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Roads Open

Postby maverick » Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:22 pm

Sabrina, South Lake, Rock Creek Roads now open. Snow level is at about 10000 ft.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/inyo/recr ... rdb5136876
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Re: Roads Open

Postby tomcat_rc » Fri May 04, 2012 7:10 am

Horseshow Meadows road condition? I read a post earlier this week(yesterday on another board) that the Ranger Station gave information that the gate opening would not make it for this weekend due to rockfall still being cleared. They were hoping before "next" weekend, but were unable to commit a promise. Any first hand knowledge?
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Re: Roads Open

Postby maverick » Fri May 04, 2012 1:15 pm

Hi TC,

My source also says it will not open this weekend, there is no date set for Horseshoe
Meadow as of yet. Whitney Portal Road is open now.
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Re: Roads Open

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri May 04, 2012 5:05 pm

I'm mainly waiting for info on the Mineral King road. The park site says June 21st and may open sooner if weather permits.

Better open sooner! I can't handle the extra weight to start at another trail head.
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Re: Roads Open

Postby Shawn » Sat May 05, 2012 11:26 am

Got a copy of this email on May 4 about the MK road:

Here are a few more details on the Mineral King road condition, compliments of Michael Botkin (via Jana--be sure and visit her web site at http://www.cabinart.net)!


On Thu, 3 May 2012 22:17:25 -0700, Jana Botkin <cabinart06@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

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>The latest from MK maintenance guys whom I talked to this morning (and who are up there working even though the road isn't plowed) is that they've driven as far as the Avery cabin in Faculty Flat. I suspect that within the week the road will be passable to the valley, even without the help of big yellow machines.
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Re: Roads Open

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat May 05, 2012 11:52 am

That's good news. I couldn't imagine it staying closed so late.
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Re: Roads Open

Postby maverick » Sat May 05, 2012 1:41 pm

Thanks Shawn
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Re: Roads Open

Postby tomcat_rc » Mon May 07, 2012 4:48 pm

Horseshoe Meadows Rd. is now reported as "open".
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Re: Roads Open

Postby tim » Fri May 11, 2012 1:11 pm

Various facilities at Mineral King will open soon (weather-permitting). The road to Mineral King and Atwell Mill Campground are expected to be open by 12 noon on May 24. The Mineral King Ranger Station will open on May 25. In addition, Cold Springs Campground will open on June 1.

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Re: Roads Open

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri May 11, 2012 2:54 pm

Sounds like my timing will be perfect for Cold Springs.
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Re: Roads Open

Postby Troutdog 59 » Sun May 20, 2012 9:11 am

Access to west side trail heads is opening up. Went up above Bass Lake yesterday to the Granite Creek area and both Beasore and Sky Ranch roads are open allowing access to the Ansel Adams TH's like Norris, Fernandez, Chiquito, Isberg, etc.. Saw 3 cars at the Isberg TH. The road to the Quartz Mtn TH (up Sky Ranch) is not quite open for most of us yet. There's still a snow drift just past the Iron Lakes OHV Route that I didn't want to try and cross in my vehicle (Durango 4x4), but someone whose a bit more determined and has a higher clearance vehicle could make it. Someone already had, but the ruts they left were deeper than I figured I could make, so I opted for a retreat to the Fresno Dome camp ground where I had lunch before heading over to Granite Creek.


Weather was nice complete with an afternoon thunder storm and fishing the small creeks of the area was good for small brookies to 10". I saw another bear along the road, my 3rd in two trips the last two weekends. Always cool!!! Mosquito's weren't bad at all. Likely just about to go off as things melt out. Mostly a 0 on the HST Scale, but about a 1 along the boggy parts of the creeks.
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