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So what with the low snowpack looking like another dry year I'm shifting my wilderness permit application window to later this month for a July route.

Anybody else changing their plans in reaction to the snowpack news?

I want to see wildflowers. Those 168 days come up fast....
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Yes dry year, but it will rain and one year when it was like this it rained (snowed) into late May....I think I will keep my August date for now...

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Yes, nature can be annoying like that.
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Although the odds are we will have at least some soaking rains with good mountain snows in the remaining 3 months, there is nothing in nature that guarantees that despite the fact we have been lucky in the human past, just a moment in the span of geological time.

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Last summer I moved up our weeklong backpacking trip over Sawtooth Pass in Sequoia NP from early August to mid July that hit still flowing streamlets and the peak of wildflowers as muted as it was.   This year decisions ought not be set in stone until the next 3 or 4 months plays out.


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Dave- True, that's always the best approach up to the moment you get handed the permit. And beyond that on the route as well: not crossing that insanely flooding stream just because that was "the plan"... etc.
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HSF.  Where are your Sierra plans taking you this year?

Flooded streams are a bit of an inconvenience if you don't have the Corp of Engineers at your beck and call.


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HSF.  Where are your Sierra plans taking you this year?

Flooded streams are a bit of an inconvenience if you don't have the Corp of Engineers at your beck and call.

Haven't really locked anything in but I've recently recommended to so many here to consider going over Piute Pass etc. that I'm thinking maybe I should take my own advice and loop out ten or twelve days that way. :)

Ionian Basin? Some good stuff around Goddard.

That was my first Sierra experience back in college with some friends, but while I've been back I haven't gone past the basin.

ETA: good timing, the six month window for Inyo National Forest Wilderness  Permits is just about to walk into my tentative timeframe. Haven't done a WP through Recreation.gov before.
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Dry conditions forecast to persist there into June. Considerably higher than average temps too. Just keep all that smoke from heading here, k?

Hope it works out for you all.


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Piute is very nice for an access to the Sierra 'innards'.  Lots of layover/basecamp opportunities to spend walking around with a day pack for a couple days at a time.

People at Parchers are amenable to helping move your car from north to south or Sabrina...for a reasonable price.


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Piute is very nice for an access to the Sierra 'innards'.  Lots of layover/basecamp opportunities to spend walking around with a day pack for a couple days at a time.

People at Parchers are amenable to helping move your car from north to south or Sabrina...for a reasonable price.

Good tip on the car, thanks.

D. C. , yeah, there are fires in the Sierra even now with snow patches on the ground.

https://twitter.com/r5_fire_news/status/424755345085308928
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It wasn't a date I was interested in but Sunday, July 20th has all the reservable 18 out of 30  slots filled for the Piute Pass North Lake TH.
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