Pacific Crest Trail weather

May 5, 2004
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Pacific Crest Trail weather

Pacific Crest Trail weather
Question: I'm planning a hike in July on the Pacific Crest Trail from Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows , and I can't find a reference for temperatures to be expected. Can you help?

Jerry Dunaway
San Diego, CA
[email protected]

Keep the Gore-Tex handy. The weather on the PCT to Tuolumne Meadows (above) is a mixed bag even in July.
Adventure Adviser: Your best bet is to go right to the source--the experts at Yosemite National Park--which is exactly what I did. According to the rangers, at 9,000 to 10,000 feet, you'll want to bring that warm sleeping bag and an extra layer of polypropylene, since average nighttime temps usually dip down into the low-to mid-30s.

Most July afternoons will see 70-degree readings and almost always an hourlong thunderstorm or downpour. Be sure, then, to keep that Gore-Tex handy and do your best to avoid being on mountain peaks and ridgelines if you see approaching thunderclouds. The good news, though, is that by July, you won't have to worry too much about those infamous, heavy Sierra snowfalls. For additional weather-related information, call Yosemite at 209-372-0265 or 209-372-0200.

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