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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 02:55 PM
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Lake Topaz is pretty? By whose standards? Puleeze.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Hey - just offering options - and if you sit in the Topaz resort restaurant and look out - it looks as pretty as any other lake. Good fishing there too.

However - my first choice would be tiny Gull Lake - next to June Lake - and stay at the historic Heidelberg Inn. http://junelakeloop.org/heidelberg_inn
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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 03:22 PM
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With beer googles on it does.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2012, 10:27 PM
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A super campground around lake Tahoe on the west side is Sugar Pine - General Creek. Have stayed there soooo many times including when the kids were super young <1 year through teens. They loved it as there are hiking paths nearby as well as bike paths that the kids would spend hours on.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/servle...&parkCode=sugp

Our fave sites are:

164, 165, 166, 138. They have showers there too.

If you stay in Mammoth there are great sites around Lake George and Lake Mary or many other locations.

http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/pacficsw/inyo.htm

Your vacation sounds great.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:47 AM
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Suzie, as an aside, do you know of a good (moderate-strenuous) 6-7 mile hike in the Sugar Pine area?
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Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 07:58 AM
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So many good hikes in Tahoe especially since the completion of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

One of my very favorite hikes is along the Rubicon Trail between DL Bliss and Emerald Bay. From DL Bliss parking lot, which you absolutely must get to early if you expect to be able to park down at the beach, take the trail to the mouth of Emerald Bay (about 3 miles - 6 round trip) you can guage how much further into Emerald Bay you wish to go as it's another 1 1/4 mile to Vikingsholm. If you go all the way it gets steep near the end. This hike provides views of the lake that you will never see from the road.

As a kid we hiked to Shirley Lake out of Sqauw Valley. You take the tram to the top and it's about 2.5 miles one way.
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