Sorry we don’t have a current photo of the Sequoia backcountry but the one above is from the last huge winter we had. This is the view from the north looking south up at Muir Pass. You can see the Muir Hut poking out a bit as well. I’m guessing this is about what it looks like back there now. The creeks will be cranking and snow bridges will be sketchy as well, more so in the afternoons, so plan ahead and take on any crossings in the morning. This particular summer the water crossing at the outlet of McClure Meadow was 4 feet deep in the morning and McClure Meadow was a lake!
Here’s a list of a bunch of links that may be handy. Some of the Forest Service and National Park Service trail, road, and campground openings and conditions. Looks like they have tried to update them recently. If you’ve been out in the backcountry shoot these folks an e-mail with any info you’ve got on conditions. It is greatly appreciated since many of these agencies are understaffed especially in the Wilderness departments.
Inyo National Forest:
One other spot to check for High Sierra information is the High Sierra Topic forums. They have a thread that may or may not be updated but worth a look for some first hand info.
One of the benefits of living in the western United States is the year round access to so many of the National Parks (and forests for that matter). The Center for Park Research, an offshoot of the National Parks Conservation Association, has released their findings from 10 years of research on the conditions of the cultural and natural resources of the parks. Their findings “paint a grim picture” for the future of these resources we enjoy spending so much time in. Here’s a great article from Adventure-Journal.com by Michael Frank:
and another on the same subject from The Salt Lake Tribune, by Brett Prettyman
Want to know more about the NPCA’s report? Check out their website HERE. Or click on the image below to get the entire 68 page report in PDF format.
It’s that time of the year again. The 38th Annual Western States 100 Endurance Run begins this weekend right here at 5AM on Saturday in Squaw Valley and continues on to Auburn for 100 miles. Get out there and cheer these folks on. It’s another year with snow on the course and should be quite a weekend! Click on the buckle to link to the Western States 100 website.
Not into the whole ultra thing or maybe you got shut down on the entry in the WS100? Well Big Blue Adventure has a couple events this weekend as well in Tahoe. On Saturday XTERRA Tahoe City begins at 8AM right at Commons Beach! Entrants will swim, mountain bike, and trail run there way to the finish once again at Commons Beach.
Then commencing Sunday at 7:45AM is the Run to Squaw Valley USA. A 7.9 mile running race beginning at Commons Beach and finishing at the Village at Squaw Valley. On site registration available for both events!
“Trail Update as of Saturday 6.18: Glen Alpine to Lilly Lake DRY, TRT Tahoe City towards Brockway 5 miles in DRY, Eagle Lake DRY, Rubicon Trail/Emerald Bay DRY, Meeks Bay mostly DRY 4.5 miles in. Things are melting quick! Get out there and enjoy the sun!”
According to the Yosemite National Park website Tioga is open as of today however with limited access:
The Tioga Road will open on Saturday, June 18, 2011, at 8 am. There will be several no-stopping zones and visitors should be aware that hiking opportunities are extremely limited due to snow and dangerous creek crossings. No services will be available along the road.
Ever wonder why all the trails you use are in such nice condition? Well here in Lake Tahoe the big daddy trail of them all is kept in tip top shape by users just like you.
photo from TRTA
Throughout the summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association runs volunteer trail maintenance days in order to build and maintain the Tahoe Rim Trail. So if you’d like to help out and do your part check out the TRTA’s website for volunteer opportunities. In addition to trail work info the TRTA puts on all sorts of great events year round.
What a great way to get out and enjoy the wild lands and give back as well! There are 165 miles traveling the ridges around Lake Tahoe to be kept in order, why not volunteer on an unfamiliar section?
Don’t feel like digging in the dirt all day but still want to help out? Check out what the US Forest Service has available as well. They have many other options besides trail work.