1. Andy Benkert
    Andy Benkert February 17, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Another reason is the good brook trout fishing there. 🙂 If you have time, and are looking for a tasty dinner (or breakfast, depending on when you are there), take some time to do a little fishing and you will most likely hook a brookie or two (or three).

  2. Larry Beck
    Larry Beck February 17, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Sallie Keyes is one of my favorite places in the Sierra too. I don’t fish either but I saw a guy walking down the trail between the two lakes with to enormous Brown Trout on a skewer. I’ve always thought about camping there but it has never worked out since it’s so close to MTR.

    I have enjoyed nice long lunch breaks there though. Thanks for the article!

  3. Hikerpat
    Hikerpat February 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    My husband and I are going to hike the John Muir trail the summer of 2017. Although that is a ways off, I am already well into our plan. Marie Lake and breakfast at the Sallie keyes Lakes is part of our itinerary. Resources like your e-book and Tuesday articles make research so much easier! I have always felt that the planning, if done thoroughly, is like my first aid kit – a necessity for safety. The more I know about the trail before I begin, the less likely I am to make judgement errors out of ignorance. The planning is half the fun…well, maybe not half!

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  5. Porkwatch
    Porkwatch May 11, 2018 at 9:48 am

    My first trip to Sallie Keyes Lakes was in mid June 1960 with my brother. When we came back down we saw this sign that we had missed going up: “Shortcut trail to Sallie Keyes Lakes. Very steep. Not for stock or pack animals.” The sign was right! A jackass wasn’t supposed to go up there, but we didn’t see the sign.

    The only trout in the 2 lakes were golden trout. From the looks of some of the comments they have all been fished out. We caught some, but when we realized what they were we released them. We spent 10 days in the area of Blaney Meadows and hiked in different directions using the meadows as sort of a base camp. 10 days and we never saw another human! I took my Dad and oldest boy (age 6) and my youngest brother back the next year and we spent a week – 2 days of it at Sallie Keyes Lakes Which still had ice in the center. It was thawed about 50′ from shore outward. We also walked up to the pass past Heart (maybe Hart?) Lake. As we gazed down into the area north of us we imagined two things. Beautiful country and a gazillion mosquitos. On that trip we saw 6 Boy Scouts that were hiking the Muir trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. We had walked up on the JMT which was about 6 miles. We returned on the shortcut which is about 3 miles.

    In 1970 I took my wife and 4 kids back for the same experience. The difference was that there was no ice on the lake. We saw two groups of about 10 people each walking the trail northward toward Yosemite. At Blaney Meadows there were 3 groups of people totaling about 15. Beer cans and booze. That was when I decided that the publicity about the John Muir Trail was ruining the wilderness area.

    Although I have done a lot of backpacking in the Marble Mountains, and the Cascades in Oregon, my last trips were in the Sawtooth Mts. in Idaho. My last trip was with my 3 sons when I was 75. I can’t walk well anymore, but in my mind I can still see the unspoiled wilderness areas as they used to be.

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