Video: PG&E Snow Survey

Thanks Eric Zamora for sharing your ride along experience with us. Eric went out with PG&E to find out information about doing snow surveys in the central Sierra Nevada. Here is a quick video with beautiful shots of the snow covered mountains. Enjoy.

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April 1 Snow Results


Most of the snow survey results are in for the Kings River Basin. As with last month, it is good news for the month of April. The Basin is at 176% of normal for this time of year! Creeks will likely flow higher and longer due to all the snow. Two sites are actually surveyed near or within the wilderness; Rowell Meadow and Big Meadows.

One of the closest sites to the Jennie Lakes Wilderness with available snow data is Big Meadows. As of the time of survey, there is approximately 90.5 inches of snow on the ground! That is great news, but what could that mean for summer hiking and backpacking trips? Delays is what one should expect.

Assuming the snow melts at its usual pace, the access into the trailheads may not be by Memorial Day weekend like in past years. It could be mid June or into the first weeks of July due to all the snow. This assumption is based on past years when there has been a large amount of snow fall. However, time will tell and you can expect updates on JLW when they come in. Stay tuned!

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March 1 Snow Survey Results


All the rain and snow is sure piling up outside in the Sierra Nevada. The Kings River Basin is no exception. At 166% of normal for March 1, it looks like we will have a great chance of snow being around into June! Time will tell if it hangs around that long though. The even greater news is the amount of water that resides in the Sierra Nevada snow pack is well over 100% needed for the State’s water needs.

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February 1 Snow Survey Results


Source: California Data Exchange Center

Snow survey results are nearly complete for the Kings River Basin. At this time the snow pack is considered normal for this time of year. The Basin is at 106% of normal. With a couple more months to go, hopefully additional wet snow is left covering the Sierra Nevada. It will be nice to have creeks flowing longer this coming hiking season in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness.

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Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas everyone! May your day be filled with laughter, memory making, and dreams of the next season’s outdoor adventures to come!

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Storm is Coming

If you were thinking of getting outside following Thanksgiving, you may want to prepare for the first winter storm in the Sierra Nevada. Starting Wednesday and going through Saturday, there could be a good amount of snow coming.

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New Map Feature: CalTopo

Head over to the maps section to create your own custom topo maps thanks to CalTopo. Zoom in to the area, calculate distances, elevation loss/gain, and so much more. Need a simple topo map of the area with trail mileage? CalTopo can do that too. All for FREE! Another cool feature is to export the map as a JPEG or Geo-referenced PDF. Yes, you can print out beautiful hard copies too. Check it out!

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Video Time!

An over night family trip to Jennie Lake and back. Enjoy a families journey.

A Memorial Day weekend trip perhaps to the Jennie Lake? See this 20 second teaser video.

Want to see your video here? Just send us a link from your YouTube upload and, as long as it is family friendly, it will be shared with others. If you want a further definition, family friendly means no nudity, adult content, and foul language gestures. Think a “G” rating.

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Road to Big Meadows is Open!


Great news. I just called into the Hume Lake Ranger District office and can happily report the road to Big Meadows is now open! Just in time for Memorial Day weekend too! Enjoy the main access point to the Jennie Lakes Wilderness. I am sure most of you don’t need to worry, but it needs to be said; Remember to pick up your trash and leave no trace.

In the past, holiday weekends around Weaver and Jennie Lakes end with trash all around the lake. PLEASE pick up and tell others to pick up there trash. It cost tax payers money to clean up trash when it could be used for trail maintenance. Have a great holiday weekend and a fun time exploring the wilderness.

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National Trail Day – June 2


Image from American Hiking Society

Mark your calendar for June 2 as it is National Trail Day! There are various way you can participate this year from simply just going on a hike to maintaining trails to special trail events and more. You can also donate financially to the cause and get some swag in return. To learn more, you can check out American Hiking Society website.

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