Friday, April 10, 2009

Backpack to Chittenden Lake

Chittenden Lake is fairly secluded and perfectly positioned to stage day hikes to Sing Peak, Madera Peak, and Gale Peak. From your camp, you will have views of many peaks as well as views of the high country in the distance. There is little vegetation so bugs will not be much of a problem. I recommend taking the trail to Vandenberg Lake rather than the Lillian Lake or the Walton Trail. That way seems to be shorter with less ups and downs. Search the photo gallery for more photos.

  • Destination: Chittenden Lake
  • Location: Sierra National Forest
  • Wilderness Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness
  • Elevation: ?
  • Trail Head: Fernandez
  • Road Conditions: Dirt road for 45 minutes. SUV or light truck recommended. Not accessible during winter due to snow.
  • Directions: Drive 1.5 hours up Beasore Road outside of Bass Lake. There will be a sign for the Fernandez Trail Head.
  • Nearest Town: Oakhurst, CA
  • Trail Conditions: Good trail, clearly marked.
  • Apx. Hiking Time In: 5
  • Apx. Hiking Time Out: 3.5
  • Apx. Distance: 7 Miles
  • Day Hikes: Gale Peak, Shirley Lake, Sing Peak, Lillian Lake, Stanford Lake

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