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Traversing the sky high trail is dangerous even with ax and crampons. People have died doing this. Your better off going straight up and down the north face in the snow if conditions permit.
you should get some winter experience or take a winter travel course prior to trying san g in the winter. The best route is up the north face from south fork. Vivian you will not be able to follow a trail, so you need to navigate. snow shoes suck for winter conditions, you will just sink in the powder, and its steep off trail up hill, not fun. skis or a splitboard is the best option for traveling over snow, most of the day up, then fast descent down. then you need to know about avy conditions. the southern aspect of Vivian will melt and refreeze so then you need crampons and ice ax. going up the north face is direct and easy to navigate and if there is snow all the way to the parking lot that’s an added bonus. beware the top of the north face can get wind stripped and firm/icy at the rollover at the top. ive done both day and overnight trips in winter to san g.
If pictures work, I saved these today from Bens weather cam
By looking at pictures on Bens weather cam today I’d say it got some snow for sure. What elevation I don’t know. Sugarloaf in big bear has no new snow on it today and that’s at 10k barely. I was up San g for 3 days last weekend splitboarding, you can skin/ski up and down from dry lake, before is all hiking. We did a north face chute on San g and Jepson NE aspect and both were great.
expect fully covered snow above dry lake, there is enough to ski from summit to dry lake. more snow expected this weekend. I’m planning to splitboard it mon/tue.
don’t expect to follow any trails from dry lake south fork trial or dollar lake trail to the summit. you will need to winter snow climb.
Sounds miserable lol. That’s what I would expect now, just waiting for another good Dump to go…if that even happens. Even the Sierra is pretty lame. Thanks for the condition update.
Sounds miserable lol. That’s what I would expect now, just waiting for another good dump to go. Even the Sierra is pretty lame. Thanks for the condition info.
Just go do it like everyone else. 12 hours car to car is a long day!