Sierra Nevada - East Side Access Report

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.

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Echo Summit
First snow spotted at 5500', partial cover at 6500', mostly continuous above 7000'.

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Luther Pass
Partial to continuous cover depending on the exposure.

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Carson Pass Area
Road open, I didn't go to the pass.

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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.

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Sonora Pass
Closed at Leavitt Station - I didn't head up the road. Due to open Friday, May 23rd.

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Virginia Lakes
Partial cover at 9000', complete cover above 9700'

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Tioga and June Lake
Tioga is closed just east of the Park boundary. According to others, complete cover at the pass. No projected opening.

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Minarets Summit
Closed at the upper resort. Road is currently groomed for cross-country skiing. No projected opening.

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Long Valley Hot Springs
Rare snowbanks in protected locations at 7000'

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Rock Creek
Partial cover at 9500', complete cover above 9900'. Road closed at pack station. No proected opening date.

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