Snow Conditions

South: Cascade Locks to Jefferson Park 6/26-7/4 2014.

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By: Mark Painter (Rainier)
July 8th, 2014

Conditions good, though wet, S. On the PCT. Narrow, slippery log over the Sandy River. Snow on the last 3 miles to Timberline Lodge, but no trouble following footprints and using Halfmile App on my phone. Nice down from the Lodge. Awesome from Barlow Pass to Warm Springs River. Hundreds of trees down on trail from the river to Jude Lake due to beetle kill. I counted a dozen in a hundred yards. Mosquitos pretty heavy from Jude Lake on. Trees cleared by the Muleskinners after Jude Lake. Sam at Olallie Lake said no one has gotten through to Hwy 20 due to snow. We tried it. Steep snow chutes and slopes. If I’d had crampons and an ax and more battery power for GPS, I might have pushed on. Perilous in Cascadias. Turned back. Did Eagle Creek on the way back to the Locks. Awesome as always.

Trail Clear from Raymond Lake to Tamarack Junction

By: Nevada Rambler
July 7th, 2014

As of 6/28/2014 the trail is now clear of snow at this point about 11 miles north of Ebbetts Pass, south of Blue Lakes.

There is some loose volcanic rock and erosion, but the trail crossing the escarpment is passable and in reasonable shape:

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http://www.nevadarambler.info/blog/2014/06/28/raymond-lake/

Echo Lake to Donner’s Pass- snow, obstacles and water

By: Pound Hound
June 20th, 2014

Going north from Echo Lake to Donner’s Pass, the trail has about 1/2 mile of snow on the north side of Dick’s Pass obscuring the trail. As it is switchbacking there, following tracks and using GPS allows you to find the connecting trail. Otherwise, there is patchy snow on shadowed sides of the mountains and many downed trees blocking the trail, but none are insurmountable with care. There are still many seasonal streams running so water is not an issue except from 1143-1155 where there is nothing.

Burney Falls to Castle Crags, 5/21-26/14

By: Tom Weaver (White Hatter)
June 9th, 2014

The trail was free of snow except for a few small and easily crossed patches near 6000′. It was brushy in places but not difficult to follow, with only a few downed tree to climb over or around. Poison oak was abundant everywhere below about 3500′ (especially between the McCloud River and Trough Creek), but could be avoided with care, although it did slow me down.
All the on-trail water sources noted on Halfmile’s maps were running well, and there were a few other still active springs as well. With the weather still relatively mild and the wildflowers in full bloom, it was a great time to hike this Section.

Sierra snow conditions for Forester Pass area – May 16, 2014

By: Ned Tibbits
May 16th, 2014

Ned Tibbits of http://mountaineducation.org/ called the PCTA office via satellite phone from the base of Forester Pass. He takes yearly early season trips to the PCT in the High Sierra.

Ned reports:
– Consistent snow on north facing slopes about 10,500 feet. It’s “hard and nasty in the morning and rediculously soft and slushy in the afternoon. Postholing starts around 11am or noon.”
– North of Tyndall Creek, the snow line starts at about 11,000 feet on south-facing slopes.
– On Forester Pass, the switchbacks are full of ice and Ned recommends climbing the rocks instead. In the chute on the south side of the pass there is snow on the trail. Someone has cut steps. There is “a minor cornice” at the top of the chute.
– There is very little water in general, with seasonal creeks being only a trickle. The larger creeks are flowing moderately strongly.