Pacific Crest Trail: High Snow Year vs. Low Snow Year

After hiking in the Sierra for the better part of a decade, I've taken enough pictures to ensure my computer runs as slow as possible... but that also means I've taken pictures in some of the lowest and highest snow years in recent history. Here's a comparison of those years in photos.


Big Horn Plateau

Big Horn Plateau - June 2014

Big Horn Plateau - June 2014

Big Horn Plateau - May 2017

Big Horn Plateau - May 2017


Forester Pass

June 2014 - Looking north towards Forester Pass.

June 2014 - Looking north towards Forester Pass.

May 2017 - Looking north towards Forester Pass.

May 2017 - Looking north towards Forester Pass.

 
June 2014 - Looking south from the approach to Forester Pass.

June 2014 - Looking south from the approach to Forester Pass.

May 2017 - Taken from a bit further back that the above picture, but you get the point. Looking south from the approach to Forester Pass.

May 2017 - Taken from a bit further back that the above picture, but you get the point. Looking south from the approach to Forester Pass.

 
June 2014 - Near Forester Pass, looking south.

June 2014 - Near Forester Pass, looking south.

May 2017 - Near Forester Pass, looking south. There are lakes down there somewhere....

May 2017 - Near Forester Pass, looking south. There are lakes down there somewhere....

 
June 2014 - Looking north from Forester Pass on Lake 12,250'.

June 2014 - Looking north from Forester Pass on Lake 12,250'.

May 2017 - Is there really a lake down there?

May 2017 - Is there really a lake down there?

 
June 2014 - North of Forester Pass.

June 2014 - North of Forester Pass.

May 2017 - North of Forester Pass.

May 2017 - North of Forester Pass.

 
June 2014 - North of Forester Pass, looking down into the Bubbs Creek drainage.

June 2014 - North of Forester Pass, looking down into the Bubbs Creek drainage.

May 2017 - North of Forester Pass, looking down into the Bubbs Creek drainage.

May 2017 - North of Forester Pass, looking down into the Bubbs Creek drainage.

 

Bubbs Creek

June 2014 - Looking north along Bubbs Creek drainage, before I knew what ultralight anything was.... 

June 2014 - Looking north along Bubbs Creek drainage, before I knew what ultralight anything was.... 

May 2017 - Looking north along Bubbs Creek drainage. Where'd the people go??

May 2017 - Looking north along Bubbs Creek drainage. Where'd the people go??

 

Bullfrog Lake

June 2016 - Bullfrog Lake

June 2016 - Bullfrog Lake

May 2017 - Bullfrog Lake super highway!

May 2017 - Bullfrog Lake super highway!

 

Glen Pass

June 2016 - Looking south from the approach to Glen Pass. Charlotte Dome in the background.

June 2016 - Looking south from the approach to Glen Pass. Charlotte Dome in the background.

May 2017 - Looking south from the approach to Glen Pass, Charlotte dome in the background.

May 2017 - Looking south from the approach to Glen Pass, Charlotte dome in the background.

 
June 2016 - Looking south from Glen Pass. Melanie strolling down the switchbacks.

June 2016 - Looking south from Glen Pass. Melanie strolling down the switchbacks.

May 2017 - Looking south from Glen Pass. Where'd all the good lookin' ladies go??

May 2017 - Looking south from Glen Pass. Where'd all the good lookin' ladies go??

 
June 2016 - Looking west along the ridge that Glen Pass summits.

June 2016 - Looking west along the ridge that Glen Pass summits.

May 2017 - Looking west along the ridge that Glen Pass summits. Not quite as many people. Just that one guy crazy enough to follow me up there...

May 2017 - Looking west along the ridge that Glen Pass summits. Not quite as many people. Just that one guy crazy enough to follow me up there...

 
June 2016 - Looking up at Glen Pass from the north side of the pass.

June 2016 - Looking up at Glen Pass from the north side of the pass.

May 2017 - Looking up at Glen Pass from the north side of the pass.

May 2017 - Looking up at Glen Pass from the north side of the pass.