Best Time of Year to Hike Timberline Trail

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hikinglover4life
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Re: Best Time of Year to Hike Timberline Trail

Post by hikinglover4life » September 3rd, 2020, 12:03 am

Thanks all for the replies and thoughts! We unfortunately are not local so have to pick a date pretty far in advance and hope for a little luck. I’m leaning toward during the week immediately after Labor Day.

When are the bugs worst? Mid July to mid August?

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Re: Best Time of Year to Hike Timberline Trail

Post by drm » September 3rd, 2020, 6:52 am

The bug timing depends on snow melt. They are worst in the weeks after snow melts at that altitude. So in a given year the bug peak can be any time from mid-July to late August. I think it was early August this year.

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Re: Best Time of Year to Hike Timberline Trail

Post by leiavoia » September 3rd, 2020, 1:57 pm

Everything is a trade-off. There is no "best". September is probably the best if bugs and crowds are your main concerns but still want decent weather. The downside is most of the wildflowers are gone, the landscape is a bit dried-out looking, and you start flirting with possibility of rain or even snow.

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Re: Best Time of Year to Hike Timberline Trail

Post by hiking67 » November 3rd, 2020, 1:36 am

This gonna be helped for me also.
Thanks everyone.

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