Bolstering Michelle's comments above:
There was just enough snow on Friday both falling and left by the scrapers from the East Fork Parking (Sno-Park, but no permits needed) to gingerly skin up the road:
Playing chicken with the big boys (they were really cool to talk to):
Probably be quite a while longer before pie (Sorry, Deb!):
And here's what the guys are up against just a few hundred yards above the Lodge:
They are hoping to get to the pack station sometime this week. Inyo NF is in charge of actually opening the gate whether the road is plowed or not. By Sunday, the road was melted out such that any car could get to the RC Lodge, but the gate of course was still locked. Made for a long trudge down in the ski boots!!