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Southeast Deso

Postby TahoeJeff » Sat May 17, 2014 7:06 pm

I was dying to see if my favorite lakes in Deso were open for business. I took off from the Glen Alpine trailhead. There is a fair amount of water on the trail. Here is a nice trailside waterfall:

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The snow started just below where the trail crosses Glen Alpine creek. It was about half dry and half snow from there to Gilmore. I uttered a few choice words as I spied the lake:

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There would be no fishing for me at Gilmore. The ice was slushy but still pretty thick:

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I went southwest from the lake to where the PCT heads over Dick's pass. Looking over at Suzie:

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I figured if Suzie was pretty much thawed out there was hope for Heather. The hike down went quick and the trail was pretty much dry. Getting over the logs at the outlet of Suzie was easy but the trail on the west shore of Suzie had some deep mushy snow soaking my boots. I made it to Heather and let out more choice words:

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There was a small piece of open water I half heartedly threw a couple of lure in to:

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I gave that up after about 15 minutes as I knew nothing was going to happen. I resolved myself to a speedy but wet footed hike down. Suzie was fishable, but since I've caught plenty of 8" brookies in my life, I passed. Grass was probably wide open, but I didn't have it in me to hit it. I doubt Gilmore and/or Heather will be open next weekend as it is supposed to cool back off next week.



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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby giantbrookie » Sat May 17, 2014 8:52 pm

Interesting post. This brings home the point that even in after a light winter one needs to be aware that these lakes will generally not be ice free until at least late May (I can recall some issues on Memorial Day weekend of certain dry years of the past). I recall taking a super early shot at things in early May back in the late 80's. I headed straight to Heather and found the lake exactly as you did. I did in fact get a follow from a pretty nice fish (actually looked like a rainbow) in that little thawed spot at the outlet, but otherwise I struck out. I had open water at Susie and nothing hit.
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby paula53 » Sun May 18, 2014 12:50 pm

TahoeJeff, I called the US Forest Service office in South Lake Tahoe on Friday, and was told that in Northern Desolation, Genevieve is clear and the trail to Crag has some snow, but the lake has slush on it. Next week it should be ok for fishing.
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon May 19, 2014 6:46 am

Jeff,

Thanks for the report. It looks like it might be a couple of more weeks until Gilmore thaws.

Will you be getting any snow in the next two days, or will that just be at higher elevations?

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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon May 19, 2014 7:25 am

Vaca Russ wrote:Jeff,

Will you be getting any snow in the next two days, or will that just be at higher elevations?



It's supposed to be 50* at lake level tomorrow and 60* on Wednesday. Definitely rain here and maybe up in Deso too. It wont help the lakes thaw, that's for sure!
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon May 19, 2014 8:20 am

TahoeJeff wrote:
Vaca Russ wrote:Jeff,

Will you be getting any snow in the next two days, or will that just be at higher elevations?



It's supposed to be 50* at lake level tomorrow and 60* on Wednesday. Definitely rain here and maybe up in Deso too. It wont help the lakes thaw, that's for sure!


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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon May 19, 2014 8:27 am

Vaca Russ wrote:
TahoeJeff wrote:
Vaca Russ wrote:Jeff,

Will you be getting any snow in the next two days, or will that just be at higher elevations?



It's supposed to be 50* at lake level tomorrow and 60* on Wednesday. Definitely rain here and maybe up in Deso too. It wont help the lakes thaw, that's for sure!


Hey Jeff,

I noticed you just became a "Topix Expert". Congratulations!! What do you have to add to that to get a cup of Joe? :D :D

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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby maverick » Mon May 19, 2014 10:25 am

Thanks for the TR and picture, this will make folks think twice before heading out
thinking that everyhing is dry and all the lakes are thawed because of our drought
year.

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Seems like there was a pattern developing on this trip. :D
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby Tom_H » Mon May 19, 2014 10:28 am

At least the trail along Heather was clear. It's treacherous along that slope when iced over. Did you get a glimpse of Half Moon? What did it look like?

East Slope of the Crystal Range looks like it has a lot more snow than the west side (which I can see from a distance from certain parts of WIlton and ELk Grove).
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon May 19, 2014 10:59 am

Tom, I didn't get a look at Half Moon, but given its elevation above Susie and that it sits in a cirque, I'd think it is still frozen. I should have done like Paula53 and called the USFS LTBMU office. They usually have current intel, and that could have saved me a slushy slog to frozen lakes!
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby madeintahoe » Mon May 19, 2014 7:26 pm

Thank you Jeff...Beautiful pictures...Did you notice the condition of the Middle Tallac Trail? I am thinking it must be snow free.
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Re: Southeast Deso

Postby TahoeJeff » Tue May 20, 2014 7:16 am

Vaca Russ wrote:Jeff,


Will you be getting any snow in the next two days, or will that just be at higher elevations?




You called it Russ! There is almost half a foot of snow at lake level this morning and it's still coming down...
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