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David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
Snow Camping in the Sierra on 11/21/2010 18:44:18 MST Print View

The snow is here, and how!

I'm planning a snow trip for the weekend of Dec 11/12.

It's just a quick out-and-back at Pinecrest. I have a buddy who has never been and wants to give it a go. So Aspen Meadows near Pinecrest is an easy, safe, known-quantity.

I'm going to try out my new skis and Greg will be on snowshoes.

Anybody is welcome to come along.

Edited by davidlutz on 11/21/2010 18:45:36 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Snow Camping in the Sierra on 11/21/2010 19:44:26 MST Print View

What is that, three or four miles in?

Do you plan to camp on the surface or under the snow?

--B.G.--

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
snow camping on 11/21/2010 19:48:00 MST Print View

Aspen Meadow third time ? Don't want to try something new? I am sure even in that area we could find something else... are you up for suggestions from anyone or are you set?

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Snow Camping in the Sierra" on 11/21/2010 20:42:05 MST Print View

Yeah, three or four miles or so. Steady gradually uphill on the way in. Nice little walk with excellent campsites.

Kat - I know, third time. I'm not stuck on it and am open to suggestions.

It's just easy, safe and known. Plus, I'm too busy to research anyplace new.

Do you have any ideas?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Snow camping in the Sierras on 11/21/2010 20:59:57 MST Print View

Lake Thomas Edison

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Snow camping in the Sierras on 11/21/2010 21:04:30 MST Print View

Isn't the Kaiser Pass Road awfully difficult or closed in the winter?

It's no fun, even in the middle of the summer.

--B.G.--

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
suggestions? on 11/21/2010 21:07:56 MST Print View

Do you have any suggestions Bob?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Snow camping in the Sierras on 11/21/2010 21:09:47 MST Print View

I know Bob--Inside joke with David--That road is brutal in any season..

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: suggestions? on 11/21/2010 21:27:23 MST Print View

Inside Yosemite, perhaps?

Glacier Point Road, Badger Pass to Westfall Meadow. Or, Badger Pass to Dewey Point. Or, Badger Pass to Bridalveil Campground. Note that the road to Badger gets an R3 chain restriction if it snows.

Crane Flat to Crane Fire Lookout.

It kind of depends on where the snow is deep enough for skis or snowshoes.

--B.G.--

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
Jay - But isn't it.... on 11/21/2010 22:13:09 MST Print View

easier to get to Florence?

; ))

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Snow Camping in the Sierra's on 11/21/2010 22:19:24 MST Print View

It is if you don't like hiking. :)

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: Re: suggestions? on 11/21/2010 22:20:52 MST Print View

The view at Dewey Point is incredible payoff for a easy 3-4 mile jaunt. The Mariposa Grove is a great spot in the winter for a ski/snowshoe trip but its a bit of a drive for people coming from the bay.

If my schedule allows, I am interested in joining you Dave. I am open to anything.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE snow hike on 11/22/2010 23:27:37 MST Print View

I'm in depending how far we have to drive. David I wouldn't mind doing the whole trip we had to cut short last time, that was a nice little hike, all though some times STEEP! but fun, with great views and perfect snow.

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F - M

Locale: Armpit of California
RE snow trip on 11/22/2010 23:29:06 MST Print View

At David W. if we go lets car pool if we can time it right.

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
sierra snow on 11/23/2010 10:01:48 MST Print View

Just came back up the east side. LOTS of snow in the High Sierra, down to 4000'. More snow falling over the summit.

Be safe out there. Winter has arrived.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Need more ideas on 11/23/2010 12:02:18 MST Print View

I will be heading in the weekend before you guys are. I waiting to hear the ultimate Sierra Snowshoe trip!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Need more ideas on 11/23/2010 12:56:13 MST Print View

I've been snow camping in the Sierras for over 30 years, and I can tell you that one of the biggest problems is to find a safe place to park your car. In a few areas, there are Sno-Park lots. That requires a daily permit.

I've parked on the shoulder of a plowed road, off the pavement, and had my car completely buried by the snow plows to the point where it took an hour to dig out.

In the national parks, typically there are a few parking lots plowed out. Still, you need to carry at least one shovel per group, plus maybe have more in the car.

--B.G.--

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
+1 Bob, ice scrapers on 11/23/2010 12:57:47 MST Print View

+ 1 Bob. Also ice scrapers for the windows. Plus good to have shovels in your group - you may not be able to get into the car right away.

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Snow Camping in the Sierra" on 11/23/2010 18:29:12 MST Print View

Greg - Where are you going?

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Dewey Point on 11/28/2010 16:52:27 MST Print View

I just read up on Dewey point, and it does sound like a really nice snowshoe trip.