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TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby vhsvhs » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:34 pm

Hi Everyone,
I hiked the Rae Lakes Loop this weekend, counterclockwise. The backcountry conditions are excellent right now.

Snow Update: Glen Pass is navigable without an ice axe or crampons. The south side is totally clear of snow. The north side holds a 200 meter snow field across the switchbacks. It may look scary, but I think it's safer than it appears. The boot tracks across the snow are well-worn, and I was fine with trekking poles, running shoes, and a healthy dose of caution.

Mosquitos: I encountered light mosquito swarms in Vidette Meadow, and also along Woods Creek near the Muro Blanco intersection.

I hiked counterclockwise. On the first day, I climbed from Roads End to Vidette Meadow. On the second day, I crossed Glen Pass, enjoyed a swim in Rae Lakes, and then cruised down Woods Creek to Paradise Valley. On the third morning, I returned to Roads End. I encountered a handful of PCT and JMT thru-hikers, plus two fishing parties.

Wildflowers are blooming, just about everywhere along the Rae Lakes Loop.
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West Vidette Peak at Dusk:
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The conditions are great (and mostly snow-free) above 10,000 feet:
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The South Side of Glen Pass:
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The North Side of Glen Pass (the boot tracks are quite good):
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The North Side of Glen Pass, from below:
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Rae Lakes Crossing:
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Arrowhead Lake:
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A Healthy Juniper Grove:
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Woods Creek Bridge:
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Castle Domes Meadow is just about perfect right now:
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I posted more photos here:
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby larroyo33 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:05 pm

Great trip report! Thanks so much for the information, I am planning on heading out there in two weeks. Glad to hear Glen Pass can be done without snow equipment.
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby maverick » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:08 pm

Thanks Vhsvhs for the TR, great pictures, and conditions up date. :thumbsup:
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby exodus » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:15 am

Wow so little snow there. It's great for us hikers, but not so great for our water supply. Hopefully next year will be above average, but for now we'll enjoy what we've got! I see you did just that!
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby kpeter » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:23 am

Gorgeous photo of West Vidette peak. Nice trip report all around!
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby gchikes » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:04 am

Just secured a dogsitter for this weekend, so I'll be headed out on this loop Saturday morning. Thanks for the timely TR & conditions update.
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby Pennington » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:16 pm

Thanks for the post and pics. I'm heading up for 5 days on Tuesday. I'll post some pics. \:D/
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Re: TR: Rae Lakes Loop, May 31 - June 2, 2013

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:29 pm

Hi Pennington,

Welcome to HST! Looking forward to reading your TR. :thumbsup:
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