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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by wrk2surf, Dec 5, 2016.
You'll probably be OK.
A couple pics courtesy of Caltrans...
Should be fine...
Tioga pass and Glacier Point Roads are now Open
For updates call 209-372-0200 (dial 1 then 1). You are required to carry chains. (if in a cage lol)
I always (except when I was riding a BMW) carry a chain.
All three passes are open for the weekend:
FWIW: Ebbetts Pass was closed yesterday... snowing at high elevation
But they reopened Ebbetts this morning.
I am gonna ride the 4 -> 108 loop today. Not going to be too many more opportunities for that ride this year, gotta do it while I can.
Went up to Glacier Point on Friday. The last three or four miles there was snow on the road. It was early and a bit crunchy on the road but OK. The Wawona fire burned right up to the road and the juxtaposition of the still smoking forest and the snow was surreal. Fun ride. It does get incredibly crowded - as I was going down the hill it was bumper to bumper cars going up. Probably not a good idea on the weekend, but the views of the Sierras with fresh snow were outstanding.
Rode Ebbetts, Monitor, and Sonora passes today. Nice to see lots of other riders out.
Warning though, it is pretty darn chilly at the 7-10,000 foot level. 43F for me today, and I forgot to bring my heated gloves... nitwit! My heated grips did not help much.
Quite a bit of snow on the ground at high altitudes.
Lots of sand & gravel on the eastern slope of 4, be careful!
The fire on 89 really devastated a lot of the Monitor pass area on 89.
Oh, with all that whining? It was a gorgeous day riding my favorite roads through my favorite areas.... loved every minute of it!!
Keep in mind that Highway 4 will be closed from 7AM to 4PM today Wednesday Sept 27th between the #2 gate at Lake Alpine and the Highland Lakes turnoff... road repairs. No detour available (other than using a completely different highway like 88 or 108).
I rode up and checked out what they did to highway 4. Near as I can tell, they did a lousy job repaving some sections that didn't need it, and didn't fix any of the frost heaves that did need it. Not sure what they accomplished.
I only went as far as the Highland Lakes turnoff and then turned around, as it was a little chilly and I was getting a few raindrops on the old helmet shield.
According to CalTrans:
HIGHWAY 108 IS CLOSED FROM 26.4 MI EAST OF STRAWBERRY (TUOLUMNE CO) TO 8.6 MI WEST OF THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) /SONORA PASS/ - DUE TO SNOW - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
A friend of mine who is in Bear Valley texted me it was snowing there last night.
If you like riding the Sierra passes get your rides in soon, because our season seems to be approaching the end.
Sonora, Carson, Ebbetts and Tioga passes are all open again.
Rode 4 over Ebbetts Pass to Markleeville this morning. 28F at the summit at about 10AM. brrrrrrr!
From there, over Monitor Pass, down 395 to Walker for a burger, then on to Sonora Pass. By that time it was much warmer going over Sonora Pass.
Aspens are looking good everywhere. If you want to see them, I would not wait long. It was blowing some at altitude and lots of yellow leaves in the breeze.
Anyone have thoughts on the weather shaping up for this Friday? I see rain Thursday and snow Friday in the forecast. Mostly I am concerned about ice patches.
As you should be. I would not ride up there in those conditions.
Sonora Pass forecast
Rain and snow likely before 11pm, then snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Windy.
Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Breezy.
I'd imagine they will close all the high passes at least until Saturday, as temps warm back up into next week.
Rode Monitor and Luther Passes on Saturday. Holy mackerel, Sorenson's resort was packed with people parking on the highway a 1/4 mile to either side. No snow to speak of but plenty of snowbirds