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Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:36 pm

Thanks Orbitor! :thumbsup:
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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby canukyea » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:43 pm

Oh man, that looks incredibly bad. Glad the loose rocks decided to stay still for now.
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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby orbitor » Wed Jul 31, 2013 2:08 pm

J ney wrote:Wow... Thanks for the heads up! Pics would be great! I saw those storms in the forecast and cancelled a trip out to Mt Sill on Sunday, sounds like I made the right call... Trying again in a couple of weeks.


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We were supposed to climb Tyndall before hiking out on Monday. After getting the brunt of the storm on Sunday night, we awoke to cloudy skies and cold wind the following morning. With more storm on the horizon, there was no hesitation drop Tyndall and get out as fast as possible. Good to hear you played it safe in the Palisades.
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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby Crossdrew » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:46 am

Thanks for the photos, they really enhance the descriptions provided. We are planning a trip w/an exit down Taboose pass, with llamas in early Sept. Any body have first hand experience w/Taboose after the rains & mudslides? The Forest Service has said that Taboose was similarly affected by the same storm as was Shepherd's pass. Any reports? Thanks, Candace
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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby SSSdave » Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:36 am

Looks like a 100+ year thunderstorm flood event. Usually big thunderstorms over the Sierra Crest tend to move slowly however at times have seen massive buildups that just stay over a particular area and dump rain massively for hours until cumulus finally gets so tall that upper atmospheric winds finally push them along.
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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby John Dittli » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:54 pm

We just came out from Shepherd yesterday. The upper switchbacks have been boot worn in and didn't seem all that much different then usual to me (somewhat of a gravel). Most of the smaller washouts have also been worn in and are well cairned.

The big kahuna is pretty impressive though! It is easily passed (for now) up ~100' from where the trail used to be. I say for now because the walls of the ravine are pretty tenuous and could change with use and or further rains.

It is a pretty amazing sight to see how both Shepherd and Simms Creeks have been flushed. Here's a link to a video of the gorge.

One of the smaller washouts
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Simms Creek
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Re: Shepherd Pass Trail - Significant Damage 7/21/2013

Postby KathyW » Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:25 pm

John - that must have been you and your partner I ran into just after you crossed the gully on Tuesday. Thanks for the tip to go up - it worked fine. By Friday there were ducks all over the place - a lot more than on Tuesday and some of them were down lower in places I wouldn't want to cross, but we all have different comfort levels.
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