2020 Snow Level

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Don Nelsen
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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by Don Nelsen » December 11th, 2020, 7:32 pm

As I drove on SR 14 over Cape Horn this afternoon it was 36 degrees with wet snow in the air at about 700' elevation. I could see snow sticking on the cliffs above about 1,000' elevation.
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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by mountainkat » December 15th, 2020, 8:41 am

Hiked Table Mtn from Bonneville TH on Saturday. Up to a foot of fresh snow on top.
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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by OneSpeed » December 17th, 2020, 10:04 pm

Went to June Lake today, 12-17. About a foot of slushy snow at the trailhead, a little more and better up at the lake, but probably could have done it all with just spikes. I put on showshoes at the June Lake Trailhead just for that little more bit of traction. Roads were fine, heard a couple of snowmobiles, made the only set of tracks all day, no other signs of life beyond me and one wren.

Drizzly, no views, and not a gold-star day, but I wasn't at my desk ;-).

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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by bushwhacker » December 27th, 2020, 3:12 pm

I don't see how this could possibly be fun :( .
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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » December 27th, 2020, 9:56 pm

Well, yeah, but some people stand in line at ski lifts. Go figure.
Came here hoping for info, but not much being reported. I guess I'll go take my chances tomorrow, with a Plan B.

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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by drm » December 28th, 2020, 7:55 am

We got about 4" in The Dalles on Christmas Day, so that was nice.

Yesterday, hiking near Coyote Wall.
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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by Webfoot » December 28th, 2020, 8:02 pm

bushwhacker wrote:
December 27th, 2020, 3:12 pm
I don't see how this could possibly be fun :( .
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I drove through that! I could only laugh at the circus; there was no point grinding my teeth at the delay. I hiked up Zig Zag Trail #678 and made the first boot prints in the snow. Crowds are a strange phenomenon.

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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » December 28th, 2020, 8:21 pm

I was shocked at how little snow was on Silver Star today (north). Maybe about 6-12"? Never bothered measuring. Well trampled trail, which unfortunately means it was frozen slush in spots, but not quite enough to warrant spikes (I didn't go to the top, but I doubt it was much deeper up there, especially with all the traffic).

Road 4109 was similar to the trail: frozen slush in spots, but people were getting up it. Saw a Jeep Compass at the TH, but the other 9 vehicles were trucks or full-size SUVs.
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I was first, but others were close behind.

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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by Kay Burton » December 29th, 2020, 3:15 am

This winter is quite strange, very unpredictable weather conditions. Therefore, I do not even strongly plan any trips, because plans are always changing.

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Re: 2020 Snow Level

Post by retired jerry » December 29th, 2020, 8:14 am

I was 30 miles up the Deschutes River, maybe 3 inches of snow Christmas day
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Had to brush snow off tent
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25 F a couple nights before Christmas, then it warmed up to 30 F

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