Good news out of the Eastern Sierra this week with Caltrans and Yosemite road crews meeting at the park. Hopefully within a week or so we will be skiing Tuolumne! This is the weekend climbing and skiing report for June 10th.
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Backcountry Skiing & Boarding
Temps stayed warmer than average this last weekend, but a system to our north is forecast to bring temps back down to normal-ish for this time of year. This is welcome news for skiers and riders here on the Eastside and the corn harvest will return in earnest for a few days, at least. Snow levels have retreated to 9500' throughout most of the east side. Skiing from the car is very nearly done for the season, but that may all change in the next week or two with news today that the CalTrans and NPS crews have cleared Tioga Pass and have now begun work clearing parking lots, pullouts, and ensuring that avalanche prone slopes are safe for public travel. Sonora Pass is opening very soon, and Ebbett's Pass has suffered flood damage and may be the last of the three to open.
SUMMARY: Saturday night will be the coldest in 2 weeks with freezing temps down to 7k. Skiing on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday will be the best we've seen in several weeks.
Look else where for skiing this weekend, the storm system blowing in is going to hit Tahoe with a chance of rain/snow at higher elevations all weekend and highs in the 50's and lows in the 40's.
The winter like storm that is moving across northern California is going to hit shasta hard. High winds, low temps and considerable snow fall at higher elevations. This weekend might be a no go for skiing but be on powder alert for the start of next week.
California Avalanche Advisories & Observations
High Sierra Climbing
Climbing in Eastern Sierra looks good this weekend. Temps in the Mammoth Crest and the Palisades are going to be in the mid to high 50's during the day and high 30's overnight. The only thing to be aware of is that it might be a bit windy all weekend as a storm system moves through.
Mount Shasta Climbing
Shasta may be tough going this weekend. The storm system moving over the northern parts of California is going to hit Shasta, producing high winds and 6-12 inches of fresh snow at the summit and rain below 9,500 feet.
The climbing season in Joshua Tree is quickly coming to an end. Very hot!
The snow pack is continuing to melt out quite fast and there is a flood warning for the Owen's River Valley. Be cautious crossing streams this weekend. Temps will be the high 80's and overnight temps in the mid 40's.
Pine Creek Canyon is snow free, but heads up on rappels as there are seasonal waterfalls and streams at the base of some of the walls. The temps at Pine Creek have been great!
Rock Creek is dry and has been in good climbing conditions for weeks. Mid day temps are starting to be a little warm, so seeking shade is a good idea. The river crossing is just a little hairy, so take it slow and watch your footing. Patricia Bowl is still snowed in and the rock appears to be wet.
Clarks Canyon road is free of snow and the road is in good condition. The day time temps are warm, so think about the shade game for this weekend.
The road to Crystal Crag is plowed to around Lake George. The walk up is still snowy and there might be patches of snow on the decent. North Arete is in great shape but the base sport climbs are perhaps two bolts shorter due to snow.
Be advised that the mosquitos, gnats, and biting flies are relentless in all climbing areas right now.
Yosemite Valley & Tuolumne Meadows
The climbing this weekend in Yosemite Valley looks nice with highs in the mid 50's and lows in the 40's. A disturbance passed though today but it should clear up. Climber traffic has been fairly mellow right now.
Tuolumne Meadow is going to be closed for a little longer. Yosemite National Park reported on June 6th, "National Park Service road crews (plowing eastbound) and Caltrans road crews (plowing westbound) have met at Tioga Pass. Within the park, road crews are working on parking lots, side roads, and portions of the road that are only plowed one lane wide. Crews are also removing debris from the roadway, culverts, and ditches. Three avalanche zones are still active. Road opening is not imminent; much work still remains before the road will be safe to open. The Tioga Road is closed from South Fork Bridge (6.5 miles east of Tuolumne Grove/NatureBridge in the Crane Flat area) to Tioga Pass"
Lee Vining & June Lake Ice Climbing
The ice climbing report is done for the season.