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Snow Line Question
May 10, 2013 10:34AM
Want to do a 2-night trip next weekend and am thinking of a couple different options inside and outside Yosemite. One thing I have yet to cross off my list is Cathedral Lakes. Assuming permits won't be a problem--big assumption, I know--anyone know what the conditions are like that direction? I'm also looking at doing the White Wolf, Smith Peak, Aspen Valley loop. Never been to that area and would like to try it. Anyone know if White Wolf road is even open? Also thinking of doing something along the North Rim. Decisions decisions . . .
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May 10, 2013 11:21AM
I have an idea.

You go to Little Lake and I will go to Big Lake
smiling smiley

No way, no how they open White Wolf Road next weekend.
Well... I guess they could... but I'd bet Twinkies to Donuts they don't.
No need anyway really... if ur doing Smith Pk loop... just start from HH Road.
Best of luck crossing Middle Fork though. Been stymied there before...
but also have crossed it using logs in one place.... and by Cottonwood enduring
excruciating pain due to cold water.

Cath Lakes.. if you like snow...

Hopefully it's game on next weekend... maybe I'll see you out there.
(I'll be carrying snow shoes this time) (Pretty sure Joe wanted to punch me last yr. for convincing him otherwise)
smiling smiley

Have fun



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Re: Snow Line Question
May 10, 2013 12:23PM
Dontcha worry, Little Lake is still on my list, maybe in July when the skeeters are friendliest.
Re: Snow Line Question
May 10, 2013 11:39AM
I had never done Cathedral Lakes and did it July, two years ago, the heavy snow year. Much of the trail was snow covered still and we never did reach the lakes. We lost the trail where you hit the meadows, wandered around the flooded meadow, took pictures until after sunset, then tried to get back before it got dark. At one point, not far from the meadow, you cross a stream. We got lost crossing that stream on the return and if I had not used my GPS on the way in, and therefore had the track back feature to use, we would have never found the trail. We had wandered around in the waning light and before I pulled out the GPS, had gotten about 50 yards off trail to the west.

My point is, if there is snow, you should probably return in the light, or have a good GPS.
Re: Snow Line Question
May 10, 2013 11:42AM
Hi Chick-On,
Are you going up near Tuolumne this weekend? If you drive near the Yosemite Creek/Ten Lakes TH, could you give me an idea of what the snow is like? I am going to Ten Lakes in a few weeks and keep seeing all kinds of differing views of how much or little snow there is.
Thanks!! have a great weekend!!
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May 10, 2013 03:25PM
I'm "stuck" at home this weekend. smiling smiley
(Happy Wife, Happy Life)

Maybe Davey Llama can take some pictures. He said he was driving up there...
If not pretty sure plenty of peeps that frequent this forum will be driving by.
Maybe they can take some pictures and post them for you.

smiling smiley

Won't have anything more first hand until the 20th.

Have fun



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May 10, 2013 04:08PM
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chick-on
(Happy Wife, Happy Life)

You're not taking her bushwhacking through thorny manzanita this weekend?
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May 10, 2013 04:34PM
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chick-on
(Happy Wife, Happy Life)

You're not taking her bushwhacking through thorny manzanita this weekend?

I wish



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Re: Snow Line Question
May 10, 2013 07:08PM
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chick-on
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eeek
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chick-on
(Happy Wife, Happy Life)

You're not taking her bushwhacking through thorny manzanita this weekend?

I wish

I'm sure she'll forgive you.
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May 11, 2013 11:17AM
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chick-on
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chick-on
(Happy Wife, Happy Life)

You're not taking her bushwhacking through thorny manzanita this weekend?

I wish

avatar Re: Snow Line Question
May 12, 2013 11:22AM
Um... you make it 20 years when you share some adventures together...



smiling smiley



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Re: Snow Line Question
May 12, 2013 10:07AM
Yosemite Creek/Ten Lakes looks fairly high and dry...at least from the road
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May 12, 2013 11:23AM
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hikerchick395
Yosemite Creek/Ten Lakes looks fairly high and dry...at least from the road

Um... for the 3rd straight year I gave you the correct date.... no where's the pix darnit!?
smiling smiley



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Re: Snow Line Question
May 12, 2013 01:34PM
I was snooping around for photos from opening day only found this:
on someone's blog
And more:
More pics Tenaya Lk, lupine , valley etc

Hope she doesn't mind me linking to her blog!
Re: Snow Line Question
May 12, 2013 01:43PM
Thanks for the info hikerchick!
Re: Snow Line Question
May 13, 2013 08:30PM
Hotrod, I'll be in the High Country on Friday and will scope out Cathedral Lakes for you. I hiked it last May 25, a similar low snow year and was able to day hike to Sunrise HSC and back, though I had to use micro spikes in 6-7 spots before the lakes. Nothing major but I know the trail very well from hiking it countless times. It would tough if you don't know the trail. There will definitely be snowy spots and you will have to posthole it for sure in the shady spots.
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May 13, 2013 11:40PM
Just got home from Young Lakes/Conness. Interesting conditions.

Below the 8600 ft, there's very little snow. Plowing didn't take much work. TM Campground is pretty dry. About as snow-free as I've ever seen it on opening day.

Go up another 500-1000 feet and conditions change pretty quickly. In fact, this is as much snow as I've ever seen on opening day, going back 5 odd years.

It's shaping up into a nice bed of Sierra cement but I'm glad I brought my snowshoes.
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May 14, 2013 02:09AM
Any mosquitoes?
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May 14, 2013 02:34AM
None at all.
Re: Snow Line Question
May 19, 2013 09:57AM
Only skeeters I saw were a couple in the Valley. It's still getting too cold at night above 6000 feet for them, thankfully. On the other hand, it got cold camping up on Snow Creek Friday. Wish I'd have paid a bit more attention to the forecast. Got some speckles of snow on the way to Watkins.
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May 20, 2013 09:23PM
I went over from hwy 108 out of the Leavitt Meadows campground starting Friday and went over Dorothy Pass into the park. Came out of hetch Hetchy today. On the other side snow is 75% covering the ground from cascade creek to lake Harriet. From Harriet to the pass it's solid. On the park side, it's solid from Dorothy through grace meadows. From the meadows to Wilma it's close to 75% coverage. After wilma its pretty clear snow-wise. There was 3-4 feet of snow at the pass (9600' I believe). Dorothy, Stella and Bonnie lakes are still frozen over. Got mosquitoes a few miles past Wilma. Stopped at Vernon for breakfast today and they were out in force.
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May 21, 2013 06:54AM
As usual. Great pix.

First time went to Dorothy wit Z Old Dood and the wifie... Fourth of July...
Looked like this:
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,51886,52151#msg-52151

Good fun hiking around frozen lakes and up Forsyth... I think I have a picture maybe.



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May 21, 2013 11:24AM
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chick-on
As usual. Great pix.

Give me a break, I was on my iphone driving home last night when I posted that.

There, happy now?
http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,66444
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May 21, 2013 11:31AM
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oakroscoe
I was on my iphone driving home last night when I posted that.

I thought I was crazy...

And yes, I'm happy now...

Well... I'll be happier come Friday... but I can't complain...



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