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Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
NorCal/Bay Area Memorial Day (Sierra) Ideas? on 05/22/2011 18:51:15 MDT Print View

Soooo… Memorial Day Brainstorming?

Might anyone know a good Sierra hike? Looking for (mostly) melted snow, 60-80 miles round-trip or yo-yo.

Trying to get away from the popular hiking highways without having a permit. Suggestions (non-Sierra as well) welcome.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: NorCal/Bay Area Memorial Day (Sierra) Ideas? on 05/22/2011 19:13:12 MDT Print View

"Looking for (mostly) melted snow"

Maybe on the sea coast.

It doesn't look good for the High Sierra.

--B.G.--

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
Re: Re: NorCal/Bay Area Memorial Day (Sierra) Ideas? on 05/22/2011 19:33:13 MDT Print View

Yeah Bob. I certainly didn't have anything from my repertoire, but here's to hoping someone 'round these parts has an idea.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: NorCal/Bay Area Memorial Day (Sierra) Ideas? on 05/22/2011 19:55:44 MDT Print View

This isn't in the Sierra Nevada, but you can always head to Death Valley. There are no quotas or required permits. If the weather is hot, you head up higher into the mountain ranges that surround the desert. If the weather is cold, you had down lower toward the desert.

The good news and the bad news. The good news is that it is relatively flat along the desert floor, and you can pick out some sand dunes if you need more up and down. The bad news is that loose sand can be very difficult to walk in. That's why I prefer the mountain ranges. You can get by with very little shelter, right up until a sand storm blows in. Then you will want whatever you can lay your hands on.

--B.G.--

Chris Erwin
(cerwin22) - F
Good Luck on 05/24/2011 16:38:04 MDT Print View

There's still 6 inches in Truckee.. Good Luck... Have to wait till end of June at least for any good spots to be open above 7000/7500 feet