May 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm #1274406
Eli BurakianBPL Member
Hello all. I'm new to this forum, although I've been reading it for a while, I just joined in.
Anyways, I live in Vermont and will be heading out to Portland, OR for a wedding. Prior to heading out to a 5 week backpacking trip in Armenia (I'll post more later) I'm tacking on about 10 days to do something out west.
June 27 – July 6
I know everywhere out there has a big snowpack, so whatever I do I (and my partner) plan to bring the appropriate gear for lots of snow travel. Anyways, I've narrowed my choices down to:
Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier
Finish the Sierra High Route
Last year I did about 70% of the High Route, so I basically plan on finishing what I skipped, specifically from Red's Meadow/Mammoth – Piute River/Piute Pass and continuing on to Bishop Pass, even though I did that last year.
Any advice or suggestions much appreciated!May 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm #1741069
Chris MorganBPL Member
@chrismorganLocale: Southern Oregon
I don't know about SHR with the snow this year, but expect Wonderland to look like this:
In other words, pretty much all snow travel.May 25, 2011 at 4:23 pm #1741103
@skyzoLocale: Borah Gear
I would definitely expect both the SHR and Wonderland to be a snow traverse like Chris said. Things around Wonderland probably won't clear up until early late july – early August. This was a bomber snow year in the northwest.
Chris, if you dont mind me asking, what program did you use for that modeled snow depth?May 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm #1741207
@boredomheroLocale: Pacific Northwest
I did the Wonderland three years ago in Aug and there were stretches of continuous snow travel. This year it may never be passable in places. A very short window of hiking here in the NW during 2011.May 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm #1741217
Sarah KirkconnellBPL Member
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Yep, expect snow. A LOT of snow this year on the WT. If it melts out, who knows when. It is still cold here and while some snow is melting we are just not getting the warm days (and nights) needed.May 26, 2011 at 2:50 pm #1741538
Eli BurakianBPL Member
Thanks for all the input.
I guess my question really is, would the Wonderland Trail be totally undoable if it were really snowy, or just much harder? I'm prepared to use crampons and ice axe.
Same goes for the high route. We probably had about 4-5 miles of snow travel over about 120 miles on the SHR last July-August. It was certainly slower, but not a show-stopper.
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