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Conditions: Velma and Dick's Lake - Deso Wilderness 5/31

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Conditions: Velma and Dick's Lake - Deso Wilderness 5/31

Postby nikhilm » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:19 pm

What started of as a backpacking trip to Dick's Lake became a long day hike instead.

Went up Eagle falls to Velma lakes. This trail is now almost snow free and in good condition.
Velma Lakes to Dick's Lake along the PCT still has plenty of snow on the trail, but it's not hard to navigate. Fontanilis Lake is half frozen. Dick's Lake is frozen.
Snow is still present on the approach to Dick's Pass and on the north side of Dick's Peak, but a PCT hiker coming in from Aloha was able to make it without problems, so it depends on how much you are willing to posthole through snow. He said the south side of the pass is clear.
The short 1.2 mile stretch from Dick's Lake to the junction with the Bayview trail is pretty much cross country travel due to snow and the trail is in bad shape where it is visible. From there it's clear all the way again to Bayview TH, although the switchbacks down the east side of Maggie's Peaks have a few patches of snow.



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Re: Conditions: Velma Lakes and Dick's Lake - Desolation Wildern

Postby skyehawk » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:51 pm

Cool! Any photos? Also, when was this?

Thanks.
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Re: Conditions: Velma Lakes and Dick's Lake - Desolation Wildern

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:37 am

Thanks for the report!
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Re: Conditions: Velma Lakes and Dick's Lake - Desolation Wildern

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:41 am

Please include dates. Thanks
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Re: Conditions: Velma Lakes and Dick's Lake - Desolation Wildern

Postby nikhilm » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:55 pm

This was on May 31, 2014.
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