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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby slade » Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:23 am

Quentinc - Much respect and many thanks. Your pic of the Kaweahs from atop Langley is especially awesome. slade



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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby papercup » Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:17 am

Very useful info. Thanks much.
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby KevinKlein » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:05 pm

Nice TR, much appreciated. I'll be getting up to the Sierra on June 20th myself, hopefully I can make it to some lakes up at 9,000ft... I'm a newcomer here but I plan on doing a TR on the backpacking trip into the John Muir from Wishon Reservoir once I'm back next week.
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby Ska-T » Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:27 pm

I wish I would have seen your report before our group of 3 hiked into the Miter this weekend (June 17-19). :) Trip reports trump snow data.

In preparation for this trip I compared the current snow depth at the Chagoopa Plateau and Crabtree Meadow weather stations to the last time I visited the Miter on June 15-16, 2006. In that year our timing was fantastic for our sight seeing purposes. Sky Blue Lake was about 60-70% iced out, but the Miter below contained just patches of snow, albeit some large patches of a hundred yards or more. The melt this year at those CHP and CBT stations is running about 10 to 14 days later than 2006. However, after seeing the Miter yesterday, still blanketed in substantial snow, I suspect that the melt in the Miter is behind the comparable CHP and CBT data.
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby gary c. » Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:39 am

I wanted to thank you for the trip report also and pictures. I have friends headed up that way over the 4th and they have been very curious as what to expect so I sent them the link to your report.
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby giantbrookie » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:16 pm

Very nice. Great trip, adventure, and scenery. Given my fishing obsession I don't try it this early anymore, whereas I did frequently during my peak bagging years (70's to early 80's). Of interest, of course, to the fisherfolks are the state of those lakes which are still, as one would predict, frozen. That snowy scenery looks mighty good as Fresno faces its first triple digit weather of the year (yes, we've been pampered by mild weather this year).
Since my fishing (etc.) website is still down, you can be distracted by geology stuff at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/csm/ees/facu ... ayshi.html
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby quentinc » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:33 pm

Thanks again, everyone!

Because I'm beyond compulsive, I was up there again this weekend. This time I substituted the Boreal Plateau for Langley. The snow is melting FAST! I was amazed how much easier some sections of trail were. Soldier Lake went from 100% ice to no ice. The bad news is that the mosquitoes are poised to explode in time for July 4th.
Miter Basin, melting fast:

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Siberian Basin still resembles its namesake (it's melting too -- I actually had to wade across one of its streams):

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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby richlong8 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:40 pm

quentinc- you inspire us all!
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:45 pm

Knew it! Didn't see you post here for a few days, and I was betting that you ran up
there again, you Miter addict.
Would love to see a shot of Sky Blue Lake again, just to compare it to last weeks
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby quentinc » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:53 pm

I'm, in turn, inspired by Snow Nymph, not that I'll ever approach her consecutive streak.
Mav, here's a shot of SBL. Just a pinhole of blue, this time around:

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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:15 pm

Thanks, QuentinC. Still on a streak, but not doing the big peaks like I used to. Will work on it this year, tho!

Those photos are awesome! I got out of backpacking and kinda miss those days. But my back can't handle carrying any weight so I just have to enjoy my day trips and other peoples trip reports. :)

I was on Cottonwood Pass on Tues 14th, but we couldn't find the trail going up. We went straight up, must've followed your footsteps. We found the trail on the way down, and saw where we missed the 2nd creek crossing to stay on the trail. I was not familiar with this trail, so with it being under snow, missed it. We got to 11,700', all in snow after the pass, then decided to save our legs for Wednesdays hike.

I'm going back to Horseshoe Mdw this weekend and might be doing Langley next month. Not looking forward to the bugs!

Thanks for the report!
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Re: Miter, Langley and Lots of Snow -- TR

Postby Old_Hiker » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:35 am

I just got back from my trip - Horseshoe Meadows, Cottonwood Pass, Big Whitney Meadow, Siberian Pass, Soldier Lake, Chicken Springs Lake then through Cottonwood Pass.

Good thing I've been through this area before. There was so much snow in places. It covered the trail and made navigation difficult. It was also tough traveling over the snow [I don't have spikes], slipping and sliding and keeping away from submerged logs and rocks. I felt though the snow a couple of times.

The first day was uneventfull - the snow at Cottonwood Pass wasn't much of a problem and had to wade over a stream a couple of times in Big Whitney Meadow.

The second day was a pain. Lost the trail through Siberian Pass early and never found it until I was near the top. Then I was presented with a view of snow as far as I could see! It never really got clear until I got near Soldier Laker.

The third day was the worst. Had to travel ~ 11 miles back to Horseshoe Meadow through long sections of snow. There was one section of snow on the pct that caused me to completely miss the trail. I ended up going south of a frozen lake instead of North where the trail normally goes.

There was a good peak of snow at Chicken Springs Lake.

The snow will to make it hard going for a least one week, maybe more.

I keep telling myself I too old for this kind of trip. I somehow survived another one!
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