Uintas Conditions 2020

Perry

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Turned around at the Ruth Lake Trail head...

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Northwest faces are clearing but still 1-2 ft snow in the trees at 10,000 feet.

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Water is everywhere...

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Ugly

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Has anyone been down the road into Christmas Meadows?
 

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You mean from Kamas side? There's still some snow in bald mtn pass, they should clear it this week I would imagine.

No coming from the North was more what I was wondering, specifically if anyone has been up the Christmas Meadows road.
 

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No coming from the North was more what I was wondering, specifically if anyone has been up the Christmas Meadows road.
I went up it just a short bit on Sunday. Based on the elevation I’m pretty sure it’s accessible to the trailhead.
 

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To add to what @Perry said, it's probably just best to expect bad mosquitos until August. That seems to be my experience in most of the high, relatively wet mountain ranges I visit.
 

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How long until the bugs start to come out at Trial?
Did a quick trip in 2018 into Granddaddy Basin around the 10th of June when the snowpack was low and coming off fast and the weather was hot. Hiked in within a few days after the pass was cleared of snow. NO BUGS. Within 7 days they were thick and hungry!
 

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Should I delay 2 weeks or so?

I had a trip planned for the 19th/20th but I'm trying to bump it up a week earlier because I really hate dealing with bugs. I'd bet at a minimum, last week in June until a week or two into August is going to be really ugly up there this year.
 

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FWIW, bugs were already out up on Monte Cristo this weekend. Slight breeze kept them down but any time the wind stopped, they were in my ears.

As for the Uintas, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is pretty good to follow on Twitter for updates on road/trail status. They tend to post every couple of weeks in the spring showing conditions on the north slope.

Here's what the north slope looked like yesterday (6/6/2020) from the top of Mt. McKinnon.

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Just returned yesterday from a 3 day trip on the Highline Trail visiting Naturalist Basin, Pinto Lake, Margo Lake. Trail is open, weather was fine, and the blood sucking critters non existent. It seemed to be at least another week before the bugs really start to come out. Will post a more detailed report under Trip Reports: Backpacking.

Pinto Lake, June 13, 2020
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(June 13th)
 
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