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Jan 22, 2014
Does anyone know if the road to Holcomb is open this time of year? All the way to the barbwire fence? Thanks Patrick Moran
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Jan 23, 2014
On Serpent Scales JTree
There are several roads that lead to the pinnacles and all but one are open year round. Frank Pudding
From South El Monte, CA
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Jan 23, 2014
Big Bear highs have been in the 50s, so the roads should be clear. russ nelson
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Jan 23, 2014
I want snow!!!! :( G Halsne
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Jan 26, 2014
The road had very little snow, just patches here and there, the walk in had even less, we were the only group that was there until around 1 PM when another group of three arrived. Coyote Crag was perfect with a 3-5 MPH breeze from 8:30 AM until 11 AM then went to opposite side and enjoyed some runs on Skyy Slab - thanks for all the responses.

P.S. I want snow to but until it shows up I'm hitting spots that are usually filled with ice and snow :)
Patrick Moran
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Mar 10, 2014
Has anyone been up lately with a trip report? Any snow up there? G Halsne
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Mar 11, 2014
no snow, bro. Dave Von Behren
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Mar 11, 2014
Sweet... How do the temps "feel" in the sun? G Halsne
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Mar 11, 2014
I was up there yesterday. The roads are clear the weather is great. The big mud puddles on the south road are full of water. I parked my tiburon at those and walked in. Once you get past the puddles the rest is clear. I was hiking and bouldering in short sleeves and very comfortable. Got a little cold when I was just sitting. Christopher Reinhard
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Mar 20, 2014
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake ...
Yes, very big puddles on March 8 - saw a few vehicles parked at the junction but got my Land Rover all the way to the fence without problems, fun drive! Chris Owen
From Big Bear Lake
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Mar 23, 2014
Nice, i wanna get up there soon.. ill prolly bring my 1/2 ton AWD van. G Halsne
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Apr 14, 2014
Beer Anyone?
As of April 11th. 2-14 - Van Dusen Canyon Rd gate is open with dry travels all but one small puddle along the way. At the T intersection we opted for the eastern 3N16 > 3N32 access which was also bone dry all the way to the Central Pinnacles parking area. Can't speak for going around the campground and approaching from the west but there were others in the area that had used that access. susan peplow
From Joshua Tree
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Apr 15, 2014
Game on for Holcomb. Nice. Was there ever any real snow up there this season? Seems like ot might lead to a tinderbox.... G Halsne
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Apr 21, 2014
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It's very dry - I would be a proponent of no camping at all in this area until next year, if it manages to snow in the 2014/15 season.

I dread this place going up in flames.
Chris Owen
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Apr 23, 2014
chris, yeah, that what i was thinking.... seems like this area sees as many climbers as it does "campers" ( read 4xers, shooters, partiers ect ) That would be a shame if it came from anything but good old lightning striking. G Halsne
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Apr 23, 2014
I agree, it would be a shame if that place were to burn. Seeing as a lot of people camp out of bounds, it's a possibility. Steve Powell
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Apr 26, 2014
I've gone there a few times these past 2 months and all the roads out there were in great condition! A few small puddles, but nothing to worry about!

Great sport climbing! Have fun!
Seansturg
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Apr 29, 2014
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I don't have to camp because I live there!!!! Well at the weekends anyway. Chris Owen
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May 25, 2014
Rapping down after climbing Shantytown Swing(5.6) ...
Can I get up there in a low clearance car with 2 wheel drive ? LCerutti
From Carlsbad, California
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May 25, 2014
drive slowly and avoid potholes, we did it a few weeks ago, its not too bad. dholte
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May 25, 2014
I take my lowered Subaru into the south parking lot with ease.. G Halsne
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May 25, 2014
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Some guy had a scion xb at the north parking area.. hikingdrew
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May 30, 2014
There's more than one use for an Ice Hammer. Lake ...
I've seen a Smart car there and last weekend I saw a MINI. Sure they can probably get there in the summer, when there's no mud or snow. God knows what it does to the suspension though, they're just not designed for that kind of treatment. I wouldn't buy a car from anyone (as opposed to a truck) who had taken these roads on a regular basis - not even a Subaru. Chris Owen
From Big Bear Lake
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A smart car, that is crazy, I would have loved to watch them get out there, they must just weave between the big rocks. I got a nice scratch on my Tundra try to go past the north lot to the next pull out Lzpup
From santee, ca
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Jun 6, 2014
On the flip side...I take my half ton AWD Chevy van to the north parking lot frequently... You wanna see a tight fit between boulders... It takes some fancy skills!!! G Halsne
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