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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat May 19, 2012 5:29 pm

The Student Conservation Association has posted their dates for logging also which anyone can join:

http://www.trailprojects.com/pctsca03a.html

SCA typically is younger people in their early 20's without more major experience which is probably why it says you need current crosscut to join them. It's a bit sad they are sending them in without chainsaws because you cannot get much done with crosscuts. With the big trees around Reds Meadow you can spend an hour making a single cut.

Anything helps though I guess.



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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby tim » Thu May 24, 2012 10:29 pm

New update posted May 21. The whole FishCreek drainage sounds pretty disastrous - this wasn't known previously: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 367033.pdf
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby gary c. » Thu May 24, 2012 11:24 pm

It's just my luck, last year there was too much snow for our planned trip. This year we have permits again over Duck Pass. I'm still hoping that they have everything cleared by vacation time in July.
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby Flux » Fri May 25, 2012 10:45 am

Holy crap that's scary. Sounds like an atomic bomb went off at purple lake. No usable campsites?? That's like the whole forest getting knocked down. YIKES!! Those are some big trees back there too.

just WOW.
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri May 25, 2012 6:24 pm

I have hiked in areas in Wyoming where they no longer maintain trails and the trails are extensively covered with downed trees. It is not that you cannot get through, but that progress is very slow. You may just have to be prepared for taking an extra day or two than you originally planned. I never liked camping at Purple Lake anyway so I am not sure I am very sad about the campsites being covered in downed trees. Maybe that poor lake will get a rest from all the over-camping.
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby intrek38 » Sat May 26, 2012 7:26 am

Thanks Tim for that very informative link. I really enjoy the solitude of this area even with the JMT highway running through. I imagine most of the efforts will be focused on the JMT/PCT, but despite all the damage, I'm still planning on going over Duck pass and making my way over to Peter Pande, Olive and possibly Beetle bug Lake. If it isn't accessible, I can always choose a different path. It all just depends on the cleanup. It really does look like a bomb went off, nature has it's way of getting the much needed rest it deserves. Thanks to everyone...
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby intrek38 » Mon May 28, 2012 8:54 am

Found some more info on the JMT trail conditions in the area.. There making progress on the other trails but have a way's to go.. Should make for some interesting cross country regardless..

http://dir.groups.yahoo.com/group/johnm ... sage/22915
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby DonDeadman » Mon May 28, 2012 10:01 am

Quite informative!
I'm assuming "JMT cleared sobo to Shadow Lake" means Southbound to Shadow?
It seems like they are really trying to get things moving, and have done a pretty good job. I'll keep crossing everything in hopes they have it all cleared in a month (a guy can dream, right?).
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby The Other Tom » Mon May 28, 2012 3:40 pm

DonDeadman wrote:Quite informative!
I'm assuming "JMT cleared sobo to Shadow Lake" means Southbound to Shadow?


Correct
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby DonDeadman » Mon May 28, 2012 5:17 pm

Figured as much.
Seems like good news; especially if you look at the map they (Inyo Natl) updated on May 7th, which shows some good chunks of the JMT previously blocked.
Following the cleanup is nearly as fascinating as the blowdown itself.
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:25 am

We contacted the Reds Meadow store. They should be opening middle of June. She said the FS exaggerated about the blowdown in that area, which is neither here nor there since the roads and trails open when they open anyway, but that they should be ready for business and resupplying. Which is good for me, I'll be coming down off the High Route to Reds for my resupply in late July.
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Re: Reds Meadow Blowdown

Postby DonDeadman » Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:58 pm

Inyo National Forest updated their work progress. This update actually gives a bit more detail than previous ones, such as:
High Trail- Pacific Crest Trail: Trail is passable to hikers to 2 miles before Thousand Island Lake, near the junction of River trail and High trail.

Now if they can get on the JMT North :D
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