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snow depth in Desolation

Postby gochicagobears! » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:29 am

FYI,
I called the West Region ranger station in Pollock Pines yesterday to get a permit hiking in from Echo Lks to Suzie/Heather and the ranger advised of "five to seven feet" of snow at Aloha and Heather/Suzie, respectively...

peace,
al



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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:54 am

so, backcountry skis and probably no mosquitos.. sweet.. :)
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby gochicagobears! » Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:55 pm

you know, i was pretty skeptical of it being that deep especially since i've been on the ca dept. water resources website (the one posted on this 'board that has all the snow depth readings), and they're not stating the depth anywhere near that. i asked her twice just to make sure...
oh well... yeah, no mosquitos is a huge plus!
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby SSSdave » Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:10 pm

Alot of secondary roads at 6k to 7k elevations that would normally be open mid to late May are still not open. Just takes one mostly shady zone to block a road. For instance in Tahoe NF, the Bowman Road and Carr-Lindsey roads off I80 that are below 6k are still blocked by snow. In Sierra NF, even the Courtright Reservoir road is still blocked by snow. All CDEC remote Snowtel sites are of course open sunny locations that are apt to melt out sooner than trails that often route in forest areas.
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby TehipiteTom » Thu Jun 17, 2010 2:00 pm

Here's a peakbag report dated yesterday, of a couple peaks on the southeastern periphery of Desolation. You can get some idea from the photos of how much snow there is, and where.
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby bigd » Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:11 pm

I hiked to Crag Lake out of Meeks Bay on Monday June 14th. There is still a lot of snow on the trails, especially in the trees and north facing slopes. I would say the snow line is 7500 ft and above. No mosquitos at the lake, but plenty in the swampy area around Meeks Bay.
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby TahoeJeff » Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:11 pm

So Bigd was Crag in fact free of ice?
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby EGBill » Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:26 am

TahoeJeff wrote:So Bigd was Crag in fact free of ice?

Crag lake is ice free. Just a little snow on the trail in the shadier spots. The wood bridge over meeks creek is a little mangled, but you can cross on one of the beams.
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:32 am

Thanks EGBill. That is (was?) one stout little bridge, I hope the Forest Service repairs it as soon as the melt has passed.
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Re: snow depth in Desolation

Postby EGBill » Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:11 pm

It "was" a stout little bridge. One of the major beams that went across the creek broke/rotted on one end and fell into the creek. So the bridge is on kind of a tilt...
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