Thanks Don. I'll keep an eye on the Kings CAnyon & Inyo sites.
We are getting a lot of snow this year, so there well be more snow on
the passes, and swifter streams, than last years' July.
I've used walking sticks for a few years now, and I swear by them.
They've gotten me through a stream that I wouldn't have dared to try
if I didn't have them. And they're worth using just for the strain
they take off your joints on the descents.
Mosquitoes! Oiii! THe heaviest I've ever run across was in Jack Main
Canyon (Hetch-Hetchy area). Had to have a head net on while eating;
and every time I lifted the net to put a spoonfull in my mouth several
skeeters found their way in. They were in my food..everywhere! The
only way to get away from them was to get in the water. Being an
ounce-counter, I didn't have any deet. I'll certainly carry it this trip!
> As far as mosquitos, we ran into areas where they were very
thick. As far as snow goes, well, I got on the Kings Canyon and Inyo
Forrest web site and found a page on there that gave trail conditions.
During this past July, most of the snow was on all of the north sides
of the passes. Once you crossed over to the south side, it was rather
clear with a few patches here and there.My time frame was from around
30 June to 10 or 11 July. I only ran accross one stream that gave me
pause, but with walking sticks none of them posed any serious problem.
I think in July, unless this winter dumps tons of snow, you should be
ok so long you bring some walking sticks. I never really used them
before up until this last trip. They are a great tool to have.