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    • #4098
      aldser
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      Would hiking the Momyer route to SG be passable without any kind of equipment? Also, any idea how busy it would be midweek?

    • #4114
      Hikin Jim
      Participant

      Probably not busy at all midweek.  Not sure about trail conditions though.

      HJ

    • #4119
      K
      Participant

      Snow at Dry Lake ViewWe just did the Momyer-San G hike Thursday-Saturday (today).  We camped at Saxton (5/21), summited San G and stayed at Dobb’s (5/22), and hiked out today.

      We found snow starting at Dry Lake view.  We put on microspikes and made it across slowly, but we went across and back when it was still cooler and that minimized postholing. That was a slow-going 1/2 mile and it was difficult to keep the trail with the snow.

      (pic of this section attached)

      • This reply was modified 5 months ago by K.
    • #4121
      K
      Participant

      Also, from Dobb’s Cabin Thursday afternoon to San G and back on Friday we only saw 3 people.  The people we ran into were coming up from South Fork and we met them at Dry Creek View..  So, the trail was definitely not crowded and we essentially had it all to ourselves 🙂

       

    • #4122
      aldser
      Participant

      Great! Thank you guys.

    • #4128
      Hikin Jim
      Participant

      That makes sense that you’d encounter significant snow heading out of Dry Lake View toward Jepson Pk and San Gorgonio Mtn.  That spot there just south of Dry Lake View always tends to hold snow longer.

      A small technical distinction:  If you went by way of Saxton, you’re no longer on the Momyer Creek Trail.  The Momyer Creek Trail goes straight up to the ridge.

      The trail that cuts over via Alger Creek Camp is the Alger Creek Trail, and the trail that goes by Dobbs and Saxton on up to Dollar Lake Saddle is the Falls Creek Trail.

      Sometimes it gets a little confusing, since sometimes anything originating out of the Momyer Creek trailhead gets called the “Momyer Creek Trail”, but really only the trail that goes straight up to the ridge and crests just east of San Bernardino East Peak is the Momyer Creek Trail.

      Considering that we probably wouldn’t even have a San Gorgonio Wilderness were it not for Joe Momyer and the work he did to prevent the development Jepson and San Gorgonio as a ski resort, it’s fitting that we respect the trail and the creek that bear his name.

      HJ

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