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Mount Silliman - much snow?????

Postby wingding » Thu Nov 17, 2005 7:35 am

I'm thinking trying to day hike to Mount Silliman via the Twin Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park next weekend. Has anyone been up that way lately? I'm wondering where the snow starts and how much snow I'll have to deal with.



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Re: Mount Silliman - much snow?????

Postby copeg » Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:32 am

wingding wrote:I'm thinking trying to day hike to Mount Silliman via the Twin Lakes Trail in Sequoia National Park next weekend. Has anyone been up that way lately? I'm wondering where the snow starts and how much snow I'll have to deal with.


Don't know if this helps, but I could see the south side of Mt Silliman from Heather Lake across the valley this last weekend. No snow on the south side. The peaks of similar height around the area that I could see (eg Alta Peak) had at most up to 6 inches starting around 10,000 on there north sides. I think that has probably lessened given the recent weather.
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Postby wingding » Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:37 am

thanks Trailblazer. We did Alta a few years ago when the snow level was around 9,000 feet, so it sounds like Silliman will be a good hike next weekend unless it snows this week.
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Postby Shawn » Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:45 pm

I was up there in May of 2004 (among other times) when the lake was frozen over and there was quite a bit of snow above 9000 feet or so. However, the slabs were completely dry and the last stretch of scrambling after the upper lakle to the summit was snow free. Just snow in the chute below the summit.

Since those slabs are mostly south facing I bet it'll be fine. I have some pics from a couple of treks there if they'd be any use.

Have a great time, those slabs are a blast and the summit views from Silliman are awesome.
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Postby wingding » Fri Nov 18, 2005 6:58 am

Thanks Shawn - I found your pictures on you website - they will be very helpful. I also like your pictures from Eagle Scout Peak - I'd like to do that one too eventually.

So far the weather forecast looks okay for this coming week, so I'm getting excited about the hike. I had planned to go to Death Valley, but if I can get another Sierra trip in I'd rather do that before I get closed out by the snow.

I've always thought a nice winter trip would be a snowshoeing trip out to Pear Lake. Maybe I'll actually do it this winter.

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Postby copeg » Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:53 am

wingding wrote:
I've always thought a nice winter trip would be a snowshoeing trip out to Pear Lake. Maybe I'll actually do it this winter.

Kathy


This is one of the many things on my list this winter...
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Postby Shawn » Fri Nov 18, 2005 8:12 am

Looks like three of us want to get to Pear Lake in the snow! Perhaps we'll cross paths......?

Kathy - You will find the use trails nearest the creek makes the best XC route on your way to the Silliman slabs (that is to say above the creek, and along side it).
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Postby wingding » Sat Nov 19, 2005 6:54 am

If either of you don't mind company when you head out to Pear Lake this winter, let me know. Either a day hike or an overnighter will work for me.
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Postby wingding » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:27 pm

Shawn: Is the use trail along Silliman Creek is on the south side? I read that you don't cross the creek to pick up the use trail.

This map has it on the south side too:

http://www.summitpost.org/mountains/photo_link.pl?photo_id=45527&object_id=1923&type=mountain&mountain_id=1923&route_id=

Is that correct?
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Postby Shawn » Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:26 pm

Kathy,

That is correct. When you arrive at the creek, you will not cross it but veer off to the right. You will find a need to go uphill a little and then you'll want to proceed along the right hand side of the creek on your way to Silliman.

If you carry a GPS, mark the location of the trail for ease of finding it on your return (if not, take a good look around).
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Postby wingding » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:56 pm

thanks for the info Shawn.

The weather for Lodgepole for this coming weekend:

Friday: Partly cloudy. Highs at 5000 feet 53 to 63. ..at 8000 feet 48 to 58.

Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows at 5000 feet 33 to 43. ..at 8000 feet 28 to 38.

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs at 5000 feet 50 to 60. ..at 8000 feet 42 to 52.

Saturday night: Mostly clear. Lows at 5000 feet 32 to 42. ..at 8000 feet 27 to 37.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs at 5000 feet 51 to 61. ..at 8000 feet 43 to 53.

It sounds like it's going to be perfect for a day hike to Mount Silliman - I'm really looking forward to getting up there.
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Postby Shawn » Wed Nov 23, 2005 9:18 pm

Hey Kathy,

Have a great time up there. I'm glad to see the weather is cooperating. Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

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