We spent the weekend up in the snow at Wood’s Lake, near Carson Pass. Temperatures were colder than we usually encounter in the Sierra, but the great company, hot chocolate, and down layers kept us warm.
Although it was cold (7 degrees when I crawled into my sleeping bag on Saturday night), the weather was nice – fresh snow blanketed everything and the sun would come and go in between small squalls. The scenery was fantastic.
Last weekend a group of us from the Northern CA hiking group planned on a nice snowcamping trip to Lake Winnemucca near Carson Pass along highway 88. Although there was a storm forecasted for Sunday night, we were only expecting a few inches of snow over the weekend, with plenty of time to get out before the big storm hit. It turns out the system grew and moved in quicker than expected, dumping 2-3 feet of snow on us along with gusting winds.
It was a weekend that tested our gear and skills, and although the experience isn’t exactly what I’d call ‘fun’ it was good test of our limits. Also, if you park at the Meiss Meadow snowpark be prepared to dig yourself out. We were there for approximately six hours and it was never plowed. A car-width path to highway 88 had to be shovelled out, which took all afternoon with several people shovelling.
It was the first snowcamping trip of the season this weekend at Round Top lake. We met 8 Northern California hikers and had a great time! Thanks everyone! Click on the photo above for the full album: Round Top
This past weekend David and I did an overnight snowshoe/ski into Lassen National Park with the Northern California Hikers. It was wonderfully hot and sunny on the snow, and sunscreen and hats didn’t do much to prevent sunburn. But it was worth it! We snowshoed in a few miles along the road to the Bumpass Hell parking area (in the summer) and set up camp. It was a windy night but we had a great time. I’m looking foward to the next one! Pictures are here: