Author Topic: AT Convict Lake and Rock Creek (and lake) March 14  (Read 2393 times)

IW

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AT Convict Lake and Rock Creek (and lake) March 14
« on: March 16, 2015, 07:38:08 AM »
Went to a family wedding at Convict Lake this past week, March 12, 13, 14, 15.   NO SNOW even at the lake.   People were walking around the lake and it was a nice enough day that the wedding was held in the area overlooking the lake.   Warm enough during the day to not need other than a flannel shirt of light sweater for most people who are temperature sensitive.

Drove up Rock Creek 2 different days.   March 13 and 14.  A group of young people with packs were walking from the snow park area up the road on the 14th .   Road had a few areas where the snow hadn't yet melted but perfectly passable at least up to the area of Rock Creek Lake Resort and some ruts left in the snow by previous vehicles. 

Maybe OK to the pack station at least but didn't take the time to drive there.  The first day we had talked with an adult leader who said they had planned on walking ON THE SNOW up from the Snow Park but had to change plans since there was no snow.   

The lake is white with snow and from the few areas where rocks had been thrown in beforehand looks like the ice under the snow is still fairly thick but would NOT attempt to cross the lake without risking maybe falling through the underlying ice.  Looks like the lake level under the snow is quite low.

Went over to the camp ground area.   Not very thick snow in that area though some areas in the shade where if you didn't skirt the visible underlying dirt you might, as I did one place in the campground, sink in to your knees.   Some tracks left by people on skis.

Went down to the lake beach area where the not visible river comes in.  An area of what looks like thin ice visible out where the lake deepens where it meets the flow from the river where if you are if you are fishing from the beach you usually could get some fish as the depth of the lake increases.   Some tracks in the area left by someone with a dog who apparently walked across the river to the beach under the snow at the other side.   Saw at a distance a couple of people with dogs.

The area where the campground hosts put their trailer had little snow left around it.

Looks like could be an early camping season!!!

Suspect low  water levels with so little snow.

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Re: AT Convict Lake and Rock Creek (and lake) March 14
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 07:49:46 AM »
Thanks for the report.


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Re: AT Convict Lake and Rock Creek (and lake) March 14
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 03:07:41 PM »
We can all agree that drought is a bad situation, but on the bright side, maybe there will be a window between when the Little Lakes trail is accessible without snowshoes and the beginning of construction!?