Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by Mike M. » Thu May 01, 2014 4:53 pm

What would the conditions be like for going up the river trail to thousand island lake and surrounding area for 3 nights backpacking on memorial weekend? Lots of snow or little snow? Snow shoes or micro spikes? When does the road open down to reds meadow? Thanks
Assuming you can get to the trailhead, my guess is that you'd be good to go Memorial Day weekend. Expect snow above 10,000 feet, with patches of snow lower down in areas that don't receive full sun. Also, expect high water in creeks. Regarding snowshoes, I wouldn't bother -- they aren't much use in the kind of snow you're likely to encounter. If I were you, I'd give it a try and come prepared to improvise. Any snow you do come across will slow you down considerably.

I did the Rae Lakes loop counter clockwise from Cedar Grove in the first week of June 1977 (another very dry year) and we had a blast. Glen Pass had a lot of snow but we slept on bare ground at Rae Lakes. Dragon Lake was just beginning to melt. We dayhiked into 60 Lakes Basin and detoured up to Baxter Lake on the way back to Cedar Grove.

Four weeks out, it's anybody's guess what kind of conditions you will come across. Bottom line: if you've got the time, you'll be able to find an area accessible from the east side that will give you the Sierra fix you crave.

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by Beantown » Thu May 01, 2014 6:03 pm

Mike M. wrote:
What would the conditions be like for going up the river trail to thousand island lake and surrounding area for 3 nights backpacking on memorial weekend? Lots of snow or little snow? Snow shoes or micro spikes? When does the road open down to reds meadow? Thanks
Assuming you can get to the trailhead, my guess is that you'd be good to go Memorial Day weekend. Expect snow above 10,000 feet, with patches of snow lower down in areas that don't receive full sun. Also, expect high water in creeks. Regarding snowshoes, I wouldn't bother -- they aren't much use in the kind of snow you're likely to encounter. If I were you, I'd give it a try and come prepared to improvise. Any snow you do come across will slow you down considerably.

I did the Rae Lakes loop counter clockwise from Cedar Grove in the first week of June 1977 (another very dry year) and we had a blast. Glen Pass had a lot of snow but we slept on bare ground at Rae Lakes. Dragon Lake was just beginning to melt. We dayhiked into 60 Lakes Basin and detoured up to Baxter Lake on the way back to Cedar Grove.

Four weeks out, it's anybody's guess what kind of conditions you will come across. Bottom line: if you've got the time, you'll be able to find an area accessible from the east side that will give you the Sierra fix you crave.

Mike
Thanks. If it were me alone I wouldn't worry about the snow. It's the fiancé lol! Past 2 year we backpacked on memorial weekend, up to summit lake and blossom lakes out of mountain home demonstration. Looking to switch it up this year.

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by tim » Thu May 01, 2014 11:09 pm

I was planning an out and back from Reds Meadow to Iva Bell hot springs over Memorial Day weekend. Looks like I won't be able to go now, but it's a good 3 day option if you want to avoid the snow.

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by Tarun » Sun May 04, 2014 1:37 pm

We are headed too ! Looks like we got to look for Plan B

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Post by maverick » Mon May 05, 2014 1:41 pm

Tarun wrote:
We are headed too ! Looks like we got to look for Plan B
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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by abhijitaparadh » Tue May 06, 2014 1:26 pm

We also were thinking of the same, I called up Mammoth ranger station and the ranger said that we will hit snow even if we take PCT on memorial day weekend. Mammoth area has received some late snow this year.

Hence dropped the idea and going to SEKI instead.

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by Tarun » Sun May 11, 2014 11:28 pm

I visited Mammoth Lakes yesterday and ranger said roads to meadows are likely to open on May 17th.

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by cahikr » Mon May 12, 2014 9:49 am

I too have plans to hike up to 1000 isle via the pct with a jmt return out of Agnew meadows Memorial weekend.Got turned back on the trail to Mt. Charelston Nv. this past weekend due to sketchy snow near the summit. I will be keeping a eye on this topic.

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by rokubota » Thu May 15, 2014 8:48 am

Hello Mark - we are planning for a trip over the Duck Pass for the last week of this month. Do you have an advice on the trail condition? (my applogies if I should've opened another thread - I'm a newbie here and it'll take a bit to get used to..)?

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Re: Thousand island lake backpacking memorial weekend

Post by markskor » Thu May 15, 2014 9:21 am

Everything here is melting rapidly -
In the shade/trees, the snow line is currently around 9500 - 10,000 feet - still icy in the mornings but "posthole-ably" nasty afternoons. Lakes at 10,000 are now giving it up, begrudgingly - opening up very soon.
However, as it is 73º here today...same till Saturday...(You cannot believe how nice it is...no wind too), I give it a week and most of all Sierra should be wide open if exposed.
Go out now! Looks like a good Sierra week.
Warning...Expecting a front (maybe heavy snow too) late next week - just in time for the holidays.

It might be bone-dry later on, but by June 1, perfect Sierra hiking conditions...no Mosquitoes yet either.
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