2006 Sierra Expedition
The picture is taken from this site: http://community.webshots.com/photo/91504903/91504903GYdrbD
The Pioneer Basin is a lovely area that I've been to three times before, but the only person on the list who has been there with me is Bob Kragt, and that was a long time ago. After several years of challenging hikes, this one will be relatively easy. I'm planning on a base camp in the Pioneer Basin. We'll have our packs carried up by the mules, which will make it possible to hike up to the basin in a day. The packer tells me that campfires are allowed at the lower end of the basin. The scenery isn't quite as good — but I'm inclined to go where we can have a fire. The plan is to set up a base camp, and take day hikes from there. Mt. Stanford and Mt. Hopkins are easy climbs, both of which I've done before. We could also cross-country over one of several passes to neighboring basins. Several of us may take an overnight excursion away from camp, easier since we won't have to carry everything.
Here is a report of several hikes in the area:
For those who stumble across this page through a search engine, it's the planning page for a hiking group in Michigan. It is maintained by Randall Bytwerk (bytw2calvin.edu — replace the "2" with a "@").