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Paul Wagner (balzaccom) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Wine Country
About Me Decades of hiking and backpacking in the Sierra...and beyond. Check out our website for fun, stories, trip reports, photos and philosophy!
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My Website URLhttps://sites.google.com/site/backpackthesierra/home

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Bug predictions
Yeah, well, there are a few things that we keep in mind: 1. If the temps are low enough, there won't be bugs. This is true year round. So if you can find a cold week after the snows melt...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Bug Forecasting
April 05, 9:21am

Water flows
Just to update the big picture: Hiked in from the Ostrander Lake Trailhead, since Glacier Point Road is now open. Only tiny patches of snow visible all the way to Grouse Lake, where we camped....

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
April 05, 9:16am

backpackthesierra.com
A little self~promotion. Our website has destinations sections for most of the Siera Nevada, with photos. It's non-commercial, we just do it for fun, but it has a lot of different trips off...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Any websites for trip ideas?
April 04, 8:45am

trip plans
A few thoughts: It's a good trip. Rush Creek is a good climb, and unless you get an early start, TIL might be a stretch~ but you can always camp along the way. Remember that you can't ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Rush Creek to Tuolumne Meadows
April 04, 8:37am

suggested hikes
Grotto Canyon Mosaic Canyon Natural Bridge Marble Canyon Most of those are 1/2 day hikes. You can see photos on our website under the destinations section: backpackthesierra.com

In Pre-Trip Planning » Death Valley Suggestions for First Week of April
March 29, 8:03pm

Jennie Lakes would work
Drive to the Marvin Pass Trailhead, hike in to Jennie Lake, or a longer trip to Ranger Lake. Loop back over Silliman Pass. Beautiful country. You can find a trip report on it on our web site ...

In Pre-Trip Planning » Trip Ideas in Sierra - Aug.
March 24, 10:22am

Henry Coeq
If you're in Fremont you are really close to Coe. That's where I would go. Pinnacles are lovely, but are day-hiking only, I believe. Coe has tons of trails, and despite the much lowe...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Weekend Trip ideas needed (3/28 - 3/29) near San Francisco
March 22, 6:38pm

Great trip!
Thanks for posting this, Amy

In Post-Trip Reports » A Diablo Loop Hike: 58 parks in 11 Days
March 20, 2:57pm

the full report
If you've been reading the news, you know that the snowpack in some parts of the Sierra is 5% of normal. That's a disaster. It's so dry that we're seriously considering taking...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 18, 9:49am

disaster
I just called a bunch of wilderness rangers in various USFS offices around the Sierra. It's really bad. Yosemite is reporting no snow below about 8500 feet...the overall snowpack is at 5% of ...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Sierra Snowpack 2015
March 18, 9:13am

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