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Cottonwood Lakes w/ Shawnté Salabert {Writer}


  • Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground, Lone Pine, CA 93545 (map)

TRIP DESCRIPTION:

Looking to start off the year on an adventurous note? Join us on an overnight backpacking journey deep into the Eastern Sierra country via the Cottonwood Lakes trail. 7mi in, 7 mi out, all above 10,000 feet, so be prepared to work for your views (it’ll be worth it, we promise). We’ll see plenty of peaks, plenty of lakes, and maybe even some snow!

PACKING LIST:

  • Sleeping bag (ideally rated for 30-40F)

  • Sleeping pad

  • 2 Wide-mouth water bottles

  • Hiking boots / clothes

  • Cold weather gear (could dip below freezing at 11,000ft!)

  • Rain gear (you never know)

  • Mess kit

  • Head lamp

  • WAIVERS

WE WILL PROVIDE: FOR OVERNIGHTS ETC

  • Tents and extra sleeping pads

  • Food and snacks

  • Water

  • Good vibes and life lessons



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PEAK: Cottonwood Lakes

DIFFICULTY: 3.5/5

SCENERY: 7mi in, 7mi out of high sierra lakes! Lots of water, mountains, wildlife, and possibly some snow!

FUN FACT: The Cottonwood Lakes are home to the rare species of Golden Trout fish that only swim in this special area of the Sierras.


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PROFESSOR: Shawnté Salabert

Profession: Writer

Website: http://www.shawntesalabert.com/

Shawnté Salabert writes about land and people, and the intersection of the two…


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TRIP LEAD: Gordon Gunn

Gordon is a Junior from Dallas, TX studying mechanical engineering. He does scooter tricks unironically and likes to take long road trips in his decked out Tacoma. Some of Gordon’s other passions include mechanical puzzles, guitar hero, piano, queso, sarcasm, mountain biking, and drones.

Contact NAME: gordongu@usc.edu

Read Gordon’s bio here.


Cottonwood Pass Trailhead Campground, Lone Pine, CA 93545