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Lyan Jordan

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
trinity alps on 05/29/2008 17:10:17 MDT Print View

My friend and I took off last thursday to go play in the trinity alps mountains over our Holiday weekend. We had intended our trip to last through Tuesday but got caught in a snowstorm Friday afternoon and set up camp to wait it out.

Information in the hypothermia article helped us to better monitor each others condition through the storm. We used our trekking poles to reinforce our tent against intense winds and blowing snow, and used our pan and lid as snow shovels to dig away the massive drifts taking over our tent. We shared clothing that did not gather snow and water to minimize what we dragged into the tent when we ventured outside. We were unimpressed when our steripen failed over 50% of the time on this trip. [edit: Via personal communication and trouble shooting with Roger, I believe our problem was most likely a combination of user error and the batteries, not the steripen malfunctioning. If your unit is sort of failing in the cold, warm up the batteries a little bit. ]

We hiked out during a break in the storm Sunday because we didn't have time or the equipment to finish our trip.

The Boulder Creek Trail out of Goldfield campground was in very rough shape. Down trees littered the trail, with stock stoppers every 1/10 mile for the first 3-4 miles of trail. The trail up to Lion Lake was mostly clear and easy to navigate prior to the storm. We came back cross country, and it was very dangerous. We fell many times trying to navigate wet, barkless trees.

tree crossing
the storm approaches
heading to the saddle between lion and foster lakes.
the storm is going to hit before I get to finish dinner. Sweet.
The storm hits quick and with intensity.
36 hours later we get a break in the weather and pack up our tent.
lots of dense heavy snow sliding on the northeast faces on our way out sunday.

Edited by redmonk on 05/29/2008 23:12:31 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Trinity Alps on 05/29/2008 18:05:30 MDT Print View

Nice report and pictures-I am going to Emrald/Sapphire Lake in late August. Sounds like you had a great adventure. Jealousy!!

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: trinity alps on 05/30/2008 11:03:02 MDT Print View

I never heard of the Trinity Alps, so it was gerat to read your report and view the photos. Sounds like a mini epic with the weather and trees. Great vistas, nonetheless. You'll have to go back when there's nice weather predicted to get a different experience, and let us know how it goes.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
trinity alps on 05/30/2008 11:21:34 MDT Print View

I have always wanted to hike that range. Nice pics.

Lyan Jordan

Locale: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
trinity alps on 05/30/2008 13:19:56 MDT Print View

Thanks, I love this mountain range, it is very very steep, but generally under 8000 feet. This little epic was fun, but wasn't quite as much backpacking as last years early season adventure. I'm looking forward to return in the near future for another visit.

Two highlights from last years trip
Trinity 195.jpg
The mountains of sawtooth ridge alone would be awesome, but to see the ocean light up at sunset made this an epic campsite.
Later that same evening we could see five visible planets, with mars being off to the right of this shot. Not 100% certain of the labeling.

Edited by redmonk on 05/30/2008 13:20:48 MDT.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
trinity alps / high route. on 05/30/2008 13:57:34 MDT Print View

the trinity alps rock!

i did a 4.5 day hike around trinity alps a couple years ago - i think it was maybe 70+ miles, and did a big loop through all the high part of the area. such fun. i should post a map with the route and a description.

i'm planning to do the "high route" of on and off trail scrambling and passes this summer sometime, hitting the peaks and walking the granite up high. i'll post more details as i get more planning done and the trip gets closer.

some info on the "route" and amazing pictures at:

Edited by DaveT on 05/30/2008 16:05:17 MDT.