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Carson Pass Backcountry Conditions


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Eric1111 Brandt · · San Francisco · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 0

Anyone toured in the Carson pass area in the last week or so (or really anywhere in the Tahoe area)? I was up there two weeks ago and coverage looked decent at least on north facing slopes, but I know it's been warm and dry. Trying to decide whether to make the trip up this weekend, so any beta/photos would be super helpful. 

Bobby Hutton · · Gold Country CA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 728

I was above silver lake yesterday at about 8000 ft and anything south facing had patchy snow at best, north facing had big drifts but not anything consistent. I don't ski, but I didn't feel the need for snow shoes and did a 4 mile walk in trail running shoes. I hope this helps you make up your mind. Mormon Emigrant trail has packed snow on it but is passable is a FWD Crv. 

James T · · Livermore · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 80

Waterhouse peak on Sunday. Very warm. Top third was nice, middle third was meh and I hiked down the bottom third. (N aspect).

James T · · Livermore · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 80

~9,000ft

~8,200ft

Eric1111 Brandt · · San Francisco · Joined Aug 2014 · Points: 0

Okay, not terrible--looks just good enough to keep me very much on the fence. Thanks, James and Bobby, appreciate the replies.  

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