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Trail Conditions, Carson Pass to Round Top Lake?

Postby jimandluba » Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:24 pm

My wife and I hope to hike this Saturday from Carson Pass south to Winnemucca Lake, then on to Round Top Lake. Do any of you know how much snow is on the trail? Is the log bridge over the outlet to Win. Lake above water? Have the wildflowers started to bloom yet? Thanks. - Jim



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Re: Trail Conditions, Carson Pass to Round Top Lake?

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:47 pm

Found this TR Jim from a few weeks back, snow will definitely not be a problem.
Wildflowers this year may not be as great as priory, wetter years. looking forward
to your TR when you get back.
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Re: Trail Conditions, Carson Pass to Round Top Lake?

Postby SSSdave » Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:37 pm

Was on Margaret Lake trail, and Hope Valley June 7. At 7.6k wet meadows only had short grasses, stunted buttercups and a few shooting stars. Sunny aspects lots of spreading phlox. Was still some snow in shade at that elevation. Hope Valley likewise just stunted buttercups. Some usual slopes down the road had good numbers of arrowhead balsomwood and paintbrush.

Will be some early species up at pass at 8.6k in sunny exposures but most of the areas that usually bloom impressively after average winters about mid July were probably still a few weeks away. Probably end of June and even then is likely to be spotty with some drier areas water starved mediocre.
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Re: Trail Conditions, Carson Pass to Round Top Lake?

Postby jimandluba » Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:45 pm

Thanks, Maverick and Dave, for the useful information and advice. I hope the log over the Winnemucca Lake outlet creek is not under water, so I can continue on to Round Top Lake - one of my favorite places in the nearby Sierras. - Jim
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