Pyramid Peak Via Rocky Creek Trail

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Pyramid Peak Via Rocky Creek Trail

Post by Vaca Russ » Wed May 11, 2016 7:51 am

I had read pakoR’s report (viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14232) about snow camping at Aloha and really got motivated to get out and explore the conditions in southern Deso.

Just as Markskor had reported conditions around Mammoth (Just a FYI to all those contemplating hiking up high in the next few weeks...I wouldn't, unless you really know what the hell you're doing.), the snow is still pretty deep up north as well.
The snow began in earnest at about 7600 feet.
1 7600 Feet.JPG
By the time you get 1000 feet higher there is more than enough snow to dig a cave.
2 8600 Feet.JPG
Here are some pictures showing conditions from the summit.
3 East.JPG
4 North.JPG
5 West.JPG
6 South.JPG
It looks like Rockbound Valley is free of snow and would be a fun destination right now.
7 Rockbound Valley.JPG
But anywhere else where the snow is deep, it could become a “posthole hell” later in the afternoon.
8 Slushy Snow.JPG
The snow is melting fast and the waterfall, "Rocky Creek” is currently booming.
9 Rocky Creek.JPG
Thanks for reading my report.
10 Self.JPG
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Re: Pyramid Peak Via Rocky Creek Trail

Post by FeetFirst » Wed May 11, 2016 9:54 am

Wonderful, thanks!
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Post by ERIC » Wed May 11, 2016 12:45 pm

What were your max and avg snow depths, roughly? One to five feet??
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Re: Pyramid Peak Via Rocky Creek Trail

Post by maverick » Wed May 11, 2016 4:06 pm

Very cool Russ, really shows off the current backcountry conditions in that area. Thanks
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Re: Pyramid Peak Via Rocky Creek Trail

Post by cefire » Thu May 12, 2016 9:28 am

Nice work VR!!

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Re: Pyramid Peak Via Rocky Creek Trail

Post by sides60 » Sat May 28, 2016 5:29 pm

Nice report! Brings back good memories of my trip back in May 1980, camped at Aloha in deep snow.

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