People have been asking me about snow conditions in the Granite Chief, and I’m sorry to say I don’t have any information for you. I will be going in on a backpack trip Monday, July 3, and may have a chance to post briefly while I’m on that trip (there is some cell reception from the crest, though none in the rest of the wilderness), but if not, then at the end of the trip about July 11.

If you have information, or trip reports, please share them by replying to this post. If you had an approved comment in the past, your comment will go up immediately, if not, I have to approve it, but again, may be able to do that when I’m on the crest. If there is still a lot of snow up high, I’ll head down into the Five Lakes Creek basin, where the bears have never heard of cell phones.

I went backpacking this last week along two sections of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, in part because I figured there was still a lot of snow in the Granite Chief. But a week of very warm weather may have opened up some of the trails, and I’m anxious to get into the high country.

5 thoughts on “Snow?

  1. Granite

    The Five Lakes area was under 3-5 feet of snow two weeks ago. The lakes pretty much snow covered. But given the heat I’d guess its opening up quickly. Will be in there over the 4th. #protectgranitechief #nogondola

  2. Matt Swain

    On Friday June 30th and Saturday, July 1st, my daughter and I intend to access Picayune via Talbot as a one-night scouting trip in advance of a longer, larger-family multi-night hike in. We want to see conditions, especially water levels and accessibility. The last time we did this, earlier this summer, we had to turn around due to snow. On Sunday, July 2nd we’ll let you know how it goes.

    1. Dan Allison Post author

      I’m going to guess that crossing Talbot will be wet but not hard, crossing Middle Fork might be very hard. There are/were some down trees below the crossing that I’ve used in high water years, but hard to access.

      1. Matt Swain

        Your guess is spot on. The middle fork was difficult, less so in the morning and more so in the afternoon as the heat produced more runoff. No down trees were long enough to cross without wading into the strong current, which was just above knee level for a six-foot man, but there were enough boulders to hang onto for extra stability. At least one other hiker got across besides us.

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