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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:05 pm
by c9h13no3
Forget the snowshoes, especially June 27th. At that point, the snow is consolidated enough you don't need floatation. And the snow will be mega-sun cupped, so it won't be pleasant to snowshoe anyways. If you wanna snow shoe, do it in mid-May.

Crabtree trailhead is right by Dodge Ridge ski resort, which is open all year.

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Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 4:28 pm
by rightstar76
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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:10 pm
by dustybottoms21
Ok good to know, C9. Thanks.

rightstar, I'll keep this one in mind. I found a short youtube backpacking video and it looks pretty cool. But at the end of the day, I'm REALLY hoping we can stick with the original plan in SEKI.

Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:22 am
by dustybottoms21
Our permit application has officially been submitted \:D/

We went with June 20th-23rd in the Sugarloaf, Belle Canyon areas.

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Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:20 am
by rightstar76
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Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:01 pm
by paul
If you did end up bailing to Emigrant, you should be able to get to Crabtree. It is relatively low. Stream crossings may still be an issue on that route. Gianelli is a better bet as far as the streams, and I generally prefer it all around, but it's possible that might not be open, as it is higher. There is a snow survey measuring location and a remote sensor right near the Gianelli trailhead, at Gianelli Meadow. Snow depth was measured March 1st there at 161 inches - 13 1/2 feet. Since then, the sensor shows 10 more inches of water content, which could be anything from 2 to 6 feet more snow, depending on density.
There isa also a station closer to Crabtree trailhead, but a little lower than the trailhead (Bell Meadow). That was 86 inches of snow on March 1st. No sensor there, so can't tell how much more they have. But you can see that if Crabtree is about halfway between the two stations, elevation-wise, then the snowpack is likely to be about halfway between also, since they are all close together. So, several feet less snow at Crabtree, and at a lower elevation it will be clear much earlier.

Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:07 am
by dustybottoms21
Great. So did I just go from worrying about the snow to now worrying about the amount of skeeters we’ll be dealing with?

I guess first we need our permits which we still haven’t heard back on yet.

Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:13 am
by c9h13no3
dustybottoms21 wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:07 am
Great. So did I just go from worrying about the snow to now worrying about the amount of skeeters we’ll be dealing with?
Always something to worry about. Snow, skeeters. And even when the conditions are good, you'll worry about it being too crowded.

Re: Backpacking SEKI in June

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:40 am
by Wandering Daisy
You are over-thinking your trip. Relax! :p

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Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:05 pm
by rightstar76
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