Finding Miller Lake

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  1. Jonah L. Archer

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    My boss told me about a small lake he hiked to that I'd never heard of despite being in my backyard. Since the wife was working and the kid was back in school, I decided to go check it out.

    I looked up directions on my GPS. Armed with those, a vague description of how to get there from my boss, and a daypack, I headed out. I wanted to visit this lake before the rainy season hits because there is a somewhat formidable stream crossing that should not be attempted in high water.
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    After crossing the creek, the road continued winding up the mountain for a few miles. It finally came to a dead end with zero trail markers. This was my only clue that I was in the right place...
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    To the left of the sign, the trail could be seen leading into the forest. I slipped on the Czech M60 and took off. The trail is only 1.5 miles round trip, but gains almost 500 feet of elevation.

    Onward and upward...
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    And upward...
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    One of the views from the trail...
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    In sight!
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    Calling it a lake is a bit of a stretch. It is a 3 acre pond, roughly 50 feet deep, but it is beautiful!
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    I hiked around the lake to look for camp spots. Unfortunately there is very little flat land. Hammock would be about the only choice. There was a couple spots that could fit a small tent, but they weren't ideal.
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    My only regret is that I did not bring a fishing kit. There were fish jumping all over the place! Oh well... good excuse to visit again! ;)

    Anyway, that's about it. I hung out for a little while, then hiked back out dreaming about the giant trout in the bottom of Miller Lake.

    Thanks for coming along!
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    Awesome, man. Secret ponds are my favorite :)
     
  3. Jonah L. Archer

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    Mine to! :D
     
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    Nice... plenty big to have fish, and plenty private, too...

    But why not just camp here? Seems flat enough.

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    Beautiful area! That's deep for such a small pond. Look forward to seeing some fishing pics!
     
  6. Jonah L. Archer

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    That is one good spot. Only problem is, anyone else that visits the lake will have to walk right through your camp. Not that big of a deal really, but not ideal either. The other decent spot is here...
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  7. Jonah L. Archer

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    I look forward to supplying some!
     
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    Seems like a great little place!
     
  9. Coyote Charlie

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    Looks like a great spot. I've started to keep my hobo reel with me at all times so I can take advantage of an impromptu fishing opportunity. Thank you for the trip report.
     
  10. Jonah L. Archer

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    I should start! I would've given my left acorn for a hobo reel... :18:
     
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    That is amazing. :) Those are the type of trips most of us just dream about :)
     
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    Nice trip brother! Good to explore new spots.

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    Nice I love places like that!!
     
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    Fantastic outing!
     
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    That comment made me chuckle. Here in my neck of the woods, there's lots of folks who think a "pond" is based on overall depth; not surface area. So even though this is only about 3 acres, if it's over 15' deep...it's a lake. Of course, that's just one more regional variable that comes into play. Regardless of what you call it, I hope you enjoy some quality time up there in the years ahead.

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

    snapper
     
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    I wish that was in my backyard.
    That is beautiful. And deep!
    Let us know when you take your fishing stuff back.
     
  17. Jonah L. Archer

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    I do feel fortunate to live here. There is an abundance of outdoor activities right out my back door.

    Thanks Brother!

    Me to. It's neat to have places that most don't know about.

    Thank you!

    I'm guessing the depth is why it's considered a lake. Just has more of a pond vibe to me ;)

    I absolutely will!
     
  18. IzaWildman

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    Really pretty spot, I’d love to have something like that close by. It looks like a great opportunity to go back with your gear to wet a line and find a spot for camp.
     
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    Pond is good for you.
     
  20. Jonah L. Archer

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    I think I might make the trek again on my next days off. I gotta know what's living in there!
     
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    Beautiful spot! Looking forward to reports of many adventures there!
     
  22. Jonah L. Archer

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    Thanks Brother!
     
  23. MrFixIt

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    Let me get this straight...you drove through a CREEK, then hiked up a MOUNTAIN to reach a secret LAKE and you didn't bring a fishing pole?

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  24. Jonah L. Archer

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    I know ... :25:



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    That @MrFixIt sure has a way with words! Beautiful area, would definitely like to camp there!
     
  26. Jonah L. Archer

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    Ol' @MrFixIt is strict to! He just revoked my bushcraft card till I redeem myself...
     
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    Wow... lots of elevation on that hike... 50 stories!

    Beautiful little area though. Post pictures of the fish you catch!
     
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    My long-ago friend and camping buddy Skip once showed me, on a topo map, a small lake high up above Kings Canyon NP in the western Sierras. It looked to be a really ambitious 8-mile bushwhack/scramble/climb UP from the closest place to park -- there was no trail. It was too rough for my knees even then, and he said he had only been there twice: (a) shortly after he graduated high school in 1963 and (b) while home on leave from the Takhli Air Base (Thailand) in 1966.

    Skip swore that, should a fisherman arrive at the lake shortly after the snow melts, the trout will climb out of the water and mug him for the bait.

    Skip was known to exaggerate things a tiny bit -- he put himself through college tending bar at the Red Onion in Woodland Hills CA. But I think I believed him on that one.
     
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    I would drink a Miller Lite on Miller Lake.
     
  31. Jonah L. Archer

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    This old fat guy did have to stop a few times to catch his breath!
     
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    That's hilarious! I think I've known a few guys like your buddy Skip! :18:

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    Skip was truly unique. He LOOKED and SOUNDED a lot like George Carlin, and had a very similar sense of humor. Naturally he capitalized on it. You shoulda seen his "Hippy-Dippy Weatherman" and "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television."

    He was largely responsible for educating me about the high deserts and the Sierras. We gradually lost touch over the years; I'm sad that it happened.
     
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    Awesome find! That’s postcard perfect!
     
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    Sounds like a good guy!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    Thanks for the pictures, commentary and introducing me to a 'hobo' fishing reel!
     
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    Down the rabbit hole you go... :18:
     
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    absolutely awesome place
     
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    nice to find a spot like that so close to home. fish on!
     
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    Yes it is!
     
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    That looks delightful...

    I WOULD say something was fishy about that...
     
  46. Jonah L. Archer

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    I see what you did there... :13:
     
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    Beautiful area that's for sure! Thank you for sharing the pics and report with us.


    Any flat areas for a camp inside the tree line? That would be my thought if the place gets a lot of visitors.
     
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    Nope... the further you get from the lake, the steeper it gets!
     
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