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South Lake to Treasure Lakes Area

Postby jptenderfoot » Mon May 23, 2016 11:10 am

Does anyone have a recent trail report for the Treasure Lakes Area. I have a permit for this upcoming memorial weekend, but having done a bit of limited research online (not finding much at all) I am a bit nervous on what the area will entail as far as trail snow is concerned.



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Re: South Lake to Treasure Lakes Area

Postby balzaccom » Mon May 23, 2016 12:02 pm

You might also want to keep in mind that the weather for this coming weekend looks like rain in the Sierra, and snow at the higher elevations...
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Re: South Lake to Treasure Lakes Area

Postby maverick » Mon May 23, 2016 12:08 pm

Hi JP,

Welcome to HST! Would highly recommend you postpone your trip, snow is forecasted for the entire week and into this weekend.

NWS for the Treasure Lakes area:

This Afternoon Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 18. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tuesday A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. South southwest wind 3 to 6 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tuesday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Calm wind becoming north northeast 5 to 8 mph after midnight. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Wednesday A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a high near 35. North northeast wind around 8 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Wednesday Night A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Thursday A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night A chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Friday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Friday Night A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Saturday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

Saturday Night A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Sunday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
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Re: South Lake to Treasure Lakes Area

Postby The hermit » Mon May 23, 2016 10:44 pm

I know we don't have nearly the snow pack of 2011. It sure does feel similar with snow coming down almost all the way to june!
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Re: South Lake to Treasure Lakes Area

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue May 24, 2016 9:33 am

You can just deal with the snow. Even when there are 2-3 feet drifts, you will find small dry spots to set up a tent. You will be quite close to the trailhead, so if needed, you can just walk out if things get bad. Prepare for snow and enjoy it!
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Re: South Lake to Treasure Lakes Area

Postby ucangler » Wed May 25, 2016 8:33 pm

I did that exact trip in 2009 in mid June. We were the first to get up there from snow covering the final ascent to treasures. There was a lot of snow and patches of dry dirt to camp on. The wind is very strong you'll need to find camp sites that shield you. I experienced the most powerful storm of my life there. It came during the after noon and was gone by next morning. Wind howls were deafening and the thunder and lighting insane. It rained, hailed, and snowed. At night we saw lightening and counted the seconds to thunder. I remember it being in the far distance and at some time of the night i decided to start counting as it came closer. Till this day, I can remember counting from about 30 sec to 20 to 10 to 5,4,3,2,1 over who knows how long, but when it was close it came fast and hard. Then all of a sudden the counting would go longer and just like that it passed us by. Fishing is great, small golden hybrids. Water was delicious. You need to call Parchers resort and ask if anyone has gone to Treasures this season. They can let you know about the snow and difficulty.
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