[Cdt-l] MT smowpack Stemple to Anaconda?

Jeff Braun jbraun at vizsolutions.com
Tue May 22 00:59:11 CDT 2012

Generally the conditions look pretty good until you hit the PIntlers. A few
high spots will still have snow.

in the Helena area, the Nevada Ridge snotel at 7000' still shows a little
snow, so you will encounter some snow over Nevada and Black Mtn northwest
of Helena. Having hiked the CDT south of Helena in early June 2002 (less
snow than 2012, but slower to melt by a week or two), I would guess you
will find some snow over Thunderbolt. (Rocker Peak snotel at 8000' still
shows some snow.)

The Pintlers are still pretty white and the Peterson Meadow snotel at 7200'
near Storm Lake just melted out about 5 days ago. I expect snow will still
be significant above 8000' for a few weeks. The snow melt has slowed down
and the forecast is for cool wet weather over the next week.

I can tell you the CDT has been free of snow around Butte for a couple of
weeks.  I expect it is clear of snow from Champion Pass to I-15 SW of
Butte. Onward to the west from there, the snowline on Mt Fleecer looks like
~8200' and there is still snow on the top of Burnt Mtn.


On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM, <PeekTrekker4 at aol.com> wrote:

> **
>     I'm hoping to hike S from Stemple Pass MT on 1 Jun, in this below
> average snowpack year everywhere in MT except Glacier NP. Does anyone have
> personal knowledge or thoughts about snowpack from Stemple Pass down across
> the Anaconda Cutoff and into the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness.
>     Stemple to Anaconda is roughly 6,500 to 8,500, most in the 6,000s and
> 7,000s. From Goat Flat into the A-P Wilderness is higher elevation I know,
> but that would be another week into Jun, and 2.5 weeks from today.
> Postholer shows no snow (I guess) in some of these areas, but I'm not
> familiar with the reporting station names, so that chart is a crapshoot to
> me. Helena NF says probably patches but no fields to Anaconda.
> Thanks,
> Trekker
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