by MoapaPk » Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:25 am
by Alex Wood » Tue Dec 08, 2009 1:57 am
MoapaPk wrote:Current forecasts are for up to 2 feet of new snow above 7000' in Charleston area. It will be soft powder, unconsolidated. Shorter climbs -- e.g North Sister from the N side, Fletcher from the back, Amargosa Overlook -- may be reasonable with snowshoes, but there could be big sloughs.
I've done Griffith with snowshoes in soft powder twice (6' snow) -- just start early.
by MoapaPk » Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:10 am
by Alex Wood » Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:44 pm
MoapaPk wrote:If you are prepared to camp in snow at altitude, Griffith and Chaz from SLT may be reasonable.
My main concern would be crossing from Chaz, via the NLT, to Mummy. The NLT goes over the route shown by pink dots here:
(View of Chaz from Mummy).
Normally, in summer, this is just a class 1 trail. However the trail skirts the top of a cliff band, with a substantial drop-off below, and the trail is rather narrow. If the snow is deep enough to cover the trail, this region can be quite treacherous.
Also either have 4wd or chains, or call ahead to find conditions from ndot or Kyle Canyon ranger station.
(look for sr157, sr158, and sr156)
EDIT: A fellow who went up Trail Canyon (to 9300') December 08 said that the new snow was more like 10" at that level.
by MoapaPk » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:36 pm
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