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SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby DAVELA » Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:08 pm

Looks like a decent dump is coming.Anyone interested in going up to big pine/willow lake or little lakes valley?Somewhat relaxed pace.Can carpool from the LA area.
Im not sure yet of this so its tentative.



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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby jessegooddog » Sat Nov 23, 2013 3:58 pm

You may not need to go that far, the southern sierra really got dumped on yesterday. It snowed all day in the Owens Valley, sadly most of it has already melted. But the Sierra and INYO mountains are as white as can be! I tried to post pics from my iphone but kept getting told my file was too big. I am just learning how to use it. I did get a few on HST FB page, taken this morning.
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby DAVELA » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:32 pm

thanks for the update jesse.
i am wondering which roads to the trailheads will get plowed?Wondering if they plow the big pine road to glacier lodge,also mosquito flat,,,and south lake in sabrrina basin? i know they dont plow the onion valley road.
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby jessegooddog » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:56 am

I don't believe any of the trailhead roads in the Inyo forest are plowed once winter snows set in. Onion Valley is plowed halfway up to the 7 Pines cabins, as is the road to Aspendell out of Bishop. Rock Creek Road is only plowed to the Snow Park half way up, and there is a fee to use that area. Anyone know about Lundy or Virginia Lakes, or the northern section of the June Lakes loops as far as the Parker and Walker (private cabin here) cutoff?
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Postby Rockchucker » Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:23 am

Bishop creek gets plowed to aspendale.
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby KathyW » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:20 am

Doesn't the road from Big Pine to Glacier Lodge get plowed?

I believe the road to Convict Lake Resort gets plowed.
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby DAVELA » Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:40 am

glacier lodge road gets plowed by county according to bishop ranger..anyway it was all clear and the sierra are full of snow and look awesome...lots of snowshoeing above 8500ft or so...about 1 ft around 9k

mosquito flat road is gated at rock creek pack station...
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby EpicSteve » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:28 am

DAVELA: I don't know what time frame you were interested in, but it sounds like you're into doing something on the east side of the Sierra and that's a bit far for me. But just in case...

Does anyone know much about current conditions on the west side of SEKI? I have a four day weekend coming up, starting on Friday. Thinking about starting from Lodgepole and doing a loop around Mt. Silliman. Wondering if I'll need snowshoes, snow shovel, powder baskets for trekking poles and snow stakes for tent... or just normal baskets and Microspikes for any icy sections. I'll probably bring an ultralight ice axe either way, just in case.

NOAA's latest 7-day forecast for Silliman Lake predicts Friday night as the harshest conditions during this period: "Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph." There's a 20% chance of snow showers tonight; 50% tomorrow ("new snow accumulation of less than one inch possible") and 40% tomorrow night. No other mention of snow, but I don't know how much that last storm may have deposited and there's precious little info on NPS' SEKI website.

Hard to tell from here in Oakhurst. All I can really see is Shuteye Ridge. Most of the visible snow from that last storm has melted. Obviously the prudent thing is to be overprepared if I'm not sure, but I'd hate to carry the extra weight if it's not needed. Especially since I'll be heavily loaded anyway, with such cold temps predicted.

Ridiculously short notice, but if anyone wants to come, I'll be going this Friday - Monday. Thinking about Lodgepole to Silliman Pass and Beville Lake; XC to Crescent Lake and the Tablelands; then down the Lakes Trail and back to Lodgepole. Incidentally, I am NOT an ultralight backpacker. I'll probably be carrying 45 - 53 lbs or so.
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby zorobabel » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:20 am

Steve,

I was out 11/28-12/1; I started at Wolverton, made my way to the HST, crossed Pterodactyl Pass into the Tablelands and returned via Lakes trail.
Lower elevations had little or no snow, depending on slope orientation. The Tablelands had more snow, between 0 and 50 cm with an average of about 20 cm. Plenty of rocks were poking through the snow. As I descended, the granite slabs N of the creek became pretty much snow free.
The not so deep and soft snow made foot placement a crap shoot. The snowshoes stayed on the pack, so did the hiking pole cups.
It was relatively warm during daytime so I didn't have to deal with ice much, but it looks like it will be colder in your planned timeframe.
The soft snow and the frozen ground didn't help with anchoring the tent.
I hope this helps...
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby DAVELA » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:00 pm

HI Steve,
thanks,i already went this weekend.It was beautiful with all that snow.It was my first snowcamp.
Side commentary:the range from the 395 is one spectacular,glorious sight to behold.Its as spectacular as the backcountry .Just incredible to be able to see all that beauty on an unobstructed 125 mile canvas.You dont have to hike or climb,you can just park your butt and take it all in and watch the 'show'.God,i love the owens valley and 395.
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby EpicSteve » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:59 pm

Thanks for all the info, zorobabel! It's good to have an update on conditions. But based on the fact that it rained all day today in Oakhurst (more precip than I'd heard about in the forecast), I think I'll be taking the snowshoes and associated gear anyway. If I end up carrying it on my pack the whole time, then so be it. Better safe than sorry. BTW, sounds like you hiked a fun route. I've only just started exploring SEKI in the past few seasons, since I live so close to Yosemite. I've been surprised at what a different character SEKI has from Yosemite. I'm psyched to see more of it.

DAVELA: I'm glad you had such a great time! I agree with you about the views from Hwy 395. The Owens Valley is just unbelievably beautiful. Congrats on your first snow camp! Geat fun, eh? :D
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Re: SNOWSTORM IN SIERRA-ANYONE INTERESTED N GOING FOR SNOWSHOE/H

Postby EpicSteve » Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:59 am

Ouch! The National Weather Service has issued an urgent Winter Storm Watch advisory that made me change my mind about backpacking this weekend. Dealing with overnight lows of 10 degrees F and winds up to 10 - 15 MPH was going to be enough challenge/risk. But now they're predicting that on Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, the snow level will lower from around 2,500' to near 1,000' from Yosemite to Kings Canyon.

Snow accumulations of 1" - 6" in the foothills, 6" - 12" above 4,000' and up to 2 FEET possible at "the highest elevations." Wind gusts around 60 MPH over highest elevations!

"LOCATIONS INCLUDE: CAMP NELSON...GIANT FOREST...JOHNSONDALE...LODGEPOLE...SHAVER LAKE...HUNTINGTON LAKE...YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK...THREE RIVERS...SPRINGVILLE...MARIPOSA...OAKHURST"

So not only would the hike be extremely ill-advised, but so would the ENTIRE drive to Sequoia National Park and back to Oakhurst. Rats! There goes my 4-day winter hike.
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