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Pate Valley update

Postby Trekking pedro » Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:42 am

Have permits out of White Wolf next week. Any word on the progress on the bridge...or water level for a crossing? Also, it the temp down there the same as Yosemite Valley...the look about the same elevation.

If not crossable, thinking of going up to ten lakes and over the pass...any thoughts on that?
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Re: Pate Valley update

Postby balzaccom » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:20 am

Temps should be the same, or sometimes a degree or two warmer than Yosemite Valley.

The bridge is still out---but there have been some trail reports of people crossing it anyway. The Park Service discourages this. Don't know about wading,

Ten Lakes Basin is lovely, and you could continue around to Tuolumne Peak and May Lake as well...nice hike
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Re: Pate Valley update

Postby AlmostThere » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:28 pm

Two boards remain, if one or both has not yet fallen into the river. Imagine a bridge being blasted away by the force of water, and two boards left. Imagine those boards somehow make it through two more snow melt sessions, this last one lasting well into July. At this point I'd rather go somewhere that does not force me to cross on two river-beaten boards that are on borrowed time, or climb slowly back out of a canyon when it's so hot my skin feels like it's melting off. There are a great many other such destinations in the Sierra Nevada.
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Re: Pate Valley update

Postby Phil » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:26 pm

The GCT is a novelty hike. All in all, there are really only a few good reasons to do it this time of year: 1) the view up and down Muir Gorge, 2) the falls complex higher upriver, and that's long past its peak flow and drama, 3) the view down to Hetch Hetchy from up by Morrison Creek, 4) you dig sweltering heat in a narrow canyon?, 5) saying you did it??

Given the option, taking into account no bridge at Pate and no amazing, roaring falls this time of year, I'll take Ten Lakes for just about every other reason.
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