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Rodgers creek safe to cross in early season?
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Chris .
(cwb) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Rodgers creek safe to cross in early season? on 03/20/2014 09:54:01 MDT Print View

I got a call from the Yosemite ranger station yesterday saying that they were not going to approve my permit for the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne for late June because they said Rodgers Creek may be impassable that early in the season. Based on the snowpack, I am having a hard time believing that will be the case, but having never set eyes on this particular spot before, I am leery of telling the ranger I will be ok. I will be taking my less experienced 12 year old on this hike and am concerned that we may have to turn back. Anyone with experience crossing Rodgers Creek about this time of year in a low snow summer?

Art ...
(asandh) - F
Re: Rodgers creek safe to cross in early season? on 03/20/2014 10:26:58 MDT Print View

your personal safety is one thing.
your 12 year olds safety is quite another.

Paul Wagner
(balzaccom) - F

Locale: Wine Country
It doesn't matter on 03/20/2014 11:11:35 MDT Print View

No experience in other years will really tell you exactly what to expect this year. Just remember that you don't have to cross the creek, ever.

And more people die in the creeks and rivers in Yosemite than all other causes put together.

One possibility---you'll find a great fat tree across the creek within 10 feet of the trail and just waltz across. Another possibility--you'll find the creek roaring, and deep enough that you can't tell how deep it is. You'll turn around and go back the way you came.

We've done both.

And anything in between is possible.

Edited by balzaccom on 03/20/2014 11:12:19 MDT.

Katy Anderson
(KatyAnderson) - F
no bridge on 03/20/2014 18:31:05 MDT Print View

I think most of the creeks along this route used to be bridged. Return Creek still is but it sounds like the bridges for Rodgers and Register Creeks have washed away.

safety on 03/20/2014 19:02:18 MDT Print View

It is easy to kill oneself in Yosemite with little difficulty.

If the rangers are preventing you from doing something that they believe is unsafe, they are likely doing you a favor.

If you havent read "Death in Yosemite", its a good way to learn from the mistakes of others.

Edited by livingontheroad on 03/20/2014 19:03:01 MDT.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
My two cents on 03/20/2014 19:59:23 MDT Print View

I did this hike in a higher snow year MUCH earlier in the year. Late June in not exactly early season. I would call BS in my case. Your case with a 12 yo may be different. My standard tends to be.... If you have to ask the question then you probably know the answer.