2020 Backcountry Conditions Reports

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.
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Minarets July 9-12

Post by esrice » Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:10 pm

Route taken: Devils Postpile -> Superior Lake -> Nancy Pass -> Deadhorse Pass -> Minarets Lake -> Volcanic Ridge -> Minarets Lake -> Devils Postpile

Difficult section encountered: North side of saddle east of Volcanic Ridge was extremely snowed in and not safely passable without an ice axe.

Special equipment needed/used: Trekking poles

Possible alternative routes: Came down south side of saddle instead

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Pear Lake - Tablelands - Moose Lake - Alta Meadow (7/24-27)

Post by notis » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:49 pm

Route taken: Watchtower Trail - Pear Lake - Tablelands - Lake 11,200 - Pterodactyl Pass - Moose Lake - Alta Meadow - Wolverton

Difficult section encountered: No water in Tablelands except for existing lakes and bigger tarns. Little to no water from Moose Lake to Wolverton via Alta Meadow.

Special equipment needed/used: Mechanical filter would better than chemical IMHO.

Possible alternative routes: N/A

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Alta Meadow Water Availability - Seeking Beta

Post by davidsheridan » Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:39 pm

Has anyone been in Alta Meadow recently?

Is the spring running?

Does it run year round even in drought years?

Thanks for any information.

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Vogelsang Area water conditions

Post by c9h13no3 » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:27 pm

Rafferty Creek is a few puddles, but mostly dry. Fletcher, Lewis, and Florence creeks all had nice tasting water, but the water temperature was pretty warm. Not the refreshing snow melt you're used to.
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Trail Run from Chiquito TH to Red Peak Pass

Post by kdemtchouk » Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:51 am

No running water between Chiquito TH and Lower Ottoway Lake. A few puddles of very dirty water along the way.

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