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Advice/conditions- Parker & Koip Peak Pass

Postby rehbands » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:42 pm

Hello, first post on this board. I'm moving out to NorCal area in August, but I couldn't wait that long so I planned a 4 person trip out to the Sierras in mid-June!

Our current plan is to start from the Mono Pass trailhead, hike through Parker & Koip Passes on the first day and camp at Alger Lakes. From there, we'll head down through Agnew Pass to Thousand Island Lake on the second day. On the third day, we plan on camping at Ediza Lake before exiting the trail at Agnew's Meadow on the 4th day.

My main concern is the conditions around Parker Peak and Koip Peak Pass. I called the ranger office and was told no one had been out there recently, but she ventured a guess that the pass would be covered with 2-3 ft of snow. Has anyone been out there recently and has better intel, or has hiked the pass when it's been covered with snow in the past? Are crampons/ice axe necessary, or can we get by with Yaxtrax and hiking poles? Any chance it melts out by June 17? :D

Are there any other areas of the trail I should be concerned about? Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to do a trip report w/ pictures after my trip.

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Re: Advice/conditions- Parker & Koip Peak Pass

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:38 pm

Hi Rehbands,

Welcome to HST! Please read before requesting trip advice: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=4205 Last report from that area was 5/14: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=10957&p=82855#p82855
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Re: Advice/conditions- Parker & Koip Peak Pass

Postby wildhiker » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:00 am

On a June 20 hike in a more normal snow year (2008), there was no snow on the trail as far as Parker Pass, but lots of snow on the north faces of the mountains around the pass. Didn't go any farther that time. Previously did something similar to your hike in August 2003 (but returned to Tuolumne Meadows from 1000 Island Lake) and I would be concerned about Koip Peak Pass in mid June, even this year with low snowpack. The trail switchbacks up a very steep open slope on the north side of Parker Peak to 12,000 feet (remember, snow lingers longer on north slopes) with a lot of exposure - very dramatic, but not a place to slip on a snow bank! You could very quickly find yourself 2000 feet lower in the gorge of Parker Creek.

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