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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 5, 2012

Anyone been up since the last snow about a week to week and a half ago?
I'm pretty sure you can get to that campground on the other side of the flats, but don't know about the 3NO7, the Forest Service road that goes to the south parking area.


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By Daniel Wade
From Oakland, CA.
Apr 10, 2012

I'm also curious. Considering heading up there in a few weeks.


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By Tristan B
From La Crescenta, CA
Apr 10, 2012
Hanging out on Royal Arches

Should be good. Bear and summit are closing next weekend. It's been so hot up there. But there is a storm coming in. So 4/21 weekend should be totally clear. But I don't know if the gates are open.


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 10, 2012

I called the BB Discovery Center, 909-866-3437. They usually have beta on the road.
Last time I called, they said it was open at least to the HV campground. Polique Canyon has been improved the last few years-I think it is better than Van Duysen.


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 10, 2012
me

The road is clear 4x4 is recommend this time of year, but we have a storm coming in tonight so that can all change. If anyone needs a partner I live in running springs and have 4x4 truck and am available to climb Sun.-Tue. and Thr. afternoons.


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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Apr 11, 2012
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

Drove up there on March 23, Polique Canyon to the South Parking Area. Quite a bit of snow which has more than likely gone now (although more on its way this weekend) - big pools of water but totally doable with a high clearance 4x4.


View from my Land Rover.
View from my Land Rover.


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 12, 2012

Wow, definitely need a truck for that. Thanks Chris. Will see what they get this week and decide from there. Storm seems to come through everytime I think about heading up there....


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 12, 2012

Rob, How much snow did you guys get last night in RS?


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 12, 2012
me

not much maybe 4'' But another 5-6 on the way tonight. If it warms up it should be gone in a few days.


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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Apr 16, 2012
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake District (UK) late '70s

Got 18" at my house in Moonridge on Friday.


Saturday morning shot (04/14/12).
Saturday morning shot (04/14/12).


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 17, 2012

Darn-Josh too this weekend, Holcomb too snowy....


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 17, 2012
me

yep, to much snow in the high country and it's going to baking in the deserts.


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By Erick
From La Crescenta, CA
Apr 19, 2012
A picture of me at Tanglewood Slab.

How is it looking up at Holcomb now? I know there was a big snow dump last weekend, but temps have been quite warm since. Has most of the snow melted out?


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 19, 2012
me

The snow is melting fast but I am not sure if the puddles have turned into ponds.


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By Erick
From La Crescenta, CA
Apr 19, 2012
A picture of me at Tanglewood Slab.

Do you think by Saturday a Subaru Forester with AWD could make it through?


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By bmdhacks
Apr 19, 2012

We climbed Holcomb valley two weeks ago with a 2wd compact SUV. The southern lot was fine, northern lot was a bit sketchy to get to.

It was a bit cold, 45 degrees and windy when we went, but had a great time and didn't see any people there at all. Small patches of snow, but not much else.


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 19, 2012
me

I may head up tomorrow. I will post the road conditions if I do.


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 19, 2012

Cool thanks.


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By Erick
From La Crescenta, CA
Apr 20, 2012
A picture of me at Tanglewood Slab.

Any word on today's (or this week's) road conditions? I'm trying to decide if my Subaru Forester will make it in tomorrow from Polique Canyon.


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 20, 2012
me

I ended up out at new jack today, but I drove through Fawn Skin on my way there and all the snow there is gone. I think you would be fine getting in there with your subaru just avoid the ponds if you can (those things can get really deep).


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 21, 2012

Cool Rob, thanks for the beta. I think we will give it a shot tomorrow. Probably be around amphitheater and then head to Motherlode.


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
Apr 23, 2012

south parking lot no problem as of yesterday. Some water filled-puddles, but with sandy bottoms.


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By Rob Selter
From running springs Ca
Apr 24, 2012
me

Rob M, sorry I missed you guys out there I ended up out at Thaquitz . We need try to meet up sometime PM me if your intersted


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By Nathan Scherneck
From Portland, OR
May 1, 2012
He took the whipper while trying to place his #1 Stopper.  So sad.

Bump. Considering heading up on Wednesday of this week in a 2WD VW Golf. I've only been up via Van Dusen Rd. Anyone have any up to date info on conditions?


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By Rob M
From Fullerton, ca
May 1, 2012

If it hasn't rained since I was up there, on the 22, then you should be ok. I think Polique Canyon is better than Van Duysen, IMO. There were some pudlles, but they tended to be sandy bottomed, not mud.

there were a number of passenger cars up there when i went. I f you have any doubt get out and test puddles for depth and firmness with a stick. I think you shouldn't have any issues.


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By Nathan Scherneck
From Portland, OR
May 3, 2012
He took the whipper while trying to place his #1 Stopper.  So sad.

Thanks for the response, Rob. We made the trip in my truck (2WD). We took Polique Canyon Road and it was in pretty good shape. The gate at the top of Van Dusen is open though. There weren't any large puddles and it felt like mild summer conditions up there. We had the place to ourselves and had a great day. Thanks again.


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