Originally Posted by Elevatedexpeditions
May 30th launch here.....all the photos seem to show lots of tire tracks through the snow? Are they making it the entire way to the river? The road drops in elevation as you get closer to the river Iím assuming? So less snow the farther you go? Iím planning to check the road out on the 27th-28th.....chains and 4x4? What are the odds the river stays where itís at? Currently 4.7 feet or lower??
Have you never driven in? Just curious, not trying to start anything. No one has made it in. Elevation at the road is 6,700 feet. The pass you must go over is 7,200. And it goes thru some deep shade at the summit that holds snow. Only a foot deep at the highway. I guarantee it is three feet deep at the summit.
After that the road drops. There will be an avalanche debris pile about a mile form the summit that I am at least a bit concerned about. I would bring a chainsaw.
And a square scoop landscaper shovel and maybe an aluminum scoop shovel as well. Oh and your chains. And maybe a winch. And a lifted 4WD running tall tires. And some whiskey. And some ibuprofen....
The river will almost certainly rise next week with warming temps and get into more of a diurnal cycle where it will peak late evening and then go down.