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Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain

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Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 03, 2012 12:31AM
Just got back from a short trip that included Skelton Lakes, White Mountain, Roosevelt Lake, McCabe Lakes, Cold Canyon and McGee Lake. We had never been to Skelton Lakes, so we hiked up Delaney Creek, climbed up the south face of White Mountain and down into the upper Conness Creek drainage (which is beautiful) to camp . The upper Delaney Creek drainage is quite scenic and we only saw one other group of two who were on their way to Dingley Dome. Views from White Mountain are spectacular. We went directly up from lower Skelton Lake staying west of the upper lake, but it might have been better to head toward the middle lake first and then turn back towrd the upper lake. Either way, the approach is fairly easy. We had been to Roosevelt Lake a few years ago from Young Lakes, but took a slightly different route this time trying to stay higher up in the drainage to avoid losing elevation on our way to Don't Be a Smart Pass (between Roosevelt and McCabe Lakes). It worked, but crossing the boulder field above the east side of Roosevelt was annoying and slow. In hind sight, we probably should have just lost and regained the elevation going around the west side of Roosevelt. Regardless, the views on the way up to Don't Be a Smart Pass are incredible. There is a snow field on the north side above upper McCabe Lake that is still quite sizable, steep and annoying - LOL. Upper McCabe Lake is a gem. The middle and lower lakes are nice, but nothing special. There were several fisherman at the upper lake who had come over the pass from the Hoover Wilderness. Went down Cold Canyon which is already quite dry. As one would expect, we started to see more people as we approached Glen Aulin, which we blew through as quickly as possible. Not wanting to make the 6 hour drive back to Vegas in the dark, we decided to spend the last night at McGee Lake so we would have the short walk out the next morning. It has been 26 years since I last camped at McGee and I must say it is a very nice little lake with nice peak views from both the east (toward Mt Hoffmann) and west (toward Mt Conness) ends. That night, we climbed the unnamed dome on the southeast shore. Ended the trip with a very nice early morning stroll down Murphy Creek. All in all, the weather was perfect - perhaps just a bit warm near Glen Aulin. Bugs were present throughout the trip, but never a major issue.


Looking down Delaney Creek at Unicorn and Cathedral Peaks


Above lower Skelton Lake


Peak panarama on way up to White Moutain - Delaney Creek meadow and Lambert Dome in lower right


Crest above Young Lakes (lower in view) with Ragged Peak


Camp in the upper Conness Creek drainage with Conness in background


Young Lakes - upper and lower from above


Conness Creek and way to Roosevelt Lake


Peaks visible on way to Roosevelt - Ragged, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, Hoffmann, etc


Above Roosevelt Lake


Roosevelt Lake - Sheep Peak


North Peak-Roosevelt Lake-Sheep Peak (with many other peaks in background) from just below Don't Be a Smart Pass


Snow field on north side of Don't Be a Smart Pass above upper McCabe Lake


Another shot of the snow field


Upper McCabe Lake


Upper McCabe Lake


McGee Lake - Mt Conness


McGee Lake at sunset
avatar Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 03, 2012 01:56AM
avatar Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 03, 2012 05:07AM
Very nice pictures, thanks for sharing them.
Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 03, 2012 09:03AM
Enjoyed your pics, thanks!
Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 03, 2012 10:12AM
Be-Au-Ti-Ful !
avatar Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 03, 2012 01:51PM
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Peak panarama on way up to White Moutain - Delaney Creek meadow and Lambert Dome in lower right



North Peak-Roosevelt Lake-Sheep Peak (with many other peaks in background) from just below Don't Be a Smart Pass


Thanks for your trip report. Very nice panoramas!
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/03/2012 01:54PM by plawrence.
avatar Re: Trip Report: Skelton, Roosevelt, McCabe, McGee Lakes and White Moutain
July 07, 2012 05:50PM
Nice. The trees and shrub have taken a beating from the nearly snowless winter.
Middle Skelton is pretty much just a talus bowl. Lowest Skelton is the nicest complete with a beach.
And the highest one is worth visiting. Some neat "Coyote Rocks" type features nearby too.
From Young I've done the opposite... visiting White then all three Skeltons.
Should have the place pretty much to yourself since there is no overnight camping
around the Skeltons and no trail anywhere close.
Thanks for sharing



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