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Old 03-09-2013, 06:11 PM   #1
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Current Mendocino NF road conditions

Planning a trip from Davis to Covelo next weekend and would like to head up and over Mendocino Pass, NF7 etc. The NF website is vague but I did find this document.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_...rdb5405280.pdf

Anyone been up there recently that can shed some light on what is open/closed??


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Old 03-11-2013, 07:46 AM   #2
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>"... head up and over Mendocino Pass, NF7 "

Haven't been down there yet... but I was up over Etna and Cecilville summits in the Trinities yesterday. (Salmon River)
The side roads (unplowed) were all covered with snow.
There was a bit of snow/ice on the main roads (which were plowed) too.

I'm thinking they back roads are likely 'snowed in' till later this year.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:50 AM   #3
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I would plan for either turning around or making the best of the snow. You're above 5000ft for about 10-15 miles there will be snow especially ont he North facing slopes

I've been through in early November 2011 and had about 10miles or 6" of snow. Knobbies helped but just rode slow. Look out for brown ice...frozen mud puddles. You can't really see them but they see you and are very angry.

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Old 03-12-2013, 03:46 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I figured with the warmer weather we had over the last few weeks with almost no precip that things would be OK. Trying to avoid having to go around the mountain via Sonoma/Napa/Lake county.

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Old 03-17-2013, 08:39 AM   #5
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Found out the hard way.... Still enough snow in the shade to make it unpasaable as of yesterday.

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Old 03-17-2013, 09:58 AM   #6
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Found out the hard way.... Still enough snow in the shade to make it unpasaable as of yesterday.

-Terry
FH7 is usually not plowed through until first or second week of May.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #7
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It'll depend also on who does the plowing, Forest Service ? .. with the Feds being sequestered, and employees being furloughed, who knows when it'll get done. I heard Yosemite might be delaying plowing as much as a month later than usual ...
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Old 05-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #8
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May be heading out that way again tomorrow. Hopefully with the heat the snow has melted. Anyone???

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Old 05-04-2013, 06:28 PM   #9
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Good luck, please let us know what u find.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:02 PM   #10
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May be heading out that way again tomorrow. Hopefully with the heat the snow has melted. Anyone???

-Terry
It may be too late now, but for stuff like this I highly recommend picking up the phone and calling a nearby ranger district, either stonyford or covelo. The front desk person will likely know what's up on the major forest roads like fh7.
My guess is that it's open now, but I haven't been there this year.
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