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Trough Route to Longs

Postby MrRoy4UVA » Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:15 pm

Looking to see if anyone has been in this area since the big storm this week. Me and some friends from back east are looking at getting there around the 27th or 28th and just trying to do some scouting. Any information would be helpful, thank.
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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby Alan Arnette » Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Hard packed trail to treeline, some drifts above Alpine Brook where flotation would have been nice but not necessary. From Jim's Grove, Trough looked snow packed but with the 40+ winds, a lot was blowing away in unprotected areas.
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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby unclegar » Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:53 pm

Alan Arnette wrote:...From Jim's Grove, Trough looked snow packed but with the 40+ winds, a lot was blowing away in unprotected areas.


Hey Alan, did you mean Loft? Wondered since I'm pretty sure you can't see the Trough from Jim's Grove.
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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby DaveSwink » Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:04 am

unclegar wrote:Hey Alan, did you mean Loft? Wondered since I'm pretty sure you can't see the Trough from Jim's Grove.


Thanks, I was just too embarrassed (and confused) to say anything. :oops: I am guessing you are right that Alan was describing the Loft.

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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby Alan Arnette » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:57 am

Whoops, misread the question. Yes you cannot see the Trough from Jim's Grove and I was talking about the Loft. sorry about that!

Still trying to be helpful, this weather station show 20" of snow-pack in Wild Basin so you might be able to get a feel for how much snow is on the west side of Longs. I would assume it is well snow packed. http://avalanche.state.co.us/obs_stns/stns.php

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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby MrRoy4UVA » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:56 am

Thank you very much for your help Alan! Can't wait to get back into RMNP, I've been away way too long.

PS: I love your blog, thank you for posting about your outdoor adventures.
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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby ChrisRoberts » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:51 pm

Howdy guys, took a snowshoe trip up to Mills Lake on the 25th and just now remembered I got a shot of that side of Longs. Hope this helps anyone needing it, sorry it isnt any more zoomed...camera was just about dead starting out at the TH...
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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby ChrisRoberts » Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:53 pm

Also, Im wondering if anyone has a conditions report for the trail up to Jims Grove and how snowy the slope is towards the Battle Mountain/Pine Ridge summits?
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Re: Trough Route to Longs

Postby ChrisRoberts » Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:49 pm

Nevermind, as expected it was hard packed to Alpine Brook, where a well trampled winter trail exists and leads to Jims Grove. Summer trail was kind of intermittent after Alpine Brook
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