Was up on the weekend of 1-15. Everything from Bishop to Mammoth looks good, but there is a rain crust layer about 8 -10 inches down. Great coverage at MT. Tom, Mt Magee, Bloody ect. However as you head north Peaks in the Lee Vining Area havent got as much snow so there are obsticals and light coverage on all aspects. Some Ridges viewed from 395 are Wind Scoured. This area still needs acouple of feet on it
Yeah, base is DEEP at Mammoth. Looking at the eastern sierra avalnche center, looks like thesnowpack is 14 feet deep in some places. Saw that rock creek area got about half of what Mammoth Mountain got. Looks to be a little safer down there
Last time I was there (4/25) they had plowed the road to at least half way up (2 or 3 miles up), and were still plowing. Looks like they're trying to get the road cleared for the opening of fishing season. But the lakes were still frozen, so maybe ice fishing?
and check this out. took this picture of Matterhorn on my way out of bridgeport on 395. you know what I'm talking about.
Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am Posts: 1385 Location: 395
Was up there 3/20.
You can go about a mile or so past the buttermilks. There is one big drift about 1/2 mile out, but I got through it in morning when it was frozen no prob in 4L. It's downhill on way out so should be ok when soft too. Past that u can get about another 1/2 mileish till you hit consistent snow.
Very rough estimates
Lots of windboard on north faces. Corn on S/SE/SW/E/W if it's not windy. Going back down for day shot on Sat I think in L. Vining/Bridgeport area.
Joined: Wed Jan 26, 2005 11:13 am Posts: 89 Location: deep on the the west shore
went to Basin on monday 3/24 warm weather should melt out the buttermilk road quick but we parked about 1/3 of the way to the horton lks. trailhead. corn from about 10.5k down but the upper slopes are smooth hard windboard.