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Crystal Basin Get Away

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Crystal Basin Get Away

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:03 am

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We know of a bunkhouse hidden deep in the Crystal Basin. A winter visit here has become an annual pilgrimage for us. Normally there are multiple feet of snow. The snow prevents a drive using the backcountry roads that are not plowed in the winter. We must ski or snow shoe the over 5 and a half miles across a dangerous wilderness in the dead of winter. :D

Here are some of our past reports.

These two reports were from the era when it used to snow in the Sierra:



This report is from a dry last year:


This year there was even less snow. We were able to drive all the way to the gate.

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Here is a compare and contrast photo.

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The weather was GREAT the first two days. On Saturday we hike off into the woods to find an old aircraft wreck. Here is a link to that report.


We then hiked over to a local creek.

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We took advantage of the sunny and warm weather. It was “shorts and a T-shirt” (or even less). :D :eek: :paranoid: \:D/ :littledevil: :D



We did find some snow on the hike back to the bunkhouse.

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The weather turned Saturday night / Sunday Morning. We even saw a little snow.

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This was the outside temperature when we got back to the car.

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We had a great time (as usual). It is rather depressing and a bit alarming to see that “no snow” is becoming a norm.

We hope you enjoyed our report!


"I went home with a waitress the way I always do. How was I to know she was with the Russians, too?"- Warren Zevon

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