[Cdt-l] southbound start date

Jim and_or Ginny Owen spiriteagle99 at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 17 09:25:00 CDT 2013

When we thruhiked in 1999, it was a very high snow year (about 180%).  We started at Warm Springs May 30, heading north.   We ran into snow on the trail until about the 1st of July, but it wasn't completely covered.  Up on the ridges, the trail was often swept completely clear.  Below 7000', the trail was clear.  By June 15, there was even more clear trail, but some places (like the passes in the Bob and Glacier) had significant snow cover.  Since we were there during snowmelt, some of the river crossings were pretty hairy.  It's a good idea to carry the National Forest maps in case you need to select an alternate lower route or one with fewer river crossings.  
If interested, see:  http://spiriteaglehome.com/cdt99.html 
 GinnyFrom: laurenmoran15 at hotmail.com
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:57:19 +0000
Subject: [Cdt-l] southbound start date

Hi everyone - My hiking partners and I are trying to nail down a start date for our southbound hike this year. We have been thinking about June 15th, but are trying to get a sense of how much snow we will likely be dealing with during the first few weeks of our hike. Of course the temps over the next 8 weeks can't really be predicted and will be a huge determiner of how much melting goes on. But...given that this was an average snow year in Montana, can someone give some sort of sense of what conditions MIGHT be like in Glacier and the Bob in mid June. Our main frame of reference is that we hiked the PCT in 2010, a pretty high snow year (but way less than 2011). My buddy thinks there will be "substantially more" snow in Montana than what we encountered in the Sierra (6/30 entry date); I am hoping he is incorrect about that. I assume the Highline Trail will be impassable, so we'll plan to start at Chief Mountain. Any thoughts and advice are appreciated.
-Swiss Miss


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