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Conditions: Sabrina Lakes Basin

Postby charneydanysh » Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:55 pm

Does anyone know what the stream crossings are like from Sabrina Lake up along the trail to Blue Lake, and Midnight Lake? How about the mosquitoes? We are planning a trip there the week of August 8, and I am an anxious stream crosser. Last summer of 2010, the log jam stream crossing at Blue Lake was manageable for me. Is that crossing, or any of the others much more difficult this year?
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Ava



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Re: Conditions: Sabrina Lakes Basin

Postby atreehugger » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:17 pm

Was up there weekend of July16. Water crossing from George Lake is 6". Crossed outlet of Blue Lake mid-afternoon. Water was up to knee and no current...easy. If have better balance than me, can cross on logs. When returned,around noon ,crossing was 1' deep. Easily crossed on log fragments. I'd expect wet feet crossings above Dingleberry but nothing deep and dangerous.
I went XC and camped at 10,850' on a knob away from any water source and had a breeze...no skeeters. In this area, looked like ~50 % snow coverage above 11'000'.
You shouldn't have any problems with creek crossings. Bring plenty of deet ...just in case.
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Re: Conditions: Sabrina Lakes Basin

Postby charneydanysh » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:24 pm

Thank you so much for the information from your trip on July 16; the stream crossing conditions seem more encouraging than I had expected. Thanks again,
Ava
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Re: Conditions: Sabrina Lakes Basin

Postby East Side Hiker » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:32 pm

Crossing the drainages before noon is the best, though its not always possible if you have a tight schedule. Crossing the Passes is the same - the earlier the better. By afternoon, the drainage are much bigger and stronger... the snow and scree much more unstable.
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Re: Conditions: Sabrina Lakes Basin

Postby charneydanysh » Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:15 pm

Thanks for the caution about crossing the drainages and passes earlier in the day.
In the next two weeks, any further information about the conditions of the Sabrina Lakes Basin trails and streams would be greatly appreciated. We were planning to go the week of August 8, hiking from Sabrina to Blue to Midnight.
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