Desolation Wilderness in Late June

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Desolation Wilderness in Late June

Post by valeofoakland » Fri May 26, 2017 2:17 pm

Hi all -

I have a permit for Desolation Wilderness from June 30-July 4, entering at Wright's Lake and going over Rockbound Pass to Schmiddel, and back. Should I expect lots of snow over that pass at that time after such a big snow year?

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Re: Desolation Wilderness in Late June

Post by Tom_H » Fri May 26, 2017 2:27 pm

Yes. In mid-July of 2011 I hiked Echo past Aloha, Heather, Susie and out at Glen Alpine. The snow was 3'-8' deep for almost the entire route. I believe Vacca Russ has some trip reports for the route you propose and roughly the same time of year from 2011 in the archives. You might want to search his posts and Tahoe Jeff's as well.

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Re: Desolation Wilderness in Late June

Post by maverick » Fri May 26, 2017 2:56 pm

Check for TR's or condition updates here on HST and check the following link too: http://desowv.org/component/trailcondit ... ed_Reports
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Re: Desolation Wilderness in Late June

Post by EDHDad » Sun May 28, 2017 8:05 am

This was yesterday at Lower Echo. 7300-7500 elevation. I watched someone cross country ski over a portion of the lake. Hopefully this give you an idea of what to expect in Desolation. I imagine it will change dramatically between now and then but I've heard reports of 10-12 feet of snow on the passes.
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Re: Desolation Wilderness in Late June

Post by Tom_H » Mon May 29, 2017 4:39 pm

EDHDad wrote:This was yesterday at Lower Echo. 7300-7500 elevation. I watched someone cross country ski over a portion of the lake. Hopefully this give you an idea of what to expect in Desolation. I imagine it will change dramatically between now and then but I've heard reports of 10-12 feet of snow on the passes.
The snow on Echo Lakes will be gone by late June, however everything beyond Upper Echo will still be in deep snow.

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