wingding wrote:I reserved a permit for Baxter Pass Trail for Memorial Day Weekend for a 4-day trip. Mount Baxter is now open from the southwest from December 15 to July 1st, so I'm going to give it a try that way if the snow has melted off enough to get over Baxter Pass.
Has anyone been up the Baxter Pass Trail? How bad is it?
I haven't done Baxter, but, even in a very dry year, I'd bet you'll encounter quite a bit of snow at Baxter Pass on Memorial Day weekend, given that it's 12300. I'd guarantee the "west side" (actually north) of the pass will be pretty much continuous snow down to Baxter Lakes at that time of year owing to the northern exposure of that part of the route and I wouldn't be shocked if you met quite a bit of snow on the south side ("east"), too, simply because of the high elevation. Baxter is the only one of the high S. Sierra Passes Italy Pass and south that I haven't done, so I can't speak from first hand experience. Baxter is one of what I call the Big 4 with 6000' or better elevation gain (Taboose, Sawmill, Baxter, Shepherd). Like Taboose, the topo shows it to be no-nonsense--ie all uphill and no elev. loss, unlike Shepherd that has that notorious 600' loss section (and Sawmill has two or three places with 100' or so of loss). Whether or not the trail is as rocky and rough as Taboose is for it's upper half I don't know.