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Re: New Army Pass and Miter Basin Snow Conditions - follow up

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New Army Pass and Miter Basin Snow Conditions???
June 12, 2015 02:54PM
Has anyone gone over New Army Pass or up into Miter Basin and over Crabtree Pass in the last week? Just curious what snow conditions are as I'm headed up for 9 days Monday ...

Jeff
Re: New Army Pass and Miter Basin Snow Conditions - follow up
June 27, 2015 10:32AM
We visited Cottonwood Lakes and Miter Basins lasts week and encountered no snow. These are basins reached from Horseshoe Meadows, off the Whitney Portal Road.

There was 99.9999% bare rock in both basins. There is still water flowing in both bains out of the lakes into the streams that make up Rock Creek. There are herds of bighorn sheep in the lake bowls in Miter Basin. The alpha male of one herd protected his flock from us.

There is a cornice at Army Pass and no snow over New Army Pass. People were going over Crabtree Pass so it's passable. We scouted the Siberian Outpost area and lakes in their basins, which are no longer on newer maps, are drying up. The main creek draining the area that dumps into Rock Creek is not flowing. We found a couple pools that were drinkable that saved our butts. The tarn a quarter mile south of the south Sequoia Nat Park/Inyo Nat Forest boundary that sits in a bowl under Cirque Peak is bone dry. The temps were in the 70s last week, and the sun was INTENSE.

Miter Basin in particular is spectacular. I walked by it on the PCT during clouds/rain a decade ago and vowed to visit it. Just spectacular...

The thru-hiker herd is at its peak. We spent half a day on the PCT and encountered about 20 thrus...

Jeff



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/27/2015 10:32AM by Jeffrey Olson.
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June 30, 2015 12:19PM
Thank you for the update on the conditions of that area of the Sierra. I really need to get down there and explore it more.

Did you notice how crowded the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead campground was when you went by?

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Re: New Army Pass and Miter Basin Snow Conditions - follow up
July 01, 2015 12:31PM
We stayed one night at the campground and there were two other campers.

Jeff
avatar Re: New Army Pass and Miter Basin Snow Conditions - follow up
July 01, 2015 06:36PM
Thanks for the info.
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