Re: hot springs near muir ranch
- You have to cross the river near Muir Trail Ranch
to get to the spring. The big spring is on public
land and there is a cold lake just south of it. It is
well worth the effort for a nice soak. <br>There is a
really beaten up campground on the south side of the
river. There are also campsites on the north side. I
have usually been there in the fall so they were not
many or any other people there. In the summer you can
expect crowds. Do not, I repeat, do not let that deter
you from using the spring, however, you might want to
camp a short distance away for a little solitude.
Enjoy it for me.
- 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