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markyarch
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Mt baldy loop

Post by markyarch » May 05 2020 1:28 pm

How much snow should I expect for Memorial Day on my baldy loop?

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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by joebartels » May 05 2020 1:57 pm

Others will undoubtedly know better. I'm seeing a whopping inch near the base @ [ Maverick Fork Snotel :: map ] , obviously deeper on the mountain.
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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by DmN » May 05 2020 3:40 pm

I don't remember the weekend that I hiked that loop last year, but it was in the first part of June and it was still cold and a fair bit of snow in/around the summit. Not sure how 2019 and 2020's levels compare but you'll probably have have a little bit of post-holing on your trip.
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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by chumley » May 05 2020 4:03 pm

It varies from year to year, but most years you'll find it to be 95% snow-free, with occasional deep drifts in shaded/north facing areas up high.
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I would call the ranger district and ask if they've done spring trail maintenance yet, because there tends to be quite a bit of deadfall to negotiate until they get out there with the saws, even if it's snow free.
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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by DixieFlyer » May 05 2020 4:06 pm

chumley wrote:I would call the ranger district and ask if they've done spring trail maintenance yet, because there tends to be quite a bit of deadfall to negotiate until they get out there with the saws, even if it's snow free.
They usually don't start their trail maintenance until sometime in June, so I think that you could count on having to negotiate some deadfall this time of year.
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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by chumley » May 05 2020 4:11 pm

@DixieFlyer
Well nobody is in the office this year, so maybe they're out on the trails creating more social distance between downed trees. :)
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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by sajor75 » May 10 2020 12:34 pm

@markyarch
One of my favorite hikes in Az, perfect for a 2 day one night backpacking trip, I really forgot when i went but at night i dont recall it being to cold, by the other post now i know where to backpack when its hell here in PHX.

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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by suzaz » May 20 2020 7:20 pm

@joebartels
What are you using to find the snow depth?

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Re: Mt baldy loop

Post by joebartels » May 20 2020 7:29 pm

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Top of any page
Plan > Map > Options > USGS Gauges* > Tap a Snowflake
* Based on state at the center crosshair, AZ is the initial view

- Most of the default 7 day - Daily are showing up blank now, change to Water Year if blank
- Popup may be dragged to the desired position via drag icon in the upper-left corner, useful when checking several
- Popup may be resized via upper-right corner
- Toggle View** at the bottom by tapping... Air Temp | Accum Precip | Snow Depth | Snow Water Equiv
** Double tapping Snow Depth clarifies what most seek
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