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Columbus Day Weekend @ 6k ft

Postby alc101ma » Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:52 pm

Thinking of a trip that weekend, possibly to Deso. The past couple of years I really wouldn't have worried about snow too much... but just saw that we got some white stuff at 12k ft this week.

I'm not so much concerned with the temps as the possibility of getting decent snow. What do you guys think?
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Re: Columbus Day Weekend @ 6k ft

Postby Wandering Daisy » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:15 am

I never worry too much about Desolation Wilderness. It is really small, trails are good so bailing out in snow is not a huge task and elevations are lower. For a wilderness, Desolation is really "civilized". Plus, trailheads usually remain open, unlike Sonora Pass, where I once parked my car only to have the road closed while I was on the trip. Thankfully, the road reopened by the time I got out. Any huge storm will likely be forecast and the Columbus weekend is just 3 days, not more than a week. Short term forecasts are pretty accurate.
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Re: Columbus Day Weekend @ 6k ft

Postby alc101ma » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:30 pm

Thanks, Daisy. I'll be entering from the east side where there are major roads that are well maintained. I did an early season trip from a west side TH once and left a day early due to snow coming down. I was really worried about the long mountain road between the TH and the highway being snowed in and getting stuck!
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