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avatar The Sierra welcomes all
May 20, 2009 11:45PM
The sun is shining, creeks are flowing and mosquitoes aren't biting -- yet. Summer in the Sierra Nevada has arrived in all its splendor, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

http://www.fresnobee.com/columnists/warszawski/story/1418660.html
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 20, 2009 11:56PM
From the Article:

"Hikers won't encounter heavy snow until 8,000 to 8,500 foot elevations on north-facing slopes and 7,000 to 7,500 feet on those that face south."

Is it me or is this backwards?



Old Dude
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 12:09AM
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mrcondron
From the Article:

"Hikers won't encounter heavy snow until 8,000 to 8,500 foot elevations on north-facing slopes and 7,000 to 7,500 feet on those that face south."

Is it me or is this backwards?

Sounds backwards to me.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 05:34AM
cthenn better not read the article... because "the Four Mile Trail remains closed"...

sweet... Mineral King Rd. is open.... yo Bee... I got a "really" good one planned around Mineral King..
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 07:40PM
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bill-e-g
cthenn better not read the article... because "the Four Mile Trail remains closed"...

sweet... Mineral King Rd. is open.... yo Bee... I got a "really" good one planned around Mineral King..

Mineral King is a wildlife bonanza. Hardly anyone goes there. On a trip to Sawtooth Pass encountered 12 deer, three marmots and countless other little critters. The four bears were down the road, though, around Silver City (wonder why?).


P.S. the high peak on the left of the horizon is Mount Whitney. I can't remember the name of the lake, I think it's Columbine Lake?

avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 08:13PM
Vince,

Is that a fire in the right background?

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avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 05:39AM
One more thing... anyone going into Little Yosemite Valley better be prepared for Mosquitos IMO.
There were a few already May 9th timeframe... so there will only be more now...

The article is actually pretty good.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 08:18AM
My brother-in-law was at Lake Eleanor this past weekend and got driven into his tent at dusk. Eleanor is at about 4700' and on the western side of the park.
A few were out at Smith Meadow, elevation 6400', last weekend.
It is time to bring the repellent along in case there is some sort of pest that needs treatment.



Old Dude
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 08:56AM
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Mr. Condron

It is time to bring the repellent along in case there is some sort of pest that needs treatment.

(Does that include goats?)


Bee Cowboy
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 10:20AM
Regarding skeeters: Road's end to Paradise Valley two weekends ago didn't have a lot of them, but there were a few especially around areas where water puddles. Nothing new.

Anyone have photos of ladybug invasions? It's about time for that, too.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 21, 2009 10:23AM
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Vince
Anyone have photos of ladybug invasions? It's about time for that, too.

Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 08:28AM
Excellent information in that article. Good to see the news media check their facts..................so unusual!
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 08:39PM
Yeah, that's Columbine... and yeah... that's a fire...
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 08:41PM
What the heck were the dear eating? Rocks?
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 08:47PM
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bill-e-g
What the heck were the dear eating? Rocks?

Of course not, silly. Down below Monarch Lakes there were lots of little shoots trying to make a living. That day was a great hike, though getting up to Sawtooth was a slog, the ridge is disintegrating.

Mineral King is so isolated the deer don't run away. Watch out early in the season though, marmots will chew pretty much everything including your car's brake and radiator hoses. I took the above photo in late August and marmots were not a problem.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:03PM
Well... kudos on getting up there...
That's on my "short list o crazy crap to do".

Sawtooth->Columbine->Big 5->XC Little 5->Black Rock->XC up to Glacier Pass
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:07PM
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bill-e-g
Well... kudos on getting up there...
That's on my "short list o crazy crap to do".

Sawtooth->Columbine->Big 5->XC Little 5->Black Rock->XC up to Glacier Pass

If you can manage a ride back, I think Mineral King to Mount Whitney to Whitney Portal would be the one to do. Plus lots of vacation days, which I've never had enough of.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:08PM
Plus, I wore out that hat and need another one just like it and haven't found one yet.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:14PM
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Vince
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bill-e-g
Well... kudos on getting up there...
That's on my "short list o crazy crap to do".

Sawtooth->Columbine->Big 5->XC Little 5->Black Rock->XC up to Glacier Pass

If you can manage a ride back, I think Mineral King to Mount Whitney to Whitney Portal would be the one to do. Plus lots of vacation days, which I've never had enough of.

It would take me longer to get a ride back than it would to walk!

I'd rather go up Kawaeh...
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:17PM
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bill-e-g
It would take me longer to get a ride back than it would to walk!

A friend is talking about day hiking Onion Valley to Kings Canyon. If he does it, I'm going to be doing a lot of driving that day.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:23PM
SWEET that's another one on the list of things to do. I think you might be able to do that in 2 days but 3 or 4 would be more fun.
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:26PM
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eeek
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bill-e-g
It would take me longer to get a ride back than it would to walk!

A friend is talking about day hiking Onion Valley to Kings Canyon. If he does it, I'm going to be doing a lot of driving that day.

< 20 miles... all downhill after 4... Shouldn't be a problem...
But WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY too much driving for my liking!

Maybe I can get you to pick me up?

smiling smiley
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:34PM
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bill-e-g
Maybe I can get you to pick me up?

smiling smiley

Would a goat fit in a Prius?
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 22, 2009 09:38PM
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eeek
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bill-e-g
Maybe I can get you to pick me up?

smiling smiley

Would a goat fit in a Prius?

Of course!! I'm like one of those small little cute ones in the video.
(ok... maybe not so cute)
avatar Re: The Sierra welcomes all
May 23, 2009 04:20AM
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LittleGoatie
Of course!! I'm like one of those small little cute ones in the video..

Whoa!!!! (let's not get carried away, here, Goatie) Head roll


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