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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:21 am

Did Wheeler Crest today via north ridge from Rock Creek Rd. What a slog! The snow we encountered is the same dry crap that's been out there for 2 months. Makes for difficult travel, even with snowshoes thanks to a hard crust anywhere from thin to 4" with extremely faceted dry fluff underneath.
Think good and hard about where you're going out there and which aspect or deep landscape you will travel through.
It's not the amount of snow, it's the TYPE of snow. It is not consolidating, it's becoming more faceted and a pain in rear.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby fruitflyman » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:16 pm

I probably know the answer... but what are the conditions on Morrison? Has anyone been there lately?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:34 pm

fruitflyman wrote:I probably know the answer... but what are the conditions on Morrison? Has anyone been there lately?

Which aspect? The east to south aspects are relatively dry. Go for it! You will step in some snow near the base but the class 2 route looks good.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:38 pm

Pine Creek trail to Pine Lake is in good shape, just stay in previous post-holes and you'll avoid most post-hole madness. I jumped off the trail just before lake to climb a waterfall, so don't follow to small boot prints heading into canyon unless you're ready to suffer. ;)
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby sharperblue » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:12 pm

Best guess from South Lake towards Bishop Pass (eg, Gilbert)? Is the road open to North lake as well? what about beyond Pine Creek Lake?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:34 am

Good luck driving to South Lake. 4WD/chains. I would expect most post-holing and annoying a trip it would be because it doesn't get sun until later in the day.
Road closed in Aspendale; walk an extra 3.5 miles to Lamarck/Piuate trailhead. Great snow coverage according to pics of a friend who did Emerson Monday.
Snow was getting knee-deep prior to Pine Lake so I would suspect good coverage to the pass, maybe sparse in open spaces to Ceasar and BCS.
Good luck!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Clydascope » Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:22 pm

Took a ride up to Onion Valley yesterday, got within a quarter mile or so from the trailhead after crossing a couple patches of snow. Snow eventually stopped me but cars are making it through.

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Some rocks on the road too.

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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:15 pm

The 89 opened a couple of days ago. Any BC skiers or mountaineers have snow condition info for Roundtop or Elephant's Back?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby 96avs01 » Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:38 pm

Deb wrote:The 89 opened a couple of days ago. Any BC skiers or mountaineers have snow condition info for Roundtop or Elephant's Back?


It's been a couple of weeks since I poked around the Carson Pass area, but there should be plenty of coverage for Roundtop and certain aspects of Elephant's Back. Here are some recent observations for the other side of the highway http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/thu-03132014-1230-snowpack-observations-red-lake-peak.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Daria » Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:45 am

Looks and feels like Spring in the Sierra today

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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby jesu, joy of man's desiring » Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:50 am

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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby madeintahoe » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:02 pm

Deb wrote:The 89 opened a couple of days ago. Any BC skiers or mountaineers have snow condition info for Roundtop or Elephant's Back?



Deb...I got this message from my friend...her daughter Sally gave her this report on the area on and around Elephants Back..this was yesterday 3/15 she was in the area skiing

" I have heard the snow is great -- at least Sally said the skiing down the back of Roundtop was fantastic today."
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:02 pm

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In the event anyone is interested in waltzing on out to Morgan Pass from Pine Creek. STELLAR! Wish I'd had my skis on! The bootprints are all mine. :)

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Rosy Finch from between Upper and Lower Morgan Lakes. Snow is trying very hard to consolidate, but taking its sweet ass time. There WILL be post-holing!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby fruitflyman » Tue Mar 18, 2014 12:25 am

Elephant's Back is bare. Plenty of snow on Round Top (with some bare patches). Very hard snow, though.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby WillyTheDog » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:13 pm

Suppose one could get to the base of Round Top without skis or snowshoes?
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