Snow already here to stay?

Snow already here to stay?

Joined: August 4th, 2017, 2:26 pm

September 19th, 2017, 6:09 pm #1

Anyone been active enough throughout the years around early Autumn to make an educated guess here:
With the warmer temps coming back next week, is it possible that the recent snowfall on the higher peaks (11ers/12ers) could melt off and make for another almost-snow-free summit opportunity? Or do you think that recent snow fall is already here to stay til next summer?
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 19th, 2017, 7:34 pm #2

This September snow is fairly common. In fact, it happened last year.

We got snowed on during the fall outing on Devils Bedstead East in September of 2005, but over a month later we climbed Big Basin Peak snowfree (nearby and similar elevation).

The biggest snows I remember though were 2007. They hit early and were deep. However, it cleared off and in November I climbed WCP-1 with Zach. The snow was mostly gone except for a few sections on the north sides in the trees (it was deep in spots).

I won't guarantee it melts off, but chances are likely it will. The point forecasts for above 10k next week are around 40 degrees. It won't take long for that to melt the ridges off.

Platt is good about remembering this stuff... look forward to his insight.
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Joined: June 10th, 2017, 6:13 pm

September 19th, 2017, 9:20 pm #3

Anyone been active enough throughout the years around early Autumn to make an educated guess here:
With the warmer temps coming back next week, is it possible that the recent snowfall on the higher peaks (11ers/12ers) could melt off and make for another almost-snow-free summit opportunity? Or do you think that recent snow fall is already here to stay til next summer?
This was last Saturday on my way up to the devils Bedstead East. The day before the snow had melted , froze and than it snowed again. I decided to call it half way up and climbed a nearby peak instead . The ice was pretty bad and would of made for a nasty down climb.Was beautiful out. Haven't posted pics yet hope it works!



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Joined: April 14th, 2005, 2:42 am

September 19th, 2017, 10:22 pm #4

This September snow is fairly common. In fact, it happened last year.

We got snowed on during the fall outing on Devils Bedstead East in September of 2005, but over a month later we climbed Big Basin Peak snowfree (nearby and similar elevation).

The biggest snows I remember though were 2007. They hit early and were deep. However, it cleared off and in November I climbed WCP-1 with Zach. The snow was mostly gone except for a few sections on the north sides in the trees (it was deep in spots).

I won't guarantee it melts off, but chances are likely it will. The point forecasts for above 10k next week are around 40 degrees. It won't take long for that to melt the ridges off.

Platt is good about remembering this stuff... look forward to his insight.
Wow, Dan- you're crediting the old guy with a good memory?

Here's a few examples of September/early October snow:

AUGUST snow on Big Peak, 8/29/10


Dylan throwing snowballs on 2010 IS Outing to El Capitan (9/11/10):


A little melted freshies on Imogene Peak, 9/21/08


2014 IS Outing to Lookout Mtn, 10/4/14 (see, I TOLD you there'd be snow!)


Silver Peak (Boise Mountains) 10/5/05


He Devil, 10/6/02
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 19th, 2017, 11:06 pm #5

That picture from Lookout Mountain is a classic! You somehow found the only snow, albeit only a 2 inch patch, within 20 miles
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September 20th, 2017, 1:04 am #6

This was last Saturday on my way up to the devils Bedstead East. The day before the snow had melted , froze and than it snowed again. I decided to call it half way up and climbed a nearby peak instead . The ice was pretty bad and would of made for a nasty down climb.Was beautiful out. Haven't posted pics yet hope it works!



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I drove up to Wildhorse Canyon Saturday night to do Rearing Stallion Peak but decided against an attempt in the snow and did Saviers Peak instead. Boulder Lake Peak only had a dusting of snow but I had no idea if one of the south ridges were doable. I hope to see some photos as the DBE is quite photogenic in snow. You made the right call as the DBE is tricky to climb in snow.
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Scott
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September 20th, 2017, 1:30 am #7

Unless this is an extremely unusual year, there should still be plenty of weeks left to do some more summits. September snow storms are normal, and they almost always will melt off within the next week. I like to ski as much as anyone, but I don't give up on hiking season until late October for higher elevations and mid-November for lower elevations in most years.
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Joined: August 22nd, 2014, 3:28 am

September 20th, 2017, 1:45 am #8

Anyone been active enough throughout the years around early Autumn to make an educated guess here:
With the warmer temps coming back next week, is it possible that the recent snowfall on the higher peaks (11ers/12ers) could melt off and make for another almost-snow-free summit opportunity? Or do you think that recent snow fall is already here to stay til next summer?
I agree with what others have said, very common for September snow to melt off. It won't take much of warm stretch for south facing slopes to dry off.
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September 20th, 2017, 4:40 am #9

Anyone been active enough throughout the years around early Autumn to make an educated guess here:
With the warmer temps coming back next week, is it possible that the recent snowfall on the higher peaks (11ers/12ers) could melt off and make for another almost-snow-free summit opportunity? Or do you think that recent snow fall is already here to stay til next summer?
Summits are always better with snow on them IMHO, seems like maybe I'm the minority though
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 20th, 2017, 8:00 pm #10

Anyone been active enough throughout the years around early Autumn to make an educated guess here:
With the warmer temps coming back next week, is it possible that the recent snowfall on the higher peaks (11ers/12ers) could melt off and make for another almost-snow-free summit opportunity? Or do you think that recent snow fall is already here to stay til next summer?
Get out and enjoy the Indian summer!

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