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Author Topic: 2017 - When can we get in?  (Read 591 times)
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« on: May 08, 2017, 09:07:52 AM »

As of today you can drive about a mile past the West Branch bridge.  Then drifts.  (You can get there from either Butte Meadows or Inskip.). There is lots of bare ground around the cabins, and I have already caught three yellowjacket queens in the experimental traps.  The road in and past the cabins has 3-4 ft drifts.  The lake is still white, but not ice, just slush, and open all around the edge.  Lake level is at spillway level, as it has been since last December.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2017, 07:04:02 AM »

Thanks for the thorough update!  And, thanks for setting those yellow jacket traps!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 06:25:22 PM »

An update:
The County grader has graded the road to Chaparral.  They plan to go to the top of the pavement, then continue to Snag and beyond.  They said they do not plan to push snow. (That always changes when there is finally only a few drifts).
You can drive in 2WD to about 1/4 mile past the top of the pavement.  Then you hit a 4 ft drift.
Drifts by Day Use are 3-4 ft still, with dirt patches around them.  It'll still be two weeks on the south side.
The lake is partway open at the channel end, thin slush the rest.
The camp host spot has 2-3 ft drifts where his trailer would go, and so does the whole road getting there.
Put up a couple more yellow jacket traps, and they are catching queens.  But it also may be a drop in the bucket.

At the High Lakes, the snow is still well over the sign at the T, and the snow is 16 ft deep measured at the ham radio repeater tower.
Wheelers are past the Spring Valley outflow.

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2017, 01:21:06 PM »

That drift still stops most small car traffic, but it will be gone in a few days, allowing you to drive to Boat Launch, but then more drifts stop you from actually getting into boat launch and further.  No ice on the lake.  I am still thinking Memorial Weekend, but plan to be adventurous, air down, or do some digging, but the north side will likely be accessible if you want it bad enough.
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2017, 05:26:03 PM »

You can drive any small SUV to Day Use with a bit of speed over one tiny drift by the camp host spot. By tonight you won't even need speed.
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2017, 04:00:34 PM »

PG&E is doing their hazard tree ops, and the camp host is on site, so the campground should be open soon.  Contact PG&E locally if you can't chance it for this weekend.  Most all cabin driveways should be passable now.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 11:52:35 AM »

PG&E is cancelling campround reservations until way late in July because they want to take down a bunch of dead trees first.
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