Very early season irresponsible speculation

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Very early season irresponsible speculation

Post by norcalhiker » Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:32 am

Who got out last weekend?

The backcountry skiers are enjoying the passes. Still far too much snow at high elevations for dry trails.

I'm heading to the mountains this weekend. Hoping to play in the Kibbie area. I'm thinking it's going to be mostly dry.

The first PCT thrus will be leaving KM in the next week or so. \:D/

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Re: Very early season irresponsible speculation

Post by BrianF » Tue May 07, 2013 8:19 pm

I was up in the Kearsarge Pass area and climbed Mt Gould last weekend. All south-facing slopes were pretty much snow free, but there is still alot of snow out there and lakes above about 10,800 were all frozen still but starting to melt out
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Re: Very early season irresponsible speculation

Post by sparky » Tue May 07, 2013 8:25 pm

I was in yosemite for a week. I left on 4/19 when people started filing in. I had the valley to myself it seemed for a few days. I bailed on a backpack to Edith (because of a weird shoulder pain that didnt seem to be going away) on top of the switchbacks above the dam at Hetch Hetchy.

If I could I would be heading to kings canyon =D>

If I were to venture a guess based on what I could see in the vicinity in mid april, I was expecting zero snow below 6,000 minimal snow below 7,000, and consistent above 8,000 of course depending...... I went up the east side of tioga pass, and to virginia lakes, there was complete snow cover, but it was very shallow for april as the data has shown.

There were zero mosquitos.

Southern Sierra is of course much less drier. I wouldn't hesitate to plan a trip over avalanche pass right now.

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