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TR: Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow, April 23-34, 2016

Postby vhsvhs » Sun May 01, 2016 5:58 pm

Hi All,

I enjoyed a relatively short backpacking trip last weekend (April 23-24) up Bubbs Creek. I started at Roads End Saturday morning with plans to hike until the snow became too annoying. I found patchy snow around 7000', and solid snow cover at 8000' and above. I made it +10 miles to Vidette Meadow. Crowds were virtually nonexistent because Highway 180 to Roads End opened the day prior, and the Cedar Grove campgrounds remain closed. I saw three groups day-hiking to Mist Falls, but I seemed to be the only backpacker. I saw no one else in Bubbs Creek canyon. This place is popular in summer and it often feels more like front country than backcountry. Right now, though -- early in the season -- it feels wild and desolate. Although I usually pass through Bubbs Creek canyon on my way to higher destinations along the Sierra crest, it was a nice change of pace to savor the solitude of this place in springtime.

I posted photos. . .

Road End Trailhead
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Looking north up Woods Creek Canyon
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Waterfalls seem to be near peak flow. Pictured here is a closeup of the falls below The Sphinx.
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The Bubbs Creek trail is clear of snow for about four miles east from the junction with Avalanche Pass trail.
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Solid snow cover exists at 8000' and higher.
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Junction Meadow seems to be melting rapidly.
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Enjoying the afternoon light along Bubbs Creek:
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Returning to Roads End on Sunday, with overcast skies:
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Re: TR: Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow, April 23-34, 2016

Postby zacjust32 » Sun May 01, 2016 9:58 pm

Nice shots! We were up there same day but went to Mist Falls instead, although I personally wanted to go to the overlook in picture 2. Was the snow consolidated enough that you didn't need snowshoes, or are they recommended?
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Re: TR: Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow, April 23-34, 2016

Postby vhsvhs » Mon May 02, 2016 7:36 am

Hey Zac. The snow was consolidated in the morning, but *very* slushy in the afternoon. I thought about bringing my snowshoes -- and I totally regret not doing it.
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Re: TR: Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow, April 23-34, 2016

Postby SSSdave » Mon May 02, 2016 10:29 am

Typical window of fair weather this time of year between more serious storms. Smart to keep your trip lengths short as you did that can confidently fit such trips in. Current NWS forecasts show snow showers above 8k in the Southern Sierra Wednesday through Sunday as a significant slow moving cool trough moves in. Tahoe is expect snow above 7k that could be as much as a foot in higher areas.
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Re: TR: Bubbs Creek to Vidette Meadow, April 23-34, 2016

Postby maverick » Mon May 02, 2016 1:02 pm

Thanks Victor for the TR and pictures. Was expecting a little more snow at JM.
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