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Postby mort » Mon Feb 10, 2014 6:48 pm

Hello everyone!
Planning to get up to the Darwin Glacier, April 1 to 5. 2 guys, level of experience 4, comfortable with all terrain listed. Like to see mountains.
I'm asking if anyone has first hand, aerial photography, or satellite images of Lamarck Col and the Darwin Basin for this year? Does anybody know how much snow there is? Snowshoes? skis? boots? And is Horton Creek the closest campground that will be open? We'll drive from Los Angeles and want to sleep as close to North Lake as possible.

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Re: Lamarck Col information wanted

Postby maverick » Mon Feb 10, 2014 7:14 pm

After the current storm any satellite or aerial photo taken even a week ago
would be worthless. Bitterbrush Campground is also open and the only year
round NF campground in the area, the rest of the NF Campgrounds open in May. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/rec ... 8&actid=29
To early to tell what you can expect in May, depends on how many more storms we
get, and on whether we get any big late season storms (April-May).
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Re: Lamarck Col information wanted

Postby paul » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:02 pm

While we can't predict how much snow there will be, it's a pretty safe bet that on April 1st you'll be walking from Aspendell. Normally the road gets opened up to the bottom of the North Lake road (and beyond to Sabrina) for the trout opener on the last Saturday in April. Before that it can happen but almost never does even though the road may be almost bare. Easy enough to check online since it's a state Hwy - 168 - so you can look up the status on the caltrans website.

Keep in mind that April 1st is usually pretty much the maximum snowpack as far as depth up high. The lowest elevations will have melted out to one degree or another, but up high it's usually as deep as it gets, and March is usually a pretty big month for snowfall.

In a typical year, you'd be on skis or snowshoes from about North Lake. This year may be different - or may not.

CORRECTION - make that the bottom of the north lake road, not North Lake. Forgot I was thinking of April 1st. When 168 opens a the end of April, you usually have some walking to get to the solid snow at North Lake, but on April 1st I'd expect to be on snow right from the highway.
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Re: Lamarck Col information wanted

Postby rlown » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:19 am

It only takes one storm to change everything. Weather has to be looked at just before you leave. If it's bad, you have to make the call on not going, and shifting the trip. You will be in boots, skis, and snowshoes regardless of what happens in April. Not to mention avalanche stuff.

I've had problems on the roads in Sept with Thunder/hail storms on 395 just getting there. Think a highway covered in white pebbles of love. Saw 3 cars spun out because they didn't have a clue. luckily for me they were on the other side of the road. I dropped my truck onto the shoulder (better traction there), and put on the flashers.

good luck in April.
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Re: Lamarck Col information wanted

Postby balzaccom » Tue Feb 11, 2014 12:20 pm

rlown wrote: Think a highway covered in white pebbles of love.

good luck in April.

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