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duartizzle

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Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« on: May 03, 2016, 04:59:29 PM »
Hey all,

Just wondering what you experts think the trail conditions for Little Lakes Valley will be in mid June given the snow that has been received this year. I am planning on going just to Chickenfoot lake and was just wondering what you all think I should prepare for. Thanks

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Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 10:36:32 PM »
I'll take a guess:

Getting to Long outlet will likely be doable.

Beyond maybe tough.

Impossible to know for sure.

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Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2016, 07:19:03 AM »
When in the Sierras Prepare for everything ...
The Creek is Waiting...

duartizzle

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Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2016, 10:07:59 AM »
Do you think the trail and surrounding area will be clear of snow by then?

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Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2016, 11:24:13 AM »
Impossible to know for sure.

Chickenfoot could still be frozen then, and it may require some serious post holeing to get there.
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Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2016, 09:17:42 AM »
Last time I camped at Chickenfoot it was on 6" of the white stuff.  I'd bring some light snowshoes if I had them, just to be on the safe side.  The Sierra and be prepared definitely go together.  Save you from  postholing and helps to pack down a tent site.  It was drop dead gorgeous with the  sun and snow, so I didn't mind at all.  If there ever  was a place to slog through the snow and reap enormous reward for the amount of effort expended, LLV is it.

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Re: Little Lakes Valley in mid June
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2016, 12:11:12 PM »
Like others have said, in mid-June it can be borderline.  You could arrive to no snow and a completely de-iced lake, or the opposite.  One week or even a couple of days can make a difference.  It also depends on the weather between now and then - a couple of heat waves can melt quite a bit of snow - but the opposite is also true.  That said, I go to the area during this time most every year, and looking at my past trips and snow data, you're likely going to encounter minimal snow and a thawed lake, but anything is possible!  Be prepared! :) :camping: