Seven Gables in Late June

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Seven Gables in Late June

Post by CunarTheBOSSS » Sun May 14, 2017 8:26 pm

My girlfriend and I were planning to summit Seven Gables in the last week of June. We are backpacking in through Bear Creek and the John Muir Trail to Lou Beverly and trying to tackle the NW face. I've read that it's mostly a class 2 scramble, but I was wondering about needing an ice axe or other trekking tools because of snow? Can anybody help me with this? I see snow on the virtual maps, but I don't know about what I'll see in late June. Any help would be nice. Thank you!








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Re: Seven Gables in Late June

Post by AlmostThere » Sun May 14, 2017 8:46 pm

This year, you might see Bear Creek being impossible to cross. When the snow's melting it can cause problems for all the through hikers.

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Re: Seven Gables in Late June

Post by CunarTheBOSSS » Sun May 14, 2017 9:47 pm

Oh boo! Hopefully this isn't the case or I will be able to find a good point somewhere!

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Re: Seven Gables in Late June

Post by peaksandpotatoes » Tue May 16, 2017 7:30 am

If it were me, I would bring crampons and trekking poles for sure. Then, I would consult with my partners about the ice axe, usually some kind of group consensus will sway me one way or the other. If slopes are more than 30 degrees, probably I would just bring the ice axe anyway, since mine is pretty lightweight. Be safe! Falling rocks, melting slopes, high water, random massive postholing. Late June is a challenging time!
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Post by Teresa Gergen » Tue May 16, 2017 11:19 am

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Post by peaksandpotatoes » Wed May 17, 2017 5:40 am

woaw cool image. was up in the mountains recently and I would say things are melting surprisingly fast. Guess we've had a lot of warm days up there.
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Re: Seven Gables in Late June

Post by paul » Sun May 21, 2017 11:38 am

I would very much doubt you'll find any snow bridges left in June, and I for one would be reluctant to rely on one at that point. I have been in there in May of a light year (on skis from the east), and I would bet that what I saw is about what it will be like in June this year, except the the creeks will be even higher. I had intended on that trip to get over to Marie lake but the I was not willing to tackle either Bear creek or is East Fork to get over there. I would suggest coming in from Florence instead, over Selden pass. More snow to deal with on the way, but you don't have to cross Bear creek.

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