Sometimes, it’s nice to be wrong. This time, I’ll ‘fess up. It appears to be less dry in the Sierra than originally planned.
It seems that the Arizona Monsoon kicked in a little early this year, adding more water to the upper lakes and streams. LA got more rain in the first three weeks of July than most people can remember. I mention that because it could indicate that the rain isn’t just in the northern Sierra.
Most of the trip reports on High Sierra Topix don’t even mention water availability, which leads me to believe it really isn’t a huge issue this year. In fact, some reports show photos of new, overnight snow (dusting only) at some of the higher elevations at times.
Below are some photos my friend Chris Knotz snapped of Tokopah Fall, above Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park. The water is the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River. The photos were taken over the 4th of July weekend this year. Not overwhelming water volume, but enough to fill any bottles you take on a hike.
Our backpacking team has not yet selected a hike for our trip the week of August 24, because we were waiting to hear from others about water availability. Looks like we should be able to pick a trip anywhere north of Kennedy Meadow, but we will likely end up north of Whitney, just to be safe.
More as it become available.