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Round Top & Elephants Back from Carson Pass 2/20/15

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Round Top & Elephants Back from Carson Pass 2/20/15

Postby seanr » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:03 pm

Round Top and Elephants Back are popular summits reachable from Carson Pass area year round with possible activities including snowshoeing, skiing, backpacking, sledding, alpine climbing, mountaineering, and hiking depending on conditions.

2014 was not a good winter/spring for snowpack, but nearby I had found plenty in early April for family sledding, as well as a snow scramble loop of Stevens Peak and Red Lake Peak from Crater Lake (we parked in a pull out popular with backcountry skiers along HWY 88 in Hope Valley). Despite a paltry snowpack that was shallower than last early April, we were back for more in 2015, and all activities were possible in late February of this year; the difference was that the only snow was from Carson Pass up, and south facing sunny slopes were barren. Since we would be using a state snow park this time, we grabbed a snow park pass at Sorenson's Resort after boondocking in Hope Valley. By the time we set out, it was midday and warm; often the best strategy in winter is to start early and be off the snow and away from slopes in the afternoon, but conditions were forgiving enough to excuse our laziness. Check conditions before you go: http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/advisory#null.

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Looking for another option farther south of Tahoe, but north of Yosemite? When Sonora Pass opens in mid to late spring, snow activities abound there and may extend longer due to higher elevation. If looking for quick access to backcountry snow spring of 2015 in severe drought, it may be your best bet without traveling to the Cascades. Conditions: http://www.bridgeportavalanchecenter.org
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Re: Round Top & Elephants Back from Carson Pass 2/20/15

Postby Jason » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:12 am

Awesome! I love that area, although I prefer it in Summer and Fall. Thanks for the report and photos!
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Re: Round Top & Elephants Back from Carson Pass 2/20/15

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:38 am

Jason wrote:Thanks for the report and photos!


Yes, thanks for the report!

We have got to get over to that area soon!

Thanks,

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Re: Round Top & Elephants Back from Carson Pass 2/20/15

Postby seanr » Mon Apr 20, 2015 6:53 pm

Jason wrote:Awesome! I love that area, although I prefer it in Summer and Fall. Thanks for the report and photos!

Yeah, I used to feel the same way, but despite plenty of nice trails nearby, I can't stand staying away from the Sierra for half the year. I see ski trips in our future. It's for the sake of my kids; nothing's in it for me whatsoever. :wink:
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