I'd like this thread to be a resourse for us winter riders. I'd like people to post what the conditions are like on the roads in the Central California Mountains from week to week and ride to ride as I plan to ride in the mountains all winter long and have never done this before.
We have great roads to ride in the summer and they can be just as much fun in the winter if we know where it is safe to ride based on the current weather conditons and road conditions.
Just talked with the Ranger Station offices at North Fork, Prather and Dunlap.
The dirt roads arounds Sequoia Lake and Milwood are closed for the winter.
Black Rock Road is closed at Black Rock Campground which is were I believe the dirt road begins and the pavement ends.
Central Camp Road is still open in Bass Lake with some snow on the ground.
This time of year, even if a remote dirt road is open, any road on the north side of a hill above 4 or 5,000 feel elevation that has had snow on it, can become very icy from snow that melts and then refreezes. Some of these roads are unrideable in these conditions.
Report in if you have been on any dirt or paved roads in the mountains recently so all of us can keep informed on where it is safe to ride.
I also called Hartland Christian Camp and found out the last two miles into their camp can remain icy all winter if there has been a recent snow.
The ranger at North Fork said the Minerette Road can become very icy near mile high curve where there is a turnout where you can see Mammoth Pools.
Highway 245 was fine as of last Sunday going north to Pinehurst. There was some slush in some of the corners but it was ok. I didn't ride north of Pinehurst so I can't say what it was like in that area.