We know of a bunkhouse hidden deep in the Crystal Basin. A winter visit here has become an annual pilgrimage for us. Normally there are multiple feet of snow. The snow prevents a drive using the backcountry roads that are not plowed in the winter. We must ski or snow shoe the over 5 and a half miles across a dangerous wilderness in the dead of winter.
Here are some of our past reports.
These two reports were from the era when it used to snow in the Sierra:
This report is from a dry last year:
This year there was even less snow. We were able to drive all the way to the gate.
Here is a compare and contrast photo.
The weather was GREAT the first two days. On Saturday we hike off into the woods to find an old aircraft wreck. Here is a link to that report.
We then hiked over to a local creek.
We took advantage of the sunny and warm weather. It was “shorts and a T-shirt” (or even less).
We did find some snow on the hike back to the bunkhouse.
The weather turned Saturday night / Sunday Morning. We even saw a little snow.
This was the outside temperature when we got back to the car.
We had a great time (as usual). It is rather depressing and a bit alarming to see that “no snow” is becoming a norm.
We hope you enjoyed our report!
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Discussion about winter adventure sports in the Sierra Nevada mountains including but not limited to; winter backpacking and camping, mountaineering, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
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