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Phantom Spires - Wrights Lake Rd Conditions?

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Craig Allen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 60

With the storm on Sunday/Monday...

  1. Can you drive to the phantom spires turnoff?
  2. Can you drive to wrights lakes trailheads? (not climbing just hiking)


Bobby Hutton · · Gold Country CA · Joined Aug 2013 · Points: 727

I am interested as well.

Mike McL · · South Lake Tahoe, CA · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 1,460

I am just speculating here but I'd be 90% sure the road up to the Spires is good to go.  We got zero snow at lake level with this last storm, and it had no snow on it prior to the last storm.  Things might change next week (18th/19th) but we'll see.    

I doubt you can drive all the way to Wrights Lake THs but I can't be certain of this.  

Craig Allen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 60

Thanks Mike! If anyone else has additional beta it's still appreciated!

1jkemp · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2016 · Points: 5

Here is the Twin Bridges webcam, looks like there isn't any snow on the ground up there, so there shouldn't be any at Phantom Spires or Wrights. It might be muddy though.

QITNL · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 35
Craig Allen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 60

Thank you both! I'll bring chains and a shovel just in case!

climbing coastie · · Wasilla, AK · Joined Feb 2011 · Points: 90

Be sure to check for dirt road closures. Some roads in that area are closed during certain times of the year to prevent rutting them out. 

Colonel Mustard · · Sacramento, CA · Joined Sep 2005 · Points: 1,185

They are closed at certain times of the year because they are closed at certain times of year as I recall and LOL! 

They ticketed some climbers during a bone dry Winter/Spring. So yeah, it’s actually based on the season, not the conditions.

Considering my car’s clearance I just park off the road near the dirt road. It’s not a far hoof at all.

Craig Allen · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 60

Chains and shovel for the paved part! My van is 2wd

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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