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Where to day hike in October

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:39 pm
by BardoPond
I have a few weeks off and I'd love to get back to the Sierra for more hiking this year.
Last year I was able to do a lot in October (Yosemite, Eastern Sierra) and November (Emigrant Wilderness, Sonora Pass).
Wondering if this year is similar or whether options are more limited. Any tips?

Re: Where to day hike in October

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:44 pm
by c9h13no3
BardoPond wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:39 pm
I have a few weeks off and I'd love to get back to the Sierra for more hiking this year.
Last year I was able to do a lot in October (Yosemite, Eastern Sierra) and November (Emigrant Wilderness, Sonora Pass).
Wondering if this year is similar or whether options are more limited. Any tips?
Californiafallcolor.com is the first place to look. Generally any canyon on the east side of the range will have some aspens in them. The higher the elevation, the earlier in the season the leaves turn.

Climbing weather is usually pretty nice in October as well. A light jacket and some warm rocks make things pretty pleasant. And the dry & dead vegetation looks fine from 2000 feet up.

November is a good time for ice climbing :p, but by that point I'm usually looking to stay low in elevation and wait for it to snow. Course, places like Yosemite Valley are low enough that you can keep things pleasant.

Re: Where to day hike in October

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:28 pm
by bobby49
There is a wildfire along Highway 140 just west of Yosemite. So, figure that smoke will foul up things downwind from there.

Also, this is the season when an early winter storm will cause the high mountain passes to close in a hurry.

Re: Where to day hike in October

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:09 pm
by BardoPond
Ended up in Emigrant Wilderness. Highlight of the trip was a day hike up to Leavitt Peak, then down to Latopie Lake and Koenig Lake and then back to Sonora Pass. Ran into zero people, which made for a very peaceful but at times thrilling hike.

Re: Where to day hike in October

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:42 pm
by Harlen
C9 wrote:
Climbing weather is usually pretty nice in October as well. A light jacket and some warm rocks make things pretty pleasant.
What a hardman you are! I carry the "light jacket," but rocks- warm or not, are now beyond my abilities. Even when I was young and strong I only rarely carried hot rocks around. I have put large rocks into the my partner's pack for a really mean prank, and I can see doing that again, but I don't want rocks in mine. You have my respect C9, Harlen.