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Re: Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?

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Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?
February 13, 2017 05:13PM
I've been up to LYV several times in Winter, but not past the Moraine Dome area. I was thinking of trying to ski or snowshoe back to the Merced Lake area, but I'm not sure if getting past the Bunnell cascade and then further would be a problem (specifically the area between the two foot bridges between Bunnel and Echo Valley). Has anyone been back here in the Winter who can offer some advice?
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February 13, 2017 08:48PM
My apologies... but I can't find the exact thread where I went over the 3 possible difficult places.
First is right after Grizzly Falls after Moraine Dome ... it squeezes... and could be problematic.
Next is from Lost to the Twin Bridges. Everytime gone thru there it's been clean... but...
I only have a sample of 3-4 in winter-ish...
Hardest point is the Bunnell Switchers... um... yeah... I actually skipped those one year...
on account knew what it was like... there's a story there... but I'll spare you... for now...

Take a look at this:

So... be prepared to turn around at any point... or head uphill... or go high route (much safer imo)

Here's our trip to Echo Lake via Echo Valley:

Merced Lake:
(no, do not go up Mist... sigh)

Bernice / etc.
(non winter winter)



Help? No? Maybe so?

Can elaborate if want.

Have fun
b safe

Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?
February 14, 2017 02:32PM
Thanks, I'll take a look. If things get too hairy I will definitely turn around.
Re: Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?
February 14, 2017 02:54PM
On a side note I was doing some research a few years ago for a trip I was doing up Matterhorn Canyon and found some good info on my trip. In a few of the photos I noticed this stuffed chicken and have no idea what it's all about, but realized today that you're probably the same guy. Thanks for the links with the photos, etc. Hopefully I'll run into to you sometime up in the park.
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February 14, 2017 03:22PM
Yeah, I'm that nut(s).

Crazy about backpacking and The Sierra and Yosemite.

Have fun...

It's possible that you MAY be able to zip up to the high trail by the dubble bridges...


The squeeze spot above is only here:

We went high and dropped down by the dubble bridges... one year...
and well... let's just say ... um... that the wifie was not too terribly pleased with me...
It MAY be simple due to the recent Meadow Fire which toasted that hill...

Anyway... have fun and post pix or sumtin if you go...
I might go in April. It's been a staple for the last 5+ years... in one way or another.

Chick-on is looking at you!
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February 27, 2017 07:43AM
The Bunnell must be really something...

Ridiculous amount of snow at higher elevations...

Can only be one place at once tho...


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Re: Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?
April 23, 2017 11:54AM
Hi - new to the forum.

Anyone been through to echo valley yet?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/23/2017 01:09PM by Lowell.
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April 26, 2017 06:36AM
Re: Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?
April 27, 2017 06:37PM
So I still haven't been able to get up here yet due to other stuff going on. I do have a Mount Shasta climbing trip in a few weeks though. I still want to do this trip though.
Re: Winter Hike to Merced Lake Area?
April 29, 2017 11:18AM
If you get to Echo or Merced...leave a day for hiking up to (or near) Babcock Lake,if you can. It's entirely non technical in snow and the trail offers some stunning views. Sort of the capper to the trip, imo. Chick-on could tell you more.
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