Hiking the Sierra Nevada in a high snow year
2023 - the year of record breaking snow
If you are on the John Muir Trail Facebook group and are following Lange Jorstad’s photos, you will know that as of April 1, 2023, this year is a record-breaking year for snow in the Sierra Nevada.
The podcast linked to this post contains interviews with Daniel Winsor, who hiked the Sierra Nevada portion of the PCT in 2017 (another high snow year) and Ned Tibbits, the founder of Mountain Education, on how to hike the Sierra Nevada on a high snow year.
It is nearly four hours long and totally worth it (the first 20 minutes or so are skippable). Please listen to it if you are planning to hike the High Sierra this year.
As for me, I have wilderness permits on the High Sierra starting from Memorial Day, but I have no hopes of making it to any of them until late August, when I will attempt to hike the JMT from Cottonwood Pass to Kearsarge Pass.