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Current conditions on Mt. Dana?

Postby flyzapper » Fri May 20, 2016 11:52 am

Has anybody been up to Tioga Pass recently? I'm taking a trip to Yosemite in early June, and I was thinking of doing a day hike of Mt. Dana. What are the snow conditions like? I assume it will be more of a snow field hike/climb than scree scramble during early June this year.



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Re: Current conditions on Mt. Dana?

Postby dougieb » Fri May 20, 2016 8:05 pm

I was just up there last weekend and went backcountry skiing toward False White Mountain (near saddlebag). Quite a few people were skiing up Dana. There's snow up there now but no telling what it'll be like in 3 weeks from now.
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Re: Current conditions on Mt. Dana?

Postby ExploreABitMore » Sun May 22, 2016 4:26 pm

Was up there the past two weekends, still lots of snow, but melting fast. Here is Dana from Tioga Peak, on Friday.

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Re: Current conditions on Mt. Dana?

Postby flyzapper » Mon May 23, 2016 5:32 pm

ExploreABitMore wrote:Was up there the past two weekends, still lots of snow, but melting fast. Here is Dana from Tioga Peak, on Friday.


Thanks for posting that picture! There's less snow than I expected, but the forecast this week calls for a few more inches at higher elevations. How compact was the snow when you were traveling? Any postholing?
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Re: Current conditions on Mt. Dana?

Postby ExploreABitMore » Mon May 23, 2016 9:27 pm

The prior week I had gone up Mt Warren and was pretty glad I brought snowshoes for the way back, quite a bit of post-holing otherwise. Likewise, the next day in the Mono Pass area. On Tioga Peak the following week, I was either able to avoid the snow, or it was pretty well consolidated (actually, it was so cold, it was still mostly frozen-hard all day!)
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