Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing from MMSA Main Lodge to Minaret Vista

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  • Snowshoeing from Main Lodge to Minaret Vista involves a gradual but sustained uphill stroll on a groomed trail shared with cross-country skiers, snowmobiles and even the occasional dog sled. Once you get beyond the downhill ski area you enter a peaceful forest of mountain hemlock and then emerge at the base of San Joaquin Ridge. The views from here of the Ritter Range and the Ansel Adams Wilderness are worth every step. On a warm day the vista is a great place for a picnic. Depending on the weather and how you feel you can continue up along the open ridgeline, or just head back down the way you came.

  • Snowshoeing from Main Lodge to Minaret Vista involves a gradual but sustained uphill stroll on a groomed trail shared with cross-country skiers, snowmobiles and even the occasional dog sled. Once you get beyond the downhill ski area you enter a peaceful forest of mountain hemlock and then emerge at the base of San Joaquin Ridge. The views from here of the Ritter Range and the Ansel Adams Wilderness are worth every step. On a warm day the vista is a great place for a picnic. Depending on the weather and how you feel you can continue up along the open ridgeline, or just head back down the way you came.

Avalanche Forecast for 04/28/2017

  • Primary avalanche problem for Wednesday thru Friday will focus on isolated Wind Slabs in the mid to upper elevations and Loose Wet avalanches in the mid to low elevations. Wind Slabs – Moderate to strong Westerly (Wed) to Northwesterly (Thurs-Fri) winds with the potential for light snowfall (Wed) will form isolated shallow Wind Slabs primarily on exposed N-E-S-SW aspects above ~ 9500’. Natural avalanches unlikely, triggered releases possible below ridgelines, adjacent to terrain features that p Find out More
  • Experience Checklist

    • Animal Track Identifier/Guide
    • Binoculars
    • Camera
    • Day pack
    • Energy bars/electrolyte replacement
    • Hat
    • Hiking boots
    • Ski poles
    • Snowshoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/lip protector
    • Telephoto lens
    • Tree Identifier/Guide
    • Warm clothing
    • Water
    • Wildlife-identification guide
    • Winter gloves

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    Experience Information

    Trail Length
    2.5 miles
    Trail Surface
    Snow
    Duration
    Less than 4 hours

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