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    Burnside Lake Trail

    Well since I am typing this, I made it back alive. I have never reviewed a trail before, so here goes. I give this trail a 4 out of 5 heart attacks on the fat man with a WAY to heavy pack scale Seriously after making this hike, I really need to cut my pack weight down. The trail starts off fairly easy for the first 1/2 mile or so, warm up period for your legs, and then goes UPHILL for approx 3 1/2 to 4 miles. The last 3/4 to 1 mile is also fairly flat, something that by this time I was REALLY happy to see. If you approach this trail form the stand point of a sightseeing trip, it is very doable even for someone as out of shape as I am. The trailhead is located inside the park, at around 5900 ft elevation, and ends at burnside lake @ 5 1/2 miles later at about 8200 ft elevation. For the less adventurous people, the lake can be accessed by a graded dirt road, but where is the fun in that This trail takes you through some very senic country, and rewards you with a beautiful lake at the end. I would definatley do this trip again, once I cut my pack weight down A LOT Someone who is in good shape, can do this trip without too much trouble. As a matter of fact, most people do this as a day trip, either out and back, or one way like I did. Bring plenty of water, I had a 70 oz water bladder, because there are few sources on this trail. The trail is almost entirely in Toiyabe National Forest, and according to the ranger I spoke with, the only permit you need is for a fire. Actually I asked if I needed a bear cannister, and was told if I had one use it otherwise just hang my food in a tree. As far as hanging at the lake is concerned, there are plenty of locations to choose from. As you will see in my pictures, I found a great spot right on the lake.
    Things I learned on this hike, gear designed for car camping works for backpacking, but only if you want to carry to much weight. A quilt instead of my sleeping bag would have easily shaved 7-8 lbs off my pack weight. The temp was forcast to be around 40 degrees at night
    Even a trail with this much elevation gain is doable for people who aren't in great shape, providing that they are patient and determend(insane).
    And most imortantly, NEVER LAY DOWN IN YOUR HAMMOCK IMMEDIATLY AFTER MAKING THIS HIKE. My legs have never hurt as bad as they did when I got up to finish setting up camp.
    Last edited by plowhorse; 06-28-2009 at 13:09. Reason: spelling
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    Thanks for the report. Looks like some beautiful country up there. I love the pic of you on top of the pass. I can see the weight of your pack on your face.
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    thanks Mr. Green, one of these days I will get my pack down to a manageable weight. The second and third pictures show the valley where the trail starts from about half way up the mountain. As for the look on my face, I don't know if it was from the pack or the fact that the mountain seemed never ending at that point. Those are just a few of about 70 pictures I took on my sightseeing trip.
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    Senior Member plowhorse's Avatar
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    one change i made on this trip was my hammock setup. Instead of my DIY hammock, a hung 2 kalisto hammocks together with a windshield reflector between them. Suprisingly, I had no cold spots all night and slept very comfortably.
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    Way to hump that load!!! It is always fun when it is over isn't it.
    Beautiful country your hiking in.
    Thankee for the report......
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    Your campsite was awesome

    and made me quite longing for a hike like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    Way to hump that load!!! It is always fun when it is over isn't it.
    Beautiful country your hiking in.
    Thankee for the report......
    Shug
    That lake never looked so good. I am trying to decide if i should post some more of the pictures I took. Out of curiosity, what kind of elevation are you hiking around superior Shug?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    and made me quite longing for a hike like that.
    Yeah it was one of those spots that was perfect. I had large flat boulders to use as a table, and if I had my fishing pole with me, I would have limited out on trout. They were jumping clean out of the water for about 2-3 hours that evening.
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    Dude, what a place to hang your hammock. That's awesome!

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