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Re: [John Muir Trail] Okay - let's try to plan a group hike

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  • Kathy
    I ve settled on Olancha Peak for Memorial Day weekend. To find water, that trip need to be early. ... the ... the big ... water ... about 10% ... probably
    Message 1 of 10 , Mar 13, 2003
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      I've settled on Olancha Peak for Memorial Day weekend. To find
      water, that trip need to be early.

      --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, richey35@c... wrote:
      > At 11.2 K Cottonwood Pass is low by comparison with most passes in
      the
      > Southern Sierra, and last year was really dry in the south, thus
      the big
      > fires in Sequoia National Forest. The predictions based on snow
      water
      > content I read on the PCT website suggest the Northern Sierra are
      about 10%
      > above normal, and the south is 25% below. PCT thru-hikers will
      probably set
      > out from Kennedy Meadows about June 1, but most will have ice
      axes. I think
      > Sawmill Pass could be pretty challenging without an ice axe, but it
      should be
      > beautiful if you make it. If you go north on the other side of the
      pass,
      > you would have to cross Woods Creek, which I have done way west of
      there
      > across the amazing bridge on the JMT. An unbridged crossing of
      Woods Creek
      > around June 1 could be hair-raising. I wouldn't want to take the
      chance of
      > having to turn back on the first three-day weekend of prime hiking
      season, so
      > let me know if anybody is interested in a lower altitude hike over
      Memorial
      > Day. If you'd like to see the attachment from the PCT website,
      please
      > contact me and I will forward it along. - Bob R
      >
      > << <tt>
      > Last year, we went over Cottonwood Pass on Memorial Day, which was
      > pretty much free from snow, but Army and New Army Pass were not
      > passable. I guess each year and each pass is different.
      >
      > I'm also thinking of Olancha Peak for Memorial Day Weekend. I'd
      like
      > to avoid an area filled with mosquitos.
      >
      >
      > --- In johnmuirtrail@yahoogroups.com, richey35@c... wrote:
      > > Hey Kathy. To do this hike on Memorial Day I think you'd need
      an
      > ice axe.
      > > Anything much above 9-10K is till pretty much snowed in on June
      1.
      > I don't
      > > have the skills or equipment to do it, but I'm sure it would be
      an
      > amazing
      > > hike. Once over the pass the area around Twin Lakes is really
      > nice. - Bob R
      > >
      > > << I think I'm going to try to make it to Sawmill Pass via the
      > Sawmill
      > > Pass Trail on the eastside over Memorial Day Weekend instead of
      > > Wishon. >> >>
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