1/14/20 CABDR-South Reported conditions.
Two abnormally cold winter storms moved through the CABDR-South just before Thanksgiving and again about New Years. These storms resulted in snow to very low elevations, however this snow has melted off in all but a few reported areas that are still of concern:
1. Section 5 Alternate, Hunter Mountain to Saline Valley Rd: Snow and ice remain and should be avoided for the next few weeks unless the weather turns unseasonably warm.
2. End of Section 5, Beginning of Section 6 Lippincott Pass to Saline Valley Road: Lippincott Pass and Lippincott Pass Road are reported to be passible, however, Saline Valley Road climbs back up in elevation to connect to Hunter mountain Road and the most recent reports indicate jeeps have compacted snow, that would normally melt off fairly quickly, and turned it to ice and a hazard for Adv riders. The concern here is that if you can not pass through this section, your shortest option is to climb back up Lippencott Pass road, which should be attempted by expert riders only. There may be an option by traveling north on Saline Valley Road to Warm Springs Road which becomes Steel Pass road and finally out to Eureka Dunes and Death Valley Road, however fuel could become an issue. Therefore, unless you are an expert rider, willing to tackle ice, your best option is Highway 190 through Panamint Springs to Cerro Gordo or directly to Lone Pine.
3. Section 6, White Mtn Talc Road to Cerro Gordo Rd. This is the technically way to the Cerro Gordo Mine and should be avoided until warmer weather prevails and a lack of additional precipitation. Those wishing to visit Cerro Gordo (and you should) will find Section 6 Alternate easier going and passible unless the area receives additional snowfall.
4. Section 7 Alternate: This beautiful section of the CABDR-South contains some of the highest elevations of the route, and although in the rain shadow of the Sierra’s with very little precipitation, is most likely not advisable for a few months unless a spell of warmer weather returns to the area.