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If they don’t want to have the closure follow the fire boundary, fine. They could make the closure to a mile from the fire boundary if they want a “margin for error”. But to keep areas many MILES from the fire boundary closed makes no sense whatsoever. Strikes me as nothing but government agency bureaucracy.
I gave Grassy Spring a quick look on 5/5…is there a pipe or any sort of trickling waterfall hidden there to make it easier to fill a bottle? Or do you have to just try to catch what’s running down the side of the hill next to the trail? Seems like a perfect spot to bury a stainless sheet-metal “funnel” with a pipe running downhill a bit to make access easier without disturbing the soft soil.
As of 5/5, Lodgepole Spring was dry, and Dry Lake only had a bit of water left in a puddle that would be questionable drinking. I melted snow higher up. The creek at South Fork Meadows was running well, I filled up there on the hike out.
Anyone know the snow line elevation this last storm? No doubt it was pretty high. Thanks!
Thanks for the update, Mt San Antonio is probably the same.
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^ Thanks for the update, sounds like we need at least one more storm and some wind to smooth things out.
What elevation does the snow start? Think there’s enough coverage high up to ski?
Wonder how many skin tracks there are going up South Fork right now. No doubt the Rangers have much more important things to do than try to catch backcountry skiers quietly slipping through the closure area.
^ Very cool interactive map! Bookmarked.
Here’s the official map, if anyone is interested:
The closure cuts across the bottom of Jepson bowl, but there’s a solid 1,000 feet of vertical snow that’s south of the closure.
As far as the South Fork Trail goes, I doubt much is going to change there between now and July 2017, other than all of that glorious snow melting away. Such a waste.
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