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Trip Advice: Piute Pass - Lamarck Col loop

Postby Bluewater » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:24 pm

I'm trying to get one 'real' winter Sierra trip in this season and would appreciate any input. After doing a few local overnight snowshoe trips up to San Jacinto I'm considering doing a 4 day loop via Piute Pass to Alpine Col then out via LaMarck Col. The local at Bishop Outfitters confirmed that the road is clear to Aspendell, and possibly as high as the backpackers parking lot at the North Lake cutoff. If the weather forecasts are correct it looks like there may still be a warm weather window in two weeks.

I'm guessing four days would be enough although this route leaves plenty of options to bail out early or to just explore Humphreys Basin.

I will be using snowshoes and microspikes as needed. During the summer I usually hike 15 - 20 trail miles/day or 7 - 10 x/c miles/day.

Does four days for this winter loop trip seem reasonable?

Any input from the experienced/generous/wise HST members would be humbly appreciated.

Thanks, Andy.



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Re: Trip Advice: Piute Pass - Lamarck Col loop

Postby Rockchucker » Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:13 am

Hi Andy, snow levels are very low this year (again!) so you should do ok with 4 days. Aside from the climb up piaute pass its primarily cross country. From Lamarck col to wonder lakes is really a neat area, there is a bit of an old trail on the south side of Lamark, but not much and I doubt I could find it in snow. The road should be clear all the way to north lake.
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Re: Trip Advice: Piute Pass - Lamarck Col loop

Postby John Dittli » Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:26 am

Four days with snowshoes should be adequate if surface conditions are relatively firm. If we get some good late March dumpers it could become a wallow fest and you'll wish you went to Death Valley :D .

Keep your eye on conditions.

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Trip Advice: Piute Pass - Lamarck Col loop

Postby Bluewater » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:34 am

Thank you Rockchucker and John. I appreciate your input, if the weather cooperates this could be a fun trip.
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Re: Trip Advice: Piute Pass - Lamarck Col loop

Postby Rockchucker » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:12 pm

If we don't get any more moisture there might not be any snow for you.
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