[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[pct-l] questions about current conditions in CA Section H
- Subject: [pct-l] questions about current conditions in CA Section H
- From: mardav at charter.net (Marion Davison)
- Date: Sun Jul 31 01:03:36 2005
We have just returned from a 30 day road trip to burn up some vacation
time, while waiting for the snow to melt in the Sierras. I still have a
month of vacation left and would like to take a 4 week llama trek in the
Sierras, in Section H. I plan to start on August 4, if I can find
somewhere to go. However I have deep concerns about trail
conditions--specifically snow, mosquitoes, high water, and severe trail
Can anyone tell me where to get the most up to date information about
trail conditions? The PCTA site's last info for section H was posted
July 15. I would like to think that conditions have improved since then.
I would like to have a pleasant trip--llamas can't wear crampons or use
an ice ax and they are smart enough to want to avoid traveling on snow.
We also prefer to avoid heavy mosquito infestations. I would like to
avoid drowning also. I know I sound like a total wuss--that's because I
am-- but this is why I usually do all my High Sierra hiking in August
when it is paradise up there. PCT thru hikers don't have the luxury of
traveling the Sierras in their best season.
Anyway the question is--are conditions beginning to approach normal
August--little snow, low water, few bugs--or is it like late June out
there? At what elevation can I expect the ground to be snow free next
week? Which passes are likely to stay snow covered this season, if
any? Are any of the water crossings still dangerous? Have the bugs
begun to subside as they usually do in August, or are they still brutal,
and at what elevation? Are there any pieces of PCtrail in section H
that are in bad shape, with washouts and deadfall?
I would greatly appreciate any current info or links anyone can give me
so that I can plan a pleasant, safe and do-able trip.