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Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby DavePloessel » Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:48 pm

I'm just looking for road conditions/closures or if it's possible to get to the TH... Trying to decide between going out of there or Onion Valley for a couple days late next week.


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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby KathyW » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:27 am

Inyo County Roads Dept has an estimated opening date of May 1st for the Horseshoe Meadows Road. I'd call before heading up there because that is just an estimate - it closed mostly because of rockfall.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby fishmonger » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:41 am

road to Whitney Portal opened yesterday - may not be that far off. I'd call the ranger station.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby KathyW » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:23 pm

If the road is open, Inyo County Roads Department doesn't know about it because this morning they told me it was closed with a tentative opening date of May 1st, which will allow them time to check it out and clear clear off the rocks.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby DavePloessel » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:36 am

I had called roads already when I posted this. They didn't know (but gave mne a date if "april something" interestingly enough). As with a lot of roads in the area, there is "closed", and then there is "impassable" ;). I've never tried to get to that TH in the winter (always hiked in from tuttle if I wanted to visit that area in winter) so I don't know if it's gated or just the standard sawhorse in the middle of the road you can drive past at your own risk a la whitney portal.

I was trying to find out from a trail runners on the ground perspective if it was diveable all the way to the TH. Seems like a good year to do so.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby tim » Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:53 am

If I'm not mistaken the Horseshoe Meadows road is fully gated in winter a very long way from the trailhead.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby John Dittli » Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:04 am

As of last week the gate was closed and locked at Carroll Creek. It was snow free to ~1 mile past Farewell Gap.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby ExploreABitMore » Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:44 pm

Even if it's not gated, there is a reason HM is sometimes the last road to open ... half the mountainside regularly ends up on the road (i.e. impassable)
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby DavePloessel » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:48 pm

tim wrote:If I'm not mistaken the Horseshoe Meadows road is fully gated in winter .



Drats.

May be onion valley this trip then.

My girl is running the ragnar the weekend after next and we wanted to go sleep at altitude with a mellow hike in so she wouldn't beat herself up before the race.
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby DavePloessel » Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:50 pm

granite4brains wrote:Even if it's not gated, there is a reason HM is sometimes the last road to open ... half the mountainside regularly ends up on the road (i.e. impassable)



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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby maverick » Tue Apr 09, 2013 12:47 pm

Some info here, but nothing definite:
http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum ... w=1#UNREAD
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Re: Has anyone been up to Horseshoe Meadows TH lately?

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:37 pm

Road is supposed to open May 1st.
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