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Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Trinity Alps in June? on 05/03/2010 14:46:40 MDT Print View

Hey all!
I am trying to put together a week or so backpacking trip in June...and I wana try to get into some higher elevations. I was originally gonna head out of Reds Meadows...but I think in mid June it is still gonna be snowed in at 9,000 and 10,000ft and impassable. SO....I was thinking of heading north into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. What do you think...would that be a good place to go at that time of year? I was thinking of heading up Suarts fork to saphire, Emerald, Mirror and Caribu Lakes. Any tips, ideas, thoughts? Anything would be greatly appreciated!
THANKS!

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Trinity Alps on 05/03/2010 15:24:08 MDT Print View

We did Thompson Peak from Hobo Gulch early Oct. last year. Thats the place to go if you want to get high.

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Trinity Alps in June? on 05/03/2010 15:42:17 MDT Print View

Can anyone comment on snow in the Trinities, and when they think it will be suitable for backpacking this spring?

--MV

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Snow in the Trinity Alps on 05/03/2010 18:11:25 MDT Print View

Last week there was still over four feet of snow on the ground at 4500 feet or so. Has not been very warm or sunny so far. Raining again today. Check this link weekly for the most updated information


http://fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5154861.pdf

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Snow in the Trinity Alps on 05/03/2010 18:47:25 MDT Print View

Ken,

Very nice. I especially liked his discussion of why it can be bad to have fires in certain places, even if there is no fire danger and even if there appears to be enough wood. His explanation was among the clearest I have seen.

--MV

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
trinity alps on 05/03/2010 19:24:29 MDT Print View

Ya...I expected quite a bit of snow still...its pretty early. But I am thinking that by mid June...most should be melted...at least enough to be passable. Where I am looking, the tallest peak doesnt even reach 9,000ft...so I think it should all be low enough to be melted by then. Anyone been in that area in early or mid June?

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
trail report on 05/03/2010 19:26:02 MDT Print View

what website is that trail report from? it just gave me the PDF of the one report...id love to go back to check that site periodically for updates. How often do they update?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Trinity Alps website on 05/03/2010 20:44:20 MDT Print View

Sorry about that. It's the USDA website for Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It's updated weekly more or less. Here you go.

http://fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTn0AjAwjQL8h2VAQAlanblA!!/?ss=110514&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=FSE_003741&navid=110000000000000&pnavid=null&position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ttype=recmain&pname=Shasta-Trinity%20National%20Forest-%20Recreation

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
trail report on 05/03/2010 21:29:24 MDT Print View

Thanks man!

Jim Carr
(jcarr) - F

Locale: Humboldt County
snow on 05/04/2010 14:11:10 MDT Print View

There is 137.6 inches of snow at Shimmy Lake at 6400 feet. Here is the web site for snow conditions

http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/queryF?s=shm