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Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
PCT snow conditions? on 07/20/2010 20:15:09 MDT Print View

Has anyone hiked the PCT South of Carson Pass? I'm curious about snow on the switchbacks descending the East face of Elephant Back.

What about the PCT North from Sonora Pass?

Looking to guide a couple of trips in the area and want to know conditions.

Thanks,

Red Leader

Edited by redleader on 07/20/2010 20:15:52 MDT.

Jason Lande
(jtlande) - F
PCT... on 07/20/2010 20:26:53 MDT Print View

I just finished a trip last weekend from Echo Lake south to Sonora Pass. The worst of the snow we encountered was on Elephant Back: http://photos.landeland.com/4753685#imageID=105175279 . There were also a handful of smaller snow drifts to walk over from the Carson valley up to Sonora Pass. A pair of trekking poles (or a pair shared between folks) are highly recommended for these sections.

/jason

Edited by jtlande on 07/20/2010 21:49:50 MDT.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: PCT... on 07/20/2010 22:07:06 MDT Print View

Jason,

Thanks for the timely reply. Perhaps the snow will be less an issue by our August 5 start.

How was the snow on the North face of Raymond Peak? In 1995 (another heavy snow year)we had to climb across a gully, below the trail, to get past an ice dam that completely blocked the trail.