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Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby SNOOOOW » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:48 am

With the lack of snow everywhere I decided to go hike up 1 of my favorite local peaks for some recon. We started on Hwy 50 and came up the south side and the trail is basically snow free for 75% of the way up. You don't really hit any snow until up towards the top and out of the trees. As you can see in the photos, lower echo lake is not even frozen and upper echo looks super thin. From the top of Ralston I could pretty much make out the trail (TRT/PCT) up to haypress meadows. I would bet you could easily walk out to Aloha with no real snow issues, maybe I will do that in the next few weeks for some more recon. This was my 1st peak of the year and I am glad it was short haha. It was SUPER windy and cold up top so we hung out for like 3 minutes and got the heck outta dodge. Still a very fun morning :drinkers:
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:20 am

Your photos really show the lack of snow in the Tahoe area....
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby SNOOOOW » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:28 am

Sarcasm? Or simply a comment?
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:48 am

A sad observation on my part that Winter never really happened around here!
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby SNOOOOW » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:57 am

Ya I feel you. But look at the bright side and just think of how much fishing you'll be getting into without having to wait so long for the lakes to thaw. Plus as you already know, Winter could still show up with some big dumps.
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby TahoeJeff » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:57 am

Miracle March!!!
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby maverick » Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:39 pm

Thanks for the recon trip and photo's.
Echo snow free in Feb. :(
Some snow in the forecast for today and tomorrow, then on Wed in the Tahoe area, but sunny in the rest of the Sierra thru next weekend.
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby Flamingo » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:54 pm

Thanks for the TR! How was the Ralston trailhead parking lot? Snow-free? Or did you park elsewhere?
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby SNOOOOW » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:24 pm

Parking completely snow free, the trail up is about 75% snow free. It did just snow maybe 2" max so there might be some snow now. Once you're up out of the trees on that final stretch to the summit then it's all snow but I did not even put any traction on, didn't need to.
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Re: Ralston 02/11/2018

Postby apeman45 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:11 pm

I found this at the summit of Ralston in case you were missing it.
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