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Old 04-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Mid Sierra Pass Report

Highway 4 (Ebbetts), 89 (Monitor) and 108 (Sonora) are all open. Hwy 120 (Tioga) through Yosemite, current expected opening is around 5/9.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:27 PM   #2
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Highway 4 (Ebbetts), 89 (Monitor) and 108 (Sonora) are all open. Hwy 120 (Tioga) through Yosemite, current expected opening is around 5/9.
Thanks for the update. Sooner than I expected given the yosemite conditions a week ago, things must be melting out fast.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #3
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There goes the neighborhood. The eastern slope was incredible last weekend. Deserted roads and beautiful weather. Just a few bikes on 395 between Bridgeport and Topaz. Otherwise zero traffic.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:07 AM   #4
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Oh boy, that's scary...gonna be one hell of a fire season.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:40 PM   #5
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You got that right. I got the tree guy coming to do a butch job. I should make a ride over in the next 3 days to see how bad it is.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:50 PM   #6
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thank you sir.

A loop trip might be in order soon, still pretty chilly out there, but bento hotsprings is the ticket for an overnight!
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You got that right. I got the tree guy coming to do a butch job. I should make a ride over in the next 3 days to see how bad it is.
take pics!

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Thanks for the update. Sooner than I expected given the yosemite conditions a week ago, things must be melting out fast.
indeed, I thought we were in for a late open on tioga for sure!
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:04 AM   #7
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Tioga should be open by the 11th of May
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:03 AM   #8
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I was up on Monitor 2 weeks ago, not much snow there. It's going fast. Last year we could go over Tioga in January, this year Ebbetts and Sonora in April. If that had been in the same year, it would have been a great riding season ... though not so good for fire or water supply. It's time to reprise my Santa Cruz-Bodie one day round trip from last January.

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Old 04-27-2013, 10:56 PM   #9
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There goes the neighborhood. The eastern slope was incredible last weekend. Deserted roads and beautiful weather. Just a few bikes on 395 between Bridgeport and Topaz. Otherwise zero traffic.
My thoughts as well. I usually like going up 108 when they open it to Kennedy Meadows, so it's just a dead end, and have it all to myself. Not going to complain about more riding though

Did the three passes today and was surprised how few bikes there were, as well as law enforcement Just perfect.

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Last year we could go over Tioga in January, this year Ebbetts and Sonora in April.
I was thinking the same thing today, I haven't checked records, but I can't remember ever riding them earlier than this.
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Looking at the tioga pass opening history, last year was a bit earlier (may 7), before that it's been 25 years since the pass opened before the 11th.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:17 PM   #11
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You got that right. I got the tree guy coming to do a butch job. I should make a ride over in the next 3 days to see how bad it is.
Did you make it?
Call me, please.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #12
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Good talking to you, Gary.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:44 PM   #13
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I did go over the passes today and brought back a few pictures.

I always like this one for the people from Colorado:



9,000 feet


Leavett meadow.


Thats where the snow goes:


On Monitor Pass:


More snow on Ebbetts, than the other 2. Here is Mosquito lake.


Quite a few motorcycles out today, but no big groups.

I did take Loope Canyon road to the top, just to test how my KLX 680 handled the road gearing. All was well except for the picture.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:01 PM   #14
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The roads look great.

I have been over all the passes on a motorcycle except for Tioga, which I hope to do soon after opening. Does anybody know if the pavement is clear (like the photos above) at opening time, or does it take a while for the remaining layer to melt away once the snowplows get what they can?
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:48 PM   #15
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Once they plow it down to pavement it melts pretty fast. Just pay attention to night time temps and shade, in case it freezes.

Hwy 4 is normally good for running water as the snow melts. I do not remember even seeing that this year. Tioga is pretty much above the tree line and gets a lot of sun.
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