Into the sierras already, or too early?
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Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Into the sierras already, or too early? on 05/23/2012 10:46:54 MDT Print View

hey all
So for some RANDOM reason I have next week off work, and figured what better way to spend it, than to g backpacking for 5 or 6 days. I was thinking of getting up into the high country if I can. I know it was a SUPER low snow season, and wondering if you think any places may already be accessible? Has anyone been out yet? Locations? Snow reports?

THANKS!!
Dan

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Into the sierras already, or too early? on 05/23/2012 11:44:11 MDT Print View

Altitude, location???? Skill set if you encounter snow?

Don Amundson
(amrowinc) - M

Locale: Southern California
Into the sierras already, or too early? on 05/23/2012 12:07:29 MDT Print View

Here is a recent report for the Donohue Pass area.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/johnmuirtrail/message/22870

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
skill level on 05/23/2012 12:15:04 MDT Print View

Ken
I am flexible....would like to get up to at least 7,000ft. I would consider myself a very skilled three season backpacker, and can handle snow; however I seem to have misplaced my crampons and ice axe....so minimal snow would be better.

Location is flexible too...anywhere from Yosemite down towards Kings Canyon.

Edited by highsierraguy on 05/23/2012 12:15:49 MDT.

John Jensen
(JohnJ) - F

Locale: Orange County, CA
Yosemite on 05/23/2012 12:58:01 MDT Print View

FWIW, here is the view on 5/20 from Taft point, across Yosemite Valley, at Yosemite Falls and the land behind:Yosemite from Taft Point on 5.20.2012

jeffrey armbruster
(book) - M

Locale: Northern California
"Into the sierras already, or too early?" on 05/23/2012 13:32:06 MDT Print View

I was at Merced lake--7200 feet--a month ago. No snow going in. Then I hiked on a south facing set of switchbacks to 9000 feet--not much snow. fwiw.

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
lookin good on 05/23/2012 13:41:40 MDT Print View

Thanks for the all the replies...it looks like most of the high country is open and accessible!

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Emigrant Wilderness on 05/23/2012 13:59:12 MDT Print View

Anyone have any trip suggestions for the Emigrant Wilderness. Looking around the Pine Valley Trail Head area, or maybe out of the Cherry Lake area, OR...any other spots around there you recommend?

looking for a 2,3 or 4 night trip doing about 7-10 miles/day and hopefully staying at lakes for some fishing.

Any ideas?

chris Nelson
(Nel250)

Locale: San Francisco
Re: Emigrant Wilderness on 05/23/2012 16:28:35 MDT Print View

Hey Dan

I'm heading up to Emigrant this weekend. I just got of the phone with a ranger at Summit Ranger Station and they just opened the road to Crabtree trail head. He said snow is very light. Maybe some at higher elevations but they get most of their info from backpackers hiking out. Sense they just opened the road nobody has been too deep.

Check our this thread for some other reports

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=63248&skip_to_post=548934#548934

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Still snow in the north on 05/23/2012 19:42:11 MDT Print View

I was up to Spanish Peak in the Buck's Lake Wilderness last weekend, cowboy camped on the concrete slab that was part of the fire lookout. The last 40% of the trail in from Bucks Summit had 1' - 2' or so of snow still, more the last bit up on the old road to the peak. It'll be a few more weeks before that melts off. No trees across the trail. Only about 5 miles or so from home in MV.
Duane

Dan Magdoff
(highsierraguy) - F

Locale: Northern California
Thanks on 05/23/2012 22:49:54 MDT Print View

Duane, thats just what I was looking for! I think I am gonna head up into the Buck Lakes area. Have you ever been to Rosasco Lake? It doesnt look like there is a trail to it, but looks easy enough to get to. Any other spots in that general area you recommend?

Erik Dietz
(erikdtz)

Locale: Los Angeles
Emigrant Wilderness on 05/24/2012 00:13:01 MDT Print View

Chris, I'm heading up this weekend as well. Which trail head are you leaving from?

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Buck's Lake Wilderness not Buck Lake on 05/24/2012 11:29:58 MDT Print View

I've been into Emigrant Wilderness a few times, and I've been to many of the lakes. You may also have me confused with the post on the Emigrant Wilderness.
Duane

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Emigrant on 05/24/2012 11:41:28 MDT Print View

I was just there last weekend, up on Kibbie Ridge. There was no snow anywhere, except for a very small patch on the north facing side of Mercur Peak at 8100'. There were some giant swarms of mosquitos at Many Island Lake, though they were not biting yet. I expect they will be pretty bad either this weekend or in the next few weeks. Bring yer deet!

Andrew

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Emigrant on 05/25/2012 04:42:03 MDT Print View

"I was just there last weekend, up on Kibbie Ridge."

Apparently some guy was camped at Kibbie Lake sometime around May 19 and got lost. SAR teams from several counties were sent to Hetch Hetchy by land, and then helicoptered in to a strike camp near Kibbie Lake. By May 21, they had rescued him five miles away from Kibbie Lake, so the helicopter was ferrying all of the teams and equipment back out to the dam. I was in the Hetch Hetchy Valley until May 24, and there were zero bugs. Very mild weather. No venomous snakes seen. Only gopher snakes on the trails.

--B.G.--

Edited by --B.G.-- on 05/25/2012 05:25:44 MDT.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Fresh snow on 05/25/2012 09:07:00 MDT Print View

A little fresh snow in the mountains, viewed just a few miles away from work.
Duane

Brian Raap
(braap) - F

Locale: Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Emigrant on 05/25/2012 10:48:49 MDT Print View

Bob, must have just missed you! My dad and I did the Rancheria Falls-Lake Vernon loop out of Hetch Hetchy starting 5/21. We saw two rattlers. One about 25 yards after the tunnel and another near Tlltill Valley. There was only small patches of snow above 7500', and only on the north-facing wooded slopes.

We also day-hiked the PCT from Tuolumne Meadows down to Glen Aulin camp yesterday. Again, only a few patches of snow here and there in the shade.

Andrew F
(andrew.f) - F - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Emigrant on 05/25/2012 11:50:48 MDT Print View

Bob, yep, I heard the chopper on my way out on Sunday. I actually saw the guy at Kibbie Lake shortly after he went missing. I gave all the relevant info to the ranger who was stationed at the trailhead. I am glad that they found him.

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Emigrant on 05/25/2012 12:23:10 MDT Print View

"I heard the chopper on my way out on Sunday."

Some of us were in the Hetch Hetchy campground on Monday afternoon, and the helipad was almost within rock-throwing range of us, so we saw lots of activity. It reminded me of the beach scene from Apocalypse Now. I kept expecting Robert Duvall to pop up and say, "Oh, how I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

You know, if a guy gets lost overnight, it is kind of a risky thing if the nights are cold. But if he got lost for just a few hours, it is more of a good thing.

--B.G.--

chris Nelson
(Nel250)

Locale: San Francisco
Re: Emigrant Wilderness on 05/25/2012 13:20:27 MDT Print View

Erik

We are leaving from Crabtree heading toward Emigrant Lake making a loop.
What about you?