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Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby tomba » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:24 pm

Last weekend I skied from Gooseberry Trailhead near Pinecrest to Chewing Gum Lake in Emigrant Wilderness. There were no tracks after Burst Rock. I roughly followed the invisible trail and then cut east from the saddle after Powell Lake. I came back different way (click for a map). I never had to use skins on the soft snow. On the way back I side-stepped a short distance, but it probably could have been avoided with more route finding. I saw coyote tracks and then the coyote. Days were warm and the night wasn't too cold. 20 degree sleeping bag with extra clothes (and with two stacked pads: XLite and Z Lite) was comfortable. There was barely enough snow near the trailhead but higher up there was plenty. Nice terrain in the Wilderness.

I guess one could take a ski lift to The Knob to save a few hours. Also coming back on downhill ski runs would be faster. Might have to watch out for grooming equipment if it's late.

My ski boots hurt me.

Powell Lake. Click to enlarge.
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Chewing Gum Lake.
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Camp.
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby rlown » Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:37 pm

:thumbsup: nice to see someone enjoying the white while we have it!
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby venturefar » Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:47 pm

Really like the pic of Powell Lake. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby DAVELA » Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:47 pm

very nice...
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby paul » Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:33 pm

Nice. Might be out that way myself in a few weeks.
But too late now for grabbing a ski lift to the top, and no worries on the grooming equipment - Dodge is closed. Sounds like you were able to ski from the trailhead, but just barely?
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:05 pm

Thanks Tomba for the TR and pictures. :thumbsup:
What were your night and day time temps?
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby tomba » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:22 pm

paul: There was one section where I took off skis and walked on the roadway for maybe 20 meters, a couple of sections where I made small detours through the forest in order to stay on snow, and a couple of sections where I moved carefully on narrow strips of snow. Don't take the Rock & Roll trail 14. I took it on the way down when I missed the turn and didn't want to turn back. "Why not see a different route?" The trail became bare and I went through the forest back to Gooseberry trail 6, through a maze of snow among large snowless swaths. Call the Summit District in Pinecrest for conditions.

I wonder where would be a good place to go from the Bay Area next weekend, at high enough elevation for snow, other that Carson Pass.

View from trailhead:
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Re: Chewing Gum Lake last weekend

Postby tomba » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:27 pm

maverick: I don't know the temperature. I didn't carry a thermometer. Should I?

Middle of the day many would be comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts.

At night it got below freezing. In the morning water in my bottle was liquid, but it was super-cooled. When I disturbed it, ice has formed inside. Snow froze. I had to spend a few minutes to dig out snow anchors. There was no wind at night.
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