2020 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Questions and reports related to Sierra Nevada current and forecast conditions, as well as general precautions and safety information. Trail conditions, fire/smoke reports, mosquito reports, weather and snow conditions, stream crossing information, and more.
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esrice
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Minarets July 9-12

Post by esrice » Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:10 pm

Route taken: Devils Postpile -> Superior Lake -> Nancy Pass -> Deadhorse Pass -> Minarets Lake -> Volcanic Ridge -> Minarets Lake -> Devils Postpile

Difficult section encountered: North side of saddle east of Volcanic Ridge was extremely snowed in and not safely passable without an ice axe.

Special equipment needed/used: Trekking poles

Possible alternative routes: Came down south side of saddle instead








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Pear Lake - Tablelands - Moose Lake - Alta Meadow (7/24-27)

Post by notis » Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:49 pm

Route taken: Watchtower Trail - Pear Lake - Tablelands - Lake 11,200 - Pterodactyl Pass - Moose Lake - Alta Meadow - Wolverton

Difficult section encountered: No water in Tablelands except for existing lakes and bigger tarns. Little to no water from Moose Lake to Wolverton via Alta Meadow.

Special equipment needed/used: Mechanical filter would better than chemical IMHO.

Possible alternative routes: N/A

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Alta Meadow Water Availability - Seeking Beta

Post by davidsheridan » Sun Aug 23, 2020 5:39 pm

Has anyone been in Alta Meadow recently?

Is the spring running?

Does it run year round even in drought years?

Thanks for any information.

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Vogelsang Area water conditions

Post by c9h13no3 » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:27 pm

Rafferty Creek is a few puddles, but mostly dry. Fletcher, Lewis, and Florence creeks all had nice tasting water, but the water temperature was pretty warm. Not the refreshing snow melt you're used to.
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Trail Run from Chiquito TH to Red Peak Pass

Post by kdemtchouk » Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:51 am

No running water between Chiquito TH and Lower Ottoway Lake. A few puddles of very dirty water along the way.

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Kearsarge Pass 11/13-11/14

Post by maverick » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:28 pm

Posted on CHB by Mika LeBlanc:
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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: 2020 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by Harlen » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:23 pm

Thanks Mike; thanks Mav. Very helpful to see recent photos.

Looks like south slope climbs are still on with summer boots. Mt Gould, and maybe that mountain you mentioned at the top of the North Fork of Big Pine Creek,... called? The one with the excellent views. Of course, that would involve a long walk up to it.

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11/20-11/22 Meysan Lake

Post by maverick » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:45 am

Posted on SNCC-TPP by Michael Bigelow:
Just got back from Meysan Lake. Camped at Camp Lake Friday and Saturday. The trail is dry and in great shape. I avoided the central chute by following the nasty rubble to its right. I bailed on LeConte at the waterfall pitch. No margin for error on a solo trip. Summited Mallory with just enough daylight to get back to camp. Meysan Lake was still open. Everything else, frozen solid.
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