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late June Never Summer conditions (Bowen-Baker, Parika)?

Postby MJB » Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:08 am

Hi - Planning a trip June 21-23 and wondering if the trail from Bowen-Baker trailhead in RMNP to Parika Lake, over Bowen Pass, and down Bowen Gulch is likely to be passable. Rangers thought not, but they hadn't had recent reports when I talked to them today. (I did find a Snotel monitor not too far away, but around 1000 feet lower. Still, it's showing very rapid melting and probably no snow in a day or so. I have no idea if that's a reliable way to look at conditions, though. Any thoughts? Has anyone been there lately?
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Re: late June Never Summer conditions (Bowen-Baker, Parika)?

Postby WyomingSummits » Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:20 am

I've watched areas in the Tetons, Winds, and Bighorns really pick up steam in the snowmelt dept. Sections of the Bighorns and Tetons are seeing 3-6" of melt per day. 10K is bare in many parts of the winds. I'm sure many of the 11K passes will be clear in a week in CO. Plenty of hot weather down there lately. If not bare, very easily passable. Snow isn't necessarily bad.....not sure why many seem skittish of it.
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Re: late June Never Summer conditions (Bowen-Baker, Parika)?

Postby Clark_Griswold » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:58 am

WyomingSummits wrote:Snow isn't necessarily bad.....not sure why many seem skittish of it.

You can't put a bucket over a pigs head, it will only make him skittish!


Probably the wet feet.
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Re: late June Never Summer conditions (Bowen-Baker, Parika)?

Postby Bill Reed » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:29 pm

Saw them from Trail Ridge 2 weeks ago yesterday and there didn't appear to be a square foot of ground that wasn't snow covered. Given that you're going in another week alot of snow will have melted but I would suspect that snow, especially in the passes and higher terrain will be an issue.
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