Banner Peak & 1000 Isl Lake conditions, 9/12-13

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Banner Peak & 1000 Isl Lake conditions, 9/12-13

Postby 63ChevyII » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:02 am

We hiked in via the Gem Lake route and out via Spooky Meadow. In between we bagged Banner. :crazy:

Loooooong day! TR coming later this week or early next week. In the meantime, here are some conditions for anyone headed to the Thousand Island Lakes area:

http://www.hikinggeek.com/2015/09/14/tr ... 2-13-2015/
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Re: Banner Peak & 1000 Isl Lake conditions, 9/12-13

Postby Myth » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:42 am

Timely! I will be in that area myself quite soon and I have my eye on 1KL. I have hiked a very similar route myself a couple years back.

Spooky Meadows is a rather steep lil' trail - good call doing that on the way out, not the way in!

Was there any smoke down in the Silver Lake area? I'll be down there too and I hope not!
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Re: Banner Peak & 1000 Isl Lake conditions, 9/12-13

Postby sdpacatc » Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:10 pm

Nice !! I'm heading there this coming weekend myself, I'm excited to get up there and check it out. Thanks for the write up.
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Re: Banner Peak & 1000 Isl Lake conditions, 9/12-13

Postby Hikin_Jim » Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:49 pm

I also was up in the area although being a tamer soul than Lyndon, I just went to Thousand Island Lake. Smokey, but still worthwhile. I did a sort-of a loop (more like a lasso) that went from Agnew Meadow to Thousand Island Lake to Emerald, Ruby, and Garnet Lakes and then back to Agnew.

My route was 17 miles, so I can only imagine that Lyndon's route would be quite long indeed.
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Re: Banner Peak & 1000 Isl Lake conditions, 9/12-13

Postby 63ChevyII » Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:44 pm

It was clear at Silver Lake. This is a pic I took from our campsite:
http://www.hikinggeek.com/2015/09/14/tr ... _4800w.JPG

With the trip to Banner Peak, our route was about 30 miles. Banner definitely pushed my comfort level, as we took the wrong use trail and got into what I would consider class 3.

There was one person that summited the day before us. Left Rush Creek TH at 5:10 am, hit Banner Peak summit at 11:10 am :shock:
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