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tmatlack
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PostWed May 13, 2020 2:17 pm 
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Is gate open at Heather Lake?  Road snow? Trail condition??
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PostWed May 13, 2020 9:53 pm 
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It's open with a slight gap between the rocks to drive through. I didnt go through it but you can clearly make it through.
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PostThu May 14, 2020 7:55 am 
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The road is open and there's no snow all the way to the parking lot. The snow starts just passed the trailhead, per trip reports on WTA.
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PostThu May 14, 2020 10:42 am 
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If you haven't been on this road in recent years, it's pretty dilapidated with huge potholes. High clearance vehicles recommended.

Micro spikes and poles recommended for the trail.
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PostThu May 14, 2020 2:41 pm 
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Yes, that road is brutal, especially the first 3rd prior to the Heather Lake TH...even riding my dual sport honda up that road was a pita.

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PostThu May 14, 2020 3:18 pm 
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Anyone have inside info on why they don't regrade this road? I believe the road itself is on NF land and they even have a video on their website about grading forest roads often. It doesn't look like a very expensive process and needs a grading machine, roller and water truck. Unless it's a crude way of keeping the crowds away although not even the roughest roads can stop a Prius  biggrin.gif
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PostThu May 14, 2020 3:32 pm 
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It used to be paved all the way
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PostThu May 14, 2020 4:37 pm 
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It's still drivable with pretty much any vehicle as long as you don't mind travelling at a snails pace.

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