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Lots and lots of snow. Anything above 7,000 won't be fully rideable until at least August. What I mean by rideable is downed trees cleaned up and all snowbanks melted so no new re-routes are put down on the forest. Of course I'm sure some will try. :thumbsup: There's still snow on the Western and Southern exposures, with North faces covered.

Here's a pic of the switchback trail coming out of the Silver Lake basin.

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On a related note-a snowmobiling friend of mine went up North of I-80 last week and found over 10 feet of snow at the Grouse Ridge campground out in the open. BTW-he was on his sled.

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Figured as much...more melting needed.

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This is Foster Meadows Road - just above Bear River Reservoir.

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I heard it was melting at 4 inches a day, but that was when it was hot.

It is only hitting 71 at my place tomorrow.

That does not help the melt much.

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Yeah Sean, it's going fast but not fast enough! Guess I'll see you in August or later!

Will be a short season up high this year.

Mud Lake trail is still closed, gated.

Even if there wasn't a gate, there is too much snow to ride it.

I'll be ready for August!

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From the El Dorado National Forest Website:

OPEN ROADS and TRAILS:

· North / South Road

· Packsaddle Pass

· See below for partial access roads

CLOSED ROADS and TRAILS:

· Mormon Emigrant Trail. The last few miles (eastern end) is blocked by snow drifts and debris.

· Silver Fork Road access in to Fitch- Rantz Bridge. Snow beyond.

OPEN ROADS and TRAILS:

· North South Road

· Sopiago Creek Road

· Tiger Creek Road

· Panther Creek Road

· Plasses Road

· Bear River Road

· Dufrene, Cat Creek, Mehrten Spring and Foster Meadow Roads

· Bear River Road open to Camp Winton.

Blue Lakes Road; Open ONLY to fourth gate. You cannot drive into the campgrounds.

CLOSED ROADS and TRAILS: Snow

· Tragedy Spring Road

· Kit Carson Road

· Woods Lake Road

· Kirkwood Lake Road

· Schneider Cow Camp Road

· Forestdale Divide

· Mormon Emigrant Trail. The last few miles (eastern end) is blocked by snow drifts and debris.

· Ellis Road – landslide, alternate route in Panther Creek road.

· Mud Lake Road

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I heard on the news last night Mormon Emigrant is open, but I have not been up there.

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what about strawberry?

Haven't ridden it yet this year. Driving by and looking across the canyon I can still see snow banks at Cody Meadows so I'm sure there will be some good size banks on the South end of the Strawberry run. The creeks will be roaring, and Buck's Pasture is probably a muddy mess.

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I heard on the news last night Mormon Emigrant is open, but I have not been up there.

MET is closed. Last week when there was the head on collission that had 50 closed CHP and Cal Trans opened it without permission from the US Forest Service (oops). It is closed because of rocks and debris on it, not because of snow. The alternate around (which I took since I was stuck on 50 5 minutes behind the crash) was up Wrights Lake to Icehouse. They should have routed people that way. But there is no snow up that way... The 80 side is alot more snow coevered than 50. Up around Blue Lakes and 88 is melting fast as well... Not much left unless your up over 8-9k feet.

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