Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

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Re: Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

Post by hjldennis » Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:26 pm

DMQ wrote:Not the best views if you're looking for grand vistas, but the Ladybug trail up the South Fork Kaweah in SNP is a nice winter camping option with no snow, and camping spaced out if you feel like hiking more or less distance.
Thank you for your suggestion, but we want to be on snow, just trying to avoid steep climb over fresh snow on snowshoes.

Thank you for moving this thread to the right place. Actually now I see that the thread before this talks about similar topic. If campfire option is out, we might try little lakes valley. I am guessing it would be colder up there though.. but then, it add another twist into things - ams. My daughter was vomitting on the first day there during the summer...


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Re: Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

Post by Hillbasher » Tue Dec 15, 2015 10:10 pm

Just got back from an overnight(Sat. Dec.12) snowshoe trip out of Lodgepole up towards Mt Silliman. There was enough snow on the ground that everything was covered, but deepest was 12 to 18 inches I would say. Only thing is it was snowing quite hard when we got back to the car, so depths may have changed a bit. Young kids up to Panther Gap might be pushing it under current conditions. YMMV.

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Re: Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

Post by hjldennis » Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:36 pm

Hillbasher wrote:Just got back from an overnight(Sat. Dec.12) snowshoe trip out of Lodgepole up towards Mt Silliman. There was enough snow on the ground that everything was covered, but deepest was 12 to 18 inches I would say. Only thing is it was snowing quite hard when we got back to the car, so depths may have changed a bit. Young kids up to Panther Gap might be pushing it under current conditions. YMMV.
Thanks for the update. The forecast is more snow next week, and it might snow next weekend. We'll see...

Forget the kids, it might be too tough for me and my wife lol
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Re: Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

Post by limpingcrab » Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:14 pm

Went up the Panther Gap trail and then over the Hump out towards Emerald Lake on Wednesday. Most of the trail was packed and making fresh tracks wasn't too difficult. Depth ranged from 2-3 feet but there should be another foot after tomorrow, I hope!

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Re: Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

Post by hjldennis » Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:11 pm

limpingcrab wrote:Went up the Panther Gap trail and then over the Hump out towards Emerald Lake on Wednesday. Most of the trail was packed and making fresh tracks wasn't too difficult. Depth ranged from 2-3 feet but there should be another foot after tomorrow, I hope!
Thank you for the update. I guess we won't know where we're gonna go until we make that turn toward sequoia or straight on to yosemite. Regatdless it will be fun but cold!
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Re: Panther Gap, Sequoia in December

Post by hjldennis » Fri Jan 01, 2016 2:35 am

Ended up not going to Panther Gap, but went to Dewey Point in Yosemite. We were planning on pushing it to Panther Gap, but at the last minute, I didn't make that turn off toward Seki, but stay on 99 toward Yosemite. I am glad that we did, since my girl had plenty workout even going to Dewey Point. I think we would've made up Panther ok, but we would've had less fun. The weather was perfect on the second and third day, and the first day wasn't bad either with some snow and wind.

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