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Circle of Solitude - Trip Dates?

Postby rrivera » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:52 am

I am planning to do the Circle of Solitude 8/6 - 8/15 but am concerned about the potential conditions at Colby and Forrester Passes. The person I am hiking with has plenty of backpacking experience (level 3 and is comfortable with Class 2 terrain)...I am level 4. My hiking partner wants to have a enjoyable trip and not do too much hiking through snow. I saw the JMT trip report posted yesterday which has made question our dates. I'd like the group's input on if it would be better to postpone this trip or to stick with the dates. Postponing will be tricky because of a number of other trips I have planned but I can figure that out.



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Re: Circle of Solitude - Trip Dates?

Postby Mike M. » Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:23 pm

Aside from skeeters, you should have no problem on either of these passes. You will undoubtedly encounter some snow up high, but the conditions you read about in the trail report posted yesterday will have changed significantly by early August. Go for it and have a great trip!!

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Re: Circle of Solitude - Trip Dates?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:20 am

Sorry about my ignorance but where exactly is this route? Is this something that is in a particular guidebook or just a "word-of-mouth" route?
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Re: Circle of Solitude - Trip Dates?

Postby rrivera » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:57 am

Hi Wandering Daisy - It's in the Kings Canyon NP hiking guide although I haven't seen much posted on it and we actually just wanted to do a loop that included Cloud Canyon and low and behold found out it had a name :) . There are variations on the route but we are following the standard route that starts at Road's End, goes over Avalance Pass, through Cloud Canyon, over Colby Pass and over to the HST, north over Forester and finally return following Bubb's Creek.
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Re: Circle of Solitude - Trip Dates?

Postby gregw822 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:58 am

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