Re: JMT / hikes this weekend
>Iva Bell Hotsprings<br>I've gone from thePostpile for an overnighter. Took a group from work on the
Purple Lake to Postpile route two years
ago.<br><br>Ended up hiking solo on the Red Lake Trail to Red Lake
on Saturday. Beautiful area, unmaintained trail, and
a long 4WD road (got lost) to get there. We saw
part of the lake from Split Mtn (while on the JMT), so
I wanted to see the rest of what was down there.
Very pretty lake. Partially frozen, and 40 deg and
windy, so I didn't stay long.<br><br>Sunday morning I
awoke to snow on the Kearsarge Pass trail, with a
rainbow over the Kearsarge Ridge to the North. Awesome
way to wake up! Met Poppycock for breakfast in Lone
Pine, then back to Onion Valley. Our destination was
the Kearsarge Mines. Only got to a Prospect near
Kearsarge Peak (had to drive back to Lone Pine, he left his
boots in his car so we got a late start). Small patches
of snow starting at 11K, got to about 11,500'.
Windy, 30 deg, and didn't want to hike this trail in the
dark so we headed back. Views were great from up
there! <br><br>Umm, what's the Milford Track? Heard of
all the others.
- 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