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Anita Slater
(Iamabugru2) - F
Mid June Backpacking Trip Suggestions on 05/10/2011 15:45:30 MDT Print View

Help! Due to work constrictions (forced to take time off), my husband and I want to do a mid-June Backpacking Trip 4-5 days. Don't have a real choice in dates. I know under normal conditions that can be rough. We are moderate level hikers. I have been looking into the south Sierras trips, like Rae Loops but skipping the loop part part if not passable. We would be heading out from the Bay Area.

Also wondering about the Trinity Alps, any suggestions or comments for Mid=June?

Thought of Lost Coast too, but I think in June it will be mostly fog.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Mid June Backpacking Trip Suggestions on 05/10/2011 15:55:56 MDT Print View

Mid June in the Sierras might be tough, especially if you don't have ice ax and cramp on skills going over Glen Pass....I would settle for something a tad lower or the Lost Coast

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Mid June Backpacking Trip Suggestions on 05/10/2011 16:06:36 MDT Print View

"I would settle for something a tad lower or the Lost Coast"

Some people just returned from there, and they said that it had a lot of trail-thrashing. They said that the flowers and scenery were great, but it was much rougher than they expected.

Here is a weird suggestion: Lassen Volcanic National Park... the lower elevation parts.

--B.G.--

Anita Slater
(Iamabugru2) - F
Where was the trail thrashing? on 05/10/2011 18:12:24 MDT Print View

Did you mean the Lost Coast had the Trail thrashing? I have heard mixed reviews on the Lost Coast. I want to see it but I think June it could be socked in Fog so it makes for wet damp hiking the whole time. I think this month of May is when it is stellar.

Lassen? I haven't done much research about any hikes there? Any come to mind off the top of your head?

And Trinity Alps? I have heard good things (just general) but not sure how June would be there? I thought it could be a good compromise of not getting into the sierras.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Where was the trail thrashing? on 05/10/2011 20:11:13 MDT Print View

I can't say about the Lost Coast since I wasn't there. A guy just reported on his trip from this past weekend. Apparently the trails through the brush are not officially maintained, and the unofficial maintenance is spotty. There was some talk about a local group that might need to adopt it and do maintenance.

Lassen is kind of a neat park if you like volcanoes and sulfur fumaroles. I don't know when they will plow out the snow from the park road, so attempting to get high up the peak would be doubtful this year. However, there are some good low elevation parts of the park, especially the northeast. I haven't heard any reports from that park yet this year because of the snow.

--B.G.--

Justin Reigle
(jreigle) - F - M

Locale: SF Bay area
RE: Trinity Alps on 05/11/2011 13:43:55 MDT Print View

If you go there mid-June, I expect you will find plenty of lovely creek-side destinations, but most of the lakes and trails over the ridges could still be under a fair bit of snow. Higher meadows will likely be patchy snow and very soggy. You can keep an eye on the road and trail report the rangers soon begin putting out - it's issued weekly and will likely begin for the season in a few weeks.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Lost Coast in June on 05/11/2011 14:17:17 MDT Print View

You probably won't see any fog. Not to say it's impossible. We just don't get as much as we did here 10-15 years ago. Could be warm and lovely. No problems with the coastal trail itself. It is true that the inland trails are in poor shape though.
Trinities had a big snowy winter this year. June could be possible for some of the lower elevation hikes but you could be pushing your luck for access. Depends on how fast it warms up in the next six weeks or so.
Russian Wilderness is lower in elevation, and no crowds.

Justin Reigle
(jreigle) - F - M

Locale: SF Bay area
RE: Russians on 05/11/2011 16:01:29 MDT Print View

+1 to the Russians, Ken. Looking at some snow sensors and comparing to last year (SCT, SHM, MB3 are the ones I refer to), despite the heavy snowpack things are so far melting quite a bit more rapidly than last year.

Paul Locasio
(plocasio) - F
Domeland Wilderness/Rockhouse Basin on 05/16/2011 07:54:20 MDT Print View

You might want to consider hiking south from Kennedy Meadows into the Domeland Wilderness. Not used very much. No permits/no fees. PCT skirts east boundary. Cameras views: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx/cameras.php (Go to last 4 cameras from Bald Mountain) I have this as a backup plan in case of too much snow in Little Lakes Valley.