Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Questions and reports related to Sierra Nevada current and forecast conditions, as well as general precautions and safety information. Trail conditions, fire/smoke reports, mosquito reports, weather and snow conditions, stream crossing information, and more.
User avatar
maverick
Forums Moderator
Forums Moderator
Posts: 10415
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:54 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by maverick » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:52 pm

SEKI NP:
The South Fork Kings River Bridge above Paradise Valley washed out during the winter of 2016-2017. Construction of a replacement bridge will not begin before 2020. Depending on conditions, crossing the South Fork of the Kings River can be extremely hazardous. Observe conditions carefully and then evaluate the risk of crossing. Be prepared to turn back. If you hike the Rae Lakes Loop beginning from Bubbs Creek, plan for the possibility that you may have to backtrack to safely reach Cedar Grove.


Professional Sierra Landscape Photographer

I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org






User avatar
bobby49
Topix Expert
Posts: 557
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by bobby49 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:56 pm

You know, it would not be a stupid idea if the park service would string up a rope or chain or cable there as an overhead aid to those crossing the river, at least on a temporary basis.

User avatar
rightstar76
Topix Expert
Posts: 683
Joined: Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:22 pm
Experience: N/A

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by rightstar76 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:36 pm

Let's hold a bake sale so we can build this. Even better, let's do a fund me type thing. After all, we're too poor a country to rebuild a bridge in the park. :o

Just don't pay any attention to the billion dollar aircraft that whiz past the speed of sound over the Sierra daily.

User avatar
bobby49
Topix Expert
Posts: 557
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by bobby49 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:27 pm

Maybe backpackers don't make good voting constituents.

User avatar
c9h13no3
Topix Regular
Posts: 146
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Experience: Level 1 Hiker
Location: San Mateo, CA

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by c9h13no3 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:22 pm

bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Maybe backpackers don't donate enough to campaigns
FYP
"Adventure is just bad planning." - Roald Amundsen
Also, I have a blog no one reads. Please do not click here.

User avatar
bobby49
Topix Expert
Posts: 557
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by bobby49 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:15 pm

c9h13no3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:22 pm
bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Maybe backpackers don't donate enough to campaigns
FYP
You misquoted me, and I hate that. Do it correctly or don't do it at all.

User avatar
Wandering Daisy
Topix Docent
Posts: 4305
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:19 pm
Experience: N/A
Location: Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento area)
Contact:

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:29 pm

We went in Memorial Day weekend 2003, and never used a bridge. I do not think there even was a bridge then. We crossed on a fallen log early in the morning and went up to Castle Dome Meadow. Coming back in the afternoon, the crossing a side creek from Pyramid Peak was short but crotch deep. The log was submerged in about 2 inches of water. We had crampons (cannot recall why we brought them) so we put them on to cross the log. Without the log I would not have wanted to cross. There were numerous logs at that crossing. I doubt that exact same log is there now but with some hunting I suspect you could find a suitable log.

The water levels varied significantly from morning to afternoon. If stuck, and it was afternoon, I would wait and try in the morning before turning back.

2002 was an average snowpack year on Memorial Day, although it was less than average on April 1. There was a late snow and slow melt that year. Here is a photo of the river. I think we found the log crossing downstream of this.
101_0106.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
c9h13no3
Topix Regular
Posts: 146
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Experience: Level 1 Hiker
Location: San Mateo, CA

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by c9h13no3 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:21 pm

bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:15 pm
c9h13no3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:22 pm
bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Maybe backpackers don't donate enough to campaigns
FYP
You misquoted me, and I hate that. Do it correctly or don't do it at all.
FYP = fixed your post
"Adventure is just bad planning." - Roald Amundsen
Also, I have a blog no one reads. Please do not click here.

User avatar
bobby49
Topix Expert
Posts: 557
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:17 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by bobby49 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:21 pm

c9h13no3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:21 pm
bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:15 pm
c9h13no3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:22 pm
bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Maybe backpackers don't donate enough to campaigns
FYP
You misquoted me, and I hate that. Do it correctly or don't do it at all.
FYP = fixed your post
No, my post did not need fixing. You misquoted me, and I hate that. Do it correctly or don't do it at all. Clear?

User avatar
c9h13no3
Topix Regular
Posts: 146
Joined: Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Experience: Level 1 Hiker
Location: San Mateo, CA

Re: Rae Lakes Loop Paradise Valley Bridge

Post by c9h13no3 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:37 am

bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:21 pm
c9h13no3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:21 pm
bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:15 pm
c9h13no3 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:22 pm
bobby49 wrote:
Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:27 pm
Maybe backpackers don't donate enough to campaigns
FYP
You misquoted me, and I hate that. Do it correctly or don't do it at all.
FYP = fixed your post
I am asking to be messed with.
That's how I read your last post.
"Adventure is just bad planning." - Roald Amundsen
Also, I have a blog no one reads. Please do not click here.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests