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Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby ezabielski » Tue May 28, 2013 9:46 am

I was wondering if anyone has been in LCW recently, and what the on-trail snow conditions were like.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby macgyver » Tue May 28, 2013 10:24 am

What area in LC are you looking at? A couple weeks ago the area around Goose Creek was snow free everywhere we went, though nothing was above 9200'. I could not see Bison or McCurdy from where I was
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby Jim Davies » Tue May 28, 2013 10:29 am

There was a recent report here:
unix_girl wrote:We finished the Goose Creek Loop through Lake Park yesterday (5/24/2013); we hiked clockwise. The trail is nearly 100% snow covered on the slopes between Lake Park and McCurdy park. You'll find some post-holes to follow. The snow is up to 4' deep in places. It's passable, but not what we were expecting! It would be harder to find the trail heading in the counter-clockwise direction. This won't keep you from finishing the loop... just makes the trip a little more of an adventure.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby argothor » Wed May 29, 2013 6:50 am

I went up North Ben Tyler on May 28th with the idea of doing Platte and Shawnee. The trail was clear of snow until somewhere below the bottom of the upper switchbacks (10,000 to 10,500'). The trail after that was somewhat packed down until we reached the junction Craig Park Trail. At that point we lost the trail because it was under 4 and 5 feet of snow. We post holed up to our knees and more all the way to Little Platosha, at which point the snow relented. From there to the summit of Platte the going was easy. Going through all that deep snow took enough out of us, and took more time than we wished, we decided to forego going over to Shawnee but the way looked reasonably clear of snow. Looking all around from Platte's summit above treeline there wasn't a lot of snow, but from treeline down to 10,000 to 10,500' there was a lot of snow.

And snow is in the forecast for today up there.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby James Dziezynski » Wed May 29, 2013 11:33 am

Was at Bison Peak on 5/24, snow was heavy and untracked! Our poor dogs could have used snorkels! We slogged to the summit nonetheless, but it was a grind. I'd guess it's still pretty heavy in the trees.
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby macgyver » Wed May 29, 2013 1:20 pm

James Dziezynski wrote:Was at Bison Peak on 5/24, snow was heavy and untracked! Our poor dogs could have used snorkels! We slogged to the summit nonetheless, but it was a grind. I'd guess it's still pretty heavy in the trees.


Which route did you take up? Around what ele did the snow become deep? Thx
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby James Dziezynski » Wed May 29, 2013 2:58 pm

I came up Ute Creek -- was fine until the McCurdy Tr. / Ute Creek split. Snow was deep and heavy, but obviously passable with a little work and got deeper near treeline, I think around 11,500. I bet you'll be in good shape if you go now --
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby macgyver » Thu May 30, 2013 7:54 am

Thanks James!
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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby tlerunner » Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:03 am

The Brookside Mcurdy trail going over the Kenosha range has deep snow on the north side. Post hole extravaganza.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby GregMiller » Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:41 pm

At least the first four miles from the Wigwam TH are bone dry, with a little bit of snow/ice bridging over the creek besides the trail.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby Navigaiter » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:08 am

The Rock Creek area and S Ben Tyler Trail are almost completely dry. There are some snowy/icy patches occasionally in the valley, but nothing serious.

Treeline around Kenosha Peak is generally dry.

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Re: Lost Creek Wilderness Conditions?

Postby curt86iroc » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:48 am

i did the lower loop from goose creek TH CCW this past weekend (took a bypass around lake trail b/c of downed trees). no snow at all...

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