Bascuela wrote:My experience with the Dinkey Lakes region is it is best in July/August (except for the mesquites).
Info here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sierra/publications/pdfs/rogs/dinkeywilderness.pdf
This year expect more than normal snow. To me this means that there will be snow covering the trails well into middle of June. Cliff Lake did not unfreeze until mid-June last year and I would expect the same or even later this year. The Dinkey lakes and surrounding area are relatively flat and tend to pool or flood with all the snow melt. I would expect muddy/sloppy boots. As for trail access, Willow Meadow trailhead might not be passable until late June this year. I second Fish4Dinner’s 4WD is a MUST this year at least for that trailhead. The Cliff Lake trailhead might have access issues depending on when Edison opens Courtright Reservoir. Last year the road past Wishon did not open until the third week of June I believe. There are other trailheads to the region; I however cannot vouch for them. Your 20-25 miles would be a better time if you hold off until July (my opinion). I would expect snow on the Three sisters to last into mid July so you could get some easy snow climbs that way. Either way, you’ll have a good time with your buddies. Dinkey Lakes is just a chill spot to be.
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