Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by TehipiteTom » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:19 pm

HurryUpShriimp wrote:So from what I am understanding, I should expect to find no viable routes to the Painted Rock area this early in the season? Would everyone agree that both Crown Creek and the Middle Fork are mostly likely deemed uncrossable at this point, leaving the area south of the Middle Fork (George of Despair & Painted Rock) inaccessible?
I would guess that the Middle Fork will be impassable. Crown Creek, I'm not so sure. I crossed it at the beginning of July in a significantly heavier snowpack year than this--IIRC, it was thigh deep. That said, use your best judgment, and keep in mind the possibility that what can be crossed in the morning may be uncrossable in the afternoon (especially if the weather is hotter than normal).








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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by AlmostThere » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:00 pm

In the past week, a friend took a couple people down from the Crown TH and returned the same way with pics of painted rock. They did not however go all the way down the canyon. Two more hikers attempted to go in from Granite Pass, and turned around at the river - not crossable at Simpson yet. Trails to Crown Valley are passable, per some trail crew associates who have been there. Meanwhile, I did not get to Blaney Hot Springs as the SJ was still very fast and deep. I would add this all up to assume that rivers are still high and problematic, the streams less so, but caution is still warranted.

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by Jimr » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:58 am

@HurryUpShriimp
How did it go?
If you don't want to be eaten, don't look like food.

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by steiny98 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:41 am

Bumping this again. @HurryUpShriimp - how did you fair?

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by HurryUpShriimp » Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:07 pm

Sorry I forgot to get back to everyone. We began our excursion on June 23rd of this summer. I am sad to say that we were not able to make it to the valley. I brought 2 friends with me, one of which is not a very experienced backpacker. I may have overestimated him a bit, for he had a very hard time keeping up. The path was very unmaintained for the majority of it and we spent a lot of time navigating back to the trail. We made it to the obelisk when i realized that taking my exhausted friend into the valley would most likely end poorly, although he seemed more than willing to follow me into the gorge of his despair lol. I made the decision to turn around to a lake we passed along the way. Although we did not reach our destination, the remaining days were spent catching plenty of healthy trout and lounging in a pool of waterfalls we passed.

I will be back to Kings, hopefully soon. Would the upcoming months be a good time to make it to tehipite?

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by rightstar76 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:51 am

Sounds like you made the wise decision. Much better to have a good time with your friends than to push it and risk problems. Also keeping friendships intact is priceless.

I think alot of people like going to Tehipite Valley the first half of October because it's cooler and there's less chance of getting heat exhaustion. Of course, there's also the risk of an early season snow storm which would impact the trail leading to the rim. But as long as the weather forecast is clear, it's probably an excellent time. The only thing I can think of is since it's a dry year, you have to carry plenty of water.

Any HSTrs want to chime in on this?

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by AlmostThere » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:28 am

I'd say it's a very good thing you turned around, because the Obelisk is not even on the trail to Tehipite.

You didn't get far enough - you turned on the trail to Geraldine Lakes instead of the trail to Tehipite. More map study sounds like a good idea before you attempt it again...

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Re: Tehipite Valley Trip Questions

Post by HurryUpShriimp » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:39 pm

Thank you rightstar, I appreciate the info!

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