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I am planning a trip to out of Crescent meadow (SEKI) through Bear paw Meadow. Once at Bear Paw meadow I was wondering which lake would be more secluded but get the most bang for a one night stay, Tamarack or Hamilton? I tried a search didn't see any posts on Tamarack.
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Tamarack, being at a dead end, is less visited by far than the truly wonderful Hamilton Lakes which being on the High Sierra Trail and a natural break point before tackling the climb up to Kaweah Gap sees a lot more people. Though in the shoulder seasons they can be quite peaceful, that's a long out and back when the Gap is closed by snow and avalanche danger.

Dead ends in general can be great niches, a favorite of mine has long been Crystal Lake out of Mineral King. Another wonderful alpine bowl without an "exit", ( though the col does go as does the saddle over to Monarch Lake, with Monarch getting the traffic as it does have an on trail exit,  but there's no trail out from Crystal).

Hope Merhten a creek has lots of water for you, that's  a pretty falls. Hamilton Creek falls where Galen Rowell took his classic shot of Angel Wings may be low. That's been a rich area for photographers: Ansel Adams shot a great image up at Precipice Lake.
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The Ansel Adams image:

Lake Precipice, 'Frozen Lake and Cliffs', Kaweah Gap, Sierra Nevada, 1932

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Thank you so much for your post. I think I will opt for the seclusion of Tamarack lake. I am concerned about water being scarce since it was such a dry winter. No matter what I'm sure it will be an awesome trip.
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Tamarack is definitely off the beaten path of the packers on the High Trail.  My guess is that you will only see the most hard core curious there.

Another day hike is Elizabeth Pass.  The last few hundred feet didn't have a trail you just point up hill toward the pass.  Wow view looking down on a future trip for you and better pictures of the area.  Again, you probably won't see many on that trail either.

I doubt you will have water problems.  Merhten and Dove Creeks should be running this year even with the low snow accumulation.  Bear Paw will have water, certainly.  

Too bad you don't have enough time to get up to Hamilton as well.  It will have others there but the scenery is fantastic.

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Permit is secured, and have a camp site out of Lodge Pole for Wednesday the 17th. This will allow me to hit the trail good and early on Thursday. I made my first backpacking trip this year up to Alta Meadow May 26th. It was absolutely beautiful, wish I would have discovered my love for hiking and back packing when I was younger.
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Bearpaw Meadow is a B&B (talk about seclusion) and has a full stocked bar with a heart stopping view of a bit of what you will see en route to Tamarack Lake (et al).

There used to be a mountain of wood left over from a big wind that toppled miles of large trees (LARGE!). We walked east to west for several days through the downed forests of the previous winter.  Last chance for an open fire if still allowed.

If you have the chance/time/energy you might see if you can get up to Lion Lake.  Just a tedious route finding adventure.  Be sure to drop bread crumbs on the way up so you can find a similar way down.


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I knew they had the high sierra camp up there, and figured that night would have allot of folks about. I did not know they had a full bar there. Are the bar and food services open to all hikers, or just those with reservations at the camp? looking at the high sierra camp site for bear paw meadow seemed very vague to me. If I can get a cold beer that would be a plus but surly not a necessity.
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Here's their brochure:
http://www.visitsequoia.com/img/Bearpaw_High_Sierra_Camp.pdf

And their website:
http://www.visitsequoia.com/bearpaw.aspx
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They didn't blink when selling me a beer.  Cash only then.  

I suspect meals would have to be scheduled well in advance.  Everything there gets there by foot or hoof.  Price$ are adju$ted accordingly.


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