I’m a bit concerned about the forthcoming snow this year. That last report showed as much as 130% in some places. How does this affect the timing of when to go?
Plus we haven’t finished winter yet. Should I place multiple reservations trying to hedge my bets on the snow pack?
Snow pack can always be a concern. Both times that I’ve hiked the JMT there have been passes that were completely snow covered. Probably better to count on it.
On the bright side, the trail is well traveled, so (assuming it’s not FRESH snow) you’ll have a pretty well compacted path to follow.
When are you planning on going?
At the moment, I’m planning on late July to early Aug.
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I wouldn’t worry about it. You’ll likely have some snow on some of the passes, but that’s to be expected. Sometimes that even helps smooth out the trail!
Hi Timothy! We’re going this summer, too! Mid-Aug for us. With this year’s El Niño, we’re actually getting concerned on the water crossings. There’ll be, us3 ladies that barely made it past the 5-foot mark on the height chart LOL. Hoping to find up-to-date water/trip reports before we leave for ours 🙂 Hope you’re having fun planning!
That’s a great point, Oshie! Snow can typically be handled (with care). High water crossings would be more of a concern.
When we hiked the JMT back in 2010, there were only two “boots off” crossings on the entire trip — at Bear Creek and again at the entrance to Evolution Valley. Not life-or-death scary though. More like “oh I hope I don’t fall and get everything wet and look like a total doofus” scary. 🙂
There are some crossing where it’s a close call, but often there are logs and/or rocks you can hop across.
I have a start date of June 25th. Should I be concerned about losing the trail?
Im going in at Bear Creek July 1st and am a little curious at what I’m going to find also…
Any idea how it looks on a high snow pack year, going in this early?
Thanks in advance.
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