Rae Lakes current conditions | High Sierra Topix  

Rae Lakes current conditions

If you've been searching for the best source of information and stimulating discussion related to Spring/Summer/Fall backpacking, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada...look no further!
User avatar

Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby markorr » Sat May 17, 2008 11:03 pm

Has anyone been to Rae Lakes in the last month? What were conditions like? snowline, getting over Glen Pass, which lakes are thawed, etc? We're going over Memorial day (if we can get day of permits) and would like to know what to expect



User avatar
markorr
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 78
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:25 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby hikerduane » Sun May 18, 2008 5:49 am

Seriously now. I live at 4000' and my neighbor who has her parking lot plowed for her store, still has a little snow left here in northern CA.
Piece of cake.
User avatar
hikerduane
Founding Member
 
Posts: 1194
Joined: Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:58 am
Location: Meadow Valley, CA, Carson City, NV
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby SPeacock » Sun May 18, 2008 7:52 am

Here is link to similar post in another forum -

http://www.backpacker.com/cgi-bin/forum ... 9991104562

For current snow conditions at other localities and altitudes

The Mammoth Times is reporting that...

Tioga Pass should be open Memorial Day weekend...

Red's Meadow road will not be open for Memorial Day weekend...

They started to plow Lake Mary road May 12.
User avatar
SPeacock
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 122
Joined: Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:50 pm
Location: Pasadena area, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby gdurkee » Sun May 18, 2008 9:28 am

A friend of mine skied through there about 2 weeks ago. My guess is that it'll be 90% snow cover above about 10,000 ft. Likely solid snow from a little below Rae all the way over to below Vidette Meadow. With luck, you've been over Glan Pass before. Pretty darned steep the last part of it. You definitely want ski poles, at least. It would be one of the few places I'd consider an ice ax this time of year.

Also, the stream coming out of 60 Lakes Basin where it crosses the JMT could be a little gnarly.

Which is all to say if you're heading above about 7,000 feet, you want to be really careful and experienced.

Have a great trip.

George
User avatar
gdurkee
Founding Member
 
Posts: 658
Joined: Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:20 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby paul » Mon May 19, 2008 7:50 pm

Didn't go to Rae Lakes, but I was up in Humphreys Basin, French Canyon, and Bear Creek a couple weeks ago. Similar altitudes and such. By Memorial Day there will be less snow, but still quite a bit. The pass could be icy, but if you are comfortable on steep snow then poles would be fine. I went over a couple of fairly steep high passes ( Ruskie Pass, Steelhead Col) without using my ice axe, and Steelhead Col was pretty icy when I went over. Coverage is definitely uneven, and I would expect you'd find plenty of dry spots to camp on. If you get up early and start walking early, the snow will be fim and make for pretty good walking. Be prepared for some serious stream crossings, and some wet trails where the snow is melted off.
Where I was, I would say the solid snow was above 10,000 feet, and below 9,000 feet it would have been pretty spotty. I'd guess that those numbers have gone up by at least 500 feet since then, maybe by 1,000.
User avatar
paul
Topix Expert
 
Posts: 444
Joined: Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:35 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby tory8411 » Mon May 19, 2008 10:19 pm

Best of luck to you markorr. I hope you have a great trip. I can't wait to hear your report, we're planning a trip 3rd weekend in June. Are you taking the east side route or looping out of Kings Canyon?
User avatar
tory8411
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 52
Joined: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:09 pm
Location: Fresno, CA
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby markorr » Tue May 20, 2008 8:40 am

we're planning on coming from Kings Canyon, looping via Woods Creek and Bubbs Creek, if we can get last minute permits. I'll post a conditions report next week if we make it
User avatar
markorr
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 78
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:25 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby markorr » Tue May 27, 2008 9:39 pm

due to the snowstorm over the holiday weekend we postponed our trip until the 6th of June. I'll post conditions when we get back
User avatar
markorr
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 78
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:25 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby asabat » Thu May 29, 2008 12:56 pm

A PCT thruhiker has made it to Kearsarge - report is here
http://mailman.backcountry.net/pipermail/pct-l/2008-May/017867.html

and the journal is at
http://www.pcrexp.com/
User avatar
asabat
Topix Novice
 
Posts: 17
Joined: Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:29 am
Location: http://www.4Jeffrey.Net
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby markorr » Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:12 pm

We completed the loop on the 6th - 9th. The snow is melting quite fast. Very little snow from Dollar Lake to Rae Lakes, no problems following the trail. One stream crossing of note at ~9,500 where it was running about 3 feet deep. The campsites around Rae Lakes are all melted out. On the 7th we camped at Rae Lakes and hiked over to 60 Lake Basin. the trail up to the basin is about 1/2 melted out, with one significant snowy area at ~10900 ft where we did a level traverse for several hundred yards until we found the summer trail again. 60 Lakes basin looked to be frozen yet (we didn't descent from the 11,200 saddle). On the 8th we ascended Glen Pass. the trail is about 1/2 melted and is easy to follow in the lower section. In the upper section we stayed to the left edge of the main snow field and found bits and pieces of the summer trail. There are 2 options from about 11,600, either traverse up and to the right towards the pass. This is how most PCT'ers are descending from Glen, some using ice axes, some with just trekking poles. We thought this was a bit exposed and instead headed straight up for a couple hundred feet until we rediscovered the summer trail which we hiked until almost level w/ the pass and made a slightly rising traverse. It was reassuring to have an ice axe, but crampons weren't necessary. though they make great ballast :( Descending the south side of the pass it was mostly melted out at the top and patchy snow lower down. We must have lost the PCT in patchy snow at ~10,800 and found a use trail that descended nicely to Charlotte Lake. From there we went back up and took a quick visit to Bullfrog Lake. I was surprised at how picturesque this lake is and wished we could camp there but its closed for camping, so we descended to Vidette Meadows. We finally ran out of patchy snow at ~9,800. The only people we saw were thru-hikers until we got near the Kings River on the 9th

Overall no routefinding issues (other than accidentally descending to Charlotte Lake). Glen Pass should be melted out in 2 more weeks or so, until the an ice axe makes a nice security blanket. The repairs along the Woods Creek Tr are looking good and posed no problems. However we did come across 4 rattlesnakes, 3 along Woods Creek Trail near Mist Falls and one on the Bubbs Cr trail between Sphinx and Charlotte creeks. The latter appeared to have set up a nest under a rock next to the trail. there was a descent boot track going off trail to avoid her so I assume it was a nest.

Also, where are some good places to eat (pizza or burgers or the like) between Roads End and Fresno along 180? or between Mineral King and Visalia?
User avatar
markorr
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 78
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:25 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby MountainMinstrel » Tue Jun 10, 2008 4:32 pm

Sounds like you had a great trip.

I did the loop last year the last week in July. I also saw three rattlers, one in Paradise Valley, one in Castle Domes Meadow, and one on the switchbacks below Sphinx Junction. I came very close to stepping on that one as it was stretched across the trail going after a lizard and not making a sound. I stopped two steps short of him.

We thought that the burgers at the “restaurant” at Cedar Grove were pretty good, and the refreshments were nice and cold.

ken
Just an old musician who loves the Mountains.
User avatar
MountainMinstrel
Topix Regular
 
Posts: 312
Joined: Wed Jul 19, 2006 7:09 pm
Location: Sonora
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: Rae Lakes current conditions

Postby tory8411 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:03 pm

Thanks for the update markorr. It sounded like a great trip. We are headed up next Friday the 21st out of road's end. Do you think ice axe or crampons would be necessary then? We'd like to save the weight. Are you going to post any pics? I'd love to see them. I'm glad you're back safely.
T
User avatar
tory8411
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 52
Joined: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:09 pm
Location: Fresno, CA
Experience: N/A

Next

Return to Backpacking / Hiking / Camping



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], Google Adsense [Bot] and 12 guests