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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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