TR: Ski Tour from Virginia Lakes to Return Creek, and Return.

Discussion about winter adventure sports in the Sierra Nevada mountains including but not limited to; winter backpacking and camping, mountaineering, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
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Re: TR: Ski Tour from Virginia Lakes to Return Creek, and Return.

Post by wildhiker » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:21 am

Thanks again for a great report, showing the beauty of the snow-covered mountains that most of us don't see. I'm afraid I've gotten too soft to ever attempt such a ski-backpacking trip again (did a bit in my youth). But I love that area in the summer! Here's a summer picture of upper Virginia Canyon - a truly beautiful spot. This was taken while traversing cross-country from the pass at Summit Lake.
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Re: TR: Ski Tour from Virginia Lakes to Return Creek, and Return.

Post by Harlen » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:11 am

Great summer photo Phil! I thought you'd be the one to show us the summer there. I'll see if I can find the other season comparisons:

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Autumn

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Winter

The summer seems so rich, and full of life, and more colorful too, but that stark, white winter, mountains etched with snow... which do you prefer?
These three photos provide the images to color a Haiku from my first time in Alaska. I stayed the year through, and I was so impressed by the long, hard winter. My photo doesn't do justice to golden beauty of early autumn in the Alaska Range- full of yellows, reds, and overall gold!


GREEN SUMMER GONE GOLD
AUTUMN FROST LAY IN MORNING
THE DOMINANCE OF WINTER
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Re: TR: Ski Tour from Virginia Lakes to Return Creek, and Return.

Post by Harlen » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:38 am

austex wrote
Now I know know what Sastrugi is...
I wasn't exactly sure either; we're always reading about it in arctic travel stories. Apparently it is:

"Wind-sculptured, wave-like snow formation with irregular grooves and ridges."

I took a few more shots of sastrugi up on Summit Lake:
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Re: TR: Ski Tour from Virginia Lakes to Return Creek, and Return.

Post by Harlen » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:35 pm

overheadx2 asks:
Any suggestions for a relatively easy 6 to 10 mile R/T day trips in the lone pine to bishop area. Any old TRs of that area?
I think you are onto a great trip-- from Parchers up through South Lake as far as you can get. Beautiful right out of the gate. Rock Creek is a bit farther north, but another classic touring area. Some years you have to ski 4 miles or more up the road before you reach the summer TH at Mosquito Flat. You can get the info by calling local ski shops, USFS, et. al. I'll add a couple images from those two areas.


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South Lake, and Hurd Peak, usually about a mile from where you can park, above Parcher's.


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South Lake.


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Rock Creek, aka Little Lakes Valley, just a mile or so above Mosquito flat.


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Rock Creek.
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