The snow pack for California is not that great. Last week’s storm brought in about 10 inches of snow. However, when it was time for a survey near the western boundary of Golden Trout Wilderness no snow was found. Last year at this particular location (see photo above) snow surveys reported finding no snow again. Results were seen in the higher elevation lakes later that summer as shorelines were down below normal levels.
As of this posting, the Kern River watershed is at 10% of normal for this time of year with about half the snow surveys being reported to the state. You can check them out yourself here -> California Data Exchange Center. This will be the last snow pack report for the area until next year.
People planning to go venture out into the wilderness this summer should take extra care in planning their trips. Reliable water sources should be used with a “plan B” in mind if it doesn’t work out. Users are encouraged to contact us where they do or do not encounter water, so we can help other users of the wilderness prepare.