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Leavitt Peak
Leavitt Peak from the East.
Leavitt Peak from the East hiking NE from Leavitt Lake. Map. Leavitt Peak is the furthest distant low rounded peak on the Left.

 

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Quote of the Day?
Al Says...


  "Nothing in this trail guide will protect you against yourself, or the occasional Fury of Nature."

Nature can tear us up.

I just try stay out of the way and not get squished by
man, nature, or my own stupidity,
&
"Sometimes dancing through life requires running for your life."

BE READY

The quotes are from the guide's Tahoe to Yosemite Trail Intro & miles comparison page, before we compare the length of the PCT route with that of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail.

The Tahoe to Yosemite Trail

Updated
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12:30 ZULU
05:30 PDT, April 21, 2017

TIME INFO


High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar

 

Current
HIGH ELEVATION SIERRA
Backpacker News
, General Status & Conditions

 


Covering
FRIDAY, APRIL 21. 3017
Through the Weekend

Tahoe to Whitney High Sierra Magazine

Sierra Status

Late
April, 2017
UPDATE

SPRING

Enduring
Headline Story
DANGER
on the
SIERRA CREST

3500 PCT HIKERS MOVING NORTH
TOWARDS
THE SIERRA NEVADA

SNOW ----- WATER
CONDITIONS
A huge Spring snow pack rests on the Sierra Crest. The difficulty of crossing it begins with cold snow and Winter conditions. But this changes. Soon snow travel difficulty increases with the heat of the thaw. The difficulty of a soft snow pack is always matched by its feeding rising rivers and fording dangers.

This is the time of year that our hiking difficulties will transition along with and through all of Spring's difficult and delightful phases before melting into the normal difficulty of Summer.

An explosion of life is riding the wave of the thaw up the mountain as Spring's combination of rising Sun and melting water fires up not just a blooming explosion of plant life, but supercharges every piece of the Web of Life.

These beauties and brutalities of Spring travel in the Sierra make it a special time. And a time you should carefully measure your gear, skills, and fitness against the reality on the ground before entering the Sierra in April. Or May... (June & July!?)

Are PCT hikers aware of these Spring Snow Transitions, and the parallel shifting of Risks in the
Sierra Nevada?

Are they properly prepared for vast amounts of high elevation snow making a daily transition from rock hard to bottomless? Are they properly geared and experienced to manage its soft and hard phases?

A vast, historic snow pack covers the Sierra Nevada. This snow pack is going to undergo a vast and powerful transformation.
These conditions demand great respect, proper gear, skills, and fitness.

There are going to be times when it will be unwise to attempt river fording during certain high flow periods in this upcoming thaw. At a certain point the thaw will get crazy, and we will do good to stay away from its major fords until it calms back down.

PASSING
April 6th-20th
STORM HAZARD PASSING
The Pattern of A Series of Lows-Highs is delayed, if not broken.
(See Calendar)

NEW
April 20, 2017
WEATHER HAZARD: Weak Front(s) Dispelled


NEW
April 20, 2017

WEATHER HAZARD: Cold Threat INCREASING

OLD
STORM CONDITION
NIGHTS OF THE 16th-20th
WEATHER HAZARD ENDED (See Calendar)

April 5
Whiteblaze
AT Forum

&
PCTA
posted
TW April 1 Backpacker Alert

 

More Resources

Latest Backpacker News & Info

The High Sierra Backpacker Calendar

The Sierra Crestline Temp and Snow Station Reports

Latest High Sierra Warning &
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River Reports

All 2017 Backpacker Alerts

NWS HAZARDS & WARNINGS

 

Mountain Roads this Winter

YOSEMITE ALERTS

CalTrans Mountain Resources

 

All Mountain News

Information
&
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NEW
Spring Thaw
FEATURES

Ongoing
April
Services

SNOW & WATER
REPORTING

SNOW & TEMP
We track snow & conditions along the Sierra Crest over time through selected stations on the Backpacker's Calendar.

Now we've located these reporting stations, along with their nearby associated station in a NEW, geographic North to South,
List of Reporting Stations.

 

RIVERS
All the rivers are rising as we watch the temps rise and the snowpack decline. Now we deploy our River Watch Tools to watch for the signals the Raging Phase of the Spring Thaw has begun.

It is coming.

Below our List of Reporting Stations above we have complied all of
California's River Forecast Tools,
offering
Selected River Flow Reports.

Also See
date-selectable Current and Historical High Sierra SnowPack Status

Also See
All High Sierra Snowpack Data

Date-Adjustable High Sierra Snowpack Status

Monitoring the snow level and rate of melt against the rise of the rivers should at least inform us of when the Fording Fear Factor will rise and fall around its unpassable phase.

It is coming.

And, it will be EPIC.

Keep your eyes out for warm, wet, tropical skies...

 

 

UPDATED
Headline Story
April 20th , 2017

WEAK STORM DEPARTS
SIERRA CREST
HIGH ARRIVES

High Sierra Weather Page

Weather Page Storm Warnings

NEW HAZARD:
NIGHTS OF THE 20th-21st
COLD WEATHER HAZARD (See Calendar)

A new pattern consisting of a series of warm & cold Spring Storms has broken.

Temps are Rising!

Well, first they will cool further through the clear skies of the building High Pressure Zone.

Enjoy It!

My feeling is that this season has displayed, and will continue to express a much higer level of tropical transport activity than typical for this time of year, and more than we expect, as it has all season long.

Judging from the long-term trends and the last few years, this Spring is going to warm up rapidly, and if it warms up carrying rain from the tropics, well, then we have not seen anything yet, even during this already record-level rain, snow, and flood season.

All that snow's still up there, folks, and it's still getting bigger.

 

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April 14, 2017

California expects new water-year record to be set this week,
Mercury News, , April 13, 2017

 

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KEY
NEWS
Updated
April 20, 2017

VAST SNOW PACK
ON
SIERRA CREST

189 % of Average

(AGAIN & AGAIN)
MOUNTAIN DANGERS
RISING

AS
EPIC SPRING CONDITIONS
of
-STORMS-COLD-
-RISING THAW THREAT-
&
PCT
HIKERS
All
SIMULTANOUSLY CONVERGE
on the
SIERRA NEVADA

 

 

The Situation

Starting April 1
STANDING
EMERGENCY ALERT

April 1 Backpacker Alert

Why? >
High Sierra Travel Conditions

 

 

April 20 Update
2 ACTIVE BACKPACKER ALERTS

THREATS PERSIST

MASSIVE SNOW PACK
Travel Conditions Hazard

HUGE THAW COMING
Travel Conditions Hazard

STORM CONDITIONS
16th-20th ENDED

COLD CONDITION
NIGHTS OF THE 20th-21st?

 

NEW
APPROACHING:
STORM CONDITIONS
NIGHT OF THE 24th?

 


WEATHER HAZARDS
(See Calendar)

 

 

HAZARDS DURATION
Snow Travel Warning
Continuing April 1 to ? ONGOING

Mnt. Storm Warning
April 16 to 20 ENDED

Cold Warning
April 20-21

Huge Thaw Travel Warning
Coming April ? to ?

 

Thoughts
&
Observations


April 2017
ONGOING
SPRING DELIGHTS

NOTE
These are ideal Spring Snow Backpacker Conditions.
Well, they will be after a bit of clear sky and some compression...

April 19 Weather Notes

We are/will be seeing ideal windows opening up for Spring Snow Trips between storms over at least the next two months.

Through July?

We currently face the best Spring Snow Season since 2010-11. This Spring will be packed full of what have been increasingly rare Spring Snow backpacking opportunities over the past couple of decades.

Take advantage now, for we have no idea what next year's weather will bring.

 

UPDATED
(continuing)
Headline Story
April 20, 2017

Anyone Hear Anything?

I figure that by this day many many PCT Hikers are now moving North towards the Southern Foot of the Sierra.

Let me know what you see or hear.

hiker1@TahoetoWhitney.com

My Earlier Warnings:

April
Dangers

April 20, 2017
Right now we have an epic snowpack that demands the attention of everyone who has aspirations of hiking the PCT this year.

Travel Conditions-Hazards Warning
IN EFFECT
April 1
Backpacker Alert

ALL HIGH SIERRA
Current & This Week's Snow & Temp Status

New
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New
River Flows Charts

Notes on
Spring Conditions
"Open" Spring Conditions for PCT-JMT?

NOT THIS YEAR:

HUGE PACK ON THE CREST

Typically,
"It Depends."
Conditions on the ground, NOT a date on the calendar determines our gear, fitness, and skills requirements.

Spring has been clearing mountain trails earlier and earlier over the the last twenty-five years, and especially the last seven years.

THAT TREND DIED THIS YEAR

CONDITIONS ARE CRAZY ON THE GROUND:
DEEP, DEEP SNOW ON SIERRA CREST
RAGING RIVERS COMING SOON

 

Bottom Line
No snow skills? No snow gear?

NO GO!!


About The Image Above:
Leavitt Peak & East Carson River in the Snow
Winter Travel Notes.

 

Leavitt Peak Map

 

East Carson River Map.


RELATED:
OMG!
CRAZY SPRING SNOW CONDITIONS?

YUP:


Spring Snow Backpacking South Tahoe
VIDEOS
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Meiss Country Roadless Area Map

 

Tomorrow
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X


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CURRENT STATUS
April 20, 2017

Buried in Snow

CONDITIONS, STATUS, & POTENTIAL
REPORTS

BACKPACKER ALERT
April 1, 2017

BACKPACKER ALERT
March 22, 2017

Read about last time Sierra Snow was deep, but:
not as deep as this year, in 2010-11.

Spring
April 20, 2017

Snow Depth Reading:
HIGH SIERRA SNOW STATUS
High Sierra Backpacker's Calendar

High Sierra Backpacker's
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WELCOME!

Current Hot Topic

When?
PCT and JMT hikers are concerned with when the snow clears and enough of the Thaw passes to allow hiking through the high passes along the Sierra Crest and safe fording of the river valleys between peaks & passes.

Late & Later
Thess questions are asked in the context of a record-breaking snowpack. "Late and Late" are the respective answers to these questions,

Now
For the rest of us the question is when will the Sierra close down for Spring Snow backpacking with the advent of dangerous surging fords?

When will trails open for Summertime backpacking?

Then
Snow in protected NE aspects will likely persist through Summer to next Winter. The whole Crest could have Summer snow this year!

The final answers to all these long and short term questions will come with the disposition and character of Spring's Storms and the trajectory of its increasing temps into Summer.

Eyes on the Skies
We are watching with many eyes and the most sophisticated tools. Add yours.

Basic Truth
At the very least we are going to see a Spring Thaw of profound power, duration, and danger. There will be a massive deposition of warm, wet, deep, difficult to cross Spring snow this year.

Outer Limits
I have no problem crossing or navigating through snow obscured terrain, (aside from the profound difficulty of deep, wet, warm Spring snow...) yet the melt of this vast-pack will be linked to a considerable period of very dangerous river flows that I will not personally attempt fording. When?

We're Watching:

Wa-Wa

Prospects
Warm, wet tropical rainstorms out of the tropics could sweep the Crest this year. Tropical flows late in the Spring can bring disasterous flooding when and wherever they fall, onto one river valley, none, or all of them.

Our latest
BACKPACKER ALERT
April 1, 2017

Last Alert
Backpacker's Alert of March 22
addresses our current situation.

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Sierra Conditons
on the

High Sierra Backpacking Calendar

and the news on the

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