Post by burntfoot on Mar 11, 2017 8:21:12 GMT -8
I had something similar to this posted in the old forums years ago that I would bounce back to the top each year in February or March.
Haven't done it yet in this forum, so here goes.
Please consider the time of year for your hikes.
This is mostly for people from other parts of the U.S. who are planning trips to the western part of the country.
My intention is not to be mean, nor to discourage you from coming, but to give a reality check on conditions out here.
Springtime (March, April, May) is not the time to consider backpacking in mountain areas. We still have snow measurable in feet out here during these months, not inches. You can get into the mountains, but it will be on snowshoes. But, canyon areas can be nice during these months. If traveling during March, April and May, I recommend the canyon parks in Utah or western Colorado. It is a great time of year for these areas.
June. This is a month I would avoid if planning outdoor activities. The exception would be river rafting. You can find some good hiking in places. But, longer trips will be difficult to find. Mountain areas will still have too much snow (or muddy trails) to make things fun, in general. And, canyon areas will be too hot by June. I call June my "off-month" and stick to hikes in different locations than normal.
July, August. Again, avoid canyon areas in the southwest unless you like heat. But, high alpine mountain areas are good by this time. Later in July, and in August, plan on getting early starts each day so that you can be done early before thunderstorms roll in.
September. My favorite month, as all areas are generally good for hiking - canyons and mountains. You can have snow in the mountains and colder temperatures at night. But, not too extreme most of the time. And, weather is usually great with clear blue skies.
October, November. October is still good in the mountains with blue skies. But, it is a gamble. At some time during this month, winter usually shuts things down. But, I've had years where I was hiking every weekend through Thanksgiving. Canyon areas are great during these months.
December, January, February - Winter. Skiing, x-country skiing, snowshoeing.