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Snow conditions in Desolation/Yosemite?
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Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Snow conditions in Desolation/Yosemite? on 07/12/2010 14:23:16 MDT Print View

I have two trips coming up. Anyone know the current snow levels at Desolation Wilderness/Tahoe area? How about the Yosemite high country? What elevation has the snow melted to? (North side versus south side slopes.) And how are the mosquitoes? Thanks!

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Snow conditions in Desolation/Yosemite? on 07/12/2010 14:33:00 MDT Print View

Hi Elizabeth,

Desolation should be open, just to June rather than typical July conditions. I'd expect all trails to be clear by now. I was on Ralston Peak two weekends ago and there were still big snowfields on north-facing slopes, but it's been quite hot since then.

Wildflowers should be great, and that generally means lots of mosquitoes too. Nevertheless I'm headed back up there this weekend.

I'll defer to others on Yosemite.



Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Desolation report. Anything on Yosemite yet? on 07/15/2010 11:36:06 MDT Print View

Quite of a bit of flowing water up there now (Desolation Wilderness), and a healthy dose of mosquitoes.

Snow is thick above ~8200 feet on north-facing slopes, but is absent on the south-facing slopes. I'm told the south-facing trail up Pyramid Peak is now clear all the way to the top (9900 feet).

Still wanting to hear about Yosemite high country...