2017 Current snow conditions for E. Sierra

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Sphinx Col, Cinder Col, Longley Pass 8/25-8/26

Post by tomba » Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:40 pm

Not East Sierra, but this thread seems to be the place to report all snow conditions in High Sierra this year.

Sphinx Col: A minor snow field, easy to cross.
Cinder Col: A steeper snow, almost a cornice, blocks the actual saddle. Easy to cross between the two small lakes on the pass instead, crossing a gentle snow field beyond them.
South Guard Lake: An annoying snow field on SE side, OK to cross (had only trekking poles and minimalist shoes, crossed late afternoon). Better not to try to go around W side - steep snow overhanging the lake.
Longley Pass: An impressive cornice, but easy to bypass at south end. Then, walk below the cornice towards the north end before descending east.

Link to the map of this area.

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Longley Pass cornice bypass:
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Re: 2017 Current snow conditions for E. Sierra

Post by cgundersen » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:30 am

Wow! That's the best snowpack I've seen on Longley. Well, other folks on this site may have encountered taller, more-ominous versions, but that top shot really looks daunting. Yes, the lower shot puts it in perspective, but I could imagine being a little nervous on the approach. Very cool!

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Re: 2017 Current snow conditions for E. Sierra

Post by texan » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:33 pm

That is a impressive cornice especially for the last week in August. Thanks for sharing the pics.


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Re: 2017 Current snow conditions for E. Sierra

Post by Harlen » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:44 pm

Hey Tomba,

Thanks for the great photos! It looks like you had a really nice alpine flower garden up there too. I have been turned around by the cornice at Longley; I guess it catches a lot snow from the west. Great post.

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