Backpacking SEKI in June

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by c9h13no3 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:05 pm

Forget the snowshoes, especially June 27th. At that point, the snow is consolidated enough you don't need floatation. And the snow will be mega-sun cupped, so it won't be pleasant to snowshoe anyways. If you wanna snow shoe, do it in mid-May.

Crabtree trailhead is right by Dodge Ridge ski resort, which is open all year.


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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by rightstar76 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:28 pm

dustybottoms21 wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:43 pm
Updates: My buddies have agreed to push this all the way to the June 27th-30th. So that'll help at least a little bit. Another update is that my more experienced winter hiking friend has extra snowshoes should we want to go that route.

But based on what you guys are saying, it sounds like even if we wanted to bring snowshoes to Rowell Meadow TH, we might not be able to access the TH due to road closures. Is this also a concern for Emigrant Wilderness? Or do you think we would be fine to drive to the Crabtree TH even if they get dumped with snow as well?


rightstar, my Golden Trout Wilderness trail map came in the mail today so I'll take a look and see if we can come up with something nice for a plan C. Any suggestions? We're looking for 3 nights, 8-11 miles a day, and plenty of options to fish.
Unless it ends up being an enormously snowy winter and spring, your options have significantly expanded by going at the end of June. Maggie Lakes is a great trip from Clicks Creek Trailhead on Road 21S50. And you just might be able to do your original trip to Seville Lake in SEKI. So many possibilities.

Now go do your research and make it so! ;)

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:10 pm

Ok good to know, C9. Thanks.

rightstar, I'll keep this one in mind. I found a short youtube backpacking video and it looks pretty cool. But at the end of the day, I'm REALLY hoping we can stick with the original plan in SEKI.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:22 am

Our permit application has officially been submitted \:D/

We went with June 20th-23rd in the Sugarloaf, Belle Canyon areas.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by rightstar76 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:20 am

Dustybottoms21, sounds good. Starting the middle of this week, things should warm up a bit. The snow melt will have just begun (slightly)...The CPC shows a warming and drying trend. You may very well find yourself at Seville Lake this June!

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by paul » Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:01 pm

If you did end up bailing to Emigrant, you should be able to get to Crabtree. It is relatively low. Stream crossings may still be an issue on that route. Gianelli is a better bet as far as the streams, and I generally prefer it all around, but it's possible that might not be open, as it is higher. There is a snow survey measuring location and a remote sensor right near the Gianelli trailhead, at Gianelli Meadow. Snow depth was measured March 1st there at 161 inches - 13 1/2 feet. Since then, the sensor shows 10 more inches of water content, which could be anything from 2 to 6 feet more snow, depending on density.
There isa also a station closer to Crabtree trailhead, but a little lower than the trailhead (Bell Meadow). That was 86 inches of snow on March 1st. No sensor there, so can't tell how much more they have. But you can see that if Crabtree is about halfway between the two stations, elevation-wise, then the snowpack is likely to be about halfway between also, since they are all close together. So, several feet less snow at Crabtree, and at a lower elevation it will be clear much earlier.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by dustybottoms21 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:07 am

Great. So did I just go from worrying about the snow to now worrying about the amount of skeeters we’ll be dealing with?

I guess first we need our permits which we still haven’t heard back on yet.

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by c9h13no3 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:13 am

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Great. So did I just go from worrying about the snow to now worrying about the amount of skeeters we’ll be dealing with?
Always something to worry about. Snow, skeeters. And even when the conditions are good, you'll worry about it being too crowded.
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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by Wandering Daisy » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:40 am

You are over-thinking your trip. Relax! :p

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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Post by rightstar76 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:05 pm

Dustybottoms21, if this will help, I once canceled a trip because of a late season snowstorm. I know the feeling of disappointment. But I did reschedule the following month and I had a great time! So things work out eventually. :)

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