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Rae Lks. Loop May 31

Postby Cascade » Sun May 18, 2014 12:23 pm

A friend and I are planning on doing the Rae Lks. Loop starting on May 31. Any information on latest conditions? Thanks.



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Re: Rae Lks. Loop May 31

Postby markskor » Sun May 18, 2014 12:29 pm

This is a strange year Sierra. While lower than average inches of snow accumulation - (Mammoth only got ~ 250 inches compared to ~ 500 inches on a normal year.), there were those late, wet, May storms. Usually by this time you get consolidated snow...stuff that you can walk on at altitude, eventually you get sun cups too which are a pain but, travel is do-able.
This year wet, mushy, post-hole snow...
Teresa Gergen wrote: Only problem was coming out late - snow was horrible.... Snowshoes didn't help .

Above 9500 feet in the shade, expect crappy conditions, slow travel if snow fields, and lots of swearing.
IMHO, first week of June will be better: ice-out, dry, and probably buggy, but safe to cross high passes.
This week though, no bugs but mush... good luck if crossing any snow after 11:00 AM.
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Re: Rae Lks. Loop May 31

Postby AlmostThere » Sun May 18, 2014 5:58 pm

In perusing forecasts for my favorite Sierra high country areas, I see there is a pretty good chance of an inch more snow next week. Snow lingers above 9000 feet - lakes are still frozen in varying degrees. Lows at night vacillate between 20-35F.

I would expect anyone going high to be prepared for ice and snow - it's not even good snowshoeing snow. Crunchy first thing in the morning, goes to mush by afternoon.
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