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Oldguyonabike
05-14-2012, 08:17 AM
Those of you who have made the beautiful trip up Larch Mountain will appreciate the poignancy of this photo.
It did look like it cleared again after about 30-40 yards, but I turned around. At that point, 13 miles of downhill looked better than1 more up through snow.
Judging from the weather forecast, it should be clear by next weekend

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Champs
05-15-2012, 10:44 PM
I took this picture today:
http://i.imgur.com/iunw2.jpg

…now I know whose wheel tracks I followed today and why they disappeared right about then. That's about a quarter mile up from where it was on the 7th, but I'd say it's moved yet another quarter mile since your photo.

I wasn't going to be denied today, though it helped to believe that it was at the 14 mile marker, not 15.

Champs
05-15-2012, 10:51 PM
Here's the photo I took on the 7th. The X marks Milepost 13.

http://i.imgur.com/NvE55.jpg

Oldguyonabike
05-17-2012, 09:49 AM
Congrats, Champs! It's a beautiful ride and well worth the return trip downhill. So you actually rode through the snow or had it had cleared enough pavement to get to the parking area?

Oldguyonabike
05-17-2012, 10:24 AM
Congrats, Champs! It's a beautiful ride and well worth the return trip downhill. So you actually rode through the snow or had it had cleared enough pavement to get to the parking area?

Champs
05-18-2012, 08:38 PM
I rode through the skinny fingers of snow across the road and some safer off-camber stuff, but it was mostly hiking (I came from Minnesota, it's nothing).

Yesterday (5/17), I met some crestfallen gents somewhere above mile 13. They said they gave up at the 14 marker. According to my computer, it's passable to about 13.8 miles, and doing the math from a previous attempt, it means the snow retreated by about a mile in ten mostly hot days.

Since the county is talking about a June reopening (web.multco.us/news/june-reopening-expected-upper-larch-mountain-road), there might be a few days of freedom from cars beyond the gate.

…and may I suggest the side trips on lower LMR? The Hurlburt/Louden/Deverell approach in particular is beautiful, challenging, and quiet.

Champs
05-29-2012, 07:50 PM
Somewhere around Haines Rd. this afternoon, I was headed up as a county plow truck headed down.

13 miles later, I can confirm that the road and lot are plowed. The snow gate is still down, which makes it pretty awesome.

SewCrates
06-08-2012, 09:08 AM
I read on portlandhikers forum that the gate is now open, FYI