Input for a backpack trip please.
- I'm doing a trip to the Southern Sierra's for
Labor Day. I have a couple days off, plus the 3 day
weekend. I'm in the Sierra South book by Winnett and
thinking of doing Cottonwood Lakes to Horseshoe Meadow via
South Fork Lakes, New Army Pass, Upper Rock Creek Lake,
Chicken Spring Lake, and Cottonwood Pass - trip 83 in my
edition anyway. Do you know it and do you know if there
were any fires in that area? Any and all suggestions
and tips are appreciated.
- Here is my opinion on the snowpack: <br><br>At
this time, it is pretty much normal or slightly below.
The snowpack will dwindle pretty much as usual,
unless there are some new major storms. <br><br>Whatever
the JMT veterans would say about "normal year
conditions" should apply this year. Last year was
exceptionally dry in the high country. This year will certainly
have more snowpack, but nothing like 1983 or 1997.
<br><br>But hey, it might snow some more! Winter ain't over
yet, but the probabilities are dwindling.<br><br>Here
is my tip on interpreting the snow water equivalents
shown for individual sensor sites: <br><br>loose, new
fallen snow is deeper, say up to 12 inches of snow to 1
inch of precip<br><br>dense, old snow is less deep,
say from 3 to 6 inches of snow to 1 inch of precip.
This is applicable when daytime air temps have been
above freezing for a while<br><br>Have a great time,
whatever you decide to do!<br><br>Best Regards,<br><br>FRF