California's May Snowmelt Report
Cold temperatures in the high Sierra and spring snowstorms have prevented California's snowpack from decreasing this spring. As of May 1 2005, the snowpack for the Tuolumne River is 179% of normal and the snowpack for the Merced River is 187% of normal. We are looking forward to a week of cold weather and precipitation so these percentages may still increase.
This means that we are expecting very high water at the end of May when the temperatures begin to rise and that the high water should last through June. We may also see the fun medium flows on the Tuolumne through the middle of July. Those of you looking for a unique and rare high water experience in hot weather should consider trip in June and those looking for more of a mellow trip should consider a late July or August trip.