East Side Access
Since I was heading over to the Long Valley Hot Springs to do maintenance work, I figured I might as well report on the access conditions on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada.
I took US-50 over Echo Summit, then cut over to US-395 on CA-89 over Luther and Monitor Passes. I went as far south as Rock Creek, just short of Bishop.
First snow spotted at 5500', partial cover at 6500', mostly continuous above 7000'.
Partial to continuous cover depending on the exposure.
Carson Pass Area
Road open, I didn't go to the pass.
Monitor and Ebbetts Passes
Ebbetts - closed at the bottom of the grade near Pennsylvania Creek. I didn't go up the road. Due to open Friday, May 23rd.
Monitor - partial to full cover depending on exposure.
Closed at Leavitt Station - I didn't head up the road. Due to open Friday, May 23rd.
Partial cover at 9000', complete cover above 9700'
Tioga and June Lake
Tioga is closed just east of the Park boundary. According to others, complete cover at the pass. No projected opening.
Closed at the upper resort. Road is currently groomed for cross-country skiing. No projected opening.
Long Valley Hot Springs
Rare snowbanks in protected locations at 7000'
Partial cover at 9500', complete cover above 9900'. Road closed at pack station. No proected opening date.
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