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Re: Recommendations for backpacking in mid February

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:17 pm

Oh, I also agree that the Lost Coast is a great trip. Be careful on coast range since it is so dry, some of the fresh water streams could be dry.

Have you thought about Channel Islands? Again, not a 4 day trip but could be part of a coastal road trip/overnight backpack trip.

I actually have done quite a bit in Yosemite in winter. The sunny side trails (Yosemite Falls, Snow Creek) are usually open all winter. It would be more of several overnight trips, instead of one 4-5 day trip. The 12-mile valley hike is really nice in the winter too. The cold settles into the valley in the winter so surprisingly, it often is warmer on the rim.



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Re: Recommendations for backpacking in mid February

Postby FeetFirst » Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:40 pm

Wandering Daisy wrote:I actually have done quite a bit in Yosemite in winter. The sunny side trails (Yosemite Falls, Snow Creek) are usually open all winter. It would be more of several overnight trips, instead of one 4-5 day trip. The 12-mile valley hike is really nice in the winter too. The cold settles into the valley in the winter so surprisingly, it often is warmer on the rim.


I'd like to visit Yosemite Valley soon and planned on doing just this. For these types of trips do you normally just car camp overnight in the Valley?
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Re: Recommendations for backpacking in mid February

Postby balzaccom » Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:03 pm

The other option is to aim for a lower elevation hike like Rancheria Falls in Yosemite. Watch the weather, aim for a clear window, and that's a great hike that we've done in March. Elevation is about 5,000 feet, so snow USUALLY isn't a problem.

Of course, you'll want to bail if a major storm is predicted...
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Re: Recommendations for backpacking in mid February

Postby chulavista » Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:09 pm

tro4130 wrote:If anyone has recommendations of fantastic lakes to backpack by that are no further north than Bishop, I would greatly appreciate it. We are looking for more mellow backpacking considering weather and the rapid changes consistent with Feb.


Patagonia is south of Bishop and is very nice in February ;)
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Re: Recommendations for backpacking in mid February

Postby dave54 » Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:47 am

Ishi Wilderness, between Chico and Red Bluff.

Low elevation, no snow.
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