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I'm getting lots of questions, so I'm starting this thread to post current trail conditions. I'll try to update it fairly often and obviously anyone who has an update or a question is free to do so as well. I will update the original post, so you don't have to go hunting for trail conditions if you're in a hurry.

Currently, updated December 30th, 2011, the trail conditions are:

Loon trailhead: No snow in the last week, bowl is clear, icy conditions in places, day and night. Many areas of the trail have a snow layer.

Go prepared...in addition to cold weather gear carry a hundred feet of additional winching ability, be it a 100' spare winch cable, or a combination of straps and rated fasteners, or both. ALWAYS go with communications (ham or satellite), multiple rigs, and a backup plan. Let someone know where you are, your general route, and your anticipated return date.

Wentworth Springs trailhead: Same as Loon

Tahoe trailhead: Same as Loon, with a bit less snow.

Always carry a toilet...Wag Bag it!

There are currently no fire restrictions, but you MUST have a Forest Service permit to operate a propane stove or barbecue (charcoal or propane).

Hope this helps.
 

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Eight inches to a foot of new snow across the Rubicon area last night. Overall, within a day or two, trail conditions will be back to the original post, I think.
 

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Still coming down :D def. over 8" up there, got that at 3500' by this afternoon.

Supposed to snow into tonight, break tomorrow and pick up again tomorrow night for a couple more inches. :laughing:

The snow is wet, and sticking I'd expect a decent # of fresh trees down again.
A lot of oaks, and other trees with spring leaves are down already on the way up.


Anyone coming up Wentworth watch for PGE trucks they are working, and had no flags/signs out.






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Made a trip in to Spider this weekend. The snow was not the best on Friday, but was better with some powder on it. John was up and was helping some inexperienced folks. They made it to the Kiosk and it took alll day. When we came out, I was wading through waist deep snow in the cut before the second dam:eek:
 

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Somewhere East of Ellis. There is still so much snow that the coverage is 80-90 percent. Most of it is 6-10 feet deep and was melting until this weekend. With another storm rolling in, who knows how long it will be until the trail is ready for summer wheeling??

Let's start a pool:grinpimp:

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The guy that went with me and myself have years of experience and capable rigs to get in there and out without any sort of issues or damage. Please do not try this unless you know what you are doing and have an escape plan or friends waiting to rescue you if you have issues.
 

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One more before I have to get back to the day job. this is what we found at the trail head!!
 

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One more before I have to get back to the day job. this is what we found at the trail head!!
:laughing: Notice the darkness...



BTW, the drift line at your trailer tires is awesome...musta been a little windy too.
 

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Looks like the snow melted a good 2-3 feet at the kiosk over the past week.
 

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Looks like the snow melted a good 2-3 feet at the kiosk over the past week.
Yup, it definitely did. This new storm will compact quickly in the warm weather ahead and really only add a few inches to the pack. This will delay the melt by a week, I'm guessing, especially up toward Little Sluice (higher elevation). We'll still be losing pack faster than gaining it in the next few weeks!
 

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<picture of trailer full of snow>
Interesting approach.
Most people take their 4x4s UP to the snow to go 'wheeling.
Pretty creative getting a trailer-full of snow to take DOWN to your house and 'wheel there.
:flipoff2:

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:laughing: Notice the darkness...



BTW, the drift line at your trailer tires is awesome...musta been a little windy too.
We got home at 4AM:flipoff2:
 

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Winter Weather Advisory for Greater Lake Tahoe Area, CA


... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 AM PDT WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 AM PDT WEDNESDAY.

* TIMING: SNOW WILL INCREASE LATE THIS AFTERNOON BECOMING HEAVIER OVERNIGHT BEFORE TURNING TO SHOWERS WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 6 INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL AND VALLEY FLOORS INCLUDING TRUCKEE. 5 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES OR MORE NEAR THE SIERRA CREST.

* IMPACTS: SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL MAKE TRAVEL HAZARDOUS TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING WITH VISIBILITIES LESS THAN 1 MILE AT TIMES. CHAIN CONTROLS AND DELAYS THROUGH SIERRA PASSES ARE LIKELY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SNOW WILL MAKE ROADS... BRIDGES... AND SIDEWALKS SLICK AND HAZARDOUS. DRIVING CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE RAPIDLY. MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION AND ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO REACH THEIR DESTINATION.

SNOW IS EXPECTED TO POSE AN INCONVENIENCE TO TRAVELERS. ROADS WILL BECOME SLICK AND HAZARDOUS... WITH SNOW AND ICE FIRST DEVELOPING ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. MOTORISTS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION.
 

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wow. as much as i want the snow to melt and go away so we can get on the trail, it's kinda nice that winter is sticking around for so long. i'm not looking forward to a hot summer.
 

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getting to that time when we need to stay off to let the snow melt off without rutting things up?

I know in MT we were always governed by the spring break up....... a month long period where they told you to stay off the snow and roads so it it could thaw, melt off and not channalize itself in the ruts too much. not sure many people down here understand how much of an impact spring thaw wheeling and ruts can have on errossion.

went up to the dam the other day lots of snow this year for sure
 

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getting to that time when we need to stay off to let the snow melt off without rutting things up?
Good to see people thinking about this. I don't think we are quite there yet...this recent snowfall has delayed that by maybe a week or so.

Very soon!
 

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I am planning a trip up to the trail june 2nd to the 5th any suggestions
thanks
Jared

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don't go




I never run that trail or any during the spring melt off it only invites skewed photographic evidence from the greenies and problems maybe 15 years ago but today i just wait, plus mud is a PITA to wash off
 
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