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Spring skiing, record Sierra snow

Mammoth:May 2010

And the snow just keeps coming....

Forget the Memorial Day backyard BBQ ... how does a weekend of skiing sound? As we've already reported on Outposts, for the fifth time in seven years Mammoth Mountain will be open through July 4, and for the first time that I can remember, some Lake Tahoe resorts will be open for Memorial Day weekend.

Mammoth snow Mammoth picked up about 33 inches of snow this past week, for a record 660 inches — so far. That's nearly double the resort's average of 342.5. That photo above is from Memorial Day 2010, when the season total was nearly 558 inches.

Up at Tahoe, the snowpack has also been fantastically deep, so much so that the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California, which was to circle the lake, was canceled. But there's still skiing. Here's a rundown of resorts extending their seasons:

Squaw Valley will be open for skiing and boarding through May 30 on Fridays through Sundays until 2 p.m. The High Camp pool and bar area will be open until 4 p.m.

Alpine Meadows is closed but will reopen for July 4 weekend, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Kirkwood is closed but will reopen for Memorial Day weekend

Boreal is closed but will reopen for its June Ski/Snowboard Camp on June 20-24. Wait, is this Mt. Hood or California?

All of the resorts listed will offer discounted tickets, so check their websites for details.

And if you're a backpacker or fisher-person, don't even think about accessing the backcountry for a while. Lake Mary Road to the Mammoth Lakes Basin is still closed. And the Inyo National Forest says Reds Meadow Road is projected to open June 24, later than normal due to the huge snowpack.

— Julie Sheer

Photo: View of Chair 23 at Mammoth Mountain on Memorial Day 2010. Credit: Julie Sheer

 

 

As trout season nears, fishing licenses will be on sale in Bishop beginning Thursday

With the Sierra Nevada range providing a dramatic background, a young angler tries his luck in Convict Lake. The highly anticipated trout fishing season opens Saturday in the eastern Sierra, and the California Department of Fish and Game wants to make sure anglers are prepared -- at least when it comes to being properly licensed prior to the popular opening day.

So DFG personnel will be on hand at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce beginning Thursday, selling fishing licenses via the newly launched Automated License Data System.

"We are encouraging everyone who plans to fish the opener to go to the DFG website and get their 2011 California fishing license before they head into the Sierra," DFG Director John McCamman said. "For those who can't make the purchase online, we will be in Bishop for opening weekend. But to avoid lines and get out ahead of the crowd, early purchase is your best bet."

The DFG will sell licenses Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. An annual fishing license costs $43.46 for California residents and $116.90 for nonresidents. For those looking for a shorter commitment, one-day licenses are available for $14.04 and a two-day license sells for $21.86.

The Bishop Chamber of Commerce is at 690 N. Main St.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: With the Sierra Nevada range providing a dramatic background, a young angler tries his luck in Convict Lake. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

 

Trout and catfish plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Nov. 29

Trout

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout or channel catfish throughout the week of Nov. 29 by the Department of Fish and Game:

Trout:

VENTURA: None.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE: Carr Park lake, Eisenhower Park lake, Greer Park lake, Huntington Central Park lake and Laguna Lake.

LOS ANGELES: Belvedere Park lake, Cerritos Park lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park lake, El Dorado Park lakes, La Mirada Lake, lake in Hollenbeck Park, Legg Lake and Lincoln Park lake.

SAN DIEGO: None.

RIVERSIDE: Lake Cahuilla and Perris Reservoir.

SAN BERNARDINO: Glen Helen Regional Park lakes and Yucaipa Regional Park lake.

INYO: None.

MONO: None.

Catfish:

ORANGE: Carr Park lake, Centennial Regional Park lake, Eisenhower Park lake, Greer Park lake, Huntington Central Park lake, Laguna Lake, Mile Square Regional Park lake, Ralph Clark Regional Park lake, Tri-City Park lake and Yorba Regional Park lake.

LOS ANGELES: Legg Lake.

Photo credit: Eric Engbretson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Trout and catfish plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Nov. 22

A string of trout on the frozen surface of Lake  Sabrina April 26, 2008 on the first day of the 2008 trout season in the  Eastern Sierra.

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout or channel catfish throughout the week of Nov. 22 by the Department of Fish and Game:

Trout:

VENTURA: Rancho Simi Community Park lake.

ORANGE: Tri-City Park lake.

LOS ANGELES: Castaic Lake, Cuddy Creek Pond, Elizabeth Lake, Hansen Lake, Peck Road Park lake, Puddingstone Reservoir, Pyramid Lake and Santa Fe Flood Control Basin.

IMPERIAL: Sunbeam Lake and Wiest Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Mojave Narrows Regional Park lake.

INYO: lower Owens River from Stewart Lane to Laws.

Catfish:

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Reservoir, Lindo Lake and Murray Reservoir.

Photo: A string of trout on the frozen surface of Lake Sabrina on opening day of the 2008 Eastern Sierra trout season. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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Trout plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Nov. 15

Trout jump out of the water after bits of feed in a holding  pond.

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout throughout the week of Nov. 15 by the Department of Fish and Game:

VENTURA: None.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE: Carr Park lake, Eisenhower Park lake, Greer Park lake, Huntington Central Park lake, Laguna Lake and Yorba Regional Park lake.

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park lake, Belvedere Park lake, Cerritos Park lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park lake, El Dorado Park lakes, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, La Mirada Lake, lake in Hollenbeck Park, Legg Lake and Lincoln Park lake.

SAN DIEGO: Chollas Reservoir, Morena Reservoir and Murray Reservoir.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake, Lake Cahuilla and Rancho Jurupa Park lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park Lake, El Prado Regional Park lake, Glen Helen Regional Park lakes, Seccombe Park Lake and Yucaipa Regional Park lake.

INYO: Pleasant Valley Reservoir.

MONO: None.

Photo: Trout jump out of the water after bits of feed in a holding pond. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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Trout plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Nov. 8

Trout being prepared for pan frying.Ken Hively

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout throughout the week of Nov. 8 by the Department of Fish and Game:

VENTURA: Rancho Simi Community Park lake.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE:  Tri-City Park lake.

LOS ANGELES:  Castaic Lake, Cuddy Creek Pond, Elizabeth Lake, Hansen Lake, Peck Road Park lake, Puddingstone Reservoir, Pyramid Lake and Santa Fe Flood Control Basin.

SAN DIEGO: None.

RIVERSIDE: None.

SAN BERNARDINO: Mojave Narrows Regional Park lake.

INYO:  lower Owens River from Stewart Lane to Laws.

MONO: None.

Photo: Trout being prepared for pan frying. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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Trout plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Nov. 1

An angler fishes a little pond above Virginia Lake in John Muir Wilderness.

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout throughout the week of Nov. 1 by the Department of Fish and Game:

VENTURA: None.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE: Laguna Lake.

LOS ANGELES: Alondra Park Lake, Belvedere Park Lake, Cerritos Park Lake, Downey Wilderness Park Lake, Echo Park Lake, El Dorado Park Lakes, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, La Mirada Lake, Lake in Hollenbeck Park, Legg Lake and Lincoln Park Lake.

SAN DIEGO: None.

RIVERSIDE: Perris Reservoir and Rancho Jurupa Park Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: Seccombe Park Lake.

INYO: Lone Pine Creek and lower Bishop Creek.

MONO: None.

Photo: An angler fishes a little pond above Virginia Lake in John Muir Wilderness. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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Trout plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Oct. 25

A trout jumps out of a pool at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery near Independence.

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout throughout the week of Oct. 25 by the Department of Fish and Game:

VENTURA: None.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE: None.

LOS ANGELES: None.

SAN DIEGO: None.

RIVERSIDE: Perris Reservoir.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake and Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Lone Pine Creek and lower Bishop Creek.

MONO: None.

Photo: A trout breaks the surface at the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery near Independence. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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Trout plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Oct. 18

Trout In Pan.Ken Hively
Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout throughout the week of Oct. 18 by the Department of Fish and Game:

VENTURA: None.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE: None.

LOS ANGELES: None.

SAN DIEGO: None.

RIVERSIDE: Hemet Lake.

SAN BERNARDINO: None.

INYO: Bishop Creek Dam Intake No. 2, Goodale Creek, Independence Creek, Lake Sabrina, lower Owens River from Stewart Lane to Laws, Middle Fork Bishop Creek, North Lake, Pleasant Valley Reservoir, South Fork Bishop Creek, South Lake, Taboose Creek and Tinemaha Creek.

MONO: None.

Photo: Trout being prepared for pan frying. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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Backpacking gear: The good, the bad and the weird

As the summer backpacking season winds down, and through-hikers on the Pacific Crest and John Muir trails return to the comfort of sleeping indoors, let's take a look at some of the good, the bad and the just plain odd in the world of backpacking gear.

SPOT2_New_Orange:webI'll share some of my discoveries from an August backpack to Evolution Valley, in the western Sierra.

At Muir Trail Ranch our first night, we dined with an older hiker who had a Spot Satellite GPS Messenger. He said it gave his wife peace of mind while he and his buddies gallivanted in the backcountry. These tiny two-way GPS devices allow users to send an "OK" message to loved ones back home, and also transmit a help signal (to a Spot representative) if trouble strikes. I poked around online when we got back and found out the devices run about $150 and service plans cost another $100 a year. It's a luxury, but kind of a cool way for others to track your trek (it's an additional $50/year for the tracking option), and would be very handy for Aron Ralston/solo-hiking types who don't leave behind detailed itineraries.

UmbrellaOne odd gear item we saw on the John Muir Trail: umbrellas. It was hot out, so I can only assume they were for sun protection. I noticed three people using what I later discovered was the GoLite Chrome Dome. Two of them appeared to be through-hikers and I wondered how someone trying to shave ounces off their packs could justify it, but they only weigh eight ounces. It's a wine flask trade-off I personally wouldn't make, but they're kind of nifty-looking.

 

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Trout plants for Southern California and Eastern Sierra during the week beginning Oct. 11

Trout

Barring adverse weather, water or road conditions, the following is a list of Southern California and Eastern Sierra waters, listed by county, that will be stocked with rainbow trout throughout the week of Oct. 11 by the Department of Fish and Game:

VENTURA: None.

SANTA BARBARA: None.

ORANGE: None.

LOS ANGELES: None.

SAN DIEGO: None.

RIVERSIDE: Perris Reservoir.

SAN BERNARDINO: Big Bear Lake and Silverwood Lake.

INYO: Lone Pine Creek and lower Bishop Creek.

MONO: Convict Lake, June Lake, Lake Mary, lower Virginia Lake, Saddlebag Lake, Silver Lake, Tioga Lake, upper Twin Lake near Bridgeport and upper Virginia Lake.

Photo credit: Eric Engbretson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Mammoth Mountain sporting first signs of winter

The Woolly mammoth located behind the main lodge at Mammoth Mountain is blanketed with fresh snow.

It looks as if winter has come to Mammoth Mountain. On Tuesday, about four inches of snow fell at the resort's main lodge, which is at 8,900 feet, meaning that much more likely fell at higher elevations.

While some of that snow melted quickly, another 2-4 inches of snowfall came down Tuesday night, thickening the layer covering the woolly mammoth behind the main lodge. More snow showers are expected Wednesday night above 7,500 feet, and another slightly warmer system should be moving in Thursday.

With the warmer temperatures expected for this weekend, this might be short-lived, but it certainly is nice to look at while it lasts!

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: The Woolly mammoth located behind the main lodge at Mammoth Mountain is blanketed with fresh snow. Credit: Mammoth Mountain

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