Friday, April 10, 2009

Backpack to Lillian Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

Destination: Lillian Lake
Mountains: Sierra Nevada, California
Wilderness Area: Ansel Adams Wilderness

The Fernandez Trail is about an hour and a half from Oakhurst and about 2 and a half hours from Fresno. Take Beasore road from bass lake. It is a long dirt road and a truck is recommended. The turn off to Fernandez trail head is clearly marked.

There are several trails to Lillian Lake and the old timers have a way they like to hike there and back. Take the Fernandez trail past Vandeberg lake on the way up. It’s a little longer, but not as steep. On the way back to the trail head, take the Walton trail. It’s a little shorter. The hike is about 7-8 miles one way.
Sing Peak, Gale Peak, Madera Peak, Stanford Lakes

Lillian Lake is a large lake with some good fishing and is located near beautiful lakes and magnificent peaks. The outlet creek was dammed up prior to the wilderness act, creating an interesting historical feature on the lake.

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