Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

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Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by ejh » June 11th, 2020, 1:07 pm

We are looking at a backpack into the Trinity Alps July 15-19.

For those that have been in July, should I be concerned about snow still melting out, or will it all be gone?

I have been to Marble Mountains a bit later in July a couple years ago, and there was no snow anywhere.

Thank you!

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by retired jerry » June 11th, 2020, 1:27 pm

I went there mid June in 2016 and 2017 - snow at the passes like Deer Creek, but I got through

Mid July should be fine

http://adamschneider.net/hiking/snow_depth.html says no snow right now. But when it says that there's still probably snow at passes

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by ejh » June 11th, 2020, 1:37 pm

Thanks Jerry. You confirmed what I suspected, based on my Marble trip in 2018.

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by retired jerry » June 11th, 2020, 1:52 pm

hmmm...

that would be pretty good right now

the shasta trinity NFS website says it's open

I could take everything I needed with me except gas

I'll have to ponder whether I want to go that far away, so far I've stayed within half a tank of gas from home

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by ejh » June 11th, 2020, 2:01 pm

Yeah. It is a within a day's drive (from Portland area at least). Like you said, only need a stop for gas along the way. Everything else goes with you from home.

Last time we were in the Marbles, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I don't expect this to be much different, crowd-wise.

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by retired jerry » June 11th, 2020, 2:03 pm

I've been to Trinity Alps quite a few times, never busy

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by mjirving » June 11th, 2020, 8:39 pm

Should be fine. I’m doing Etna to Castle Crags in 2 weeks.

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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by Double Tree » June 12th, 2020, 3:56 pm

There is a Trinity Alps Facebook site. People have been reporting conditions for a while now. Its a forest service site. You can search for it that way.
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Re: Trinity Alps mid July - snow ok?

Post by drm » June 18th, 2020, 7:47 am

retired jerry wrote:
June 11th, 2020, 2:03 pm
I've been to Trinity Alps quite a few times, never busy
The White Trinities are extremely crowded in the summer. I'm talking about Sapphire and Emerald Lakes. Tough to find campsites. The Red Trinities not so much - people like those granite-bound lakes. Go to the reds to avoid the crowds.

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