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Ansel Adams-Shadow Lake condtions

Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:59 pm
by mikehike
Has anyone ventured bye shadow lake in the last week or so?
I was curious how bad the mosquitos were and the stream crossings or any Bear Issues...

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:06 pm
by streamer
Just returned from Garnet and Thousand Island area. Mosquitos weren't bad. Couldn't cross the river to go up to Garnet, had to hit it from the north. Heard the crossing was fine (bridge) at Shadow. No bear sign, except for a tuna package that had gone through Mr. Bear. Lots of weather - rain, hail, t-storms, etc. all week. Took the river trail in and the PCT out from Agnew meadows. Definitely recommend the PCT at least one way. The views, as well as the flowers, are outstanding!

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:41 pm
by hikerduane
Streamer, I was reading trail conditons on the FS site around Mammoth earlier. I'm headed further south come Friday or Sat. if I can't change my reservations, about where is the snow level? Spotty? Depend on north/south aspect? Silver Pass is about the center for where I have my trip planned. Not too worried, take it as I can.

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:11 am
by streamer
Hikerduane - Snow conditions were spotty. We kept between Garnet and Davis Lakes. At Island Pass (10200'), we found only a few patches of snow. Lower Davis Lake (9954') was clear, upper (10267') was frozen over, except for the outlet. North slope lakes though. Exposed trails were fine. With the hot weather and recent rains, snow is disappearing quickly!

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 5:53 pm
by hikerduane
Thank you. Looks like I have a pack weight under 30 lbs. with 1/2 gal water even for a 8 day trip. Woohoo!

Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:49 am
by krudler
We want a trip report when you get back duane! :)
I'm heading that same way at the end of Aug.

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 3:47 pm
by mikehike
Just heard the Bugs (mozzy) in Ansel Adams were in Full bloom, anyone else experience that? If you have please post...

Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 7:54 pm
by dreamer
Yes, please let us know about the bugs. A friend of mine just got back from the Buena Vista Lake area and said the bugs were HORRIBLE! I'm taking my daughter on her first trip; we'll be camping at Shadow Lake and then I hope to get her to dayhike to places like Ediza Lake and hopefully up as far as Island Pass (one of my favorite spots -- beautiful!). I'll be anxious to hear how it is in Aug.

Posted: Sun Jul 30, 2006 6:49 pm
by Zoltan
I was in Ansel Adams (from Donahue Pass to Agnew Meadows) from July 17-23 and I can tell you that above 10,500 ft. it is a water wonderland up there. Of course this means a lot of soggy ground and a lot of mosquitoes. I was not bothered nearly as much as I expected.....and I sleep under a tarp! There was a lot of stormy weather which kept them down some, but outside of the boggy areas and river bottoms (particularly between Ediza and Shadow Lakes), they weren't bad. I tried to camp a little higher than usual to catch a breeze and this seemed to work fine.