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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Tullymt » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:27 am

So Depressing...I was looking forward to spending New Years in the Palisades...Guess I'll just save my vacation days and wish for snow... Anyone know what St Jean Couloir on Split looks like right now?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Clydascope » Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:09 am

^This is close, the Thumb on the left, Mount Sill on the right, as it looked a few days ago...

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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby JoeG » Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:46 pm

Does anyone know if Onion Valley Road west of Independence is currently open to the trailhead?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:32 am

JoeG wrote:Does anyone know if Onion Valley Road west of Independence is currently open to the trailhead?

I've never seen a gate on that road. You just drive as far as your balls allow you. :) Wouldn't be surprised if you could drive all the way up. The heavily faceted snow on NE to NW slopes is keeping me out of the mountains. What a pain in the ass!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Greg Enright » Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:20 am

There is so little snow that I keep looking up Tioga Road to see if they have opened the pass. I think if they want to keep the pass closed, they will need to bring in some snowmaking equipment to boost the snowpack on the road.

The cross country skiing has been good, but there is pavement peeking through at Tamarack. Might be time to head out to bag some desert peaks.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby sharperblue » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:58 am

Any new reports on conditions from this w/e(4th-5th) - ? Jeebus; 180 into Kings is still open; anyone been taking advantage of west side adventuring in there?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Clydascope » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:42 am

Things are not looking good:

The California Department of Water Resources has conducted its first snow survey of the winter. Officials said they found “more bare ground than snow.”

http://www.sierrawave.net/28055/show-grim-picture/
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:03 am

If anyone is desparate to get into the Sierra, the road to South Lake is not gated, just a "road closed" sign but I drove around it anyway. Be advised you better have burly tires and chains on-hand though. Coverage situation on road is a cruel mix of hard ice and soft dry snow. I got stuck and had to "cry" for help (after running 3 miles to get reception) :/
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby bscott » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:10 pm

has anyone been up towards langley? we are looking at the northeast couloir if conditions are ok. it looks like that area may actually be one of the areas with good snow cover?
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby granite4brains » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:05 am

Anyone know how far the road is open that heads up to Mosquito Flat.

Headed up the 395 for the first time this winter over the Holidays. Shocked how low the snow was!

EDIT: After reading Deb's post, I'm guessing much past Rock Creek Lake might be tough
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby dshoshone » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:20 am

The road was open to the lake a few days ago.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:12 am

I just happened to drive up Rock Creek Rd on my way home from Mammoth today. The road is open to pack station and looks about 90% coverage just past the gate (as far as you can see). You'll still have that thick top crust and dry pow underneath to deal with once you get deeper into wilderness. I'm jonesing!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Luciano136 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:43 pm

Looks like a lot of TH are still reachable! Going to Mammoth next weekend. With no new snow in the forecast, I guess I can plan on doing some peak in the area. It looks like October?!
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Deb » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:43 pm

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This morning...feels like late Spring.
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Re: Eastern Sierra snow condition updates?

Postby Luciano136 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:48 pm

Crazy!
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