1. Ken
    Ken February 21, 2017 at 4:43 am

    Silver Pass Lake, north end. Wide sandy beach with a gentle slope into the lake. Great views and privacy.

    Upper Rae Lake, end near the ascent to Glen Pass. Again, nice slope into the water. Yes, temperatures are moderate. No diving! Lots of underwater terrain features.

    Anywhere on the Le Conte Canyon ….. some great hidden swimming holes in the meadows with little or no current.

    Happy swimming!

  2. Mike Fry
    Mike Fry February 22, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Ray, I used to swim everyday on my Sierra backpack trips. Now in my senior years, I swim much less often. A few years ago, I took my granddaughters backpacking to Z Lake, near Saddlebag Lake. They swam in all the cold lakes and finally persuaded my wife and me to join them. We nearly drowned! As soon as we reached deep water, we started hyperventilating, and had no energy left to swim. I thought it was the altitude, but learned it is called “Cold Water Shock”. It kills many people each year, but is not at all well known. Kayakers know about it, and a few sports physiologists.

    Your advice to stay is shallow water is good. You can also prevent it by immersing yourself regularly in cold water. Even once per year can protect you for the rest of the year.

    My favorite swimming holes are shallow ground water ponds with no inlet or outlet. They can reach 70 degrees on a warm day.

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