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    Hike to Lower Kinney

    Hey folks, I was reading about Upper and Lower Kinney Reservoirs (Alpine County - the "Kinney Reservoir" that is right on Highway 4 is one of three - the other two are hike-in lakes) on Dave's Sierra Fishing http://www.davessierrafishing.com/de...ney_lakes.html and I was wondering who among the "Sniffer" community might have made that hike.

    I am looking at the fact that the lowest of the three, right on Highway 4, is already at an elevation of 8,000 + and the nearer hike-in lake is at 8,500 feet. I live pretty much at sea level, and I know from my years teaching at a camp at Silver Lake (about 7,300 feet) that it would take about 2.5 days for my blood to oxegenate such that I had the same stamina that I enjoyed back home. Any information about this hike or similar ventures at 7,000 + altitude as a day-trip would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    Hiked to Lower Kenny once. I was 10 years younger. The hike wasn't all that bad but the fishing sucked.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Compassion View Post
    Hiked to Lower Kenny once. I was 10 years younger. The hike wasn't all that bad but the fishing sucked.

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    This is my experience too, one fish on the first cast (a lahontan), and that was it. Kinney by the highway has way better fishing.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    There’s an old road from Kinney Reservoir to the lower lake. Pretty easy hike, just take your time. It’s a long drive for a couple lakes with few fish, but it’s beautiful country, so set expectations accordingly.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    I've made the hike to both upper and lower Kinney many times. The hike is supper easy to both. The fishing can be good one day and off the next. I have only done fly fishing at those lakes so maybe an inflated night crawler would be the ticket if they're not eating flies or lures.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    Like MKE, I have been to Lower and Upper a number of times in the past.

    The best fishing success was at Lower on the left side from shore with lures.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    Quote Originally Posted by Don - Nevada View Post
    Like MKE, I have been to Lower and Upper a number of times in the past.

    The best fishing success was at Lower on the left side from shore with lures.
    Wow. Less than 12 hours: three tag-backs! Thanks you for the info and encouragement. I am going to roust my old fishin' buddy to get up there for a hike. Love the Sierras in the fall. I just need to slow my pace to allow for the thin air (and the aging fishermen!) I promise to post a report - skunk or fish - when we get up there.

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    Kinda off topic but if you are an old scouter from camp Silverado you should connect with the current nonprofit, "friends of camp Silverado."

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    I have done the hike to both. Not bad and as stated, if you take your time the altitude isn't a big deal. I live in Modesto (60' elev) and am no where near in shape. We didn't catch anything at either lake that day but even my favorite lakes throw out skunks for all when they feel like it. :)

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    Re: Hike to Lower Kinney

    Quote Originally Posted by RideNfish View Post
    I have done the hike to both. Not bad and as stated, if you take your time the altitude isn't a big deal. I live in Modesto (60' elev) and am no where near in shape. We didn't catch anything at either lake that day but even my favorite lakes throw out skunks for all when they feel like it. :)
    I live near 5,000' even so 9,000+ like Kenney means I have to stop occasionally.

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