Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

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Re: Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

Post by Talimon » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:53 am

maverick wrote:Just got a PM from a member who was in the Silver Divide and said that
the mosquitoes "were just getting going", and about snow he wrote "we
were pleasantly surprised by the relatively high snow coverage".
You may want to rethink your timing, especially if your wife hates mosquitoes
Talimon.
Any recommendations on alternatives, within the scope of the original post? (4-5 days, ~35-40 miles, mostly on trail). Our driving route is such that the Yosemite area would work for us (including Hoover). Perhaps some lower elevation options in Yosemite would be dry enough to be past the mosquito wave.








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Re: Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:14 pm

Hard to recommend at the moment because it seems we are close to the height
in some areas and other have yet to peak, otherwise it is a roll of the dice.
The 3 reports we have gotten in the Yosemite areas are between 3-4. Call
Bridgeport to find out about current backcountry conditions (mosquitoes).
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I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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Re: Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

Post by cvr » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:26 pm

maverick wrote:Definitely Peter Pande Lake, Annie, and the Minnie Lake this great area, not to say
Ram isn't good, but this area of the Silver Divide is outstanding.
I will second what Maverick says above, as well as recommend Wilbur May Lake relatively near by. Regarding Ram Lake, it's nice, but IMO, not outstanding. I actually enjoyed the cross-country route from Virginia to Ram, and the basins above Ram on the way, more then Ram itself.

The Silver Divide is truly great area. A place I can absolutely recommend in the area is Hortense Lake. It's an easy cross-country up the ridge following the lake's outlet stream. It sits in a beautiful granite bowl that you will likely have all to yourselves. Really nice.

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Re: Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

Post by lensman137 » Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:45 pm

Ditto to the above recommendation. But you will NOT beat the skeets any time in June. They will devour you. If at all possible, try to delay it another two or three weeks. It's really a bummer to go through all the planning and effort and then be destroyed by skeets and have to bail out early on a trip. Been there, done that, too many times. [-(

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Re: Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

Post by cahikr » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:50 am

I was through that area last year at this time and there was no snow and very few skeeters surprisingly. But every year is different.

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Re: Trip Advice: Duck Pass to Devils Postpile (5 days)

Post by Talimon » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:07 am

cahikr wrote:I was through that area last year at this time and there was no snow and very few skeeters surprisingly. But every year is different.
That was my experience last year at similar elevations, but I sense this year there was a late storm.

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