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Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby wrecky848 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:51 pm

Has anyone been in or near any of these areas yet in 2017?

Last year I solo hiked thru Piute Pass from North Lake....
but with all the snowfall this winter, wondering if anyone has gone through Piute Pass or Bishop Pass or anywhere near either of these.

Any info, please post.
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby Foxtail » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:54 am

We've had 200% of "normal" snowfall this Winter (that's about 70'' of water and 16' of snow for those passes). Paiute will hold snow until July, and Bishop Pass is higher and North facing, so it takes a bit longer. It will be skiing until mid June, and after that it's messy suncup season.
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby wrecky848 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:00 am

great info, much appreciated....
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby sierraman » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:06 am

Mike, at the Bishop Pack Station, told me there is so much snow they may not be able to get stock over Bishop Pass all year.
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby seano » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:50 pm

The last time the Sierra had a big winter, the packers were shoveling a path through snowbanks on the way to Bishop Pass in late July 2011.
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby asmrz » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:29 am

Another heavy and comparable snow year, 1983, my partner and I skied to Bishop Pass on July 13th. We started (on skis) at South Lake and didn't take them off until our camp at Dusy Basin. True Story..
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby Deb » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:03 am

North Lake Campground is open as of 17 Jun. Trails are running water/ snow drifts abt an hour from trailhead. Fun runnels and sun cups await you!
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby dshoshone » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:18 am

Bishop Pass has snow from the parking lot on. PAiute pass was clear about the first mile then all snow as of a couple of days ago.
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby ScottHanson » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:13 am

Looks like we might have more reason to carry an ice axe and crampons while climbing a peak this year. I am always looking to climb another SPS peak in the Sierra's. Are there any peaks in particular folks have climbed that are made easier to climb from the standard route up a snow chute rather than loose, crumbly rock in the chute. I have already climbed Mt Powell, but have heard its chute to be "more approachable" with snow rather than rock? Another might be Treasure Col between Johnson and Gilbert? Others?
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby Deb » Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:37 am

I climbed Powell on Mon, perfect conditions and snow to the top of chute. Feather would be another good one, as well as Mills and Round Top.
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby Scott M. » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:53 pm

Footnote to Deb's post above. Inyo County closed the road to North Lake yesterday (6/19) due to damage from high water runoff.
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Re: Bishop/Piute Pass - Hiking Conditions?

Postby Tom Kenney » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:34 am

ScottHanson wrote:Looks like we might have more reason to carry an ice axe and crampons while climbing a peak this year. I am always looking to climb another SPS peak in the Sierra's. Are there any peaks in particular folks have climbed that are made easier to climb from the standard route up a snow chute rather than loose, crumbly rock in the chute. I have already climbed Mt Powell, but have heard its chute to be "more approachable" with snow rather than rock? Another might be Treasure Col between Johnson and Gilbert? Others?
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Royce and Merriam are probably better with snow.
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