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James VanDeVelde
(vandevej) - M

Locale: Central California
High Sierra Trail Late July on 04/26/2011 21:11:29 MDT Print View

Planning a west to east trip over Whitney on HST July 23rd. Given such a heavy snow year, will crampons and ice axe be advisable for the trail up Whitney? I know it's best guess I'm asking for. I'm already leaning toward tent and planning for lots of water crossings based on what I see on the map...would appreciate insights from this who've been on the trail before

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: High Sierra Trail Late July on 04/26/2011 21:27:57 MDT Print View

That section of trail around Whitney will be very well traveled. There will be some long snow patches, but there will be a muddy foot track trough it all. The very most that you would need would be one trekking pole and some microspikes on your boots.

There will be one snow patch just a few hundred vertical feet below the summit. Then there will be one long snow patch just east of Trail Crest, and the trail will criss-cross that one for about 15 switchbacks down. There is generally some ice along the railing when you are halfway down the switchbacks.

--B.G.--

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: High Sierra Trail Late July on 04/27/2011 20:00:53 MDT Print View

"planning for lots of water crossings based on what I see on the map...would appreciate insights from this who've been on the trail before"

This has been a very heavy snow year and, if there is not an unusually hot spring to melt the snow down early, your most difficult crossing is probably going to be Wright Creek about halfway between Junction Meadow and the JMT. I've been there in August with moderately high water and was very glad it was not any higher. The creek cascades down across the trail through a slot in a cliff and the hillside on the other side of the trail is quite steep. There are not a lot of good options for going up or downstream to find a better place to cross. If the stream flows are still running exceptionally high in late July, I would advise checking with the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center in Lone Pine (telephone 1-760-876-6200) for the latest information on stream flows before making final route plans.

James VanDeVelde
(vandevej) - M

Locale: Central California
RE: HST on 04/27/2011 21:37:12 MDT Print View

Thanks for the input guys!

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
re: HST Late July on 04/27/2011 22:01:03 MDT Print View

Good questions, James... I'm 6 days behind you.

James VanDeVelde
(vandevej) - M

Locale: Central California
HST on 04/27/2011 22:11:02 MDT Print View

Great Aaron, I'll try to remember to leave a message for you at the summit log!

Kevin Cody
(codycolor2) - F

Locale: Los Padres NF
Permits? on 07/05/2011 12:14:50 MDT Print View

How far in advance do you typically need permits to do the HST? A friend and I would like to do it August/September. Thanks in advance