It has been a wild year so far in California. The state is soaking up the rain and snow after years of drought conditions. It is such a relief to have this precipitation but it also means that hiking and trail working seasons will be more difficult, if not delayed, this year.
A Look at the data…
The February 1st survey looks really good. Then winter hit us again in February and the surveyors could not even get in for many of the March 1st surveys. Swampy John, the lowest elevation site, was surveyed and holds a low average due to climate change and the rising snow forests. We look forward to seeing the data from April 1st.
Be careful out there
Hiking in the Klamath Mountains is never easy. The trail gains and loses 100,000 feet in elevation. When you add high snowpack and rushing streams and rivers, caution should abound. What follows are pictures from a section hike. We had 5 inches of snow on our June 21st start at Canyon Creek. The streams were raging and worrisome to cross but we eventually hit summer in the Red Buttes, where we ended our hike.
More updates to come…
Brad Marston says
April 1 snow data is out at https://cdec.water.ca.gov/reportapp/javareports?name=COURSES
Looks like Swampy John is at 132% but Etna Mountain is 171%. (Bighorn Plateau near Mt. Whitney is at 310%!).