2019 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Questions and reports related to Sierra Nevada current and forecast conditions, as well as general precautions and safety information. Trail conditions, fire/smoke reports, mosquito reports, weather and snow conditions, stream crossing information, and more.
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GGC23
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Pine Creek 6/9

Post by GGC23 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:09 am

Route taken: Day hike up to Pine Lake from the Pine Creek Pass trailhead (Sunday, June 9)

Difficult section encountered:
2.5 miles from the trailhead, just about where the Brownstone Mine is marked on the USGS topo, the switchbacks disappear in to snow. Because these switchbacks are cut directly in to the side of a steep face, a fall here would not be good. However, there is a good boot track through this snow, and I crossed easily in microspikes and trekking poles. My dog scampered across like she was strolling down the sidewalk. After the switchbacks, you're in snow almost all the way to the lake, but it's easy walking.

Special equipment needed/used:
Trekking poles and microspikes, unless you're a 23 pound corgi, in which case you scoff at special equipment.

Possible alternative routs:
None that I know of.








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1000 Is Lake 6/8

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:58 pm

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Big Meadows Closed Till 7/4

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:09 pm

Sequoia NF:
Big Meadows remains closed due to snow, parts of Big Meadows Rd are still under 3 feet. We are keeping our fingers crossed to open the area for 4th of July weekend!
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Carson Pass / Lake Winnemucca 6/10

Post by maverick » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:15 pm

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Kaiser Pass to Mt. Givens 6/12

Post by Snowfire » Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:28 pm

Soft suncups going to Mt. Givens from Kaiser Pass. Coming down on foot almost as efficient as skiing. Lake Edison nearing full. Snow level around 9,000 feet in the trees.
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Re: 2019 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by bobby49 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:04 pm

I enjoyed this photo that you shot. It displays the country that I traversed on a JMT segment in 2018.

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