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luke123234
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PostWed May 13, 2020 9:56 pm 
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Got any trails right now to backpack that dont have snow where you would camp at? I am fine with crossing ridge tops in the snow but not fine with snow camping right now.
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PostMon May 18, 2020 8:03 pm 
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We’re you thinking of a particular area of the state? I haven’t been up this year, but the Duckabush from Big Hump and beyond has had good spots in the past.
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PostMon May 18, 2020 8:10 pm 
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East side of the mountains are more melted out than the West. In the Pasayten, snow starts at around 5000 to 600 feet depending on aspect.
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PostMon May 18, 2020 9:42 pm 
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It is still ski season in most of the Cascades.
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PostMon May 18, 2020 10:47 pm 
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I was hitting about 50-50 snow and not snow about 3700ft this week in South Cascades while in the the week before I did a hike further east by probably 15-20miles up to 4900 with very little snow. It depends a lot on area and sun exposure

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PostTue May 19, 2020 11:19 am 
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Appreciate the info. I found some good areas on Cal topo that we will check out. Just wanted to get a gage on the snow level.
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PostTue May 19, 2020 11:39 am 
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The SnoTel system provides snow depth/water equivalent measurements across the west.  The purpose of the system is predicting water availability for irrigation, but it is still useful for understanding how much snow you may encounter in an area.


https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/wcc/home/quicklinks/imap#version=115&elements=&networks=!&states=!&counties=!&hucs=&minElevation=&maxElevation=&elementSelectType=all&activeOnly=true&activeForecastPointsOnly=false&hucLabels=false&hucIdLabels=false&hucParameterLabels=false&stationLabels=&overlays=&hucOverlays=&basinOpacity=100&basinNoDataOpacity=100&basemapOpacity=100&maskOpacity=0&mode=data&openSections=dataElement,parameter,date,basin,elements,location,networks&controlsOpen=false&popup=&popupMulti=&base=esriNgwm&displayType=station&basinType=6&dataElement=SNWD&depth=-8¶meter=OBS&frequency=DAILY&duration=I&customDuration=&dayPart=E&year=2020&month=5&day=18&monthPart=E&forecastPubMonth=5&forecastPubDay=1&forecastExceedance=50&seqColor=1&divColor=3&scaleType=D&scaleMin=&scaleMax=&referencePeriodType=POR&referenceBegin=1981&referenceEnd=2010&minimumYears=20&hucAssociations=true&lat=40.00&lon=-99.00&zoom=4.0
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PostTue May 19, 2020 11:43 am 
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I'm sure your probably aware of this, but creeks that are ankle deep in summer can be several feet deep if very frigid raging water this time of year, be careful with them. Unclip your hip sternum straps before crossings.

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PostTue May 19, 2020 12:23 pm 
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good tool. I saw this a year or two ago and forgot that it even existed. Thanks for bringing light to it again. I will be careful on all stream crossings.
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