2018 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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1000 Is Lake 6/8

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:57 am

Paz Menelevitch on SNCC-TPP wrote:
This place looks like this as of yesterday.
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HST 6/7

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:07 pm

Omar Masry on SNCC-TPP wrote:
Left Crescent Meadow on Thursday along High Sierra Trail. Great conditions. Some snow at Kaweah Gap but easy to find trail and micro spikes worked great (I didn’t bring an axe or crampons). Once you get to junction of JMT near Crabtree it’s a veritable swarm of very nice (though many seem stoned....) PCT hikers. Plenty of water along HST. Mosquitos are bad at Junction Meadow. Carry water when you leave JM and head toward Crabtree Meadow. Bearpaw Meadow High Sierra Camp is now open for business too.
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McGee Pass/ Morgan Pass 6/8-6/11

Post by overheadx2 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:04 pm

Did some day hiking out of Mcgee pass and rock Creek to Morgan pass 6/8 to 6/11.
Some mosquitoes at shaded areas. 1.5
Slight patches of snow at Morgan pass at 11200' ish, but not much.
Snow level pretty high in mcgee area (I only hiked to the beaver pond)
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Upper Wonder Lakes 6/7

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:19 pm

Rodney Thompson posted on THS:
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Aloha Lake via Glen 6/9-6/10

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:42 pm

Brandon Bies on SNCC-TPP:
Did a quick overnight to lake aloha last Sunday. My entry point was glen alpine and the trail was clear for the most part. Few patches of snow but easy to get through. Running water on the trail once you get higher in elevation. Have fun in Desolation this summer everyone.
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Mt. Agassiz 6/11

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:46 pm

Matt Thomsen on MP wrote:
The Northwest Slope of Mount Agassiz. Did this yesterday (6/11). Hit snow about half way up the switch backs up to the top of the pass. The snow is melting fast.
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Kings Canyon High Basin Route 6/5-6/12

Post by CAMERONM » Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:13 pm

JUNE 5- 12, southern portion of Skurka's Kings Canyon High Basin Route (KCHBR)
Lodgepole>Silliman>Tabelands>Lonely Pass>basin under Elizabeth Pass>Copper Mine peak and pass>Cloud Canyon and round Whaleback>Colby Lake>Talus Lake>Thunder Pass>South Guard>Longely Pass>back down Cunningham Creek>Avalanche Pass>Roads End
I'll try to post a trip report soon but the simple story is stay away for a bit longer! As with some other reports, this snow is not consolidated, you have to choose descent timing on passes carefully, the postholing down from Copper Mine into Cloud Canyon was hellish, ranging from 18-36 inches, and I turned back from Longely because of a massive overhanging cornice and super-sketchy edge rock condition. Not many mosquitos, but this snow is just no fun. Saw no one the entire time except that last day going down Avalanche; they were on their way to Colby Pass with only microspikes and poles and it sounded dubious to me. I had crampons and definitely was glad for the axe on several of the passes, but even then, the later day snow might be too soft for the axe to do much good.
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Below Copper Mine Pass
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Longely Pass
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Lamarck Col>Darwin Canyon>Snow Tongue>Humphrey's 6/6-6/11

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:55 am

Adam Salinger on SNCC-TPP wrote:
Looking up and Lamarck Col...Three tracks up...I liked the middle best..these were the last tracks I saw for 5 days. Saw not a single person from the time I left the campground to the time I got back to the campground. This was the last stable snow I walked on for the entire trip.
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Re: 2018 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by rlown » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:36 pm

Thanks. Helps a lot to figure out what 11k is like.

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Re: 2018 Backcountry Conditions Reports

Post by RiseToADry » Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:43 pm

Mav, you're a saint. Thanks for putting this together.

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