Central California

June 19, 2011

6/18/11 Today I dropped my brother and sister-in-law of at Sierra City to start their hike North to the boarder. I only hiked in 5 miles with them but the trail was in surprisingly good shape.Only a few small patches of snow which was surprising. Appears that the South slope of the Sierra Buttes is clear and dry. They will report again at Belden, in about a week.

Only a few small patches of snow which was surprising. Appears that the South slope of the Sierra Buttes is clear and dry. They will report again at Belden, in about a week.

June 14, 2011

6/10/11 Used snowshoes to hike from Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass to Pennsylvania Creek on PCT. Drifts up to 10ft with 6-8 ft average. Exposed south facing slopes or tops of peaks had minimal snow. I used snowshoes all but about 50 yards.

May 25, 2011

Ned Tidbits reports to us by satellite phone that his party is north of Kennedy Meadows, having recently passed the Olancha Peak area. He says that there are thruhikers at Kennedy Meadows gearing up to follow his tracks.

Snow is reported to be “hard and compacted” at 2-5 feet deep on south facing slopes and 3-5 feet on north facing. Snow level starts at 10,000 feet on south facing and 9,500 feet on north facing. Early morning the snow is hard, reportedly requiring traction devices.

His party finds that their Kahtoola Microspikes are “rolling off the bottoms of our feet” on side hills, but that their Kahtoola KTS crampons are “great”.

May 24, 2011

I did a backpacking trip from Chimney Ck CG to Clover Mdw and I want to report how the trail is.I did this trip on May 10th to the 12th.The trail is in real good condition in that area it looked like tread work in the area of
Long Valley was done not that long ago so its in great shape I counted a total of 11 felled snags and there are no washouts to report.

May 17, 2011

Due to record snowfall reported by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Reds Meadow road is projected to open later than normal this year. The US Forest Service, Caltrans, National Park Service, and Town of Mammoth Lakes will be working cooperatively to open the road and valley facilities as quickly as possible. The Reds Meadow Road to Devils Postpile National Monument and the Reds Meadow Valley is tentatively scheduled to open June 24th.Shuttle Bus service into the Reds Meadow Valley is scheduled to begin on Saturday June 25th.

Pacific Crest and John Muir trail thru-hikers who are planning food drops or resupplies via Reds Meadow Valley should be advised that June 24th is a tentative opening date and there is a possibility the road opening could be further delayed. Vehicle access to pick up hikers or drop off supplies is not allowed until the road is open to the public. Hikers with these needs may want to consider using Mammoth Pass to Horseshoe Lake for alternative resupply staging.

For more information, please call the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at (760) 924-5500 or visit the Welcome Center at 2510 Hwy 203 next to the Mammoth Ranger Station.

April 27, 2011

From the Sierra Wave news – Pacific Crest and John Muir trail thru-hikers who are planning food drops or resupplies via Reds Meadow Valley should be advised that June 24th is a tentative opening date and there is a possibility the road opening could be further delayed. Vehicle access to pick up hikers or drop off supplies is not allowed until the road is open to the public. Hikers with these needs may want to consider using Mammoth Pass to Horseshoe Lake for alternative resupply staging.

April 7, 2011

Just a heads up for planning for 2011; The Sierra snow pack is at an all-time high! (200%) Mammoth has 15 feet on the ground still, Tioga almost as much. Expect solid snow on the ground from Cottonwood area north well into June this season!

Tioga will definitely be late in opening, which means the Post Office at Tuolumne won’t be open – maybe until very late in June. All passes and trails out to roadheads will be under snow well into June – think about your resupply points.

Basically – don’t come too early. Not this year. Be prepared for a LOT of snow and difficult stream crossings until end of July!

Kennedy Meadows Store north of Walker Pass will be open to receive parcels, but know that you’ll be in snow from there north!