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Sean Walashek
(caraz) - F

Locale: bay area
Rae Lakes Loop, too late? on 10/14/2009 00:02:48 MDT Print View

Is it too late in the year to squeeze this trip in? Wanted to leave tomorrow but this new weather system is throwing me off. Can I make it this year?

Thanks,

Sean

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
snow. on 10/14/2009 09:46:01 MDT Print View

someone else would know better, but i imagine there's a good amount of soft, fresh snow up at the higher elevations. if it's a foot, probably fine; if it's three feet, i wouldn't be out there.

i, for one, have finished my high sierra season.

Lori Pontious
(lori999)

Locale: Central Valley
snow, snow, snow on 10/14/2009 09:54:17 MDT Print View

I'd guess we're done with high elevations unless serious 4 season camping is the plan.

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Lots of Snow on 10/14/2009 12:33:30 MDT Print View

If Mammoth Mountain is any indication they say they have 3-4 feet from mid-mountain to the top. Even with rain at higher elevations I would imagine there is a few feet of snow on the passes.

Lori Pontious
(lori999)

Locale: Central Valley
re: snow on 10/14/2009 12:35:53 MDT Print View

I could upload a picture of the Sierras - just drove over to drop a load of boxes at my new place and there's a pretty white blanket over most of the ridges and peaks. The weather's clearing early, it's quite beautiful even from the valley with all the clouds hugging some of the mountains.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Rae Lakes Loop, too late? on 10/14/2009 13:11:12 MDT Print View

The snow level increased progressively during the storm, but seemed to stall at 9k, at least in the northern Sierra. It would be prudent to anticipate feet of fresh snow at 10k and above, a lot of which will be there until next summer.

Plan B? There's still plenty of subalpine hiking to be done, and the dust will be history :-)

Cheers,

Rick

Leor Pantilat
(pantilat) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Rae Lakes on 10/26/2009 16:49:48 MDT Print View

I did the loop on October 24th in 12 hrs, 31 mins. It was 90% snow covered from Charlotte Lake junction to Rae Lakes and 60% snow from Rae Lakes to below Dollar Lake. The snow on the north side of Glen Pass had an icy crust with powdery snow underneath resulting in postholing knee deep (energy and time consuming). Otherwise, the snowcapped peaks were a spectacular sight. I'll link to a complete trip report soon, but here is a video link:

http://vimeo.com/7272780

Christopher Mills
(Hiker816) - MLife

Locale: Denver
Re: Rae Lakes on 10/27/2009 11:14:43 MDT Print View

"I did the loop on October 24th in 12 hrs, 31 mins."

Nice video. I like your others, too. 12 and a half hours is pretty quick, particularly with postholing. What did you do for food, and what kind of pack did you use?

Leor Pantilat
(pantilat) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Rae Lakes Loop on 10/28/2009 17:56:21 MDT Print View

Thanks!

Complete trip report with splits and many photos:
http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=917823


Here is some info about what I used.

Backpack: I used the Deuter Futura 25 to carry all the extra warm clothing I brought (pants and jacket) and didn't really have to use. I typically use the Ultimate Direction Wasp on adventure runs.

Food: Powerbars, Gels, ShotBloks, SaltStick electrolyte capsules

Footwear: La Sportiva Fireblade

Headlamp: First time using the Petzl Myo RXP. While heavier, they provide ample light to run comfortably on rough trails at night.

I brought Kahtoola Microspikes and they turned out to be extremely helpful on the descent from Glen Pass.