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Mono Pass short hike; snow report

Postby Ranboze » Thu Jul 06, 2006 4:22 pm

Took a short hike up to Mono Pass [Mosquito Flat] this morning to check out the snow conditions. Yep; lotsa snow left. The last 0.4 mi was all in snow. Ruby lake has lots of ice still on it.

Trail coming up from Ruby Lake to Mono Pass
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Postby Trekker » Thu Jul 06, 2006 7:20 pm

Reminds me of my hike up to Mono Pass in fresh snow in November of last year. Looks about the same, maybe a little less, although I'm sure it's a little slushier than it was in November. Wonder if anybody's been over it this year? :-k
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Postby rightstar76 » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:36 am

Wow! What a neat picture. Still can't believe how much snow is still up there.
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Postby wingding » Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:50 pm

Thanks for the update on that area. Nice picture.

I'm headed up Pine Creek Trail on the 15th and wondering how much snow I'll be dealing with.
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Postby Ranboze » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:39 pm

wingding wrote:I'm headed up Pine Creek Trail on the 15th and wondering how much snow I'll be dealing with.


I was chatting with a ranger at the WMRS yesterday 7/6/06 about Pine Creek. What I was told is that the bridge at the first water crossing right before Pine lake is under water. The water is running VERY swiftly, and the people who are crossing are finding a spot downstream. If snow's not the problem, the water is. Have chatted with a few PCT and other hikers who say the water in the backcountry is raging; some cross, some fall in, some turn back. Definately worth checking with the WMRS a couple days before departure.

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Postby Snow Nymph » Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:55 pm

Nice photo!

I don't know if the water crossings are like last year, but last year we bailed on a trip at this time because of the snow and water crossings.

Looking North at the Upper Pine Lake crossing, where you normally cross from boulder to boulder: http://community.webshots.com/photo/399 ... 7782XgPqPe
The large boulders were under water.

It was deep and the water was moving fast. We hiked down to lower Pine on the south side, then part way up (the only flat spot we could find to camp). In the morning we found a loose log crossing which was not fun. http://community.webshots.com/photo/405 ... 7782UMFIpW

We came back in Sept to do the trip. Here you can see the boulders. SnowDude is standing on the other side, which is where we would have waded to if we were able to cross: http://community.webshots.com/photo/467 ... 6560gKXNNE

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Postby wingding » Fri Jul 07, 2006 9:39 pm

Thanks for the info Raboze and Snow Nymph. The pictures from last year were helpful. I think I'm going to look at a different area for next weekend - further south might be better.
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Postby Ranboze » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:35 pm

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Postby ridgeline » Mon Jul 10, 2006 5:48 am

Great shots Ranboze, Im going up next Sat, hope to dig out that register no one is finding on Starr. From your pic of Starr looks like a pile of snow at the summit.
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Postby Ranboze » Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:58 pm

ridgeline wrote:From your pic of Starr looks like a pile of snow at the summit.


Here's a shot of Mt. Starr from Wheeler Crest on 7/5/06. Yep, it does look like there's some snow sitting on top.
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