South Fork Trail to Dry Lake Overnight 4-17-2021

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    • #5060
      MikeH
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      The trail to Dry Lake was basically free of snow until the Dry Lake/ Dollar Lake split, then had a fair bit of snow after the switchbacks on parts of the final straight shot to Dry Lake. Nothing crazy. No need for traction devices but could definitely be slippery in the cold mornings and night. Snow goes away once you reach the lake.

      Dry Lake seems to be draining fast. Lodgepole Spring still running. Camping areas have a few patches of snow, but sites are all basically clear.

      There was a Ranger (Hey! Ranger John) camping there checking permits and making sure people were following the rules. Had to tell one group of campers to put out the campfire they had started.

      I did not go to the summit but saw some people on IG who did summit this weekend. Looked to be pretty snow covered after Dry Lake.

      It was not crowded, but the ranger said there were 20 permits for this weekend so he was surprised there weren’t more people.

      Going to try and post a pic and see if the forum allows the post.

    • #5062
      MikeH
      Participant

      Looks like that worked, but I just tried to post a few more pics and it didn’t work.  Let’s try just one pic per post.

    • #5099
      MikeH
      Participant

      Let’s try to post another pic of this trip.

    • #5061
      MikeH
      Participant

      Looks like that worked… here’s a few more.

    • #5139
      Amir
      Participant

      Thanks for the post, and the pictures. I am new to this area, and trying to determine whether you can still summit the peak. Can you reach it from dry lake? Love that you brought your dog, thinking of doing the same. I’ve never taken him out hiking, any tips on taking the pup overnight?

    • #5142
      MikeH
      Participant

      Hey!  Looks like someone approved my posts with all the pictures!  Nice.

      Amir- If you mean whether or not it’s “allowed” to summit currently, the answer is yes.  There is a trail that leads from Dry Lake to the summit.

      If you’re wondering about conditions to the summit, the last post I saw, there was still quite a bit of snow – but these pics were from Dollar Lake if I remember correctly.  I’d be prepared for snow (crampons and ice axe).

      Dogs:

      I love taking one of our huskies with me on my trips.  You need to get your dog used to hiking, though.  Start with your normal walks, then add some local (to you) small hikes to get their pads toughened up.

      I bring a dog first aid kit (which is essentially the same as a human kit) plus some inexpensive booties just in case.

      Our dogs also carry their own food and water.  If you plan on having your dog do the same, you’ll need to get them used to using their packs and carrying weight.  So start slowly – using no weight at all in the packs.  I think the general rule is 10-15% of their bodyweight is all they should carry.

      Also, you need to understand how hot or cold is too hot or cold for your dogs.  It’s realistically never too cold for the huskies in our local mountains, but will be too hot for them in just a couple months.  Anything over 70-75 degrees, and I don’t bring them.

      Lastly, when you bring a dog, the hike becomes the dog’s hike.  If they get tired you have to stop.  If they get injured, you may need to carry them out.  Our male husky, Max, is “only” about 55lbs but I do not look forward to the day if I ever have to carry either of them out.

      Lastly… lastly… always have your dog on a leash and be sure to bury or pick up and pack out their poop.

    • #5143
      Amir
      Participant

      Hey. Thanks so much for this. So helpful. I am hoping to go out in late May, or maybe early June.  I’m also hoping I can summit without any ice gear, as I don’t have any. But will have to play it by ear. Thanks for the information regarding the dog. I have a medium-size retriever who loves to go on local hikes. Haven’t tried putting a little pack on him, but that’s a good idea. I usually like to let him go off leash when we go hiking, but is there a particular concern about doing it up there or in general?  Also, do you need a bear canister is if you are camping overnight?

       

       

    • #5144
      MikeH
      Participant

      Unless we get some freak storm, I’d expect by late May early June, snow will not be a problem.

      More dog info 🙂

      All of the hikes I go on are in areas that have leash laws… including the SG Wilderness.  Your dog must be leashed in these areas.  I believe the fine is $200+ and an escort off the trail.  Please respect the rules.

      My female husky (pictured above) is fine with any dog she passes as long as they don’t get in her face or try to smell her. This works fine for us because we only go to leashed areas where I can expect to be able to keep a distance from other dogs… unless someone has their dog off leash.

      I mean this as respectfully as I can and not directed at you personally… In 4 years of hiking and many more just walking our dogs (past and present) everyone (except one guy who I complimented) I’ve encountered who let their dog off leash in an area that they were required to be leashed has had zero control of their dog.  In each case, I would say “Please recall your dog”.  It would inevitably turn into pleading of begging of their dog to “Come” or “Here” and none of the dogs respond.

      Talking with a ranger at Dry Lake (from the above trip), who was confirming my dog was on a leash, said a while ago, someone at Trail Fork Springs did not have their dog tied up and it chased a deer right off the edge of a cliff.

      If you are in an area that allows off-leash, then you can, of course, let your dog off-leash if you wish.

    • #5145
      Amir
      Participant

      Totally get it and appreciate this. I usually go hiking where there is no leash requirements (Runyon).  Assumed for some reason wilderness areas would be off leash but make sense for why not.  Hiked Mammoth Lakes two years ago and saw a few off leash so just assumed wilderness allows that but make sense not every follows rules. Thanks again. Just got permit and psyched.

    • #5254
      Amir
      Participant

      Mike. Quick question:  how long will it take to summit SG from dry lake. Trying to figure out if I can summit in one day but head back to dry lake to camp (have permit). Or whether to hit it next morning. And how safe would it be to leave tent, equip at camp while I summit with day bag. Any thoughts?

    • #5255
      MikeH
      Participant

      Hey Amir,

      I posted my answer in your separate thread for better visibility. 🙂

    • #5256
      Amir
      Participant

      Hi Mike. I don’t see the full response?

      • #5258
        MikeH
        Participant

        Just posted. 🙂

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