South Fork Trails to Summit

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    • #2315
      Jim
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      Did an overnighter on 4/27/18 at Dry Lake and attempted to summit the following day.  The trail began to have patches of ice covering at just before the airplane and the sections kept getting bigger.  By the time we were on the 2nd switchback with only micro spikes, we choose to turn around and come back another day.  This was at 0900, so the ice may have softened later in the afternoon.

      Weather could not have been better.  Water was plentiful on South Fork prior to coming up the switchbacks to Dry Lake, but we never found a good source after that.  There is enough snow left that if desired it could be melted.Early Snow

      • This topic was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by Jim.
    • #2317
      dlh
      Participant

      The route to the summit is passable via the Dollar Lake route from South Fork.  As you approach Dollar Lake saddle, the trail seems to end in several feet of snow, but you can easily scramble about 100 feet up to the right up to the saddle.  Then snow-free to the Little Charlton-Jepson saddle.  From that saddle some snow patches up the north side of Jepson – but not icy and easy to negotiate.  Once you reach the western edge of Jepson and circle around to the south side – no snow at all. some snow of the trail on the north side of Jepson

       

    • #2318
      dlh
      Participant

      San Gorgonio summit is passable with no problem via the Dollar Lake route from South Fork.  Toward the end of the Dollar lake trail, just before the saddle, the trail appears to end in a good deal of snow. However, it is easy to make a right turn and scramble up the hill about 100 feet to Dollar Lake saddle.  Then, no snow to the Little Charlton-Jepson saddle.  Continuing up the north side of Jepson, you have to hike through some snow patches, but it is soft, not icy, and not on a slope, so not dangerous.  Once to the western end of Jepson the trail heads toward San G on the south face of Jepson and is snow free.

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