meanders through towering Lodgepole pines.  This trail passes Zumwalt meadow, which is easy to miss when one only looks at thier boots while walking!  About 4 miles in the trail crosses a very pleasant creek, with bridge, which is a great place for a break to dip your feet, you won't want to dip much else.  From this point the altitude gain is inconsistent until about one mile before the lakes.  At this point the trail gets steep with switch backs and the trail gets rocky.  If you were tired before this point you'll be downright worked after.  Once you've made it over this trial you'll be greeted by two of the most serene and inviting lakes in the southern sierra.  The larger lake is wonderful for a swim in the middle afternoon, albeit chilly and invigorating.  Both lakes have an ample supply of small brown, lake, and brook trout.  We were supposed to spend the night here and go over 11,000' Silliman pass to Ranger lake the next day.   We were so wiped out we never made out of camp over the next 3 days.  We all took several day hikes from these lakes and made the most of the situation.  Vince and I made a 12 mile day hike to the top of 11,700' Mount Silliman.  Quite a hike but well worth it.  Overall this was a trying experience.  I won't get in to particulars but suffice it to say we had WAY too much of the wrong stuff!!!  Besides that, we felt that 7 miles was 7 miles regardless of the altitude or how much weight was on our backs.  I remember packing for that trip, I had about half of what I wanted to take packed and the backpack was FULL.  Ah memories...