Jul 28, 2012 at 7:31 am #1292400
I just made last minute reservations to hike out of Parker Pass and return through Tuolumne: has anyone been there this year? Does anyone have any reports on water availability, mosquitos or fire restrictions? I really haven’t defined the trip yet and I am open to suggestions (5 day/4 night trip). Best regards – JonJul 28, 2012 at 8:44 am #1898177
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
The trip is doable and has been on my list to do. I have looked at maps and it looks to be an interesting trip due to the scenery. Parker Pass is quite stark. I am under the impression that you would be returning via Donahue and back to Tuolumne Meadows? I would not worry about mosquitoes due to the early hatch this year. Have fun and post pics and a trip report, I am interested to see how it wasJul 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm #1898222
@qtrlbrwchsLocale: northern california
I just did this trip earlier this week, Tuesday and Wednesday. Parker and koip peak passes were really beautiful and extremely windy in the afternoon. Water was plentiful the entire trip. I camped near the alger lakes. If you wanted to add some time I would check out the lakes south of gem and Waugh. And also there are some nice places to camp at Marie lakes. The only mosquitoes I encountered were between Gem and Waugh lakes but they weren't bad at all. Also it was easy catching a ride back to mono th, if you were concerned about that at all.
Hope you enjoy your trip.Jul 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm #1898329
You might be interested to visit the B24 crash site from 1943. Have a look at these photos http://joeidoni.smugmug.com/gallery/3385314#!i=502307479&k=fByZz
You will find a way description in there.
ManfredJul 30, 2012 at 7:04 am #1898517
I was there 3 weeks ago and water was no problem. I was thinking with the warm winter that water would be a problem but found it not to be the case. There were no fire restrictions when we were there but I would check with the backcountry office when you go to pick up your backcountry permit. As far as mosquitos, there were enough for us to put on bug spray but not enough to need a face net.
Enjoy your hike!
LathamAug 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm #1901495
Hopefully this helps and you haven't gone on the trip yet.
I did this exact trip about 1.5 months ago.
Koip Peak Pass is dangerous if the winds kick in.
When I did it I was unlucky enough to hit 40MPH winds JUST as I got off the summit.
A few more minutes and it could have been VERY dangerous.
Here are some videos from the area:Aug 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm #1902091
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
I've been to the B24 bomber crash site up there, as Manfred mentions. It is right in the saddle between Kuna and Koip Peaks. At first, you don't see anything. Then you look closely and see a few reflective pieces of aluminum engine cowlings. When you get close, there is scrap metal scattered all over the place, and some of the parts still have the nomenclature plate with serial number. I believe that three of the four engines are still there. The propellers show that they were spinning when they hit rock.
It makes for an interesting diversion from a normal backpacking trip.
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