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Old 05-01-2012, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The melt 2012 is on!

The annual snow melt period is on for this year. It has been on going for some time now and the snow is melting fast. Please, if you do not have to, head out to wheel at another location for the next couple weeks or until the trail drys out some. We all know you know who is out there taking pictures this time of year and always sends a little love letter report/complaint out to anyone that will listen so do you part to help save the trail. :wink:

We have trip going in this weekend to evaluate the tree at Little Sluice and anticipate needing some FOTR help to move sections here and there. More info will follow after the weekend and details are still being developed.

So, to substantiate rumors, RTF may be assuming the task of preserving the sections of the tree for historical purposes. I expect we will have a plan submitted to EDC soon and work can begin to remove the tree from the road. How the sections will be moved once cut is still not decided yet and we know the bigger ones will weigh in pretty heavy!

We have had a bit of luck in that we have a highly experienced timber company submit a proposal to the board that lays out a plan to mill sections and save them. All for free!!! We will of course be providing logistical support and some related expenses, but the work will be no charge.

Thanks for your patience, Scott
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The melt 2012 is on!

Great info Scott! Please get us an update after the weekend on how everything's looking.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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was up last weekend and a driver rolled off a side slope comming out from wentworth springs camp ground road conditions suck like driving in a slurpy.
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Old 05-06-2012, 04:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good time NOT to be out there. I've been known to spend a fair bit of time on the trail and haven't been for a couple weeks in order to be good to the trail. Please respect this!

I'll be up walking this week and will report on conditions.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Agreed with John. I did go in to the Sluice with the tree specialist to have a look see and there was some activity on the trail. We only went in and out on Friday and the trail is clear of snow except near Ellis as is usual for the melt time of year. I talked to some folks that were camped at Buck when we were at Little Sluice and they said there was just a few drifts across the top after 1K hill and the slabs were clear.

That means that it should be clear from Buck to the top a Cadillac and then there would be snow going out the Tahoe side for a couple more weeks. I expect that if the weather holds, there will be dry conditions by Memorial Day weekend.

There are a few energy dissipators that need some work, but the trail looks as good as it ever has for this time of year. Let's keep it that way!! Overall there was very little use of the trail this weekend and I hope things dry out quickly so the summer season can get it!
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Walked in on the Wentworth side to look if anything was left behind from the week before conditions went from bad to worse. That road don't get much sun the snow may linger a bit longer than threw loon.
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