tim wrote:This weekend is likely to have some thunderstorms again. Not a time to be too high or too far in, especially on a first trip.
Sorry if this is derailing the thread, it seemed really relevant to my upcoming weekend.
I was actually looking to make my first eastern sierra trip out to the Kearsarge pass area this coming weekend. I have some backpacking experience (been going non-stop since last october), but I have not been to the sierra yet. We are not planning on heading up the pass or onto any of the nearby peaks/ridges. Our plan is to just hang out at Matlock Lake and hike around the surrounding area, take pictures and enjoy the mountains. I've been watching the weather and it seems like it is a pretty low probability of rain/thunder/snow. Though, I understand the higher elevations are always more prone to this kind of weather. Would you think it would be pretty unsafe to continue with this trip, even if we are staying in the lower parts of that area? We have a backup plan to go do an out-and-back to Twin Lakes in Sequoia, but we're pretty eager to get into some higher elevation this weekend. Thoughts? Thanks
If the snow line is around 9-10,000 feet, and you are hiking in snow covering the trail, are you still inclined to go?
How do you feel about mosquitoes?
NOAA says there is a 20% chance of thunderstorms today thru Saturday night, and a chance of rain late Sunday, in the vicinity of Onion Valley. Lows are in the 30s. It will likely feel colder if there is snow.
The danger of lightning is always present everywhere, to some degree. It can strike from ten miles away, and do unpredictable things. In the summer there are often afternoon thunderstorms that last 1-3 hours. You can check out NOLS lightning safety info at http://tinyurl.com/mjqqygu