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Hey all,

What do you think the feasibility is of doing a section or two of the PCT in the SEKI and Yosemite areas in mid July?  Was the winter snowpack light, heavy, average?  What's the melt off looking like?

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Totally clear (sigh) go for it.

Snowpack was (at best) 50% of normal and river flows look like the season is even more advanced than that would indicate.

Look at the seasonal track for the Merced ehre:
http://ca.water.usgs.gov/webcams/happyisles/

Yikes.

Oh the usual suspect northern slopes will have something, but that's normal and doesn't halt anyone.
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And maybe a bit more water carrying capacity given the seasonal streams are going to be down.
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I take it that means water issues for more than just us backpackers?  That stinks.

Oh, and I'm sorry if my question sounded dumb, my search-fu on this topic was weak :D

So, should I plan on going in early July to avoid water shortages, or would that be a bit too soon?  I use a long ice axe as a walking stick and know how to plant the durned thing if I slide down a snowy slope, but I really don't want to hike long stretches of snow.  I could if I had to in an emergency, but it's not my thing.


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Not sure how to break it to you... but you could go now and likely only have a few shallow snowfields that trekking poles would do for.

The snow above 10k is patchy at best. What's turning people around are the clouds of mosquitos right about 10k, but give that a couple weeks...


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You will have a fine trip in July.  Probably some snow at the higher passes still.  But you won't have a lot of snow other than the approaches to the passes.

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The snow above 10k is patchy at best. What's turning people around are the clouds of mosquitos right about 10k, but give that a couple weeks...

This. I was up in the Caribou Wilderness last week. Bugs were CRAZY this time. Worst ive seen it in years. What snow is left, is clearing fast.

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