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December
2019

Week 1

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Week 4

Week 5

TRAILHEAD

Last Year

 

December 2019
Iconic sawtooth ridgeline on Mount Whitney
South of the final gentle climb to the Mount Whitney plateau

East Carson River just below PCT under April Snow.
Hiking past the iconic sawtooth ridge on our last steps to the great almost-flat plateau that is the crest of Mount Whitney.

Trail Guide           Map           Miles and Elevations
Not yet all online

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December 2019

 

Full Winter Gear

Time to pull out the full Winter Gear. A thick base layer with thick insulation and shell layers necessary.

 

Nov 20, 2018: FULL Winter Gear Required

Nov 1, 2018: Winter Elements must be included in Kit

Oct 9, 2018: Fall Elements must be included in Kit

 

Yosemite-Hoover-Desolation
&
John Muir Trail Hikers:

Time to Order Next Year's Permits

WARMER
HIGH SIERRA
DAYS ARE AHEAD

Pick 'Em !

Summer of 2020 Backpacking Plans?
Yosemite-Hoover-Desolation
&
John Muir Trail Hikers:

 

It's Time to
Order This Year's Permits!

Reserved permits for the beginning of the Summer, for June of 2020 are now available from Yosemite, Hoover, and Desolation Wilderness Areas.

First shot at June reservations begins in December.

In other words, Yosemite, Desolation, and Hoover Wilderness Areas all offer advanced reservations about six months ahead of your desired hiking dates, so now it the time to get your preferred dates across the whole Summer hiking season.

This means now is the time to get your permit applications for popular hikes into the Man, and see if your best hiking windows are open.

For When?

Permit reservations for June open in December.


All Permits

Yosemite Permits         Desolation Wilderness

 

All Snow Information

December
Road News & Status Links

 

El Nino Report

 

 

Review
December of 2017
against
December of 2016

Against this November of 2018....

 

 

 

 

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26 November

RISING PM SHOWERS
WINTER STORM

FIRST of the YEAR

HAZARDS

RENO
WINTER STORM WARNING

SACTO
WINTER STORM WARNING

HANFORD
WINTER STORM WARNING

 

Cherry Lake Forecast

Lee Vining Forecast

Lake Thomas Edison

 

 

BEST
FORECASTS

HAZARDS

 

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Direct to
Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

Now

RADAR

 

Direct
to
GRAPHICAL INTERFACE

Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

 

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

27 November

CONTINUING
WINTER-COLD
STORM HAZARDS

CalTrans

BLOCKING RIDGE
SMASHED
A Couple of More Lows
are headed our way over
the next few days...

MAPS

HIGH SIERRA
All Snow Info
SNOW STATUS & FORECASTS

 

Direct
Two Day
SNOW FORECAST

Seven Days

 

RENO
WINTER STORM WARNING

SACTO
WINTER STORM WARNING

HANFORD
WINTER STORM WARNING

 

Cherry Lake Forecast

Lee Vining Forecast

Lake Thomas Edison

 

Station Reports
TENTH

--Fall--
Temp Snow Checks

November 27
2019

11AM-11AM

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps.

Last Report:
Nov 20

Next Report:
Nov 29

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
12.0 +12.0
(1.80) +1.50
7618 feet
Trail Map
29 & 21 −/−

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak
18.0 +15
(1.90) +1.20
7652 feet
Stations Map
29 & 20 −/−

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
12.0 +11
(1.60) +1.10
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
29 & 19 −/−

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
22.0
+19
(1.90) +1.40
8660 feet
Trail Map
28 & 17 −/−

West of PCT
Highlands Meadow
2.56
+1.28 ??
(0.--) -.--
8360 feet
Trail Map
25 & 15 /

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake
18.0 +18.0
(1.50) +1.20
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
26 & 14 /

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
42 & 3 +/

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

4.72 +4.32 ???
(--.--)
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
25 & 12 /

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

SW of TYT
Horse Meadow
0.4 =0.0 ???
8602 feet
Trail Map
25 & 15 /

Top of List

Tenaya Lake
19.75 +19.55
(0.01) =0.00 ??
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
28 & 17 /

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

19.11 +19.11
(0.07) +0.07 ??
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
31 & 15 /

Tioga Pass/Dana
14.12 +14.02
(0.0) =
9798 feet
Trail Map
26 & 10/

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass
(error)
10750 feet
Trail Map
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile
22.45 +22.45
(0.61) =0.00 ??
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
26 & 19 /

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass
10.07 +7.91 (earlier)
(0.48) = ??
9500 feet
Trail Map
26 & 13 /

Top of List

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob
7.70 +6.5 (earlier)
(0.00) = ??
10100 feet
Trail Map
28 & 12 /

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

no snow
(27.80) +.3
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
34 & 6 /

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

20.10 +18.5
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
32 & 12 /

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass
(bad)
(0.0) =
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
24 & 8 / (earlier)

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake
31.23 +27.19
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
27 & 12 /
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

20.02 +19.39
11441 feet
Trail Map
28 & 8 /

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

1.33 +1.33 ??
(28.20) +1.34
10,700 feet
Trail Map
30 & 11 −/−

? = questionable data

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

Top of List

 

 

 

2017
Snow & Temp Check


28 November

CONTINUING
WINTER-COLD
STORM HAZARDS

Storm Tailing Off,
Light Snow
Between Lows

 

BEST
FORECASTS

HAZARDS

 

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Direct to
Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

Now

RADAR

 

Direct
to
GRAPHICAL INTERFACE

Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

 

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

 

REALTIME
High Sierra Crestline
Reporting Stations

Compare Today
with
Temperatures
on
Nov 29

Nov 27

Nov 20

Nov 16

Nov 9

Nov 2

Oct 28

Oct 14

Sept 29

Sept 25

Aug 16th

 

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

 

29 November

BETWEEN
STORMS

Light Snow
Between Lows

COLD
Days

COLD
Nights

HAZARD WARNINGS

Saturday Sunday

UPCOMING
WINTER-COLD
STORM HAZARDS

Cherry Lake Forecast

Lee Vining Forecast

Lake Thomas Edison

RENO
WINTER STORM WARNING

SACTO
WINTER STORM WARNING

HANFORD
WINTER STORM WARNING

 

 

 

 

 

Station Reports
ELEVENTH

--Fall--
Temp Snow Checks

November 29
2019

1PM-1PM

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps.

Last Report:
Nov 27

Next Report:
Dec 2

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
16.0 +4.0
(2.30) +0.50
7618 feet
Trail Map
22 & 19 −/−

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak
24.0 +6
(3.10) +2.20
7652 feet
Stations Map
24 & 19 −/−

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
14.0 +2
(2.00) +0.40
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
20 & 16 −/−

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
25.0 +3
(3.70) +1.80
8660 feet
Trail Map
20 & 15 −/−

West of PCT
Highlands Meadow
6.59
+4.03 ??
(0.--) -.--
8360 feet
Trail Map
16 & 13 /

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake
21.0 +3.0
(2.80) +1.30
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
15 & 11 /

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
26 & 1 /

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

Error +-.-- ???
(--.--)
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
14 & 6 /

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

SW of TYT
Horse Meadow
Error =0.0 ???
8602 feet
Trail Map
18 & 12 /

Top of List

Tenaya Lake
24.35 +4.6
(0.01) =0.00 ??
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
23 & 14 /

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

16.60 −2.51
(0.08) +0.01 ??
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
23 & 6 /

Tioga Pass/Dana
00.00 +???
(0.21) +0.21
9798 feet
Trail Map
13 & 3 /

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass
(error)
10750 feet
Trail Map
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile
37.64 +15.19
(0.99) +0.38 ??
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
21 & 16 /

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass
35.97 +25.9 (earlier)
(0.48) = ??
9500 feet
Trail Map
17 & 9 /

Top of List

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob
32.30 +24.6 (earlier)
(0.00) = ??
10100 feet
Trail Map
21 & 7 /

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

no snow sensor
(28.00) +.2
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
17 & 3 /

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

20.10 =0.0
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
14 & 5 /

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass
(bad)
(0.0) =
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
-- & -- / (earlier)

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake
33.84 +2.61
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
17 & 6 /
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

21.08 +1.06
11441 feet
Trail Map
14 & 2 /

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

0.08 −1.25 error ??
(28.84) +0.64
10,700 feet
Trail Map
17 &1 −/−

? = questionable data

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

Top of List

 

2018
Snow & Temp Check

 

30 November

LONG-STRONG
STORM

Days of Snow Ahead

Tropical Transport
Mechanism

Approaches

Light Snow

Tracking TTM

All Precip Forecasts

What's Happening
Note from the 27th

Direct
Two Day
SNOW FORECAST

Seven Days

 

HIGH SIERRA
All Snow Info
SNOW STATUS & FORECASTS

 

COLD
Days

COLD
Nights

 

CalTrans

 

SNOW TRAVEL
WEEKEND?

-->NOTE<--
Nov 27

RENO
Winter Watch Posted
(FOR THE WEEKEND)

 

Mountain Safety
AVALANCHE DANGERS

Winter Backpacking
Considerations

 

Seven Day
Freezing Temperature Probability

 

FULL
WINTER GEAR

REQUIRED
November 26

 

Note
FULL FALL KIT
REQUIRED

(As of Sept 27)
Gear Lists

 

GEAR NOTE
Add Winter Gear
Elements
as
REQUIRED

(As of Oct 11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAST MONTH

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LAST MONTH

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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1

HEAVY SNOW

Tropical Transport
Mechanism

Delivers

Tropical Transport
Mechanism
FORCASTS-OBSERVATIONS

All Precip Forecasts

Compare today's snow deposition with our
Nov 27-29 readings.

CalTrans

Highways

4

108

120

All Closed

 

WINTER-COLD
STORM HAZARDS

HAZARDS

NWS RENO

WINTER STORM WARNING

NWS SACTO

WINTER STORM WARNING

NWS HANFORD

WINTER STORM WARNING

Point Forecasts

Cherry Lake Forecast

Lee Vining Forecast

Lake Thomas Edison

 

 

CCC
Backcountry Trail Crew
APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018
Snowpack & Temps

2018 ROAD STATUS

NOVEMBER 21:
ALL SEASONAL
TRANS-SIERRA
HIGHWAYS

CLOSED for SEASON

Tioga Pass Closed,
Caltrans

Sonora Pass Closed,
Caltrans


Ebbetts Pass Closed, Caltrans

All Road Reports

 

2

HEAVY SNOW

Tropical Transport
Mechanism

Delivers,
&
Diminishing PM

MAJOR WARMING

Clearing PM

NWS RENO
No Warnings

NWS SACTO
Expire this Afternoon

NWS HANFORD
Expire This Afternoon

 

HIGH SIERRA
All Snow Info
SNOW STATUS & FORECASTS

Direct
Two Day
SNOW FORECAST

Seven Days

 

What's Happening
Note from the 27th

 

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
December 2.

N Sierra: 76%

Cen. Sierra: 94%

S Sierra: 107%

Ca State: 88%

Next Measurement:
Dec xx

Last Year

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

 

 

Station Reports
TWELVTH

--Fall--
Temp Snow Checks

December 2
2019

3PM-3PM

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps.

Last Report:
Nov 29

Next Report:
Dec 6

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
16.0 +12.0
(5.20) +2.90
7618 feet
Trail Map
35 & 33 +/+

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak
41.0 +17
(8.20) +5.10
7652 feet
Stations Map
34 & 34 +/+

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
49.0 +35
(7.90) +5.90
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
34 & 31 +/+

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
62.0 +37
(10.10) +6.40
8660 feet
Trail Map
33 & 29 +/+

West of PCT
Highlands Meadow
30.29
+23.7
(5.81) +5.81
8360 feet
Trail Map
32 & 28 +/+

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake
44.0 +23.0
(7.50) +4.7
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
34 & 29 +/+

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
Trail Map Above
FULL REPORT
VIS-CHIL-WEA-MB-
WIND
40 & 33 +/+

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

34.05 +-.--
(--.--)
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
31 & 26 +/+

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

SW of TYT
Horse Meadow
Error =0.0 ???
8602 feet
Trail Map
35 & 29 +/+

Top of List

Tenaya Lake
38.65 +14.3
(0.18) +0.17 ??
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
36 & 29 +/+

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

28.25 +11.65
(0.36) +0.28
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
41 & 27 +/+

Tioga Pass/Dana
02.36 +???
(0.30) +0.09
9798 feet
Trail Map
25 & 35 +/+

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass
(error)
10750 feet
Trail Map
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile
35.67 1.97 ??
(2.73) +1.74
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
36 & 24 +/+

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass
40.90 +4.93 (earlier)
(0.48) = ??
9500 feet
Trail Map
33 & 23 +/+

Top of List

JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob
31.20 −1.1
(0.00) = ??
10100 feet
Trail Map
34 & 25 +/+

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

no snow sensor
(28.10) +0.1
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
38 & 26 +/+

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

22.40 +2.3
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
33 & 24 +/+

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass
(bad)
(0.0) =
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
-- & -- / (earlier)

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake
33.35 −0.49
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
34 & 22 +/+
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

27.19 +6.11
11441 feet
Trail Map
33 & 21 +/+

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

3.69 +3.61 error ??
(29.84) +!.00
10,700 feet
Trail Map
32 & 19 +/+

? = questionable data

All High Sierra
Reporting Stations

More Stations, by Watersheds

Top of List

 

2017
RECORD-SETTING SNOW,
DANGEROUS HEAT

December of 2016
Very Dry Year

December of 2015
2014-15 Driest Year

3

LIGHT SNOW

Tropical Transport
Mechanism

Disapating & Reforming

Gap Between Storms

Low/Lows Spinning off
California Coast Have Shed one Front Line, and are in the process of forming another Set of Lows off the Coast, with another front line running Southwest to Hawaii...

Maps

 

BEST
FORECASTS

HAZARDS

 

Precipitation
General

Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts:
ALL
RAIN FORECASTS
&
MODELS

 

Direct to
Seven Day Precip
Animation

 

Precipitation
Geographic

All High Sierra
ZONE & POINT
FORECASTS

 

All High Sierra
ZONE
FORECASTS

 

Now

RADAR

 

Direct
to
GRAPHICAL INTERFACE

Forecast
Winds? Weather?

NorCal Graphics

Region, SW US

 

Forecast
Temperatures

Model
Five Day Mean
Low Temps

Click Green "Latest" Model,
observe using step button

All Temps

 

Let's look at the
Big Picture
Surface Map

The Pacific Ocean

US Weather Map

All Maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017
Snow Depths & Temps
2017 Calendar

4

BETWEEN
STORMS

Light Showers

 

CalTrans

HAZARDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAST MONTH

NEXT WEEK

TOP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REALTIME
High Sierra Crestline
Reporting Stations

Compare Today
with
Temperatures
on
Nov 27

Nov 20

Nov 16

Nov 9

Nov 2

Oct 28

Oct 14

Sept 29

Sept 25

Aug 16th

 

5

BETWEEN
STORMS

Light Showers

Warnings
Fri-Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
December 5.

N Sierra: 75%

Cen. Sierra: 103%

S Sierra: 117%

Ca State: 97%

Next Measurement:
Dec xx

Last Year

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018
Snowpack & Temps

 

2018
Current Snowpack:
Percent of Average for
December 5.

N Sierra: 80%

Cen. Sierra:113%

S Sierra: 141%

Ca State: 108%

Next Measurement:
Dec 13

Statewide Summary of Snow Water Content PDF

Last Year, 12/29

 

6

BETWEEN
STORMS

Clear & Windy

Storm Arrived PM

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THIRTEENTH

--Fall--
Temp Snow Checks

December 6
2019

9AM-9AM

Below: Watershed Snow Water Content Charts followed by individual reporting station's Snow Depth and 24 hour high-low temps.

Last Report:
Dec 2

Next Report:
Dec --

Tahoe Basin
Watershed

Southwest Tahoe
Trail Map with Stations

PCT-TYT-TRT
Rubicon
27.0 +11.0
(5.20) +0.80
7618 feet
Trail Map
38 & 32 +/−

PCT-TYT-TRT
Echo Peak
29.0 −12
(9.00) +0.80
7652 feet
Stations Map
41 & 34 +/=

American-Yuba Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Carson Pass
42.0 −7
(8.60) +0.70
8388 feet
Trail Map
Stations Map
36 & 26 +/−

Carson-Walker
Watershed
s

PCT-TYT
Ebbetts Pass
51.0 11.00
(11.5) +1.40
8660 feet
Trail Map
38 & 34 +/+

West of PCT
Highlands Meadow
25.69
−4.6
(6.16) +0.35
8360 feet
Trail Map
33 & 24 +/

EAST FLANK
Leavitt Lake
36.0 8.0
(8.00) +0.5
9602 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
39 & 34 +/+

EAST FLANK
Marine Base
Cold Weather Training

6748 feet East Flank
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42 & 17 +/

Mokelumne-Stanislaus Watersheds

PCT-TYT
Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows
RESUPPLY
Deadman Creek

25.39 −8.66
(--.--)
9250 feet,West Flank,
Trail Map
38 & 19 +/

Tuolumne-Merced
Watersheds

SW of TYT
Horse Meadow
Error =0.4 ???
8602 feet
Trail Map
44 & 11 +/

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Tenaya Lake
32.87 −5.78
(0.85) +0.67 ??
8163 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
39 & 11 +/

JMT-PCT-TYT
Tuolumne Meadows

23.97 4.28
(1.12) +0.76
8600 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
40 & 8 /

Tioga Pass/Dana
02.20 -.16???
(0.31) +0.01
9798 feet
Trail Map
36 & 16 +/

Mammoth Mountain

Mono Lake-Owens Basin

East of PCT-JMT
Above Gem Lake
Gem Pass
(error)
10750 feet
Trail Map
temps bad

JMT-PCT Junction
Devils Postpile
32.60 −3.07
(2.73) +0.56
8004 feet
Trail Map Above
41 & 10 +/−

NE of JMT-PCT
Mammoth Pass
40.40 0.50
(0.48) = ??
9500 feet
Trail Map
36 & 23 +/=

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JMT-PCT
E of Bear Ridge

Volcanic Knob
30.10 −0.9
(0.00) = ??
10100 feet
Trail Map
41 & 15 +/−

East Flank
South Lake Cabin

no snow sensor
(28.20) +0.1
9580 feet, East Flank
Trail Map
45 & 26 +/=

East Flank
Big Pine Sawmill

19.90 −2.5
10200 feet, East Flank
Trail Map Above
39 & 22 +/−

Kings River

Just East JMT-PCT
Bishop Pass
(bad)
(0.0) =
11972 feet
Trail Map Above
-- & -- / (earlier)

Just West JMT-PCT
Charlotte Lake
31.65 −1.7
10398 feet, West Flank
Trail Map
36 & 14 +/
(Typically the coldest station)

Kern Watershed

JMT-PCT
Upr Tyndall Creek

26.76 −0.43
11441 feet
Trail Map
40 & 24 +/+

JMT
Crabtree Meadow

4.62 +0.93 error ??
(30.29) +0.45
10,700 feet
Trail Map
38 & 14 +/

? = questionable data

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Nov 9

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Rubicon
7618 feet

Echo Peak
7652 feet

Carson Pass
8388 feet

Ebbetts Pass
8660 feet

Leavitt Lake
9602 feet

Marine Base
6748 feet East Flank

Deadman Creek
9250 feet

Tuolumne Meadows
8600 feet

Tioga Pass/Dana
9798 feet

Gem Pass
10750 feet

Mammoth Pass
9500 feet


South Lake Cabin
9580 feet

Big Pine Sawmill
10200 feet

Bishop Pass
11972 feet

Charlotte Lake
10398 feet

Upr Tyndall Creek
11441 feet

 

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December 13.

N Sierra: 64%

Cen. Sierra:92%

S Sierra: 102%

Ca State: 87%

Last Measurement: Dec 5

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December 20.

N Sierra: 68%

Cen. Sierra:81%

S Sierra: 89%

Ca State: 80%

Last: Dec 5


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N Sierra: 24%

Cen. Sierra:33%

S Sierra: 23%

Ca State: 27%

 

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This 2017 High Sierra backpacking and backpacker's Calendar notes important hiking dates as our seasons progress to compare current and recent historical weather to determine the best gear for the conditions. We also track the expected against the actual dates our resupply locations and the trans Sierra highways that feed them open and close. We also include permit reservation timing reminder information for those who seek hard to get

 

 

NOTES:
December Tenth, 2015:
Intense tropical flows have so far been diverted around us by the same persistent ridge, the high pressure zone that's been gradually building, strengthening, and persisting over Winter in the Northwest and West Pac over the last fifteen years. Yup, that one. I am betting that each time this ridge breaks down from here on out we will have a good chance of North and Central California getting seriously hosed. The ridge persisting will continue the deluge that everyone from Portland Oregon, and points North, has been getting pounded with, so far this year.

The distribution of El Nino tropical moisture has been controlled by the balance of factors I discussed in the December Backpacker Alert.

Season's Greetings: Alex and all the members of Tahoe to Whitney hope you had a killer backpacking year, that you’ve seen amazing things and met incredible folks on the long trails between Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney. Woo Hooo!

Now's the Time! November & December is the time to reserve permits in Desolation Wilderness or Yosemite National Park for next June. Half of each ‘s Wilderness Permits for these heavily used areas are available six months before the start date of the backpacking trip.

 

 

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The Winter Backpacker

Very short days and long cold nights makes Winter hiking trips very different than Summer.

I’m hopeful the trails will be buried under yards of snow by December 2016…

If so, our goals, our speed, and our expectations have fully shifted into Winter Mode.

Our changing inner perspective ideally matches external environmental changes.

May your perspective always complement your environment, and visa-versa.

 

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I am hoping my frostbite/heart is recovered enough to resume my annual Christmas-New Year Snow Camping Triangle at the end of 2016.

From Meyers to Round Lake to Showers Lake to Round Top Lake and back to Meyers is my traditional December 25 Christmas present to myself.

The terrain, the joy of navigation and route finding the snow-covered beauty of the High Sierra during Winter is a special experience well worth the efforts and hazards.

Happy Trails!

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