I have looked through the forum and come up with some interesting older threads about trail conditions on the JMT, but am wondering if anyone can make an educated guess about it now.
We put in on July 28 and will take it real easy, allowing 20+ days to complete the trek. Why? Because we want to.
The questions we have are:
1)With the heavy snowpack this year in the Sierra, and Mammoth Mountain rumbling about staying open until August - will the JMT be passable for a group of 3 that includes a member who will have celebrated his 70th birthday a couple weeks before we put in?
2) With the elevated snowpack levels, will crossings require a cord in August - or are we over thinking the situation?
We understand that the JMT is a Foot Super highway, but we need to consider the willingness to use cramp-ons and the ability to fight strong currents with a knee that has needed replacement for over a decade.
(If Rich is reading this, I apologize for exposing your weakness, but I worry!)
So... can anyone give a current assessment of the JMT and an educated guess as to what conditions might be like come August?