- Sep 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm #3491800
Please talk me out of this. But how feasible is the PCT from Mx border to Anza in the dead of winter using, say, a 20* WM bag, enclosed tarp tent, and “normal” three season gear? (I know, what’s “normal”?)
Here are the average high and low temps i could find — so factor in cold snaps ~10 deg lower. the elevation doesn’t go above 5k’-6k’ at most and is often lower.
1.3m Campo (2600′) 63*/34*
43m Mt. Laguna (5980′) 48*/34*
109.6m Warner Springs (3040′) 50*/36*
129m Combs Peak (5595′) ?/?
151m Anza (4919′) 57*/35*
(north of Anza it climbs steadily to >9k’)
too cold? snow? better water than summer? what else do i need to know?Sep 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm #3491807
Ken T.BPL Member
Could be nice. I’ve had some great winter trips there.Sep 18, 2017 at 11:30 pm #3491837
David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Those looks like great temps for hiking. Says the Alaskan.
This is BPL. Better to carry 8 ounces more down in your quilt than 8 (or 20) pounds more water on your back.Sep 19, 2017 at 12:37 am #3491839
Rex SandersBPL Member
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Don’t underestimate winter storms in Southern California. I’ve been snowed on in the Laguna Mountains hiking the PCT, in that storm the snow line was ~4,500 feet. Heavy, wet snow, too.
Average high/low temperatures can be deceiving in desert areas – lots of temperature (and precipitation) variability. Look for high elevation weather stations near your route with long records. Try wunderground.com WunderMaps. You don’t need to plan for the lowest lows, but knowing that the area routinely gets (say) 20° F lower than average a few nights per month might change your equipment or camping strategies.
— RexSep 19, 2017 at 8:44 am #3491880
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Think it’s a great time but besides Mt Laguna, there’s also Fuller Ridge which can be a bear to cross when icy. Even the alternative could have a lot of snow.
Could temporarily skip if you could get a ride from Paradise Cafe or Idyllwild itself, then come back and do the ridge when the snow melts as Idyllwild is a great trail town regardless of season.Sep 19, 2017 at 10:36 am #3491909
helpful, thanks. yeah i wouldn’t attempt Fuller Ridge or anything north of Anza. elevation is too high for me for that time of year. but maybe as an “opportunity” hike if there’s a warm spell forecast.Sep 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm #3492454
Kiel SenningerBPL Member
@kiel-sLocale: San Diego
Do you have to travel far to get down there? If there’s a storm coming, it’ll be in the forecast 7-10 days out. You could just keep an eye on it and go when it looks good.
I used to hike out there a lot during that time of year. It could either be hot, “cold”, or just right. I say go for it if you can find a good weather window. Bring some extra layers and get all snuggled up in that 20* bag when the sun goes down.
Water will probably be better than during the summer, but I’d plan on it not being great.
At least there’s a lot of places to bail if you get in over your head.
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