Kearsarge Pass Updates

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Kearsarge Pass Updates

Post by apenn1 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:32 pm

Anyone hiked up and over Kearsarge Pass or in that zone recently? The last forest service update is from June 19, 2017. We are set to resupply a friend who is on the JMT journey and we are hitting the trail Friday. Onion Valley Road seems to be reopened from flooding, although the campground is still closed. Thanks!

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Re: Kearsarge Pass Updates

Post by maverick » Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:05 pm

Hi Apenn1,
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Inyo NF Reports, as of 2 July: Snow levels starts at 10.5K, worn trail over pass by previous PCTers and hikers.
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Re: Kearsarge Pass Updates

Post by sambieni » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:10 pm

Onion Valley CG is closed if overnighting prior to hitting the trail.
Gray's Meadow is open at 6K elevation though.
Anyone know if you can disperse camp somehow up near the trailhead to get more pre-trip elevation?

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Re: Kearsarge Pass Updates

Post by Summer » Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:42 pm

I just called the White Mountain Ranger Station today, and they gave the update that the snow line was up around 11,000' and melting well. \:D/

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