[pct-l] Section Hike
baidarker at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 18:41:12 CST 2017
Going southbound would also be fine, as is flipping, as you're starting at
the right time for that section, but you can still encounter snow in
Northern CA in late June and Early July, just like in the Sierra. If you
have the flexibility to decide closer to your start date, you'll be able to
follow the melt out and start at whichever end is better. And,no matter
what the snow looks like right now, given a couple of Pineapple Express
storms (very warm) or just an early spring, the snow can be gone in a
matter of days, or a few weeks. So trying to predict the depths right now
is a good game, but not very dependable. The year I hiked, the spring just
never came and in June we had snow from the High Sierra to Canada in all
the mountains. Several friends of mine who flipped north, had to back out
after 50 miles as the blow downs and deep snow was just too much. I hooked
up with some wonderful folks and we did 5 weeks over the Sierra, mostly in
snow, and it was some of the best backpacking any of us have ever done.
Keep some flexibility in your plans and go for whatever is best when you're
ready to start.
On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 4:32 PM, Scott Williams <baidarker at gmail.com> wrote:
> Everything that Scott said. Head net is a must, and bug repellant, but
> even in a big snow year, I had bad bugs in Tuolumne Meadows in late June
> (the whole of the High Sierra could be bad if there's a big hatch) but
> north of that, it was sporadic and not at all the run screaming from the
> trail type of bug problems. You'll be hiking some of the most gorgeous
> mountains in America. Ending at the border will put you right near Ashland
> Oregon, many folks' favorite trail town. Great food, a bit of nightlife
> and the Shakespeare festival of course. Sounds like a great plan.
> Have a wonderful Summer!
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 4:13 PM, Scott Diamond <
> scott.diamond.mail at gmail.com> wrote:
>> That sounds like a great section to hike. Big Section. Given that time of
>> year and mileage that is probably the best section. I expect much snow
>> this season so the later in June the better. Yes mosquito can be bad but
>> not that bad. Bring bug repellent and a mosquito head net.
>> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM, claire rdl <clairerdl at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi everyone! New to this list, not quite sure how it works, but figure
>> > give it a shot.
>> > Hoping to get some advice on a section hike, thinking around 1000 miles
>> > and starting in late June/early July. For now, I am starting at Kennedy
>> > Meadows and heading to the Oregon Border. However, I was wondering if
>> > of you know a better place to start around late June/early July, or does
>> > that sound like a pleasurable hike? I’ve heard mosquitos are pretty
>> > around that time, any advice on avoiding them?
>> > Thanks in advance,
>> > Claire
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