Where to backpack?

3:04 a.m. on May 26, 2010 (EDT)
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Where in California/Nevada are backpacking conditions good for a 5-6 day trip the last week of June? The Sierra snowpack, at 168% of normal, will probably nix the trip I was planning for southern Yosemite ... So what are your thoughts for a 30-50 mile hike, ideally with cross-country options?

6:32 a.m. on May 26, 2010 (EDT)
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10:29 p.m. on May 30, 2010 (EDT)
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The western Sierra such as Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP below 11,000 will probably have trail that for the most part are snow free, except for the passes.

From Crescent Meadows (Sequoia) to Bearpaw Meadows and up to Hamilton Lake will be below 9'000 feet and probably snow level even this year.


You may be able to get over Kaweah Gap on snow. Check with the rangers.

While in the area you can also check out the Alta/Pear/Moose Lake area for some cross country. Again you will have some berms of snow along the way.


The eastern Sierra trailheads may be too high and get you higher quickly. But end of June there are some speculator sites to see. Starting very low is the Shepherds Pass trail out of Independence, but the pass is at around 11,000 and will be snow covered until mid July, but it is very passable and would get you into the very high 10,500 drainage. There will be plenty of snow but you won't have to worry about trails at all.

Most of the trails on the eastern side get you too high too quickly so there are not many options to stay out of the snow.

You might try into Recesses


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